Soap veteran Michael Tylo, best known for his role as Quinton McCord on Guiding Light, has passed away at the age of 73. His death was announced by a work colleague where Tylo served as a teacher.
In Memoriam: Michael Tylo
“It is with tremendous sadness that the College of Fine Arts and Dean Nancy Uscher share the passing of beloved film professor, Michael Tylo,” read a statement on the University’s website.
“Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special,” said Uscher. “He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.” Tylo’s cause of death or his exact date of death is unknown at press time.
A Lengthy Soap Opera Career
After a brief run as Lord Peter Belton on Another World in 1980, Tylo was cast as Guiding Light’s enigmatic Quinton McCord, a mystery man who employed pregnant Nola Reardon (Lisa Brown) at his home. Quint and Nola went on to become a dynamic supercouple, re-enacting classic movie scenes (including Casablanca) before making their way to the altar.
“With [head writer] Doug [Marland]’s words, Michael and I made magic together with Quint and Nola– I know it will never be repeated again on that scale,” Brown tells Soap Hub. “I’ll miss him.”
“I remember Michael’s first day on Guiding Light and how breathtaking he looked on camera,” Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope, GL) tells Soap Hub. “Some of us were watching him on the monitor in the makeup room. We knew the women would swoon once they saw him — and they did. The fantasy movie scenes he and Lisa did were wonderful — so much fun.”
Tylo exited GL in 1985 and moved on to play roles on All My Children (Matt Connolly) and General Hospital (Charlie Prince). In 1992, he was cast as twin brothers Alex “Blade” and Rick Bladeson opposite Brenda Epperson’s Ashley Abbott.
“I loved working with him,” Diana Barton (ex-Mari Jo, Y&R) says. “What sad news. R.I.P. Michael. Respectful condolences to your family and loved ones.” Tylo returned to GL as Quint in 1996 when the show wrote in the real-life passing of his TV dad William Roerick (ex-Henry). The actor remained on the show until early 1997. His last soap opera role was that of attorney Sherman Gale on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2007. His handle was likely a nod to former Y&R writer and attorney Sherman Magidson.
In real life, Tylo was wed to actress Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor Hayes, B&B) from 1987-2005. The two had met on the set of AMC in the mid-1980s where she played Robin. The couple had three children, Michael “Mickey,” Jr., who died in 2007, and daughters Izabella Gabrielle and Katya Ariel. In 2012, Tylo and wife Rachelle Tylo welcomed a daughter, Kollette “Koko.” Soap Hub sends sincere condolences to Michael Tylo’s family, friends, and fans at this difficult time.