Peter Simon (actor)

Peter Simon (actor)

Peter Simon (born September 27, 1943 in New York City, New York) is an American actor.


Early career

Simon began his career studying acting at the Exeter Academy. He attended Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Simon subsequently became a member of the professional repertory theater company at Purdue University, and also spent a season at the Barn Theater in Michigan []


Simon's best known work has been as an actor in daytime soap operas. His first role was as Scott Phillips on "Search For Tomorrow" (1969 to 1977). He appeared as Ian MacFarland on "As The World Turns" in 1979. In 1982, he began playing his most high-profile daytime role as Ed Bauer on the long-running soap "Guiding Light". He played the role from 1981 to 1984, then returned for a second run from 1986 to 1996. His portrayal of Ed included a storyline that remains one of the most controversial ones on the show - the decision to kill off Ed's wife Maureen (played by Ellen Parker) in a car accident after learning of Ed's extramarital affair.

After several attempts to woo Simon back, GL convinced Simon to return to the show for a third run in 2002. [] However, Simon publicly expressed disapproval during another controversial storyline that unfolded in 2003 and 2004. The storyline (regarding mysterious characters Maryanne and Carrie Carruthers) received criticism for revising past show history, and drew disdain from Simon in the press regarding a particular scene where it was scripted that Ed had to strike his daughter. Simon left the show again in 2004. []


Simon has done theater work as an actor and a playwright. Among his New York theater appearances are roles in productions of "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead" off-Broadway, as well as a New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Twelfth Night".

Personal life

Simon's first marriage to Merle Louise, with whom he had three children, ended in divorce. He married "Search For Tomorrow" co-star Courtney Simon in 1975, and the couple share five children (some from prior marriages, as well as one born to the couple).

External links

*imdb name|id=0800335|name=Peter Simon
* [ Peter Simon profile]

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