John Gabriel (actor)

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John Gabriel
BornJack Monkarsh
(1931-05-25) May 25, 1931 (age 93)
Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer-lyricist, producer
Years active1953 – present
Children2 daughters, including Andrea Gabriel

John Gabriel (born Jack Monkarsh; May 25, 1931) is an American actor and singer who is best known for his role as Seneca Beaulac in Ryan's Hope (1975–85, 1988–89), and for which he received an Emmy Award nomination in 1980. Gabriel, who played the Professor in the original, unaired Gilligan's Island pilot, is the father of Lost actress Andrea Gabriel.[1] He appeared on Broadway in The Happy Time in 1968,[2] and produced the TV series Charles Grodin in 1995.


Born Jack Monkarsh, the youngest of three siblings born to Harry and Rae Monkarsh, Gabriel was raised in Niagara Falls, New York.[3]

Career Overview[edit]

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Gabriel has, throughout his career as an actor and singer, worked steadily in a wide variety of capacities. He has appeared on stage in two Broadway productions, The Happy Time and Applause (musical)[2] as well as Off-Broadway in Fighting International Fat at the Playwrights Horizons. Gabriel played numerous character roles in film and television over a period of five decades.

He portrayed Pedro in the John Wayne movie El Dorado, also writing its title song in collaboration with Nelson Riddle.[4]

He has starred in Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and Ryan's Hope. As a singer, Gabriel has appeared on numerous television shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and Regis and Kathy Lee, among others. He produced the Charles Grodin Show for six years.[citation needed]

Words and music[edit]

In 2004, Gabriel wrote and produced, along with his wife Sandra (herself an actress best known for her role of Edna Thornton on All My Children), a nightclub act which he regularly tours across America. The show, entitled Words And Music, is a celebration of classic American song interspersed with stories culled from Gabriel's vast experience in show business. In 2010, the production was videotaped in Los Angeles.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1990 The Return of Superfly Sarge Joyner
1980 It's My Turn Hunter
Just Tell Me What You Want Commentator Film directed by Sidney Lumet.
1976 Network TV Anchor (reporting Beale's suicide threat) Uncredited.
1975 The Hiding Place Professor Zeiner
1970 The Fakers Mark Adams Also wrote lyrics for film's theme song, "The Fakers," in collaboration with composer Nelson Riddle.
1966 Stagecoach (1966 film) Capt. Jim Mallory
El Dorado Pedro Wrote lyrics for film's theme song, "El Dorado", in collaboration with composer Nelson Riddle.
1965 Red Line 7000 Jake Film directed by Howard Hawks
1964 Sex and the College Girl Larry Devon
1960 The Story of Ruth Chilion
Identity Unknown Jamieson
1958 South Pacific Radio Officer
The Young Lions Burn
The Hunters (1958 film) Lt. Corona Also wrote and composed the film's theme song, "The Hunter." John Gabriel performed the song live on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1959.

Selected television appearances[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2002 Days of Our Lives Pete LeGrand Recurring.
1999 Law & Order Bernard Kincaide Episode: "Admissions."
1993 Seinfeld Newscaster Episode: "The Non-Fat Yogurt"
Murder, She Wrote Dr. Johnny Windurst Episode: "The Petrified Forest"
1989 Generations Vic Reynolds Recurring
1984–1989 Ryan's Hope Dr. Seneca Beaulac 726 Episodes.
1988 The Incredible Hulk Returns Joshua Lampert
1987 Kate & Allie Peter Rutland Recurring
1982 Hart To Hart Justin Recurring
1973–1975 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Andy Rivers Episodes: "The System," "A Son For Murray," "Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite," "Lou's First Date," "Hi There, Sports Fans."
1974 Here's Lucy Jack Thomas Episode: "Mary Jane's Boyfriend."
1972–1973 General Hospital Teddy Holmes Recurring
1970–1972 Love of Life Linc Morrison Recurring
1964 Gilligan's Island Professor Pilot Episode: "Marooned." John Gabriel portrayed the Professor, the part was re-cast for the series proper.
1961–1963 77 Sunset Strip Various roles Episodes: "Deposit With Caution," "The Parallel Caper," "Strange Bedfellows."
1963 The Untouchables Dr. Daniel Gifford Episodes: "Jake Dance," "Bird In The Hand."
1962 Bachelor Father Dr. Hart Bellamy
Dick Powell Theater Lieutenant Buka Recurring
1961 Hawaiian Eye Derek Demaarest, Buddy Keene Episodes: "The Pretty People," "The Kiddi Kid."
1959 General Electric Theater : Absalom My Son John Co-Starred with Burl Ives
1958 Men of Annapolis Layden Episode: "The Runaway."
The New Adventures of Charlie Chan The Actor Episode: "The Hand of Hera Dass."
1953 You Are There Major John Andre Episode: "The Treason of Benedict Arnold."


  1. "Andrea Gabriel profile". May 2, 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Broadway League. "John Gabriel profile at". Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  3. 1940 US census extract,; accessed March 6, 2016.
  4. "Bio". John Gabriel profile. John Gabriel. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  5. "Cabaret Scenes Review - John Gabriel". 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2014-01-31.

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