Michael Tylo, a soap opera actor best known for his role as Quinton Chamberlain in Guiding light, died Tuesday, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) announced. He was 73 years old. Before his death, Tylo worked as a film teacher at UNLV. The cause of death has not been announced.
“Michael Tylo was a beautiful, caring human being – he was so special,” Nancy Uscher, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said in a statement posted on the university’s website. “He was a friend, colleague, teacher and exemplary artist. He had such a rich and distinguished career, but he was humble in the face of his accomplishments. He loved his family deeply and led a joyful life, but he gave us left far too soon. He will be sadly missed, but feel a deep gratitude for all that Michael has contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV and the world. ”
It is with immense sadness that the College of Fine Arts and Dean Nancy Uscher share the passing of beloved film professor Michael Tylo.
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According to Deadline, Tylo made his soap opera debut in 1980, appearing on Another world. In 1981, the Detroit native began a three-year run on Guiding light where he played Quinton Chamberlain. He would team up with Lisa Brown’s Nola Reardon, and the couple would become hugely popular among fans. In 1987, Tylo would play Matt Connolly in All my kids and would take intrigues with soap opera legend Susan Lucci. He also had a brief run on General hospital in 1989 after moving away from soap operas to appear in prime-time shows. In 1992, Tylo will appear on The young and the restless and return to Guiding light in 1996. He will then join the cast of Love glory and beauty in 2000 before accepting a post at UNLV as visiting professor of theater and cinema.
As for prime time shows, Tylo has appeared in Murder, She Worte, Perry Mason, Lonesome Dove, A Man Called Hawk and Zoro. According to its IMDB page, Tylo’s last credited TV appearance was Nightwing: the series in 2014 while voicing Deathstroke. The young and the restless The Twitter account wrote: “Our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Michael Tylo who honored [Young and the Restless] with his skills as Blade and Rick. ”
Tylo is survived by his wife Rachelle and his daughters Kollette, Izabelle and Katya. He was previously married to Deborah Eckles and actress Hunter Tylo. Michael Tylo’s son, Michael Tylo Jr, died in 2007.