Former daytime star Humert Allen Astredo (ex-Nicholas Blair, Dark Shadows; ex-Bruno Weston, One Life to Live; ex-Joe Bruno, Another World) passed away on February 19 at the age of 86. No cause of death was reported in the New York Times death notice published this past weekend.
The California native is best known as Dark Shadows' Nicholas, a demon-summoning warlock that appeared from 1968 to 1971. Soap fans may remember the character was at the center of a brief controversy when real-life Christian groups protested when it seemed Nicholas was preparing to meet Satan. In response, the show's writers reportedly switched gears by renaming the Satan character Diablos and dressing him in Grim Reaper style, instead.
Astredo, who served in the Korean War before studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, also appeared on Another World, Guiding Light, Loving, One Life To Live, Love Of Life, The Edge Of Night, Somerset, Texas, and For Richer, For Poorer. He retired in the 1980s.
The actor leaves behind his daughter, Jennifer.
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