Frank Parker, known best for his role as Shawn Brady in “Days of Our Lives,” has passed away. He was 79 years old.
He passed away in Vacaville, California, on Sept. 16, 2018. He died from complications of Parkinson’s disease and dementia, according to Legacy.com.
His obituary read, “Frank was a people person; he touched many lives and was loved by everyone. He could light up a room with his singing voice and was known to burst into song at any moment. He was a ham and loved the spotlight. Above all, he was the most supportive, generous, kind man and father.”
Parker began his acting career in the ’60s, but in the ’70s he appeared on television shows such as “Gomer Pyle: USMC” and “Lost in Space.”
Then in 1983, he began his role as Shawn Brady on “Days of Our Lives,” a role he played for 25 years. He retired in 2008.
While his most notable role was on “Days of Our Lives,” he also appeared on other soap operas like “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless.”
Following his death, the show’s official account as well as some of his co-stars have paid their tribute to the beloved man and spoke of his vibrant personality.
Stephen Nicols, who played Parker’s son-in-law in “Days of Our Lives,” wrote, “Rest In Peace Frank Parker Good man Good actor. Best TV pop in law So full of Blarney and Joy! Much love on your Journey. #days @nbcdays”
James Reynolds, the actor who plays Abe Carver on the show, reminisced on how Parker would smile and “burst into song.”
He tweeted, “#FrankParker, #PaBrady loved to sing and with a smile would burst into song. RIP Frank!”
Wally Kurth, who worked alongside Parker on the set of “Days of Our Lives,” tweeted, “This is sad news. I so enjoyed spending time with this man. He was a natural actor. Very believable – with a twinkle in his eye that matched his Irish brogue. RIP Frank.”
Parker is already dearly missed in the soap opera community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.
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