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David Gail of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Dead at 58

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David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on the ABC soap opera “Port Charles” and appeared on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” has died. He was 58 years old.

His death was announced on Saturday on Instagram byKatie Colmenares. The cause and date of death were not provided.

“There has barely been a day in my life when you were not with me by my side, always my wingman, always my best friend ready to take on anything and anyone with me,” Ms. Colmenares wrote, adding: “I will hold you so tight in my heart every day, you are a fierce, beautiful, loving, incredible human being, I miss you every second of every day forever, there will never be another.

Mr. Gail was a prolific television actor in the mid-to-late 1990s. His biggest role was on the “General Hospital” spinoff show “Port Charles,” in which he appeared as Dr. Joe Scanlon in 216 episodes over the course of one season in 1999 and 2000, according to IMDb. Dr. Scanlon was the love interest of one of the show’s main characters, Dr. Karen Wexler, according to a “General Hospital” fan site.


David Gail, center, in a scene from “Port Charles” in 1998.Credit…Chris Sjodin/Disney General Entertainment Content, via Getty Images

Earlier in his career, Mr. Gail appeared in eight episodes of “Beverly Hills, 90210” on Fox.

He entered the show in 1991, during the first season, in a one-off role as a hotel bellboy named Tom after not getting the role as a recurring character, Mr. Gail said on the “The Beverly Hills Show Podcast» in 2021.

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Casting directors liked him but said he was “green,” Mr. Gail told his agent.

But a more experienced Mr. Gail would return to the series two years later in season 4, this time as Stuart Carson, the son of a wealthy businessman who becomes engaged to Brenda Walsh, played by Shannen Doherty , according to IMDb.

The marriage never took place and the couple eventually fell out, according to a “Beverly Hills, 90210 » fansite.

“When I came back, it was such a shock that I was like, ‘How could I come back?'” Mr. Gail said on the podcast, alluding to his concerns about playing multiple characters in the same series.

“But it worked,” he added.

Mr. Gail also appeared in 22 episodes of the television show “Robin’s Hoods” in 1994 and 1995 as Eddie Bartlett, and in 34 episodes of the series “Savannah” in 1996 and 1997 as Dean Collins , according to IMDb. .

A list of survivors and other details were not available Sunday evening. Messages to Mr. Gail’s representatives were not immediately returned.