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  • John Gabriel is popularly known for playing Dr. Seneca Beaulac in "Ryan’s Hope"
  • No details of his death were immediately available
  • He is also known to have played the Professor in the original plot of "Gilligan’s Island"

Actor John Gabriel, known for his role as Dr. Seneca Beaulac in ABC soap opera “Ryan’s Hope,” has died. He was 90. The Daytime Emmy nominee’s daughter, Andrea Gabriel, took to Instagram on Sunday to announce his death.

No details of his death were immediately available.

"It is with an unspeakably heavy heart that I share the news of my father’s passing. John Gabriel was my hero, my role model, and my champion, but above all, my daddy," Andrea Gabriel said in the post. "I will love you forever."

Andrea posted two pictures of her father. One was a black and white picture of the actor, while the second one was of Andrea walking down the aisle with her father on her wedding day.

Born on May 25, 1931, in Niagara Falls, New York, Gabriel portrayed Dr. Beaulac's character for the first 10 years on "Ryan's Hope" which first aired on July 7, 1975. The actor received his first and only Emmy nomination for outstanding actor in a daytime drama series in 1980.

Condolences poured on social media following the announcement of the actor's demise.

Actor Omar Metwally wrote: "Love to you and your family."

"Gonna miss him so much. Looked up to him my whole life," stated one user, while another wrote: "Andrea, I’m so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing."

Gabriel also portrayed the role of The Professor on the original plot for "Gilligan’s Island." The role was later played by Russell Johnson. Actors Nancy McCarthy and Kit Smythe were also seen in the pilot but later replaced by other actors.

The actor acted in several other soaps, including "Days of Our Lives" in 2002 in which he played Pete LeGrand's role. He also worked in shows like "Seinfeld," "Generations," "The Incredible Hulk Returns," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "General Hospital," "Love of Life," and "The New Adventures of Charlie Chan."

Besides his television career, Gabriel also performed on stage in Broadway productions like "Applause" and "The Happy Time." He was seen in movies, including "The Return of Superfly," "Death Wish 3," "Just Tell Me What You Want" and "Sex and the College Girl."

The actor shares two daughters, Andrea and Melissa, with his wife actress Sandy Gabriel who worked in "Butternut Square" and "Summer Children 1965."

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