– Arleen Sorkin and John de Lancie’s longtime friendship ends with Sorkin’s passing.
– The duo left a lasting impact on Days of Our Lives as Eugene Bradford and Calliope Jones Bradford.
– John de Lancie pays tribute to his late friend and shares fond memories of working together.
The recent death of the greatly loved, gifted writer, and actress Arleen Sorkin has left her close friend and former co-star John de Lancie saddened. While their off-screen friendship lasted for decades, on-screen, the duo portrayed the unforgettable and beloved couple Eugene Bradford and Calliope Jones Bradford on Days of Our Lives.
De Lancie, known for his roles in Star Trek and Breaking Bad, wrote a heartfelt tribute to his longtime friend, expressing his grief and the great loss the world has suffered. He penned, “Most of you know her as Calliope Jones. I know her as my very talented, very funny, dear friend, Arleen Sorkin, who has passed away.” De Lancie continued his tribute by highlighting Sorkin’s unique sense of humor and talent, qualities that will be deeply missed.
Sharing the secret to their successful on-screen partnership, de Lancie talked about their shared love for finding humor in each situation. He noted that this was the secret behind Eugene and Calliope’s eccentric personalities and the reason they connected with fans on such a deep level. “Whenever there was a lull in the dialogue, Arleen would say, ‘Dance with me, Johnny.’ We would waltz, do the polka, or wrestle with fish on a deserted island.”
De Lancie also expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from fans of Days of Our Lives, who were touched by their unique on-screen chemistry. Fans fondly remember their characters’ hilarious antics and unusual storylines, from being stranded on a time-traveling island to their zany weddings. The legacy Arleen Sorkin leaves behind as Calliope Jones Bradford will forever live in the hearts of the show’s fans.
John de Lancie made sure to mention that Sorkin’s death is not only a loss to the entertainment industry, but also leaves a hole in the lives of those who had the privilege to know her. He concluded, “Arleen will be remembered for all her brilliance, and the joy she brought to so many of our lives. Goodbye, my dear friend.”