Tuesday, August 3, 2021

General Hospital Actor Jay Pickett DIES on Film Set

Actor Jay Pickett, best known for his work on such daytime soap operas as General Hospital and Port Charles, died last week in Idaho while acting in a western he co-wrote, Treasure Valley. He was 60 years old. At the time of this writing, Pickett’s cause of death has not been released, but the film’s director Travis Mills believes that the longtime actor suffered a heart attack while sitting on a horse.“Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”Mills went on to say that Pickett was “an incredible man” who was “kind, sweet, and generous” to all those who collaborated with him. “It is difficult to find the words right now to say more,” he added. “His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”Pickett’s co-star, Jim Heffel, provided more insight into his death with a Facebook post of his own. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also co-producer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner,” he wrote.Jay Pickett appeared on such 80s classics like China Beach, Mr. Belvedere, Jake and the Fatman, and Matlock before transitioning into daytime soaps. Later in his career, Picket made several guest spots on such shows as Dexter, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rosewood, and Queen Sugar. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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    Matt Damon-Led Drama Trailer Released Stillwater

    (Photo Credit: Jessica Forde / Focus Features)Focus Features released the debut Stillwater trailer for the upcoming Matt Damon drama. Damon plays an American oil-rig worker in France that is trying to free his daughter (played by Abigail Breslin), who has been charged with murder. The Tom McCarthy-directed film releases July 30, 2021, so we’re just a few months away from it releasing in theaters.RELATED: Abigail Breslin Joins Matt Damon in StillwaterStillwater focuses on Bill Baker (Damon), an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter.Alongside Damon (Ford v. Ferrari, The Last Duel), the cast for the film includes Academy Award nominee Breslin (Zombieland: Double Tap, Scream Queens), César Award nominee Camille Cottin (Killing Eve, House of Gucci), and Deanna Dunagan (The Visit, An Acceptable Loss).McCarthy, who last co-wrote and directed the Disney+ film adaptation of Stephen Pastis’ Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, directs the film on a script he co-wrote alongside Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things, Come Sunday), Thomas Bidegain (Rust and Bone, The Sisters Brothers) and Noé Debré (We’re Not Animals, Dheepan).RELATED: Focus Features Sets July Release for Matt Damon-Led StillwaterIn addition to directing, McCarthy is producing the film alongside Steve Golin, Jonathan King, and Liza Chasin, with DreamWorks Pictures co-producing alongside Amblin Partners, Anonymous Content, Participant Media, Slow Pony, and 3dot ProductionsCheck out the newly released Stillwater trailer below:

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