Mark La Mura of 'All My Children' dead at 68

Mark La Mura, an "All My Children" staple for the past several decades, has died. He was 68.

"How can this be? I just received the shocking and deeply saddening news that wonderful Mark LaMura has passed away," former co-star Susan Lucci wrote on Instagram. "Mark played my brother Mark on All My Children--he was such a talented and accomplished actor/ a bright and charming presence in all our AMC lives--and a really great guy. Mark was loved and he will be missed!"

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Mark La Mura throughout his life
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Mark La Mura throughout his life
ALL MY CHILDREN - 8/23/77 In Jan. 1977, Erica's half-brother, music professor Mark Dalton (Mark LaMura) came to town on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children' airing Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Kathleen Noone (Ellen) also starred. AMC77 (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ALL MY CHILDREN - 8/23/77 In Jan. 1977, Erica's half-brother, Mark Dalton (Mark LaMura), a music professor, came to town, on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. Neither Erica nor Mark knew they were related, so they dated. Mona informed them that they were siblings. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC77 (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ALL MY CHILDREN - 12/9/77 Mark LaMura (Mark) and Kathleen Noone (Ellen) in a scene on location in Central Park on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC77 (Photo by Ann Limongello/ABC via Getty Images)
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1/17/79 Erica (Susan Lucci) dazzled Pine Valley with the opening of her disco, Erica's, and enjoyed a dance with Mark (Mark LaMura), on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC79 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) MARK LAMURA, SUSAN LUCCI
ALL MY CHILDREN - 4/5/79 Brooke (Julia Barr) and Mark (Mark LaMura) in a scene on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC79 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) JULIA BARR, MARK LAMURA
ALL MY CHILDREN - 7/6/82 Ellen (Kathleen Noone) and Mark (Mark La Mura) in a scene on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children' airing Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC82 (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KATHLEEN NOONE, MARK LAMURA
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KATHLEEN NOONE;MARK LAMURA
ALL MY CHILDREN - 4/5/79'Show Coverage' which aired on April 5, 1979. AMC79JULIA BARR, MARK LAMURA(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KATHLEEN NOONE;MARK LAMURA
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1985. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JULIA BARR;MARK LAMURA
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARK LAMURA;MELBA MOORE;LESLEY GORE
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La Mura, who was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 1988, began playing Pine Valley's Mark Dalton nearly four decades ago. His most significant storylines included the romantic pursuit of his own sibling, Erica (Susan Lucci) -- he didn't yet know they were related -- and an intervention for drug addiction.

Viewers may also know La Mura from dozens of other TV appearances, including roles on "30 Rock," "The Sopranos" and "Law & Order: SVU."

 

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