Soap opera actor Michael M. Ryan passed on March 1, 2017. For 15 years (1964-1979) Ryan played lawyer John Randolph on ANOTHER WORLD. The trials and tribulations of his marriage to Pat Matthews were a major part of the show. John had a daughter Lee from a previous marriage (she died in a car accident in 1969). He and Pat had twins, Michael and Mary Ann, who aged rapidly in typical soap opera fashion.When the executive producer and head writer made the misguided decision to expand the show from one hour to 90 minutes daily, John was killed off in a fire to kick off the new format in a spectacular way. The show was scaled back to 60 minutes in 1980. But, unfortunately, John remained dead.