Anthony Herrera

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Anthony Herrera
BornAnthony John Herrera
(1944-01-19)January 19, 1944
Wiggins, Mississippi
DiedJune 21, 2011(2011-06-21) (aged 67)[1][2]
Buenos Aires
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
 
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Anthony Herrera
BornAnthony John Herrera
(1944-01-19)January 19, 1944
Wiggins, Mississippi
DiedJune 21, 2011(2011-06-21) (aged 67)[1][2]
Buenos Aires
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor

Anthony Herrera (January 19, 1944 – June 21, 2011) was an American actor.

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Early Life and Family[edit]

Anthony Herrera was born to Theresa Blackburn Herrera and Rafael A. Herrera in Wiggins, Mississippi and was one of at least six children.[3] He was raised in Stone County, Mississippi by his maternal grandparents, and graduated from Wiggins High School. He earned a Bachelor's degree from University of Mississippi and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.[2] He is the biological father of actress Gaby Hoffmann.[2][3] Gaby and Herrera were estranged shortly after her birth, and she was raised by her mother, Viva, in the Chelsea Hotel.[4]

Career[edit]

Anthony's professional acting career began in 1969. He is most known—and most hated—for his role as the evil James Stenbeck on the soap opera As the World Turns, a role he played off and on between 1980 and 2010. Herrera also played Mark Galloway in 1974 and 1975 on the same show. From the fall of 1975 to 1977, he played Jack Curtis, a college professor who cheated on his wife, driving her to obesity, on The Young and the Restless, and played Dane Hammond on Loving from 1984–1986 and again in 1990–1991.

He produced and directed a short documentary entitled Mississippi Delta Blues covering the life of James "Son" Thomas. In 1987, he wrote and directed an episode of American Playhouse entitled "The Wide Net" and starring Kyra Sedgwick.

Cancer and Death[edit]

Herrera was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma, an aggressive and normally lethal type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, in 1997. He went to Memorial Sloan-Kettering and underwent chemotherapy, total body irradiation, and an autologous stem cell transplant. These treatments were unsuccessful. In 1999, he received an allogenic stem cell transplant using bone marrow donated from his brother, John. Herrera's disease went into remission for at least nine years, and was considered a "pioneer case" and proof that donor stem cells could induce long-term remission. In 2005, Herrera wrote a book about his experiences, which he titled The Cancer War. In October of that year he testified before U.S. Congress on the importance of stem cell research. In October 2010, Herrera was the featured guest speaker at the Cardiology & Oncology International Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Death information at Michael Fairman Soaps". michaelfairmansoaps.com. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "Obituary". Stone County Enterprise. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Obituary". San Antonio Express-News. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Dana (25 March 1994). "30 Minutes of Fame". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Stuart, Dagny. "Symposium to explore cancer’s impact on cardiac patients". Reporter: Vanderbilt Medical Center weekly. Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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