Edge of Night's David Froman Dead at 71

Another daytime great has passed away. David Froman died Feb. 8. He was 71. While the beloved character actor was a staple of such prime time series as Simon & Simon, TJ Hooker, Trapper John MD, 21 Jump Street, Diagnosis Murder and Matlock, Froman was probably best known for his stellar work as Gunther Wagner on the legendary Edge of Night.

Although Gunther (who's real identity was Bruno Wagner, Gunther's identical twin) was a villainous thug, who once attempted to rape Jody Travis (then-newcomer Lori Loughlin) and was later murdered in one of Edge's signature byzantine plot twists, Froman was so popular among fans he was brought back later to play the real Gunther, a lovable lug who was snarky before snark was cool. Froman played the latter role until the end of Edge's run in 1984.

After Matlock (on which he appeared for its entire run) ended, Froman retired from acting and taught drama at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Oklahoma until the time of his death from cancer. Froman will be missed by his fans, who can visit his Facebook memorial page.  Check out a clip of "The Murder of Gunther Wagner, Part 1" from  Edge of Night after the jump.


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RIP "Gunther".

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So sad, Rest In Peace David! What great memories I have of you!~

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OMG I just felt like there was going to be a third...first James Mitchell, then Francis Reid, now David Froman.  So terribly sad.

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 This guy was a great actor on EON. I used to be creeped out by his character. And those Edge of Night mysteries were truly classic! Henry Slesar was among the best at mystery storytelling in daytime.

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I remember him more from his other apperances, but he was a great actor. RIP.
Thank you for the Youtube clip, J. Bernard!