Jed Allan died on Saturday, March 9, 2019. His family was with him when he passed.
He was born Jed Allan Brown on March 1, 1935, in New York City. Jed majored in Drama at the University of Washington. He was a radio and television announcer as well as a sportscaster during his college years. He began his acting career appearing in Broadway plays in the ‘60s including Viva Madison Avenue!, Oliver!, and Barefoot in the Park.
His First Big Acting Role
His acting career on television began on soap operas. His first role was Ace Hubbard on Love of Life in 1964. He is best known for his role as Don Craig in Days of Our Lives. He was on the show from 1971 to 1985. When he left Days of Our Lives, it was controversial because they never gave his character a departure. He just disappeared with no explanation.
His next big roles were on the shows Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills, 90210. In 2004, he went back to his soap opera start, this time starring in General Hospital. He was also a fan favorite on Lassie in the late ‘60s and appeared in several made for TV movies. He even hosted a game show in the 1970s called Celebrity Bowling. He also wrote a book about his life experiences called “Spell the Name Right.”
He married his wife, Toby Brown, in September 1958. They remained together until she died in 2001. They had three sons together named Mitch, Dean, and Rick.
We Sadly Lost Another Beverly Hills, 90210 Star
Jed passed away only five days after 90210 co-star Luke Perry died. Ian Ziering, also from Beverly Hills, 90210, shared another tribute. Jed was his father on the show. He wrote in a post, “So sad to hear we’ve lost another 90210 classmate. I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from ’94 to ’99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve’s father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed.”
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The actor Jed Allan walked on yesterday. Among his many unforgettable roles was that of CC Capwell, the powerful patriarch around whom the tempests of story swirled in NBC’s daytime drama Santa Barbara for many remarkable years. Jed was a pro’s pro in every sense, and an inspired artist in the moments when the red lights came on — he was fearless, and his work moved millions. I first met him in the early seventies, when his son Mitch Brown and I were cast mates on the TV series, The Cowboys. With his effervescent wife Toby at his side, he quietly asked me to keep a watchful eye out for Mitch, as it was his first gig. Jed was already a star by then, and he was as warm and articulate and charming as anyone I’d ever met. A decade later, when he came to Santa Barbara, the show finally began to find its eventually glorious stride. I LOVED working with him, as did everyone else who got the chance. Years later, he visited me backstage during the difficult run of a play I was doing — offered typically generous support — and then spoke of the loss of Toby, the love of his life, who had passed away shortly before, with literally no warning. (It was hard to imagine a human being missing another more…) In my dream, the two of them are dancing together again tonight — a great comfort to all who’ve known and loved them over the years. Condolences now to their wonderful sons, and gratitude to Jed for his unerring joy in the telling of stories, and for offering always the embrace of his massive heart. #JedAllan #ForceOfNature #TheFamilyYouChoose
Jed’s son Rick took to Facebook to share a statement on Saturday. He wrote, “So sorry to post the very sad news of my fathers passing tonight. He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others. Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook.”
Jed is survived by three sons. What was your favorite character that Jed Allan played on television?
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