Thursday, October 19, 2006
SO GOOD AT BEING BAD
Some daytime actors can go from playing good guys to playing bad guys and back again without much of a problem. (Heck, OLTL's Erika Slezak can do both in one character!). Peter Bergman was nice guy Cliff on AMC and the scheming Jack on Y&R. Maurice Benard was happy-go-lucky Nico on AMC and manic-depressive mobster Sonny on GH. Judi Evans was perennially put-upon Adrianne on DOOL and tacky, pushy Bonnie on... DOOL. The list goes on and on.
But then, there are some actors who are just so darn good at being bad, that they're never allowed to be anything else.
Take Warren Burton. From 1978-1979 he was AMC's Eddie Dorrance. So convincing as Brooke's rapist that he won the Outstanding Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy in 1980!
From 1983-1987, he was Guiding Light's sleazy hospital administrator, Warren Andrews. Warren killed, Warren put out contracts hiring other people to kill, Warren stole art and Warren was responsible for unleashing a plague on Springfield (after he'd stolen the cure to make sure said plague earned him a pretty penny). Warren is in prison now. I bet when Alan Spaulding has nightmares about the bogeyman, it's Warren Andrews he imagines.
Finally, in 1988 Warren Burton played Philip Hamilton on Santa Barbara. A former military officer, Philip only killed one person on the air, then tried to frame an ex-subordinate for the crime. Practically harmless, compared to his previous reigns of terror.
But it was in 1980, hot off his Daytime Emmy Award, that Burton brought his particular brand of malice to Another World as Jason Dunlap.
What havoc did Dunlap wreak during his two-year stay in Bay City? Check out the AOL/PGP Classic Soap Channel broadcast of AW to watch a master at the top of his game!
Posted by Alina Adams at 7:02 AM