Renowned soap opera actor Nick Benedict, famous for his roles in All My Children, The Young and the Restless, and Days of Our Lives, tragically passed away at 77 in Arizona on July 14th. His death, which occurred on his birthday, was confirmed through an online obituary and followed complications from emergency spinal surgery that he underwent earlier this month.
The Facebook page of a local restaurant, where Benedict's wife, Ginger, is an employee, shared a heartfelt message on July 15th, detailing the actor's health struggle and providing a GoFundMe link to support the family. On July 2nd, the actor was rushed into surgery for an emergency spinal cord procedure.
Two days later, his health had deteriorated to such an extent that he was admitted to hospice care, paralyzed from the neck down, and in need of constant attention and care.
Benedict's Storied Soap Career
Benedict was cherished in the acting world for his memorable portrayal of Phil Brent, the spouse of Susan Lucci's character, Erica Kane, in the celebrated soap All My Children.
He made his debut on the show in 1973, stepping into the role initially portrayed by Richard Hatch. Benedict concluded his stint on the soap in 1978, but not before securing a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1979 for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for his final season's performances.
In 1981, he continued his soap career with a role in The Young and the Restless as Michael Scott. From 1993 to 2001, he was seen on Days of Our Lives in the role of Curtis Reed for a total of 93 episodes. Aside from his soap opera exploits, Benedict also made his mark on popular television shows such as the original "Mission Impossible" and "Hawaii Five-O".
He enjoyed roles in Knots Landing, Medical Center, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Tales from the Darkside. He also had a stint in 30 episodes of Tribes and a seven-episode run in Santa Barbara. Nick Benedict's legacy will continue through his wife, Ginger, to whom he was married for 22 years. As of now, no information has been released regarding memorial plans.