John Colenback, Star of 'As the World Turns,' Dies at 79

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He played Dr. Dan Stewart on the defunct CBS soap opera and appeared in the original Broadway production of 'A Man for All Seasons.'

John Colenback, who starred as the debonair Dr. Dan Stewart on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, has died. He was 79.

Colenback, who appeared on the now-canceled daytime drama from 1966-73 and again from 1976-79, died May 12 in West Hollywood of complications from the pulmonary disease COPD, his nephew, Timothy, said.

On As the World Turns, his character, among other travails, had a niece who he learns is really his daughter, and he lost his wife when she took a fatal tumble on a flight of stairs. After returning to Oakdale, Ill., Dr. Stewart died of a terminal illness.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, who attended Dartmouth College, Colenback was acting in summer stock at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa., when he was discovered by an agent.

He was brought to New York and made his Broadway debut in 1961 as the attendant to Spanish ambassador Signor Chapuys in the original Broadway production of A Man for All Seasons, starring Paul Scofield.

Colenback also had a featured role as Alan Armitage in the original 1967 Broadway production of After the Rain, and he appeared off-Broadway in Twelfth Night, A Scent of Flowers and Four Friends.

He also starred in regional productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, The Halloween Bandit, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, As You Like It and The Chinese Well and toured nationally in The Irregular Verb to Love.

Colenback also guest-starred on such TV shows as From These Roots, Hart to Hart, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, Capitol and Falcon Crest.

He served as a newscaster, spokesman and actor for the RCA Color Central Exposition at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. In 1980, Colenback moved to Hollywood and worked as a chef for the catering company Along Came Mary.

In addition to his nephew, survivors include his brother Lloyd and other nieces and nephews JudithGirard, Richard, Amalia, John and Jared.

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