Soap Opera Spy regrets to inform you of yet another passing in the world of soap operas. We recently learned that the former soap opera actor Jay Bontatibus has died at the age of 52, as recently reported by Soap Opera Digest.
It was reported that his family was by his side in Los Angeles, California during his final moments after Bontatibus lost his battle with cancer. Jay Bontatibus died on Sunday February 12.
One of Bontatibus’ very first roles was playing Russell Boyd on the now-canceled soap opera, “Another World” in 1996. He then appeared as Tony Viscardi on “The Young and the Restless” from 1998 to 2000, where his character Tony fell madly in love with Megan Dennison and later on Tony was killed by Megan’s sister, Tricia. Bontatibus took over the role and played Andy Capelli on “General Hospital” from 2002 to 2003. He shortly thereafter was killed off the show and shortly afterwards landed the role as Rob McCullough on “Days of our Lives” in 2008. He was no doubt an idol in the universe of soaps.
Bontatibus made several guest appearances on programs such as Cold Case, CSI: Miami, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, V.I.P., Drake & Josh, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Another World. Jay was married to former “The Young and the Restless” and “Days of our Lives” casting director Marnie Saitta from 2002 to 2005.
He also studied acting with coaches Wynn Handman, William Esper, Diane Ainslee and Sandy Marshall and was a two time All-American Boxer and two time Northeast Boxing Champion but his real passion was acting without a question. He was born and raised in Cheshire, Connecticut.
Soap Opera Spy wishes to extend the Bontatibus’ family and friends our deepest condolences.