10 Soap Opera Patriarchs We've Loved and Lost
No. 3: Chris Hughes, As The World Turns
Radio actor Don MacLaughlin originated the role of Oakdale, Illinois barrister Chris Hughes on As The World Turns back in 1956. Chris and wife Nancy (the late Helen Wagner) often served as ATWT's Greek Chorus, fretting over the romantic entanglements their children and grandchildren kept getting themselves into.
When MacLaughlin died in 1986, Chris also perished. Many of the patriarch's loved ones, including a grandson named Chris Hughes (last played by Daniel Cosgrove), still called Oakdale home when ATWT went off the air in 2010.
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