Soap Actor Robert Hogan Dead at 87


Veteran actor Robert Hogan has died at the age of 87. He passed away at his home in Maine on May 27, 2021, due to complications from pneumonia. Although he also appeared on stage and screen, the talented performer is best known for his work in television appearing in over 100 different series like OPERATION PETTICOAT, PEYTON PLACE, MURDER SHE WROTE, LAW & ORDER, and THE WIRE.

Soap fans might also recognize Hogan from one of his many different daytime roles. In 1966, he played the second Phil Brewer on GENERAL HOSPITAL and returned to Port Charles again in 1973 to play Burt Marshall. On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, he played Will Austin in 1969 and Scott Banning, Sr. from 1970-71. In 1987, he joined the cast of ANOTHER WORLD as Vince McKinnon then appeared on CBS sudser AS THE WORLD TURNS as L.J. McDermott in 1991. In 1992, he played Dr. Bell on ALL MY CHILDREN, and in 1995, Charles Briggs on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Robert Hogan
GH fans might remember Hogan as one of the Phil Brewers on the soap back in the ’60s.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Despite a Vascular Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2013, Hogan was determined to live with his illness and with the help of his wife, novelist Mary Hogan, he was able to continue working and thriving for years with his condition. He is survived by his wife, Mary, three children from a previous marriage to artist Shannon Hogan, and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to two not-for-profit organizations that helped Hogan in his later years, DOROT in NYC and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Our thoughts are with Hogan’s friends and family during this difficult time.

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