MacLaughlin played the part of David Harding on the famous radio drama
“Counterspy.” Counterspy was an espionage drama
radio series that aired
on ABC and Mutual from May 18, 1942 to November 29, 1957. David Harding
was the chief of the United States Counterspies, a unit engaged during
WWII in counterespionage against Japan's Black Dragon and Germany's
Gestapo. With spies still lurking in the post-war years, the adventures
continued apace well after WWII.
Don MacLaughlin originated the role of lawyer Chris Hughes on As the World Turns in 1956, and played the role until his death in 1986. Contract negotiations kept him (and his on-screen wife Helen Wagner) off the soap for most of the early 1980s, but the show finally welcomed the two back in a big storyline with heavy uses of past clips from the show: in the story, Chris and his wife Nancy were celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary. In real life, As the World Turns was celebrating its thirtieth anniversary on the air.