David Gail, the actor best known for playing Dr. Joe Scanlon (No. 2) on the General Hospital spinoff Port Charles, died on Jan. 16 at age 58.
According to a release shared by a rep for Gail’s family on Jan. 23, the actor’s official cause of death is “complications from sudden cardiac arrest.”
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The news of Gail’s death was first announced in an Instagram story posted by Peter Ferriero, who hosts a Beverly Hills, 90210 podcast, according to the Soap Opera Network. (Gail recurred on the Fox teen drama as Stuart Carson, a rich heir who was briefly engaged to Shannen Doherty’s Brenda Walsh.)
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Gail succeeded Michael Dietz as Port Charles‘ Dr. Joe Scanlon in July 1999 and held the role until August 2000, when he left the ABC soap. The spinoff took place in the fictional Port Charles, New York and featured longtime GH characters such as Lucy Coe (played by Lynn Herring), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) and Karen Wexler (Jennifer Hammon/Marie Wilson). The offshoot also introduced new characters along with a supernatural element.
In addition to his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Port Charles, Gail notably played Eddie Bartlett in the syndicated drama Robin’s Hoods and Dean Collins in The WB soap Savannah. He appeared in numerous other TV shows throughout his career, having earned his first acting credit in 1990 for an episode of the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. Gail’s other TV credits include Doogie Howser, M.D., The Round Table, Murder, She Wrote and Matlock.
His most recent TV credit was in 2003, for a Season 8 episode of JAG.
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