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Edward Mallory, 76, soap actor

EDWARD MALLORY EDWARD MALLORY (file via ap)

CUMBERLAND, Md. -- Edward Mallory, who portrayed angst-ridden Dr. Bill Horton on the NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" for 14 years, died Wednesday following a long illness, said his wife, Suzanne. He was 76.

Mr. Mallory, of Salisbury, Pa., appeared on the soap opera from 1966 to 1980. He played an underdog surgeon who pined for and eventually married his brother's wife after years of keeping secret that he had fathered her son.

In 2002, Mr. Mallory told the Frostburg State University alumni magazine that he loved Shakespeare but jumped at the chance to work in television and movies, including the 1962 feature films "Diamond Head" and "The Bird Man of Alcatraz."

"When luck strikes, you have to be ready to grab the opportunity," Mr. Mallory said.

He directed several daytime serials and wrote, directed, and produced documentaries for The History Channel and A&E. He also taught at Frostburg State.

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