Phil Sogard, an American Film and Television Director, Died at 90

Last Updated on December 23, 2023, 5:00 am

Popular Soap Opera Days of Lives and General Hospital Director Phil Sogard passed away at 90.

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Phil Sogard, a renowned American film and television director, passed away at 90. He is best known for directing the popular soap opera Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. He was a proud member of the Directors Guild of America.

What happened to Phil Sogard?

Phil Sogard passed away earlier this year at the age of 90. The details of his death have not been made public. He was a renowned director who was well respected in the Hollywood industry. But, he led a very private life and kept his family from the spotlight. His family did not release any statement to announce his departure.

In a recent episode, the Days of Our Lives paid tribute to the late director, who gave nearly a decade of his life to the show. They also announced the sad news in a post on their social media handle, which said,

“IN LOVING MEMORY. PHILLIP WAYNE SOGARD, 1933-2023, Director, 1992-2019. Today’s “Days” episode was dedicated to long-time director Phil Sogard, who died earlier this year. Sogard was a director at “Days” from 1992-2019. Before joining “Days,” Sogard spent over a decade as a director at “General Hospital.”

Who was Phil Sogard?

Phillip Wayne Sogard was an American film and television director born on April 6, 1933. He was a native of Westlake Village, California.  He showcased his directorial talents in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Gloria Monty hired him to serve as a director on the daytime soap opera General Hospital produced by ABC.

He won many accolades for his direction on the show. He won the Daytime Emmys Award for Outstanding Direction two times for the General Hospital series in 1981 and 1982 and was nominated multiple times for his work.  In 1992, Ken Corday hired him to join the directing team of NBC Daytime’s soap opera “Days of Our Lives.,” by Corday Production, an American company.

He was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team in the Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on Days of Our Lives seven times. Phil will always be remembered for his contribution to the American television industry, especially to iconic TV series that stood the test of time and kept viewers entertained for decades.


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