Rex Sterling on Young And Restless saw the late Quinn Redeker revel as Sexy Rexy

Kim Schewitz January 10, 2023
Rex Sterling on Young And Restless saw the late Quinn Redeker revel as Sexy Rexy

Quinn Redeker, who played Rex Sterling on The Young And The Restless has passed away at the age of 86, Variety reports. The soap alum died on December 20, 2022 in Los Angeles.

Redeker was a guest star staple on American television for more than three decades from the Sixties through the Eighties. He was best-known for roles in The Young And The Restless and Days Of Our Lives. He also starred in TV shows such as Starsky & Hutch and The Six Million Dollar Man.

As tributes to the soap star fill social media, we take a look at his most cherished roles in some of America’s favorite shows.

Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Days Of Our lives

Who was Rex Sterling on The Young And The Restless? 

Quinn Redeker played Rex Sterling in more than 200 episodes of CBS soap The Young and The Restless, from 1974 to 2004. Sterling, also known as Sexy Rexy, was originally a con artist named Bryan Romalotti who ended up doing jail time along with his wife and children, Danny and Gina.

His storyline began many years later when: “Jill Abbott found a bum on a park bench, cleaned him up, named him Rex Sterling, and paid him to romance her nemesis Kay Chancellor.”

As Soap Central put it: “What started out as a trick ended up a wonderful romance. Kay found out who he was but loved him so she didn’t care. They were married, and Rex signed a pre-nuptial to show his trustworthiness. Rex brought a new youthfulness to Katherine as they spent a lot of time on his motorcycle and she’d sing to him ‘I’m gonna live until I die!'”

During Rex Sterling’s tenure on the soap his character saw twists and turns, particularly in his love life. One particularly memorable plot twist was when Kay lookalike Marge Catrooke took on her identity, leading to the couple’s temporary divorce.

Redeker was twice nominated for a Daytime Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for The Young And The Restless – in 1989 and 1990.

He also played Alex Marshall in Days Of Our Lives 

Quinn Redeker joined the cast of Days Of Our Lives as Alex Marshal in 1979 and starred in more than 800 episodes of the daytime show. The character came to Salem in 1979 and worked at Anderson Manufacturing.

Alex Marshall, something of a ladies’ man, was married three times on the show, first to Mary Anderson, then to Renée DuMonde and finally to Emma Donovan. His demise came in 1987 when he was sent to prison for burning down the Salem Inn to collect insurance money.

Redeker won the Soap Opera Digest Awards’ 1983 Soapy Award for best villain for his portrayal of Alex Marshall.

Quinn Redeker was nominated for an Academy Award

As well as being a household name in the soap opera world, Quinn Redeker covered ground elsewhere in the entertainment industry.

Redeker was nominated for an Academy Award for original screenplay for his story credit on The Deer Hunter alongside Deric Washburn, Louis A Garfinkle, and Michael Cimino. The 1978 Vietnam War drama, directed by Cimino, starred Hollywood royalty Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Cazale and Christopher Walken.

The Deer Hunter took home an array of awards at the 51st Academy Awards, including best picture and best director.

Y&R family sends ‘deepest condolences’

Tributes and messages of support for Quinn Redeker’s family and friends are surfacing all over social media.

The Young And The Restless team posted a tribute to the late soap star on Twitter yesterday, January 10:

Some fans shared clips of memorable moments from Redeker’s time on The Young And The Restless and Days Of Our Lives:

Another fan called him a “wonderful soul and fabulous talent”:

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Kim Schewitz is a London-based staff writer at The Focus and HITC. She is a gold-standard NCTJ-qualified journalist with a passion for pop culture, politics, feminism, and trends. She has previously written for publications including The i paper and Glamour UK and previously worked in local news. Kim graduated from the University of Bristol in 2020 with a first-class degree in French and Spanish. She is passionate about modern languages and has spent time living in Paris and Barcelona.