Roscoe Born, Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives actor, dies at 69
"It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the death of our father and brother Roscoe Born," his family said in a statement. "The gleaming charisma and creativity that shone through his onscreen performances, fueled his robust songwriting repertoire, and charmed all those around him was matched by a darkness in his life. Roscoe has long struggled with bipolar disorder, a shadow that he succumbed to when he took his own life on Tuesday, March 3."
The statement continues, "We are grateful for the outpouring of kind words and memories. We only wish that Roscoe could have seen how much people still carry his daytime villains in their hearts. May his death remind us of the importance of opening up conversations around mental illness. May those who need help seek it. May those who seek help attain it. And may it serve them."
Born, who was born Nov. 24, 1950, in Topeka, Kan., started his career in 1976 on an episode of the TV series Joe Forrester. He went on to make several other guest appearances before finding success on daytime TV, landing his first major role on Ryan's Hope, where he played Joe Novak. He then landed a gig on ABC's short-lived 1984 prime-time series Paper Dolls, but returned to soaps where he received an Outstanding Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy nomination in 1990 for his portrayal of twin brothers Robert Barr and Quinn Armitage on Santa Barbara.
Born also had stints of varying lengths on the daytime dramas All My Children, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives, and The City. He portrayed One Life to Live villain Mitch Laurence on and off from 2009 to 2012, as well as Tom Fisher on The Young and the Restless from 2005 to 2006.
Born's friend and business partner Deanna Lynne also shared a tribute to him on the Born Roscoe Songs Facebook page Friday. "It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Roscoe Born's passing. He was an incredibly talented actor and songwriter," she wrote. "Many who knew him know how dedicated he was to social and political causes. He will be missed forever."
Born is survived by his daughter, Alberta.