Ben Masters Wiki, Biography
Ben Masters, a well-known actor, passed away on January 11 at the age of 75. He was popular for playing Julian Crane on the famous NBC soap opera, Passions. Actress McKenzie Westmore expressed her grief on Facebook by posting a photo of herself posing with Masters and wrote:
“There are no words for the loss of my brother on screen! RIP Ben Masters! #BenMasters #restinpeace #nbcpassions #passions.” Masters died from complications of Covid-19 and was also battling dementia for a long time. He was hospitalized at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs.
Ben Masters played the role of Julian Crane in Passions
Ben Masters has played different roles in all these years. However, he gained recognition for his appearance as Julian Crane on the famous NBC soap opera, Passions.
Julian was the son of Alistair Crane and was the acting head of Crane Industries. He married Ivy several years ago and was romantically linked to Eve Russell, leading to the birth of a stillborn son. Eve thought Julian didn’t know anything about her son and the duo parted ways when the latter met TC.
Julian had many affairs over the years and Ivy threatened him when she discovered him with the maid Suzanne in bed. She was never interested in what was happening to his children and was surprised to learn that Ethan was not his son. He tried to find the secret that Ivy had been keeping from him.
When Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald approached him while she was trying to make him the Crane heir again one morning, Julian discovered that he was now married to Theresa. He tried to end the marriage, but Theresa disagreed and Alistair ordered her to kill the three women in his life. However, Julian was shot by someone and fell into a vat of boiling tuna, with the fate of him not revealed.
Passions aired for nine seasons with 2,231 episodes from July 5, 1999 to August 7, 2008. Initial response to the show was mixed, but it improved in subsequent years.
Ben Masters was popular for his performances in movies and television shows.
Born May 6, 1947, Ben Masters completed his graduation from Corvallis High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. He began his career on stage with such plays as The Boys in the Band, Captain Brassbound’s Conversion and The Cherry Orchard.
Masters made his television debut on NBC’s Muggsy, where he played the role of Nick Malloy in 13 episodes. He appeared as Dr. Leo Rosetti in 18 episodes of the ABC medical drama series HeartBeat. He played important roles in other television shows like Celebrity, Noble House, and Spy Game.
Ben made his feature film debut with the 1975 historical film Mandingo. Directed by Richard Fleischer, the film received negative reviews from critics but became a cult classic.
Masters then appeared in other movies like All That Jazz, Key Exchange, Dream Lover, Making Mr. Right, Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion, The Shadow Box, Kate’s Secret, and more.
Ben is survived by his sister Cheryl and his nieces Hannah and Clea.