Jed Allan Dies; Veteran Soap Opera Star Was 84

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Jed Allan, a long-time soap opera star who also appeared on many episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 as the father of one of the show's main cast members, died on Saturday night.

He was 84 years old.


The actor’s son Rick Brown broke the sad news on Saturday with a moving Facebook post on a fan page dedicated to his dad.

“So sorry to post the very sad news of my father’s passing tonight,” Brown wrote to followers, adding simply:

“He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others.”

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Allan was likely best known for his starring roles as Don Craig on Days of Our Lives and C.C. Capwell on Santa Barbara; at least among fans of daytime drama.

Others may remember him best for his role plasying Steve Sanders’ dad, Rush Sanders, on Beverly Hills, 90210, the iconic Fox series on which Luke Perry also starred.

(Perry, of course, died last week of a stroke at the age of 52.)

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In a touching tribute his fictional father, Ian Ziering shared a photo of the pair smiling together as their father-son characters.

And he wrote the following as a caption:

"So sad to hear we’ve lost another 90210 classmate. I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve’s father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed."

Across a career than spanned six decades, Allan also appeared on shows such as Lassie, Columbo, Adam-12, Love, American Style, CHiPs and many, many others.

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In another tribute, soap opera star A. Martinez, who shared a screen with Allan on Santa Barbara, remembered the actor for his “fearless” workthis link opens in a new tab as well as his “generous support” over the years.

This is what Martinez wrote to honor Allan:

Jed was a pro’s pro in every sense, and an inspired artist in the moments when the red lights came on — he was fearless, and his work moved millions. I first met him in the early seventies, when his son Mitch Brown and I were cast mates on the TV series, The Cowboys.

With his effervescent wife Toby at his side, he quietly asked me to keep a watchful eye out for Mitch, as it was his first gig.

Jed was already a star by then, and he was as warm and articulate and charming as anyone I’d ever met. A decade later, when he came to Santa Barbara, the show finally began to find its eventually glorious stride. I LOVED working with him, as did everyone else who got the chance.

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Years later, he visited me backstage during the difficult run of a play I was doing — offered typically generous support — and then spoke of the loss of Toby, the love of his life, who had passed away shortly before, with literally no warning.

(It was hard to imagine a human being missing another more…)

In my dream, the two of them are dancing together again tonight — a great comfort to all who’ve known and loved them over the years.

Condolences now to their wonderful sons, and gratitude to Jed for his unerring joy in the telling of stories, and for offering always the embrace of his massive heart.

Jed is survived by his three sons from his marriage to Brown, who died in 2001.

May he rest in peace.

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