Hope Williams Brady
On the daytime drama Days of our Lives Kristian Alfonso has tackled many acting challenges. Alfonso’s portrayal of heroine Hope Williams Brady on Days of our Lives earned her a Soap Opera Award for Hottest Female Star in 1999. She has been nominated for numerous awards over the years.
Alfonso grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts. As a teenager, she was an above-average student whose extra-curricular activities were divided between rigorous ice skating and dance classes. Alfonso won the gold medal in figure skating at the Junior Olympics when she was only 13-years old. The combination of innate athletic ability and a fierce competitive spirit made Kristian a natural to compete in the Olympics, but an unfortunate sledding accident ended both her skating and dancing careers. That tragedy quickly turned into an opportunity for Alfonso when Wilhelmina, the world-famous modeling agency, persuaded her to enter the glamorous world of cover girls.
By the age of 15 Alfonso had graced the covers of 30 international magazines including Vogue and Bazaar. Days’ casting director Vicki Rosenberg saw Alfonso’s picture in a magazine and cast her opposite Rock Hudson in the movie-of-the-week Starmaker. In 1984, Kristian joined the cast of Days of our Lives and created one of television’s most beloved heroines, Hope Williams.
Alfonso starred for two years as ‘Pilar Ortega’ on CBS’s nighttime drama, Falcon Crest. In addition to her busy schedule, Alfonso hosted Love Stories, a half-hour syndicated reality show which focused on relationships in the ’90s. She also starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the feature film Joshua Tree. Alfonso co-starred with Kate Jackson in the CBS movie of the week Whatever Happened to Bobby Earl, portraying, against type, an evil manipulative woman. Alfonso starred with Shannon Doherty and Judd Nelson in the USA Cable Channel’s suspense thriller Blindfold. One of Kristian’s favorite roles was as the cunning Hollywood madam, ‘Lauren Etheridge,’ on the immensely popular Melrose Place produced by Aaron Spelling.
Alfonso currently makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband and their sons, Gino, Spartan and Jack. Her birthday is September 5.
John Aniston has become a legend in daytime television for his portrayal of the powerful and manipulative Victor Kiriakis on Days of our Lives.
Aniston’s career started on the stage in the original New York production of the smash hit musical ‘Little Mary Sunshine.’ His most recent stage appearance was in the Hollywood Production of the greatest of American dramas, ‘Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.’ In between were 40 other productions on Broadway, off Broadway and in regional stock or Equity Waiver Theaters. Along the way there were several dozen primetime television shows and a smattering of feature films.
He is most familiar to fans of daytime since he has appeared almost continually on the show since 1975. He joined the cast of Days of our Lives during the summer of 1985 as the nefarious Victor Kiriakis. He received double honors as Outstanding Leading Actor and as Outstanding Villain at The Third Annual Soap Opera Awards in 1986. His other daytime credits include Search for Tomorrow and Love of Life. Acting runs in the family. John’s daughter is Jennifer Aniston.
Aniston was born on the island of Crete and is fluent in Greek and Spanish. He graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Theater Arts, served in the US Navy as an intelligence officer on active duty in Panama and later in the reserves attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He currently resides in Los Angeles. He is married to actress Sherry Rooney-Aniston and they have a son, Alexander. His birthday is July 24.
Camila Banus was born July 22, 1990 in Miami Beach, Florida. Since she can remember, she has been entertaining friends and family members with her acting and dancing abilities.
Banus worked most of her life in Miami, Florida in national commercials and Spanish television shows. She also has trained many years in dance.
Banus got her first taste of daytime TV in 2008 while working as Lola on One Life to Live. She then worked on an ABC pilot called See Kate Run and Disney XD’s I’m in the Band and Zeke and Luther.
Banus is currently working as Gabriella Hernandez on NBC’S Days Of our Lives
Mary Beth Evans
Mary Beth Evans returns to the hit daytime drama Days of our Lives in the role of beloved Brady family daughter and sister, Kayla Brady, after a 14-year absence.
