Actor Jeffrey Carlson is lifeless at 48. He was greatest recognized for his groundbreaking position because the daytime TV’s first transgender character on All My Kids.
Time Out New York theater critic Adam Feldman was first to share the information on Twitter on Sunday, July 9. A explanation for dying was not reported.
All My Kids alum Eden Riegel was among the many first to pay tribute to Carlson after his dying. “Devastated past measure to listen to of the passing of the attractive and gifted Jeffrey Carlson,” Riegel wrote by way of Twitter on Sunday. “I really feel lucky to have known as this type soul a pal and see his sensible work up shut. Gone far too quickly — an unimaginable loss. Love you, Jeffrey. Relaxation pal.”
A Lengthy Seashore, California, native, Carlson studied performing at The College of California Davis, graduating in 1997, coaching in New York Metropolis at The Juilliard College. He appeared in a number of Broadway reveals — together with Tartuffe and Taboo — earlier than making the leap to the display. He had a visitor spot on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in addition to a small position within the 2005 romantic comedy Hitch earlier than he scored his position on All My Kids.
Carlson initially had a one-day job on the soap opera as flamboyant British rockstar Zarf. Producers determined the theater veteran was excellent to tackle the upcoming story arc for a trans character. Zarf returned to Pine Valley and developed emotions for Bianca (Riegel) and revealed that she really recognized as a lady. Zarf went on to alter her identify to Zoe.
“I used to be very moved by it,” Carlson advised the Los Angeles Times of the story line in 2006. “If it creates a dialog, I believe we’ve executed our job.”
The story earned All My Kids a GLAAD Media Award for Excellent Each day Drama in 2007. Carlson wrapped up his run on the ABC cleaning soap later that yr earlier than returning to theater work.