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'Days of Our Lives' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 11th 2010 12:50PM
Days of Our LivesHappy 45th Birthday, 'Days of Our Lives'! In a daytime TV landscape where even decades-old classics aren't necessarily safe from the chopping block, the sand in 'DOOL's' hourglass has kept on falling, making the show currently the second-longest running soap opera on TV (after 'General Hospital').

In honor of that feat, and the drama's birthday this past Nov. 8 (which also marked the first day the soap will be broadcast in HD), we're catching up with some of the show's biggest stars of the past (and, given the show's habit of bring former Salemites home, probably the future, too).
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Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Deidre Hall
(Marlena Evans)


Then: She is the queen of 'DOOL,' the show's all-time leading lady, and her romantic life, as such, has been so storied that her full name would actually be Marlena Evans Craig Brady Bradford Black North Black. She's been one half of 'Days' supercouples with Roman and John (who, at various points, were thought to be the same person), and she's the town's resident therapist and mom to twins Sami and Eric, Belle and twins Cassie and Rex. Marlena has frequently been the subject of Stefano's evildoing, but her two most infamous storylines involved being possessed by the devil (yes, a Stefano plot) and killing half of the town's citizens as the Salem Stalker, which was another DiMera machination (this time, Stefano's son Tony), and it was revealed that the murders were faked and that all the allegedly dead Salemites, and Marlena, were actually living on an alt-Salem island, with Tony masterminding their every move.

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Deidre Hall
(Marlena Evans)


Now: In 2009, in a shocking budget cut, Evans was fired from the show she had starred on, with a few breaks, since 1976. Her Marlena remarried John Black and the two moved to Switzerland so he could be treated for paralysis. Since leaving the show, Daytime Emmy nominee Hall -- who also starred in the Krofft live-action series 'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,' and the primetime drama 'Our House' with Wilford Brimley, Shannen Doherty and Chad Allen -- has continued to serve as an ambassador for Operation Smile and just released a cookbook, 'Deidre Hall's Kitchen Closeup' (http://deidrehall.me/book.html). She updates fans on her activities at her blog (http://deidrehallofficialwebsite.blogspot.com/) and Twitter account (http://twitter.com/#!/DeidreHall), both official Hall productions after she sued her fan club president earlier this year, charging that the woman would not give her control of several Internet domains set up on her behalf before their professional relationship dissolved. And, for 'DOOL' fans wondering what John and Marlena have been up to since leaving Salem, 'A Secret in Salem,' a just-released new novel by former 'Days' head writer Sheri Anderson (http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Salem-Sheri-Anderson/dp/1402244746/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1288969615&sr=8-1) provides updates on the couple.

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Drake Hogestyn
(John Black)


Then: He appeared as a patient of Marlena's, but John Black would soon become much more, and spark one of the show's great supercouples in John and Marlena. John, birth name Ryan Brady, is the son of Colleen Brady and Santo DiMera (Stefano's dad), whose relationship kicked off the stories Brady-DiMera war. John was allegedly a Jason Bourne-ish character who didn't remember his past. As he and Marlena fell in love, she began to believe he was her presumed-dead husband Roman, and she and John were married. Happily ever after was not to be, of course, and a series of events that included Marlena's presumed death, John falling in love with other women (Diana, Kristen and Isabelle, or "Izzy B," as he called her, among them) and much interference by Stefan, kept them on on-again, off-again status. John was also, at various points, a priest (he saved Marlena from her devil possession), a cop, and was programmed to fall in love with Hope (Stefano again), and after finding out that he was actually a DiMera, he embraced the dark side, leading Marlena to divorce him. John's therapist tried to kill him -- leaving him paralyzed -- but he recommitted himself to being the man Marlena loved, and the two headed off to Switzerland, after remarrying, in Jan. 2009.

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Drake Hogestyn
(John Black)


Now: Former minor league baseball player Hogestyn had been with 'DOOL' since 1986, and the show has been his signature role, after a pre-'Days' stint on the short-lived 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' series. Since his run on the show ended, he has been rumored to be in talks to join other daytime shows, including 'General Hospital,' and earlier this summer, he made a video audition to try and land his own health and fitness show on Oprah Winfrey's upcoming OWN TV network.

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Wayne Northrop
(Roman Brady and Alex North)


Then: Northrop originated the role of Roman, the ultimate good guy, who took his job on the Salem police staff very seriously. While protecting Dr. Marlena Evans from the Salem Strangler, the two fell in love and were married, forming one of the show's all-time greatest couples. They weren't without their troubles, and, in fact eventually divorced. Later, Northrop would return to the show as a different character, Marlena's therapist Alex North, who, in a soapy twist, was retconned to be Marlena's real first husband, whose alleged death had caused her to suffer a bout of amnesia that made her forget him, and their marriage, all these years. Bottom line: Northrop was married to Marlena, as two different characters. Meanwhile, Josh Taylor, who played Chris Kositchek, Roman's groomsman when he married Marlena, was written out of the show as Chris, but returned to 'DOOL' in 1998, playing the role of ... Roman Brady.

Now: In between his 'Days' gigs, Northrop also starred on 'Port Charles,' 'L.A. Law' and 'Dynasty,' and he currently lives with wife, and former 'As the World Turns'/'Port Charles'/'General Hospital'/'DOOL' star, Lynn Herring and their two sons on a working California cattle ranch.

