Michael Levin, Ryan's Hope Soap Opera Star, Dead at 90

Michael Levin, an actor best known for playing reporter Jack Fenelli on the ABC daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope, has died. He was 90. Levin's son, Jason

Levin, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the actor died on Jan. 6 at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, due to natural causes. The popular drama

Ryan's Hope followed characters Johnny and Maeve Ryan, who ran a bar called Ryan's, along with their children in New York City. The show ran for 13 seasons from 1975 to 1989, and

Levin appeared in 1,075 episodes, according to IMDB. In the show, Levin's character falls for the titular couple's daughter Mary, played by Kate Mulgrew, and eventually

marries into the family. Their love story was an important plot point throughout many of the show's seasons, and the duo became one of daytime soap opera's most beloved

couples. The role earned Levin three Daytime Emmy nominations for outstanding actor in a daytime drama series in 1978, 1979 and 1980.  Never miss a story — sign up

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Paying Tribute to the Celebrities Who Have Died in 2023 Levin was born in Minneapolis on Dec. 8, 1932, and later worked on his craft at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater, where

his son told The Hollywood Reporter that he acted alongside Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. He eventually moved to California and attended acting classes with Jack

Nicholson and Robert Blake, per IMDB. He also served two years in the U.S. Navy and had a penchant for woodworking.