Quinn Redeker Dies: ‘Days of Our Lives’ & ‘Young and the Restless’ Actor Was 86

Quinn Redeker
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Longtime soap actor Quinn Redeker, known for his roles on NBC‘s Days of Our Lives and CBS‘s The Young and the Restless, died on December 20 in Los Angeles at the age of 86.

Redeker, whose television and film career spanned more than 50 years, was best known for his portrayal of Alex Marshall on Days of Our Lives from 1979 to 1987, as well as his 200-episode credit on The Young and the Restless as Rex Sterling. Redeker was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for the former series. Once in 1989 and again in 1990 for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role: Daytime for The Young and the Restless.

He also was a two-time winner at the Soap Opera Digest Awards, taking the 1983 Soapy Award for Best Villain for his role on Days of our Lives, as well as the 1989 award for “Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role: Daytime” for The Young and the Restless.

His credits also included guest appearances on shows such as Starsky & Hutch, Cannon, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mannix, That Girl, Sea Hunt, and Barnaby Jones, to name a few.

Redeker, alongside Lou Garfield, co-authored the screenplay for the 1978 Robert de Niro film The Deer Hunter, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a WGA Award for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screenplay alongside Deric Washburn, Louis A. Garfinkle, and Michael Cimino.

The 1978 war drama from director Cimino also starred John Cazale, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken and won several honors at the 51st Academy Awards, including best picture and best director.

In addition to television, Redeker co-starred in films like The Electric Horseman, The Candidate, and Ordinary People.

He is survived by his children Brennen, Arianne, Glaen, and Quinn Jr., and two grandchildren.