Kelly Ripa and Other 'All My Children' Actors 7 Years after the Long-Term Soap Opera Ended
"All My Children" went on for 39 seasons and is a lasting memory in the mind of many soap opera lovers. Here's what happened to the favorite characters of Pine Valley.
From 1970 to 2011, "All My Children" held one of the top spots in the soap opera arena. Over four decades, we see what happens as Erica Kane finds herself in seven marriages and other, more complicated relationships.
To make the story come alive, the show has featured a number of amazing artists. Now that it's all over let's take a look at where our alums are nine years later.
Debbi Morgan was the first African-American actress who made her big name as Dr. Angie Baxter-Hubbard on "All My Children." The role, which lasted from 1982 to 1990, won her a Daytime Emmy Award.
From 1995 to 2005, Rebecca Budig encompassed the role of Greenlee Smyth. She reprised the role from 2008 to 2011. Since then, she's moved on to similar series.
She played Hayden Barnes in "General Hospital" from 2014 to 2017 and returned in 2019. Additionally, she's had a recurring role on "L.A. Finest" as Carlene Hart.
In 1989, Jill Larson replaced Dorothy Lyman as Opal Cortlandt in the show. A year after it ended, Larson appeared in "The Young and the Restless."
Since then,' she's also landed parts in tv movies and other series. Her latest role was in 2020 as Frannie Fischer in the thriller adventure show, "Hunters."
Susan Lucci is among the longest-lasting cast members of the series, playing the scheming star, Erica Kane, for 41 years. Lucci has openly expressed her disappointment with how the show ended.
While Lucci has hope that the show might return, she's moved onto other projects, including appearances in "Army Wives" and "Devious Maids. Most recently, she appeared in 2017 on "Difficult People."
MICHAEL E KNIGHT
From 1983, Michael E Knight played the tough Tad Martin until the show's 2011 end. Afterward, he landed a role as Dr. Simon on "The Young and the Restless" for 40 episodes between 2015 and 2016.
The actor took a years-long break before getting onto "General Hospital" as Martin Gray for 24 episodes from 2019 to 2020. He hasn't done many films in his career.
Walt Willey was attorney Jackson Montgomery on "All My Children," and also Kane's on and off beau for two decades. Since leaving, Willey has appeared in a few tv shows.
His longest run was in "Tainted Dreams" as Gregory Ashford from 2014 to 2017. He also starred in 2016's "Characterz and 2017's "Butcher the Bakers."
Blonde beauty Kelly Ripa played fun-loving Hayley Vaughan from 1990 to 2002. From there, the actress switched to a daytime talk show with "Live with Regis and Kelly."
Ripa took something with her from "All My Children," though. She met husband Mark Consuelos there, and the two are still together. Consuelos currently stars on C.W.'s "Riverdale" as Hiram Lodge.
Kelly Ripa attends The Weinstein Company & Bing screening Of "Bully" at Crosby Street Hotel on March 11, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images
From 1998 to 2011, Cameron Mathison played the wildly handsome Ryan Lavery. Afterward, Mathison also moved on to another avenue on the small screen, doing reporting with "Good Morning America."
Mathison also delved into Hallmark movie roles, most notably the "Murder She Baked" series. He's also been featured in a few Valentine's and Christmas films.
Cameron Mathison attend Hallmark's Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, California on July 27, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images
JOHN CALLAHAN DEATH
Sadly, the "All My Children" alum lost an old friend in March of 2020 when John Callahan died at 66. Callahan played the role of Edmund Grey from 1992 to 2005, appearing in 356 episodes.
Actor John Callahan at the World Premiere of "Do It Or Die" at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in Palm Springs, California | Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival
Callahan's ex-wife, Eva LaRue, announced the death with a tributary Instagram post featuring several pictures of the actor as well as a lengthy caption. Our condolences to his family and friends.