John Callahan (actor)

John Kevin Callahan (December 23, 1953 – March 28, 2020) was an American actor, known for his work as Edmund Grey on the daytime soap opera All My Children.

John Callahan
John Kevin Callahan

(1953-12-23)December 23, 1953
DiedMarch 28, 2020(2020-03-28) (aged 66)
Years active1982–2020
Linda Freeman
(m. 1982; div. 1994)

Eva LaRue
(m. 1996; div. 2005)

Early lifeEdit

Callahan was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a pre-law student at University of California at Berkeley before pursuing a career in acting.[1]


Callahan portrayed Leo Russell on the daytime soap General Hospital from 1984 to 1985. Subsequent roles included Eric Stavros on the prime time series Falcon Crest from 1986 to 1988, and Craig Hunt on the daytime soap Santa Barbara from 1989 to 1991. He played Edmund Grey, his best known role, on All My Children from 1992 to 2005. Callahan also appeared as Edmund, with co-star Esta TerBlanche, in a 1997 episode of the sitcom Spin City called "My Life is a Soap Opera". From 2008 to 2010, he played Dr. Richard Baker on Days of Our Lives.[2]

Callahan and his co-star Eva LaRue co-hosted both the Lifetime series Weddings of a Lifetime in 1995 and the 1997 Miss America pageant.[citation needed]

Callahan appeared on the 1990 revival of the television game show To Tell the Truth as a celebrity panelist.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Callahan was married to Linda Freeman from 1982 to 1994, and has two stepsons from the union.[1] He married his All My Children co-star Eva LaRue, who portrayed Edmund's love interest Maria Santos, on November 30, 1996[2] on the island of Lanai in Hawaii. They have a daughter, Kaya McKenna, born in December 2001.[2] They divorced in 2005.[3] Callahan died on March 28, 2020, after suffering a stroke the previous day,[1][4][5] and having been taken to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage where he was put on life support.[6]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1996 Marvin's Room Lance [5][7][8][9]
1997 His and Hers Scott Independent comedy film written & directed by Hal Salwen [10][11]
2009 Lost in the Woods Dan Rogers Comedy film directed by Andrew James
2011 eCupid Mr. Hutchington Romantic comedy film directed by J.C. Calciano [12][13]
2014 Tentacle 8 Man in Towne Car Mystery film written & directed by John Chi
Zoe Gone Dr. Phillips Mystery film directed by Conor Allyn
2017 Do It or Die Harry Chaddick Drama film directed by Jorn Winther
A Doggone Hollywood TV Director Family film written and directed by Jim Wynorski [14]
2018 A Doggone Adventure Beeson Crowder Family film directed by Tony Randel [14]
Upcoming Loyalty Clyde Thriller film directed by Michael Satchell (Completed) [14]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Reporter Episode: "Heritage" (S 1:Ep 14) [5]
1983 M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Officer Landers Made-for-TV Movie directed by William Graham
Emerald Point N.A.S. Lt. Jim Travers Episode: "Episode 8" (S 1:Ep 8) [14]
The Mississippi French Episode: "G.I. Blues" (S 2:Ep 10)
Three's Company Handsome socialite Episode: "Now You See It, Now You Don't" (S 8:Ep 10) [14]
1984 When She Says No Peter Wheaton Made-for-TV Movie directed by Paul Aaron [15]
Emerald Point N.A.S. Lt. Jim Travers Episode: "Friends and Lovers" (S 1:Ep 20) [14]
Fantasy Island Pete Episode: "The Awakening of Love / The Impostor" (S 7:Ep 17) [14]
General Hospital Leo Russell Recurring
1985 Hotel Duncan Wingfield Episode: "Saving Grace" (S 3:Ep 6)
1986 Falcon Crest Eric Stavros Recurring
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself Episode: "3–416" (S 25:Ep 21)
1987 Murder, She Wrote Garrett Harper Episode: "Doom with a View" (S 4:Ep 11)
1989 Days of Our Lives Tyler Malone / Artie Doyle April 1989 [5]
Murder, She Wrote Preston Howard Episode: "Test of Wills" (S 6:Ep 9)
Santa Barbara Craig Hunt Contract: August 9, 1989 – January 27, 1992 [16][17]
1991 The Image Workshop Host / Himself
1992 All My Children Edmund Grey Contract: March 23, 1992 – May 12, 2005 [5][17]
1994 21st Daytime Emmy Awards Himself Television special directed by Roger Goodman [18]
1995 22nd Daytime Emmy Awards Himself / Presenter Television special directed by Louis J. Horvitz [19]
Weddings of a Lifetime Himself / Host Television special written and directed by Kathleen Murtha [20]
1997 Spin City Edmund Grey Episode: "My Life Is a Soap Opera" (S 2:Ep 8)
77th Miss America Pageant Host Television special directed by Jeff Margolis [21]
1998 ABC Soaps' Most Unforgettable Love Stories Edmund Grey
2006 Desperate Housewives Stan Episode: "Remember, parts 1 & 2" (S 2:Ep 23 & 24) [5]
Watch Over Me Richard Porter Recurring
4 episodes
2007 Bone Eater Seth Pomeroy Made-for-TV Movie written & directed by Bob Robertson [23]
2008 Cold Case Bruce Donnelly '08 Episode: "The Dealer" (S 6:Ep 6)
Days of Our Lives Dr. Baker Contract: November 24, 2008 – August 26, 2010 [5]
2010 Dinocroc vs. Supergator Charlie Swanson Made-for-TV Movie written & directed by Andrew James
The Bay Det. Mackenzie Johnson Main cast [5][14]
2015 Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre Carl Made-for-TV Movie directed by Jim Wynorski [24]
2016 Ladies of the Lake Tommy Nolan Miniseries directed by Sonia Blangiardo

