Lee Lawson, who starred as Bea Reardon on the long-running CBS serial drama Guiding Light, has passed away. She was 80 years old.
Lawson’s death was confirmed by her daughter’s Facebook post, which stated, “My Mother passed.” 22nd of May, 2022. You battled cancer and COVID-19 valiantly. You brilliant woman, take a break. Thank you so much, Mom. R.I.P.”
Lawson, who was born on October 14, 1941, in New York City, received her big break in show business in 1965 on the CBS soap Love of Life, where she played Barbara Sterling. Before getting her significant role on Guiding Light as the owner and operator of a 7th Street boarding house, she appeared on the ABC soap One Life to Live in 1979.
From 1981 to 1990, Lawson was a regular on the show, appearing in over 50 episodes. With 72 years of radio and television broadcasts, the beloved soap was the second-longest-running drama in American television history.
Her final on-screen performance was in the 1991 TV series Reasonable Doubts, alongside Mark Harmon and Marlee Matlin.
John Zderko, who starred in shows including Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, has also passed away. He was 60 years old at the time.
According to his friend and fellow actor Charley Koontz (Community), Zderko died on Thursday (May 15) as a result of complications from his cancer treatment.
Zderko, a UC Irvine graduate, began acting later in life after establishing a successful business career. He resigned his day job to pursue acting full-time after completing acting school at UCLA. He began his career on stage before acting in a few short films in the early 2000s, before landing his first major on-screen role in a 2012 episode of The Mentalist.