Doug Sheehan, actor recognized for ‘Common Hospital’ and ‘Knots Touchdown,’ dies at 75


Doug Sheehan, a tv actor whose profession included years-long stints within the ’80s on the daytime drama “Common Hospital” and prime-time cleaning soap “Knots Touchdown,” has died.

Sheehan died peacefully June 29 at his dwelling in Huge Horn, Wyo., with spouse Cate Abert at his facet, in accordance with an obituary posted by Kane Funeral Dwelling. A reason for demise was not revealed. He was 75.

A Southern California native, Sheehan launched his skilled appearing profession within the late ’70s with minor components within the unique “Charlie’s Angels” collection on ABC and CBS’ Emmy-winning “Kaz.” Then, in 1979, Sheehan discovered his footing when he debuted as personal detective Joe Kelly on ABC’s “Common Hospital.

Over the course of his “Common Hospital” tenure, from 1979 to 1982, Sheehan starred in additional than 200 episodes, bringing Joe Kelly’s pivot from detective to lawyer and his varied romantic relationships to the display.

Sheehan’s cleaning soap profession remained regular as he landed a years-long dedication from CBS’ ”Knots Touchdown” shortly after his “Common Hospital” days. After Joe Kelly on “GH,” Sheehan portrayed journalist Ben Gibson, the second husband to Joan Van Ark‘s Valene Ewing, for greater than 100 episodes of “Knots.”

The actor returned to ABC to co-lead its household sitcom “Day by Day,” which aired from 1988 to 1989. The collection additionally starred Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Thora Birch.

After years of concerned TV commitments, Sheehan seemingly took a step again from fundamental roles and as a substitute appeared as supporting or minor characters in collection, together with “MacGyver,” “Expensive John” and “Columbo” within the early ’90s.

He reunited as soon as once more with ABC in 1997 for its collection adaptation of Amy Heckerling‘s “Clueless,” changing Michael Lerner as Mel Horowitz. The present moved from ABC to UPN for its third season and was canceled in 1999.

Sheehan’s TV credit additionally embody “Passions,” “Sabrina the Teenage Wtich” and “What I Like About You.”

Past his career, Sheehan was additionally a polo fanatic.

“I first noticed polo performed at ‘Nice Gatsby Day,’ a charity profit they’d at Will Rogers park a few years in the past,” Sheehan advised The Instances in 1987, “and I used to be such a sucker for the vintage Rollses and the English boots I went out and signed up for polo classes the following day.”

Sheehan is survived by his spouse. A funeral service is pending, in accordance with Kane Funeral Dwelling.


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