Bruh, I LOL so hard when people pull out the "but people will lose jobs!" card when discussing soap cancellations. Like yall give a fck about them jobs. Get off the cross and admit you're satisfied with garbage.
I noticed this, too. Funny, because he also has top billing in the 1978 episode that has been around for a few years. I wonder when that was became standard. The next-earliest credits we have are from '66 (the ONLY black-and-white roll I've seen), and he comes after Don MacLaughlin, Helen Wagner, Nat Polen, and Rosemary Prinz. Polen and Prinz were gone by 1968, so maybe then?
Assuming he received top billing at the same time EF received the "and" distinction.
*the* best ATWT theme of all time, IMO, but y'all already knew that lol I have seen literally no video footage of Ethel Remey as Lisa's mom. I knew she was on the show until 1977, but I guess seeing her name in the credits here just made me realize how long she was really around for. She just might be my Margo Flax for ATWT.