The late Ray MacDonnell is remembered today by his famous co-star of more than 40 years, All My Children‘s Susan Lucci.
Yesterday, the world learned of All My Children icon Ray MacDonnell’s death. The beloved soap presence of over 4 decades died June 10 of natural causes after an incredible life. He was 93-years-old.
For all those decades, Susan Lucci was by his side as the infamous Erica Kane (and Jane Campbell, of course). Tuesday, she remembers her “Wonderful RAY MACDONNELL” with a heartfelt tribute on her official Instagram.
“Yesterday afternoon, my lovely friend Jill Larson (AMC’s fabulous “Opal”) called to share the very sad news that beloved RAY had passed away,” Lucci pens. “He was truly our AMC patriarch—and filled our studio with warmth and professionalism—and his delicious sense of humor—there were times during scenes that I couldn’t dare make eye contact with him—just a look from his eyes with that ever-present gleam—would dissolve us into peals of laughter.”
Of his life and legacy, Ray MacDonnell’s co-star says “Thank you so much, Ray, for gracing our show on-screen and off—with your great presence!”
Susan Lucci then offers her “heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Pat,” MacDonnell’s wife, and his family.
“RIP, RAY” Lucci concludes her post, which features the above image of MacDonnell in his twilight years.
The Remarkable Life of Ray MacDonnell
Beloved actor Ray MacDonnell was born Raymond Arthur MacDonnell on March 5, 1928 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He would die June 10 at his Chappaqua, New York home. But not before leaving behind a remarkable life and legacy.
In his youth, MacDonnell would attend Amherst College to study the arts. He would even study in London on a Fullbright Scholarship at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. From this, the actor’s love of theatre would blossom into a Broadway career in tandem with his work in film and television. On Broadway, he would star in Mame alongside icons Angela Lansbury and Ann Miller. Numerous off-Broadway productions would follow.
Daytime television fans, however, will forever remember Ray MacDonnell as patriarch Dr. Joe Martin.
The soap icon would star on All My Children from the show’s 1970 debut for a remarkable 40 years – all the way up to AMC‘s cancellation in 2011. And Susan Lucci was right there with him through it all.
For the legendary status of Dr. Martin and his own incredible charisma, MacDonnell would win the Daytime Emmy’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2004.
Eventually, though, MacDonnell would retire from the role that made him famous. When he did so in 2009, Susan Lucci was left as the only remaining original All My Children cast member.
Ray MacDonnell would be back, however. When AMC Network revived the show (also abbreviated AMC) for online audiences in 2013, MacDonnell stepped back into Dr. Joe’s shoes a full 18 months. Fans loved having him back as Dr. Joe after the original show’s ABC cancellation bow.
Outsider offers our sincerest condolences to those who survive Ray: wife Patricia and their children Sarah, Kyle, and Daniel.