Actor Don Stewart, best known for playing Michael Bauer on the “Guiding Light” soap opera, died Jan. 9 of lung cancer in Santa Barbara. He was 70.
Stewart was born in New York City and grew up in Norfolk, Neb. After college, he spent six years in the Air Force as a pilot.
He left the service to pursue a career as an actor and singer, landing the “Guiding Light” role in 1968. He remained with the New York-based show for 16 years.
After leaving, he moved to California, where he appeared in commercials and movies, did TV guest appearances and stage work.
His nearly 20 films include “Lost” (1983), “American Ninja” (1985) and the television movie “The Betty Ford Story” (1987).
He was the voice of Clem in the animated film “Rover Dangerfield” and also appeared in the soap operas “Santa Barbara” and “The Young and the Restless.”
He is survived by wife Carol, two daughters, a stepson and two brothers.