David O'Brien (actor)

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David O'Brien (October 1, 1937 – June 14, 1989) was an American actor best known for his long-running role as Dr. Steve Aldrich on the NBC daytime serial The Doctors (1967–82).

David also had roles on numerous other soap operas, including The Secret Storm (co-starring with Christina Crawford and guest Joan Crawford), the primetime Our Private World, Search for Tomorrow, Ryan's Hope, and Loving.

His character on The Secret Storm was Kip Rysdale, who was the husband of the heroine of that show, Amy Ames, played by actress Jada Rowland. In 1976, the two actors were reunited when Rowland joined the cast of The Doctors as the second Carolee Aldrich, the wife of O'Brien's character.

One of his later roles was as Dr. Alan Glaser on Another World (1986–87). The role started out as that of a seemingly good doctor, but in the end, the good doctor was revealed to be the "Sin Stalker," responsible for killing off several supporting characters on the show.

Other television shows David starred in include The Adams Chronicles (TV mini series), The United States Steel Hour, The Heiress (TV Movie), The Cosby Show and Spencer For Hire (as recurring character Tom Flaherty). He also appeared in the movie Arthur 2: On the Rocks.

In 1989, O'Brien died from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) complications.[citation needed]

His son is David O'Brien, Jr. (born December 6, 1974).

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