10 Soap Opera Patriarchs We've Loved and Lost
No. 4: Mac Cory, Another World
When asked what marked the beginning of the end for NBC's long-running, Procter and Gamble sudser Another World, more than one soap critic has cited the death of acting legend Douglass Watson. Watson's shocking demise from a heart attack in 1989 left a gaping hole in the AW canvas.
Publishing czar Mackenzie Cory's stormy-yet-loving relationship with three-time wife Rachel Davis (Victoria Wyndham) had anchored the soap since Watson assumed the role back in 1974. Following the death of Watson and Mac, AW struggled to find an adequate leading man for the indomitable Wyndham. Eventually, the soap found success with the controversial pairing of Rachel with Mac's mortal enemy Carl Hutchins (Charles Keating). As popular as the couple proved to be, Carl and Rachel never came close to capturing the magic that was Mac and Rachel.
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