Documentaries and videosEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1994 Daytime's Most Wanted: Men of Passion Himself Videocassette [25]
2003 Biography Edmund Grey



  1. ^ a b c "John Callahan Dead: 'Days of Our Lives' Star Unexpectedly Dies at 66". New York City: Heavy Inc. March 28, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "The AMC Pages – About the Actors – John Callahan". SoapCentral. Archived from the original on February 5, 2005. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (March 28, 2020). "John Callahan, of All My Children and Santa Barbara, Dead at 66". TVLine. United States: TVLine Media, LLC.(Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  4. ^ SOD (March 28, 2020). "AMC ALUM JOHN CALLAHAN DIES AT 66". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Beresford, Trilby (March 28, 2020). "John Callahan, Actor on 'All My Children,' Dies at 66". The Hollywood Reporter. Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group (Valence Media). Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  6. ^ Johnson, Megan (March 28, 2020). "'All My Children' star John Callahan dies at age 66". Yahoo! News. United States: Verizon Media. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  7. ^ Marks, Peter (December 8, 1996). "Two Wrenching Dramas Find Unexpected New Lives". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  8. ^ "Marvin's Room (1996) Overview". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. December 8, 1996. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  9. ^ Levy, Emanuel (December 14, 1996). "Marvin's Room". Variety. United States: Variety Media, LLC. (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "His & Hers". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Levy, Emanuel (January 26, 1997). "His and Hers". Variety. United States: Variety Media, LLC. (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  12. ^ Koehler, Robert (July 31, 2011). "eCupid". Variety. United States: Variety Media, LLC. (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  13. ^ Lyons 2012, p. 74.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Dick, Jeremy (March 29, 2020). "John Callahan Dies, All My Children Star Was 66". TVWeb. United states: TVWeb, LLC. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  15. ^ O'Connor, John J. (January 30, 1984). "TV REVIEWS ; COMPLICATED CASE OF RAPE ON ABC". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  16. ^ a b c Fix, Christine (March 28, 2020). "John Callahan, Former All My Children, Days of our Lives & Santa Barbara Star Dies at 66". United States: SheKnows Media. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  17. ^ a b c Associated Press (March 28, 2020). "Longtime soap opera actor John Callahan dies at 66". ABC News. New York City: American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  18. ^ "Emmy's Eye Is on CBS, With 17 Daytime Awards : Television: In the 21st annual presentation, 'Sesame Street' takes 7 honors and Winfrey is once again voted best talk-show host". Los Angeles Times. May 27, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  19. ^ Margulies, Lee (May 22, 1995). "'General Hospital' Leads the Field in Daytime Emmys : Television: CBS takes most awards, and several long-running serials make strong showings". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times Communications LLC (Nant Capital. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  20. ^ Davis 2019, p. 187.
  21. ^ "Miss America: FAQ". MissAmerica. Atlantic City, New Jersey: Miss America Organization. Archived from the original on March 13, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  22. ^ Johnson, Steve (August 10, 1998). ""ABC Soaps' Most Unforgettable Love Stories": ABC,." Chicago Tribune. Chicago: Tribune Publishing.
  23. ^ Foy, Scott (December 7, 2007). "Bone Eater (DVD)". Dread Central. United States: Dread Central Media, LLC. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  24. ^ Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre. Shout! Studios (DVD). Los Angeles: Shout! Factory. May 3, 2016. ASIN B01BHCPQFS. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  25. ^ Daytime's Most Wanted: Men of Passion. ABC Studios (VHS). Burbank, California: Walt Disney Television. February 2, 1994. ASIN 6303007732. Retrieved March 31, 2020.CS1 maint: ASIN uses ISBN (link)


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Preceded by
Regis Philbin (solo host)
Miss America Pageant host
1997 (co-host with Eva LaRue)
Succeeded by
Boomer Esiason and Meredith Vieira