Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Tony" Succumbed to AIDS


Gorgeous young actor Paul Keenan who played a minor yet noticeable role as stable groom Tony Driscoll was sadly one of the first "Dynasty" actors who passed away.

Paul, who began his career in daytime as Todd Chandler on "Days of Our Lives," took over the role of Tony in season 2 episode "The Baby" in a scene prior to Krystle and Alexis' infamous studio catfight as part of Krystle's miscarriage controversy.

Later, he reprised the role in the show's 4th season for an additional 7 episodes.

Paul, who was gay (and according to Gordon Thomson's recent radio interview led a promiscuous lifestyle), left Hollywood in early 1985 having given up on a career in acting that involved being "in the closet."



He found out he had AIDS in May 1986 and went public with that information in early July 1986.

The article below is one of many publications of a news agency piece that reported the news on July 12.

A quote by Keenan missing from the version below is concerning his reaction to the news:




"It wasn't until the doctor left the room that I could begin dealing with what was happening. Even now all my emotional responses tend to facilitate. I might wake up tomorrow morning and not want to deal with it."

Paul passed away on December 11, 1986, just one day after turning 31.


5 comments:

  1. Some people say homosexuality is the consequence of overbearing mothers and/or distant fathers. I attribute my homosexuality to Alexis and Tony the stableboy.

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  2. it's so sad ,oh my god ,terrible !!!! poor boy ,he was very very beautiful ,thanks for the article ,and please again about him ,so sad ....

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  3. my first crush and role model as a 15 year old..god to see that newspaper clip "being fed by..."just breaks my heart, cause in those days being gay was bad enough but having Aids well they would want to lynch ya... still think about him and still breaks my heart...

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  4. The sketchy one around here is Aaron Spelling, I have heard of gay friendly, but please, this producer constantly surrounded himself with young gay actors.

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