Peter White, who starred as Lincoln Tyler on the ABC series “All My Children” from 1974 to 1980, has died at the age of 86. White’s death was confirmed by his co-star Kathleen Noone to multiple news outlets.
In addition to the soap opera, White also appeared in the stage and film adaptations of “The Boys in the Band” and the drama series “Sisters.” He also appeared in “Ally McBeal,” “The X-Files,” “The West Wing,” “JAG,” and more.
White was the third actor to take on the role of Tyler. After leaving the role in 1980, he returned for brief stints in 1981, 1984, 1986, 1995 and 2005.
He joined the Off-Broadway cast of The Boys in the Band in 1968 as Alan McCarthy. The play is about a group of gay men who attend a birthday party in Manhattan; At the end of the play, it is unclear whether White’s character is gay.
The production was well received by the LGBTQ+ community. As white said later“On opening night, none of us knew what we had. We were all just like, ‘It’s a play, it’s something new, it’s different and it’s good.’ It was a 100 percent gay audience – and the next day it went crazy!”
White was born on October 10, 1937 in New York City. His acting career began in 1965 when he joined the cast of The Secret Storm. He was in a touring production of Barefoot in the Park when he was called up to join The Boys in the Band.
His first soap opera role came in 1971 when he joined the cast of Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Still, his time on “All My Children” is what he remembers fondly. Like he said Soap Opera DigestHis co-star Eileen Herlie was particularly impressive.
White said: “I started the series around 1974. When Eileen came along and we all realized we were going to have our shared storylines… forgive me for saying this, but then along came soaps – [including] “All my kids” – were really good… I remember talking to them [show creator] Agnes Nixon, and she said, “I have to write a story about you because you all get along so well!” It was something like that; We immediately became a family and have been ever since, which is great.”
News of White’s death was first reported by SoapHub.