Beverly Hills, 90210 Actor David Gail Dead at 58

David Gail, who starred on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Stuart Carson, a love interest of Shannen Doherty's character, and also appeared on shows such as Port Charles, has passed away.

By Corinne Heller Jan 21, 2024 10:46 PMTags
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The daytime and primetime soap worlds are mourning one of their own.

David Gail, who played Stuart Carson on Beverly Hills, 90210 and also appeared on other '90s shows such as the General Hospital spinoff Port Charles, has died, according to multiple outlets. He was 58.

The actor's death was confirmed by his friend, Katie Colmenares. "There's barely been even a day in my life when you were not with me by my side," she wrote in a Jan. 20 Instagram post, alongside a photo of the two hugging. "Always my wingman always my best friend ready to face anything and anyone w me."

She continued, "I will hold you so tight every day in my heart you gorgeous loving amazing fierce human being missing you every second of every day forever." She added, "There will never be another."

E! News has reached out to Gail's talent agency for comment and has not heard back.

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Gail, a native of Tampa, Fla., made his onscreen acting debut on a 1990 episode of Growing Pains. He later appeared on shows such as Doogie Howser M.D. with Neil Patrick Harris and Murder, She Wrote with the late Angela Lansbury before he was cast on Beverly Hills, 90210.

He made his debut on the show in 1991, playing a hotel bellhop named Tom. He later returned to the series in 1994 as recurring character Stuart, a love interest of Shannen Doherty's character Brenda Walsh. After a blind date and a whirlwind weeks-long romance, the two get engaged, to the dismay of her ex-boyfriend Dylan McKay, played by Luke Perry—who died at age 52 in 2019. Stuart and Brenda almost elope in Las Vegas but ultimately go their separate ways.

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"Shannen was great," Gail said on the Beverly Hills 90210 Show Podcast in 2021. "We got along great and we had a really good relationship. We talked about the scenes, we worked on them and it was fun."

On series alumni Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth's 90210MG podcast last April, Gail also recalled filming scenes with Doherty. "I remember the first kiss we had on set," he said. "The kiss was great but I was so nervous."

Gail also spoke about the kindness shown to him on set by the cast members, noting that Perry was "very nice."

After ending his multiple episode arc on Beverly Hills, 90210, Gail went on to play Dean Collins on the drama series Savannah in the mid-90s. He was later cast as Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles, starring on the soap opera between 1999 and 2000. Stints on shows such as ER and JAG followed.

The actor appeared in a few movies, such as the 2002 rom-com Bending All the Rules with Bradley Cooper and Colleen Porch. Gail's last onscreen role was in the 2008 horror film The Belly of the Beast and his last acting credit was a voiceover role in the video game Blacksad: Under the Skin, released in 2019.

The cause of Gail's death and memorial plans were not released.

This story was updated on Feb. 27, 2024 at 12:33 p.m. PT to update Katie Colmenares' connection to David Gail.

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