Actor David Bailey, who starred in NBC soap “Passions,” died Nov. 25 in an accidental drowning at his apartment pool in Los Angeles. He was 71.
Bailey began playing Alistair Crane on “Passions” in September. Born in Newark, N.J., he began his career onstage in shows such as “Pal Joey,” “Shadowlands” and “Death Trap.” He was a founding member of the Black Book Theater Company and created the Discovery Workshop theater training program. His most recent plays, which he wrote and directed, “Are You Listening?” and “Your Place or Mine,” were produced at the Creative Place Theater in New York.
On television, he appeared in “Another World” for 10 years and on “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns” and “Ryan’s Hope.” Outside the soap world, he had recurring roles on “Kate & Allie” and “Hack.”
He also appeared in the HBO telepic “Something the Lord Made” and features “The Believer” and “The Good Thief.” For 25 years, Bailey worked with the late Danny Thomas as the regional host of the St. Jude Children’s Telethon on WLIO-TV Lima, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife Yvonne and a son.
Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, (800) 822-6344.