'Santa Barbara': A Look Back At Jed Allan's Career

Jed Allan during the 5th Anniversary party for SOAPnet, Los Angeles, 2005

7. August 2019 - 10:30 Uhr / Laura Pérez

Jed Allan started his acting career in several Broadway productions. Later on he starred in several soap operas like Santa Barbara and Days of Our Lives. The actor passed away only a couple of months ago and that's why we decided to honour him by taking a look back at his career!

Jed Allan was born on March 9th 1934 in New York and attended the University of Washington where he studied Drama. During his youth he worked as a television and radio announcer and in the 1960's, he first approached acting and appeared in several Broadway productions like Barefoot in the Park. Later on he started to build a career in television mostly portraying father figures in shows like the American soap operas Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara where he portrayed "Don Craig" from 1971 to 1985, and "C.C. Capwell" from 1986 to 1993, respectively. Although the peak of his career was probably in the 80's, he was active in the show business since the 1960's and until the 2010's.

Jed Allan at the 5th Anniversary party for SOAPnet, Los Angeles, 2005

Jed Allan's career after Santa Barbara and other projects

After Santa Barbara ended in 1993, Allan joined the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 playing "Rush Sanders, father of "Steve" (Ian Ziering), being one of his roles in a non-soap-opera, as well as in Lassie where he played "Forest Ranger Scott Turner" for three years, the human companion for the collie dog. His most recent work was in 2004 when he returned to soaps by taking over the role of "Edward Quartermaine" in the medical drama General HospitalAlso in 2004 he published Please, Spell the Name Right, a book about his professional experiences as an actor working with other actors. The book title references Allan's name often being spelled incorrectly.

Jed Allan and his wife Toby Brown in 1995

A couple of facts about Jed Allan's personal life

-Jed Allan got married in 1938 with Toby Brown. They had three sons and were together until Brown's death in 2001

-Jed Allan lived in California. He died on March 9 2019, just eight days after his 84th birthday