The actor, who famously appeared in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, started out as a heavyweight prizefighter who trained under famous boxer Rocky Graziano.
After scar tissue developed on Albanese's brain, Graziano helped him score his first acting gig in 1968's The Brotherhood. The accomplished actor also appeared in Dead Presidents and As the World Turns.
Our hearts go out to Albanese's family and friends at this trying time.
Van Hansis just sat down for a super revealing interview with The Fight, and we think some of the things the actor said about being gay in Hollywood will really blow your mind!
Though the As the World Turns star has been open about his sexuality with his friends and family since he was a teenager, he found it much harder to be openly gay in a professional capacity. Basically, he was a struggling actor afraid of agents and casting directors who might typecast him!
Today is a sad, sad day in the world of daytime television!
The final episode of As The World Turnsairs today, after a 58 year run, including 4 years on the radio, and 54 years on TV. Wow!
The show debuted in April, 1956, and has been a staple of American culture for decades.
Here's a statement about the show's ending by CBS' Senior VP of Daytime Programming, Barbara Bloom:
"The true legacy of 'As the World Turns' will be the fictional characters and stories of a small Midwest town that resonated every day with millions of viewers over multiple generations, becoming a treasured daytime institution in the process."
Still kind of hard to believe that this legendary soap opera is ending. Even if you didn't watch the show…it's still a tough reality to accept!
How do U feel about the end of As The World Turns after 58 years?