Daytimers past and present took to social media to remember John Callahan (ex-Edmund, ALL MY CHILDREN et al), who died from a massive stroke at the age of 66.
Eva La Rue (ex-Maria, ALL MY CHILDREN et al/ex-wife): May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. [You’re] bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you.
I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️????????
Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Kendall, AMC): Get past the horrible eyebrows on me and you will notice the incredibly handsome man, standing beside, me at my high school graduation. That’s #JohnCallahanor better know to me as GP (but why I called him that remains between us and those closest to him) He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn’t have a father to be there. Johns greatest joy in his life, was when he had a daughter of his own @kaya_callahan. John left us this morning. I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and @evalarue as well. I will tape a pic of you to my hand held mirror (that’s for you @kellyripa ) This is all too much, especially right now, but I want the world to know how much you meant to so many people. #RIPJohnCallahan
Finola Hughes (Anna, GH): Very sorry to hear about the passing of my scene partner #johncallahan
from back on #AMC
Always ready with a fun story or joke, a true Irishman. Sending love to #evalarue
& his beautiful daughter Kaya rip #johncallahan
Cady McClain (ex-Dixie, AMC et al): So sorry to hear if the passing of the man I called “Callahan.” He was a remarkable person. Funny, silly, fun. My heart goes out to his daughter and partner in parenting, Eva la Rue.
Ricky Paull Goldin (ex-Jake, AMC): So so sad to hear this news. #johncallahan
rest in peace.
We had some good laughs together..My love and prayers go out to John’s family.
Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca, AMC): Nooo! This is heartbreaking news. John was a sweet, big-hearted man, who was always so kind to me (and to anyone he encountered.) I know I’m not alone in feeling sucker-punched by this loss. Condolences to Eva La Rue and his daughter, Kaya. He will be deeply missed by us all.
Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH): Oh my, John was way too young. What a loss. Always had a smile on my face while spending time with him. He was a fine actor and my friend. RIP John
Steve Burton (Jason, GH): Damn. Great dude. Always so nice. Too soon… prayers and thoughts with his family.
Carrie Genzel (ex-Skye, AMC): I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of
castmate John Callahan. We worked a lot together & as a newcomer I learned a lot from John who was always there to share his wisdom & humor between scenes. My heart goes out to
and their daughter Kaya
Walt Willey (ex-Jackson, AMC): All My Children has lost another of its finest and I have lost a friend.
John Callahan (AMC’s “Edmund Grey”) left this world today.
John’s dressing room and mine were in the same hall at TV23 and we spent many hours together talking and singing, laughing and bitching. When those blue eyes began to twinkle you just knew he was up to something. He will be missed.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to Eva LaRue and their daughter Kaya.
Here’s one of his favorite Irish poems:
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there… I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow…
I am the diamond glints on snow…
I am the sunlight on ripened grain…
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight…
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry—
I am not there… I did not die.
Sleep well, my brother.
DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati: So many fond memories of watching the adventures of Edmund Grey on All My Children. His sweet friendship with Angelique, his sibling rivalry with Dimitri, his romances with Maria and Brooke, and even his stint as Phoebe Wallingford’s gigolo, Eduardo… #RIPJohnCallahan #amc