Doug Sheehan, Knots Landing and General Hospital Actor, Dead at 75

Actor Doug Sheehan, best known to TV fans for his work on soap operas General Hospital and Knots Landing, has died. He was 75.

News of Sheehan’s death was made public by the Wyoming-based Kane Funeral Home, where memorial services are being arranged. Per the announcement, Sheehan passed away “peacefully at his home on Saturday morning, June 29, 2024, with his loving wife at his side.” A cause of death was not disclosed.

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Sheehan’s first major TV role was that of lawyer Joe Kelly on ABC’s General Hospital, where he appeared from 1979 to 1982. He picked up a Daytime Emmy nomination (for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Drama Series) for his work on the soap. The following year, Sheehan joined the cast of CBS’ Dallas spinoff Knots Landing, arriving in Season 5 as journalist (and Val’s eventual second husband) Ben Gibson. Sheehan stayed on the show until Season 8, when Ben left for South America and never returned.

The actor also held memorable roles on NBC’s short-lived sitcom Day by Day (where he starred as stockbroker Brian Harper) and ABC/UPN’s series adaptation of Clueless (where he took over the role of Cher’s father, Mel Horowitz, from Michael Lerner after Season 1).

Other TV credits included episodes of Cheers, the original MacGyver, Columbo, Diagnosis Murder, What I Like About You and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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