Jerry verDorn

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Jerry verDorn
Born(1949-11-23)November 23, 1949
DiedMay 1, 2022(2022-05-01) (aged 72)
Alma materMinnesota State University Moorhead
Years active1979–2022
Bethea Stewart
(m. 1977)

Jerry verDorn (November 23, 1949 – May 1, 2022) was an American soap opera actor, best known for his role as Ross Marler in Guiding Light and Clint Buchanan in One Life to Live.

Jerry verDorn was born on November 23, 1949, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and attended Minnesota State University Moorhead.[1]

VerDorn performed on stage with the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.[1] On Broadway he was a standby for the role of John Tanner in Man and Superman (1978) and portrayed an investigator in Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (1979).[2]

VerDorn became one of Guiding Light's longest-running cast members, debuting in the role on March 19, 1979 and portraying the character of Ross for over 26 years. He won Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1995 and again in 1996. VerDorn also portrayed Ross in a 1983 television movie, The Cradle Will Fall, an adaptation of a book to film using several Guiding Light characters in supporting roles. In the winter of 1982, he played the role of Ross' soon to be first wife, Carrie Todd's (played by Jane Elliot), first husband Todd MacKenzie in Carrie's flashbacks during Carrie's murder trial of one of Ross' former nemeses, Diane Ballard (played by Sofia Landon Geier) who also appeared in the flashbacks. In the fall of 1994, he played the humorous lookalike role of Howie - "Hoss" - who was the total antithesis of Ross. His last appearance as Ross aired on October 11, 2005.

On October 25, 2005, verDorn took over the role of Clint Buchanan on ABC's One Life to Live and continued in the role until the series cancellation in 2012. On January 8, 2013, verDorn became the first actor to sign on for the revival of One Life to Live that aired on The Online Network.[3][4]

In 1977, verDorn married Bethea Stewart. They had two sons and remained wed until his death.[1] He died on May 1, 2022, aged 72, from cancer.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Jerry verDorn, 72". Classic Images. July 2022. p. 48.
  2. ^ "Jerry ver Dorn". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on June 12, 2021. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  3. ^ "OLTL Star Signs On With Prospect Park". ABC Soaps in Depth. ABC Soaps in Depth. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "Prospect Park Closes Deal With WGA, Clearing Way For AMC', 'OLTL' Production". Nellie Andreeva. Deadline Magazine. 12 January 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (May 2, 2022). "Jerry verDorn Dies: 'Guiding Light', 'One Life To Live' Actor Was 72". Deadline. Retrieved May 2, 2022.

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