Soaps Veteran Robert Hogan Has Passed Away

Published on June 2, 2021.

Robert Hogan, who was ubiquitous across a handful of soap operas, has passed away due to complications from pneumonia. 

His obituary in the New York Times confirms that the actor’s passing occurred on May 27, 2021. He was 87 years old. 

After making a name for himself as a theatre actor in the early 1960s, he quickly leapt onto the small screen with guest appearances in I Dream of Jeannie, Batman, Hogan’s Heroes, The Twilight Zone, Bonanza and Twelve O’Clock High, to name but a few. He became a familiar face who popped up time and time again across the gamut of popular television.

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It was during this time that Hogan also stepped into daytime television, starring as Phil Brewer on General Hospital and Scott Banning on Days Of Our Lives during the late 1960s.

Even though he maintained his prolific pace of guest appearances (both on television and in films) well into the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s — garnering credits in Mork & Mindy, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Hawaii 5-0, The Incredible Hulk and Magnum P.I. — Hogan also kept his high profile as a soaps star.

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He also appeared as Dr. Bell on All My Children, Charles Briggs on One Life To Live, LJ McDermott on As The World Turns and Vince McKinnon on Another World

In 2013, Hogan was diagnosed with vascular Alzheimer’s but vowed to carry on living and working, despite his illness. He succeeded on that front, logging a number of television and film roles leading up to 2018. He will be remembered for his wholly original career — on stage, on primetime and certainly on daytime television.

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