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Jed Allan, Who Played Ian Ziering’s Dad On ‘90210,’ Dies Within Same Week As Luke Perry

This is sad news.

It’s a sad week for “90210” fans and friends.

Prolific actor and soap star Jed Allan, who played the father of Steve (Ian Ziering) on the original “90210,” passed away on March 9. Fellow “90210” actor Luke Perry died less than a week prior, on March 4, after suffering a massive stroke.

TMZ reported that Allan was 84 and passed away while surrounded by family.

Allan had numerous roles over the years, notably on “General Hospital,” “Lassie,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Santa Barbara” and “90210.”

Ian Ziering posted a photo of himself and Allan on screen together for “90210,” writing, “So sad to hear we’ve lost another 90210 castmate. I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve’s father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed.”

Allan was probably best known for the role of Don Craig on “Days of Our Lives.” His onscreen wife, Marlena, played by Deidre Hall, posted a tribute online after hearing of his passing.

“We’ve lost one of the really good ones,” Hall captioned a video clip of her and Allan in an emotional scene from “Days.” “Jed made it all look easy with his dark good looks, deep resonant voice, a naughty twinkle, boisterous laugh and his characteristic swagger. He used his charismatic charm to win audiences as well as cast and crew.”

Fellow “Santa Barbara” actor A. Bone Martinez posted his own tributes to Allan online. “His gift was a formidable blend of professionalism and inspiration — a perennial rock in his preparation and a force of nature once the cameras rolled,” he wrote on Facebook.

To accompany an older photo of himself with Allan, Martinez wrote on Instagram that when Allan took on the role of “Santa Barbara” patriarch C.C. Capwell, “the show finally began to find its eventually glorious stride. I LOVED working with him, as did everyone else who got the chance.”

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The actor Jed Allan walked on yesterday. Among his many unforgettable roles was that of CC Capwell, the powerful patriarch around whom the tempests of story swirled in NBC’s daytime drama Santa Barbara for many remarkable years. Jed was a pro’s pro in every sense, and an inspired artist in the moments when the red lights came on — he was fearless, and his work moved millions. I first met him in the early seventies, when his son Mitch Brown and I were cast mates on the TV series, The Cowboys. With his effervescent wife Toby at his side, he quietly asked me to keep a watchful eye out for Mitch, as it was his first gig. Jed was already a star by then, and he was as warm and articulate and charming as anyone I’d ever met. A decade later, when he came to Santa Barbara, the show finally began to find its eventually glorious stride. I LOVED working with him, as did everyone else who got the chance. Years later, he visited me backstage during the difficult run of a play I was doing — offered typically generous support — and then spoke of the loss of Toby, the love of his life, who had passed away shortly before, with literally no warning. (It was hard to imagine a human being missing another more…) In my dream, the two of them are dancing together again tonight — a great comfort to all who’ve known and loved them over the years. Condolences now to their wonderful sons, and gratitude to Jed for his unerring joy in the telling of stories, and for offering always the embrace of his massive heart. #JedAllan #ForceOfNature #TheFamilyYouChoose

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Allan’s last onscreen role was a recurring guest part on “The Bay.” The show’s official Instagram account posted a tribute to the actor, writing, “We send our deepest condolences to Mr. Allan’s close loved ones. It was quite an honor to have him appear in the ‘special guest star’ role of Harold Johnson on The Bay.”