Soap Opera Star David Gail of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “General Hospital” Spinoff Dies at 58

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Soap opera star David Gail, known for his roles in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Port Charles,” has passed away at the age of 58, according to his sister Katie Colmenares. She confirmed his death in an Instagram post on Saturday, expressing her deep grief and calling him her best friend and constant companion.

The cause of Gail’s death has not been publicly disclosed, and representatives for Gail and ABC, the network that aired both shows, have not yet commented on the news.

Gail played Dr. Joe Scanlon on the “Port Charles” spinoff of “General Hospital” and portrayed Stuart Carson, Brenda Walsh’s one-time fiancé, on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Fans of the actor were alerted to his passing by Peter Ferriero, who hosts a “Beverly Hills, 90210” rewatch podcast with the show’s producers. Ferriero paid tribute to Gail on an episode of the podcast, urging fans not to search online for details until the family was ready to make an official announcement.

Before his time on these popular soap operas, Gail had a successful acting career with appearances on shows like “Growing Pains,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Matlock.” He also had roles in series such as “Robin’s Hoods,” “Savannah,” “The Round Table,” and “JAG.” Gail’s last acting credit was in 2019 when he voiced a character in the video game “Blacksad: Under the Skin.”

Gail’s talent and contributions to the entertainment industry were recognized by his colleagues and fans. During an appearance on Ferriero’s podcast, Gail expressed his gratitude for the work of the show’s creators and producers, and acknowledged the impact they had on his career.

As news of Gail’s passing spread, fans and the soap opera community took to social media to express their condolences and share their memories of the actor. His talent and presence on screen will be greatly missed.