Jed Allan

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Jed Allan
Lassie Jed Allan 1969.JPG
Allan with Lassie, 1969.
Born Jed Allan Brown
(1937-03-01) March 1, 1937 (age 78)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963–present
Spouse(s) Toby Brown (1958-2001)
Awards Soapy Award for Best Actor
1979 Days of Our Lives
Soapy Award for Best Actor
1978 Days of Our Lives

Jed Allan (born Jed Allan Brown; March 1, 1937) is an American actor and game show host, primarily known for his roles on soap operas.

Life and career[edit]

Daytime television roles[edit]

Allan has starred in several soap operas. He made his debut as trouble-making Ace Hubbard on Love of Life in 1964. From 1964-1965, he was one of many actors to play college professor Paul Britton on The Secret Storm who was involved with the show's leading heroine, Amy Ames. Allan replaced his future Santa Barbara co-star Nicolas Coster in the part. He is perhaps best known for his role as Don Craig in Days of Our Lives, which he played from 1971 to 1985, his exit taking place as many of the show's veteran cast members were being written out so the show could focus on younger characters. His departure from Days of our Lives was very controversial, as his character was abruptly written out with no further explanation. In one episode, he went to mail a letter and never returned, and was never mentioned in dialogue again until years later, even though just a few years earlier, he had been involved in a popular romance with the show's leading heroine, Marlena Evans. He gained a new audience when he took over the role of C.C. Capwell in Santa Barbara from 1986 to 1993. After his time on Santa Barbara, Allan had a recurring role in Beverly Hills, 90210 playing the role of Rush Sanders.

In 2004, he started playing the role of Edward Quartermaine in General Hospital. This was in some ways unusual casting, as the actor who played Edward's son Alan, Stuart Damon, is a month older than Allan himself. In contrast, his wife on the show, Lila Quartermaine, played by Anna Lee, was 24 years older than he was. The age difference between Edward and Lila was of little issue as Lee was very sick by the time Allan played Edward, and so they never shared a scene together. Prior to starring on General Hospital he starred in its spinoff Port Charles as a head angel named Ed Grant. In 2006, it was announced that John Ingle, the actor who had played Edward before Allan, was returning, and Allan would relinquish the role. Ingle returned to the role in spring 2006.

Other projects[edit]

Allan's most notable TV role outside of soap operas was when he starred on Lassie from 1968–1970 as Forest Ranger Scott Turner, who (along with another ranger) served as the iconic collie's main human companion during that time frame.

He was also a pitchman in commercial spots in 1980-1981 for McDade's, a local catalog department store chain in the Chicago area. and also for Two Guys Department stores.[1][2][3][4][5]

Allan has appeared in numerous made for TV movies,[6] hosted Celebrity Bowling during the 1970s, and wrote a book, Please, Spell the Name Right, in reference to his name often being spelled incorrectly. The book is about his experiences of 50 years as an actor working with other actors and was released in November 2004.[7]

He also hosted a game show pilot entitled Temptation in 1981 for Ralph Andrews and Columbia Pictures Television.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Allan was married to Toby Brown from September 21, 1958 until her death in 2001. They have three sons: Mitch, Dean, and Rick. Jed Allan is now enjoying semi-retirement in Palm Desert.




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