Doug Sheehan Actor General Hospital and Knots Landing Dies at 75

Doug Sheehan, renowned for his breakout role as Joe Kelly on General Hospital and as Ben Gibson on Knots Landing, has passed away. On June 29, at his home in Big Horn, Wyoming, Sheehan passed away peacefully, with his wife by his side. He was 75. The cause of death remains undisclosed.

Doug Sheehan Actor General Hospital and Knots Landing Dies at 75

Early Career in Charlie’s Angels

Born on April 27, 1949, in Santa Monica, Sheehan’s first screen role came in a 1978 episode of Charlie’s Angels. This marked the beginning of a vibrant career in television and film.

Doug Sheehan Actor General Hospital and Knots Landing Dies at 75

Rising to Stardom on General Hospital

He then joined the cast of the daytime soap General Hospital, taking on his first major role as lawyer Joe Kelly. From 1979-1982, he appeared in 205 episodes and received a Daytime Emmy nomination for supporting actor.

Doug Sheehan Actor General Hospital and Knots Landing Dies at 75

A Significant Role in Knots Landing

Transitioning from General Hospital, Sheehan portrayed reporter Ben Gibson on Knots Landing. Between 1983 and 1988, he was featured in 115 episodes, adding depth and intrigue to the series.

Doug Sheehan Actor General Hospital and Knots Landing Dies at 75

A Dip into Comedy with Day by Day

Sheehan starred in the comedy series Day by Day, which aired on NBC from 1988-1989. Created by Andy Borowitz and Gary David Goldberg, the series revolved around Brian (Sheehan) and Kate Harper (Linda Kelsey), balancing their careers and family life.

Doug Sheehan Actor General Hospital and Knots Landing Dies at 75

A Role in Clueless

Taking over from Michael Lerner after the first season, Sheehan portrayed Mel Horowitz, Cher’s father, on the sitcom based on the movie Clueless during the ’90s.

Diverse Television Credits

Apart from his significant roles, Sheehan appeared in episodes of popular shows such as Cheers, Columbo, MacGyver, Diagnosis Murder, and more. His last screen roles were as Sabrina’s father, Edward Gibson in Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 2003, and a guest spot on What I Like About You.

Doug Sheehan Actor General Hospital and Knots Landing Dies at 75

An Acclaimed Film Presence

Cops n Roberts, released in 1995, marked one of Sheehan’s later film appearances. Throughout his career, he also played roles in three films: 10 (1979), Victor/Victoria (1982), and Cops n Roberts (1995).

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