Peter White, a veteran actor whose career spanned seven decades, passed away at the age of 86 on November 1, 2023 at his home in Los Angeles. His cause of death was reported as melanoma, according to his ex All my kids co-star, Kathleen Noone.
Peter White is remembered for his role as Lincoln “Linc” Tyler on the long-running ABC soap opera. All my kids. However, her career included a variety of notable television and film credits, showcasing his talent over the years.
A fundamental paper
One of his pivotal roles came early in his career when he played Alan McCarthy in The boys in the band, a groundbreaking play that explores the lives of a group of gay men who gather for a birthday party in New York City. White originated this role during the Off-Broadway premiere in 1968, and continued to shine as the character when the play was adapted to film by William Friedkin in 1970.
In a 2008 interview with Soap opera compendiumPeter White shared the challenges he faced when considering the role in The boys in the band. At the time, his career was flourishing and he was hesitant about the risk that role entailed. He received guidance from actress Myrna Loy, whom he considered her mentor. She encouraged him to accept the risks that come with being an actor, and White eventually took on the character.
“On opening night, none of us knew what we had. We all just thought, ‘It’s a play, it’s something new, it’s different and it’s good.’ It was a 100 percent gay audience, and the next day they went crazy! We got a call to go to the theater early because there were so many people around the theater that we couldn’t get close,” recalled Peter White, reflecting on the impact and success of The boys in the band.
A lasting impact
In addition to his role in The boys in the bandWhite’s work in film and television included appearances on First daugther, Armageddonand the television movie Passport to Paris, where he starred alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. She contributed her talents to various projects and left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.
White’s passing marks another tragic celebrity death this year, including Matthew Perry, Cezary Olszewski and Taraja Ramsess.
Peter White’s extensive career allowed him to explore a wide range of roles and genres, and he will be remembered for his contributions to both stage and screen. His work continues to be celebrated by those who knew him and by his many fans who have enjoyed his performances over the years.