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11 hours ago, DRW50 said:

Peter Simon is a superb actor, but he is so backbreakingly heavy as Ed - I love watching his work, but I do think overall Mart Hulswit got the balance right. Anyway, Ed's scenes with Lillian and especially that last scene with Bridget are just terrific - that Ed and Bridget scene is downright phenomenal, as it's freed of some of the writerly shackles of his earlier monologue to Lillian. 

 

Simon is a really good actor, and agreed, he is just soooo DOUR which as was pointed out a change from Mart's Ed who was sunny, and had the Charita Bauer earthy thing about him. He looks way more like he would be MOL'd dad, and it is sad about MOL...who also had that happy big brother ready to help thing, but later on he always tried to be a "dramatic," actor and failed and relied on goofball material. It didnt help that the writers could not see that a nice uncomplicated cute guy could be viable in a soap world.

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Peter Simon was the only Ed I knew when I started watching, but having since seen Mart in the role, holy cow what a big difference. Hulswit was fantastic :wub: and totally believable as Charita Bauer's/Bert's on-screen son. Simon can be too dour. He can also give great performances but you can also see on-screen when he's dead in the eyes and checked out ...

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Was Simon's interpretation of Ed Bauer dour before Maureen was killed off? It seems as though writers cast Simon to be the "heavy", as if this is what they expected from a patriarch on a soap.  The irony is that, in the long run, Ed didn't become anything close to a patriarch, mainly a man who would engage in emotional self-flagellation and wring his hands about what could have been in his life, in regards to his failed relationships.

 

Was Michael O'Leary being cast because of a resemblance to Mart Hulswit? Without even looking at pictures, I'm seeing a resemblance in my mind's eye.

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On 1/11/2020 at 1:59 PM, DRW50 said:

I think this one has been up before and the channel was probably taken down, but still, it hasn't been up for a while. July 1, 1980.

 

 

Not sure if @zanereed still posts here but they may like this (although I don't think Mike is in it).

 

I do - thank you for posting this, @DRW50 - there's no Mike, but it still has a majority of my favorites in it.

 

@Mitch - good question. I can't remember either why Brandon initially left his stock to Amanda. @vetsoapfan - do you remember at all? 

 

And I will wholeheartedly agree with all of you - in my opinion, the best Ed Bauer was Hulswit. He had warmth that Peter Simon never had, yet still had the temper that Robert Gentry had before him. Plus, Hulswit looked like Michael O'Leary's father 😁.

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5 hours ago, KMan101 said:

Peter Simon was the only Ed I knew when I started watching, but having since seen Mart in the role, holy cow what a big difference. Hulswit was fantastic :wub: and totally believable as Charita Bauer's/Bert's on-screen son. Simon can be too dour. He can also give great performances but you can also see on-screen when he's dead in the eyes and checked out ...

 

Did any of you see his work on SFT? None of his time on that show seems to have popped up online. I don't know what his character was like on SFT, but maybe falling in love with and marrying his TV wife in real life (they're still married today!) added something to his work there.

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I think Simon has his own money and didn't need the soap work..so he was less tolerant then other actors of..well, probably everything. I wonder if he is the vet in Tina Sloan's book who got out of his contract early cause of the way they were pushing all vets aside.  I know he really, really fought the "Michelle slap" and I agree with him. I do have to say, some of his demands were a bit off...(I actually think Nola and Ed could have worked if written correctly, but still think Nadine would have been good with Ed, give him a zip and he could bring her down to earth. )

 

I never understood when Simon left in 96 they didn't recast Mike? He could have had a wife who could be a new Bauer matriarch...(but I still wanted to see him with Alex..though Dusay in a love scene would scare the HELL out of me...)

 

I just don't understand Marland's feeling that Simon was sexier then MH as that was not the case..(I think Marland had a thing against..."bigger" guys who wernt muscle boys.

 

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23 hours ago, amybrickwallace said:

 

Did any of you see his work on SFT? None of his time on that show seems to have popped up online. I don't know what his character was like on SFT, but maybe falling in love with and marrying his TV wife in real life (they're still married today!) added something to his work there.

 

I know he was briefly on ATWT and Courtney Simon was a recurring character on the show but I don't know whether their characters ever intersected. Courtney Simon was also on the writing staff but I don't remember how early she started or whether Peter was already on GL by then.

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1 hour ago, DramatistDreamer said:

 

I know he was briefly on ATWT and Courtney Simon was a recurring character on the show but I don't know whether their characters ever intersected. Courtney Simon was also on the writing staff but I don't remember how early she started or whether Peter was already on GL by then.

 

Courtney left SFT around 1980 I think (didn't they recast her with Nicolette Goulet around that time?), although she made some brief returns. I think she began appearing oncamera at ATWT in the late '80s. 

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1 hour ago, DRW50 said:

 

Courtney left SFT around 1980 I think (didn't they recast her with Nicolette Goulet around that time?), although she made some brief returns. I think she began appearing oncamera at ATWT in the late '80s. 

 

I definitely remember her in Margo's miscarriage storyline which was in '86. According to IMDB she was on the writing staff in '84.

I always get Dr. Michaels and Dr. Samuels mixed up.  Apparently IMDB claims that she played both roles?  This is probably the reason why I got confused.  I do remember another actress playing Dr. Michaels at some point though. 

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Courtney left Search in  late 78, when the Corringtons became headwriters. Peter had already vacated the role of Scott (maybe a year before?) and Peter Ratray played the role until the Phillips left Henderson.

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58 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

 

I definitely remember her in Margo's miscarriage storyline which was in '86. According to IMDB she was on the writing staff in '84.

I always get Dr. Michaels and Dr. Samuels mixed up.  Apparently IMDB claims that she played both roles?  This is probably the reason why I got confused.  I do remember another actress playing Dr. Michaels at some point though. 

 

I think there was another Dr. Michaels sometime in the '90s. I remember being pleased to see Simon again. I think she also appeared on AMC as a therapist somewhere in this time period. 

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@DRW50, @DramatistDreamer, @Paul Raven

From what @Brolden and I have compared notes, 

Dr. Lynn Michaels   Oakdale's favorite psychiatrist
                                Kaiulani Lee       (temporary)  1989-1990
                                Barbara March    1988   (temporary)
                               Beth McDonald      1997
                               Courtney Simon   1985-05  on and off
 
Dr. Audrey Samuels       Donna Mitchell   1986       OB/GYN
                                       Maureen Anderman    1986
                                       Maggie Burke    1986-1996
                                      Elaine Bromka     1996-2003?   occ.
 
This is what we've estimated for both characters on ATWT.
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