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Matthew Ashford
(Jack Deveraux)


Then: Handsome, clever, charming Jack had been adopted by senator Harper Deveraux, but he was actually the biological son of Salemite Jo Johnson, and brother of Adrienne and Steve "Patch" Johnson. Jack went through several only-in-soaps character transformations: Steve's girlfriend, Kayla, married Jack out of pity when he was sick, and Jack raped her after she refused to consummate the marriage while carrying on an affair with Steve. Jack was later redeemed and fell in love with -- and became a wildly popular soap supercouple with -- Jennifer Horton, who was also his cohort at the Salem newspaper, The Spectator. The couple, after many ups and downs and break-ups and Stefano-related tragedies, now lives in London. Ashford won multiple Soap Opera Digest Awards for the role.

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Matthew Ashford
(Jack Deveraux)


Now: He's continued to pop up in daytime, playing Tom Hardy Sr. on 'General Hospital' and serial killer Dr. Stephen Haver on 'One Life to Live.' In primetime, he's guest starred on 'Charmed' and 'Dharma & Greg,' and, most recently, in a Sept. episode of '90210.' He played Bill in the North American tour of 'Mamma Mia!' earlier this year, and is currently co-starring with former 'DOOL' co-star Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) on the Web soap 'The Bay.'

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Melissa Reeves
(Jennifer Horton)


Then: Half of the Jack-and-Jennifer supercouple, Jen was a rebellious teen who worried her family with her angst-y ways, until she calmed down and moved in with her grandparents, Tom and Alice. A teen relationship with Frankie Brady fizzled, and Jennifer met, argued with and then fell inevitably in love with Jack Deveraux, her boss, when she started working at The Salem Spectator newspaper. He loves her but won't admit, she falls for someone else, he kidnaps her and they finally hook up, but fate, and Stefano (and soap-y near-misses) prevent them from being together. When they're finally married, more soap-y plots, and Stefano's handiwork, split them up again and again, and finally, the two, reunited, pack up and head to London to pursue their careers together in 2006.

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Melissa Reeves
(Jennifer Horton)


Now: In June 2010, Reeves returned to 'DOOL' as Jennifer when her on-screen grandma, Alice Horton, became gravely ill. She made a scrapbook for Alice, something she had long promised she would do, before Alice passed away. Reeves is once again returning to the show on Nov. 11, but instead of a guest appearance, she's jumping back into the show as a contract performer.

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

Lisa Rinna
(Billie Reed)


Then: She originated the role of Billie, the bad girl who was charged with killing her father, Curtis, who had sexually abused her. She didn't do it (Stefano had killed him, in self defense), and, while helping her throughout the murder trial, Bo Brady fell in love with her and asked her to marry him. They were married, but the presumed-dead Hope returned, as Gina, and when it was proven that she was indeed Hope, Billie left for Paris so Hope and Bo could give their relationship another try.

Days of Our Lives Stars: Where Are They Now?

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barbsel

I love dool.....like to see vivian come back.

February 26 2012 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GRUMPIE

I wander,if Days of Our Lives will still be running a year from now. Does anyone know?

June 10 2011 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Faye

I do not like Rafe playing the bad guy. Will the old Rafe be coming back?

April 08 2011 at 10:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jwolfer199

the very people that help make Corday rich,he paid them back by letting them go,
Bryan Dattilo/Lucas Horton, Dee Hall/Marlena, Drake Hogestyn/John Black and Thaao Penghilis/Tony and so meny more,,,, the actors say its OK,but no it is not OK, its not OK for them are for us fans of 45 years....

February 10 2011 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jwolfer199

the very people that help make Corday rich,he paid them back by letting them go,
Bryan Dattilo/Lucas Horton, Dee Hall/Marlena, Drake Hogestyn/John Black and Thaao Penghilis/Tony and so meny more,,,, the actors say its OK,but no it is not OK, its not OK for them are for us fans of 45 years....

February 10 2011 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shirltolb

I like how where are they topic, was printed about magnum PI. I always wondered where cast on my other favorite shows were doing like luke and laura from one life to live. would like to see that show passions again it was very entertaining and kind of funny. all the old shows that grasp in written human emotions with obsurded story lines always leave me feeling good or make me laugh and laughter always helps me ease and somtimes forget arrows of abuse and misunderstandings in my daily life and then I dont feel angry at all, Its the best medicine I ever have

January 12 2011 at 4:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rbarrale

My wife and I have been watching "Days Of our Lives" for ever,but there is one big thing we do not like is the music at times it is so loud we can not hear what is being said, can you cut out the music so we can hear what is beening said.
Thank you

December 29 2010 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat Donaldson

I am soooo happy to see Ty Treadway on Days. He's a good looking guy, and I love watching him.

December 29 2010 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Norma J Jankowski

I also have been watching DOOL for 45 yrs. Yet I have never stopped. I have come really clise sometimes but this was the only real sane thing for me to do all these yrs. I love it. It sure would be great if Marlana & John could return. If you need help with the script to get them back please let me know "Can I Help"

December 29 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richelle

Why isn't the first SUPER COUPLE highlighted here? Where are Doug & Julie?

December 29 2010 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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