Jay Pickett, longtime soap opera actor, dies at 60

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Who was Jay Pickett on Days of Our Lives?

Pickett landed appearances on a bevy of '80s shows such as “China Beach,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Jake and the Fatman” and “Matlock,” before landing a one-year role as Dr. Chip Lakin on “Days of our Lives” in 1991, THR reported. KIRO SeattleActor Jay Pickett of ‘General Hospital,’ ‘Days of our Lives’ fame dies shooting western

What role did Jay Pickett play on General Hospital?

Pickett began his soap opera career as Dr. Chip Lakin on Days of Our Lives and later portrayed Det. David Harper on General Hospital in the 2000s. His most prolific work was playing Frank Scanlon on the ABC soap (and GH spinoff) Port Charles for over 700 episodes. EW.com'General Hospital' star Jay Pickett dies suddenly on movie set at age 60

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Soap opera actor Jay Pickett has died unexpectedly at the age of 60 while on the set of his upcoming film, Treasure Valley. The news was confirmed by the film's director and producer, Travis Mills.

"Many of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened two days ago. Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene," Mills posted on the film's Facebook page on Sunday. "There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack. Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy."

Mills said Pickett was an "incredible man" who was "kind, sweet, and generous." 

"He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him. Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit. It is difficult to find the words right now to say more," Mills added. "His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent."

One of Pickett's Treasure Valley co-stars, Jim Heffel, said in a separate Facebook post that he "lost a good friend and the world lost a great person."

"Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens," Heffel wrote. "Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner."

Pickett, who was born on Feb. 10, 1961 in Spokane, Washington, began his acting career in the 1980s with appearances on television series including Rags to Riches and China Beach. He is best known for his work portraying Frank Scanlon on Port Charles, Dr. Chip Lakin on Days of Our Lives, and Detective David Harper on General Hospital

In addition, Pickett appeared on shows including NCIS: Los Angeles, Queen Sugar, The Mentalist and Rosewood, and starred in TV movies such as Inspired to Kill, 16 and Missing and The Perfect Student.

He is survived by his wife, Elena, and their three children.

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‘General Hospital’ Actor Jay Pickett Dies While Shooting Movie Scene

Yahoo Entertainment 01 August, 2021 - 09:30pm

“Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy,’ Heffel said of Pickett, both of who co-produced the film alongside Travis Mills.

Mills in a post of his own shared to the film’s official Facebook page shared a tribute to Pickett.

“Many of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened two days ago,” he wrote on Sunday. “Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack. Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”

Pickett was born in Spokane, Washington in 1961 and grew up in Caldwell, Idaho. By his college years, he was focused on becoming an actor; he received his BA degree in acting from Boise State University and his MFA in acting from UCLA with a focus in theater at both institutions.

He made appearances throughout the years in many popular TV shows including China Beach, Dragnet, Mr. Belvedere, Perry Mason, and Days of Our Lives before securing a gig on the ABC soap Port Charles as Frank Scanlon in 1997. He followed that with a recurring role in General Hospital as Detective David Harper.

He is survived by his wife Elena and their three children.

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Jay Pickett, 'Port Charles' and 'General Hospital' actor, dies at 60

NBC News 01 August, 2021 - 09:30pm

The official Facebook page of the film — in which Pickett starred and served as a producer and writer — announced Pickett's death on Sunday, writing that Pickett died suddenly while preparing to film a scene on location in Idaho.

"There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack," the film's director, Travis Mills, wrote in the post. "Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy."

Born on Feb. 10, 1961 in Spokane, Wash., Pickett began his acting career in the late '80s with appearances in television series like "Rags to Riches" and "China Beach." He scored his big break in 1991 by landing the role of Dr. Chip Lakin on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives," and went on to appear in 34 episodes of the series.

Pickett continued to build his career in the soap opera world, starring as Frank Scanlon on the "General Hospital" spin-off series "Port Charles" from 1997 to 2003. Pickett then starred on "General Hospital" itself, subbing in as Lorenzo Alcazar in 2006 and then returning in 2007 as Detective David Harper.

Pickett also guest starred on shows like "Dexter," "Queen Sugar," "Desperate Housewives" and "NCIS: Los Angeles," and wrote, produced and starred in the 2012 feature, "Soda Springs."

"As so many of us know, Jay was an incredible man. He was kind, sweet, and generous," Mills wrote. "He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him. Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit."

"It is difficult to find the words right now to say more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent."

Pickett is survived by his wife, Elena, and their three children.

Soap Vet Dead At 60

Soap Opera Digest 01 August, 2021 - 09:30pm

Jay Pickett (ex-Frank, PORT CHARLES et al) passed away on July 30 at the age of 60 while filming a movie in Idaho. The film’s co-producer, Jim Heffel, shared a Facebook post announcing the news, writing, “Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself andVernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind [partner].” Pickett was born on February 10, 1961 in Spokane, WA. His first soap role was as DAYS’s Chip from 1991-92; he also appeared in a host of prime-time projects, including NCIS: LOS ANGELES and QUEEN SUGAR. He is survived by wife, Elena, and their three children: Maegan and Michaela, and son, Tyler. Soaphub.com first reported the news

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