Evans was voted Best Actress by her 4th-grade classmates in Orange County, California. From there the self-described beach girl set her sights on a performing career. At 14 she got a job in a fast-food restaurant and had her older sister drive her to acting classes.
Following graduation from Huntington Beach High School, Evans spent five months in Europe before joining the prestigious South Coast Repertory Conservatory.
Evans is known not only for her earlier stint on Days, but also as Katherine Bell on General Hospital and Sierra Montgomery on As the World Turns. She has appeared in many television shows and movies in guest roles, local theatre productions and won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Supercouple with co-star Stephen Nichols (Steve ‘Patch’ Johnson).
As a working mother, Evans finds time to enjoy interior decorating, cooking and crafts. She has a mail order business for fresh, bake-them-yourself, apple pies. She married Dr. Michael Schwartz in 1985 and together they reside in Southern California with their three children, Danny, Katie and Matthew.
Galen Gering plays Rafe Hernandez, a handsome FBI agent assigned to guard feisty Sami Brady while she is in the witness protection program.
A native of Los Angeles, Gering graduated with honors from the University of Miami in 1999. While pursuing his education in film and creative writing, he began modeling and has appeared in over 50 national commercials. Later, Gering went on to portray the role of Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald on the popular soap opera Passions. He has also been featured in two independent films Road Trip and Pistol Whipped, and was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000. In 2004, he made a guest star appearance on NBC’s Miss Match.
Gering is also the co-founder of ReelAccess.com, an on-line website containing an extensive database of talent demo reels and additional content. ReelAccess.com provides instant access on a free web-based site for industry professionals to view.
Gering is also a writer and filmmaker and used to play Pro-Am beach volleyball. He lives with his wife, actress Jenna Gering, and sons, Dillon and Jensen, in Los Angeles. His birthday is February 13.
Dr. Marlena Evans
Delighting her fans for more than thirty years as Dr. Marlena Evans on Days of our Lives, Deidre Hall has emerged as one of daytime’s most beloved actresses, spanning all demographics and regions. She broke new ground for daytime stars when she guest-starred on shows such as The Tonight Show, Night of A Hundred Stars, and 20/20 about the birth of her eldest son with the help of a surrogate mother.
As a role model personally and professionally for millions of women, Hall was also the inspiration for Mattel’s popular Marlena Evans doll.
Hall created the character Jessie Witherspoon in the family drama Our House which co-starred acclaimed actor Wilfred Brimley and won her a Best Actress award from Viewers For Quality Television for two consecutive years. She also has starred in 10 movies-of-the-week including Tom Clancy’s Op Center and the Vince Bugliosi mini-series, And The Sea Will Tell. Her A&E Intimate Portrait ranks one of the highest rated in their history. She co-wrote and executive produced her autobiographical movie of the week, Never Say Never, a repeated ratings winner for ABC that helped raise social awareness about the miracle of surrogacy. Her story was so compelling that that it prompted People Magazine to put her on their cover twice, adding to more than 80 magazine covers including Mc Calls, Family Circle, Redbook, The Hollywood Reporter and a record four times on the cover of TV Guide.
Known for her elegance onscreen and off, Hall has been included on the best-dressed lists for years. She has hosted for the Family Channel, The Tournament of Roses Parade and the Emmy Awards. Though Hall is beloved for her work in daytime TV, she delighted her fans when she performed a dangerous elephant act with Circus Vargas, trained a mischievous seal for Circus With The Stars, cavorted with killer whales in Live From Sea World,and even performed standup comedy for A Night At The Improv.
Hall is a confident, articulate, and inspiring public speaker on the subjects of children, women and health issues, and became the spokeswoman for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America after her father succumbed to the disease. She has been nominated for three Emmys and received two People’s Choice Awards as well as being honored by the American Women in Radio and Television Association. Her charitable involvement and contributions include the Revlon Breast Cancer Foundation, P.A.T.H. (People Assisting The Homeless) and AidsWalk L.A. She also created a Days of our Lives calendar and cookbook donating 100% of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children. She is especially proud to share her passion for service with her son David, who traveled with her to Brazil as an Ambassador for Operation Smile. They were also an outspoken team in Washington where they hosted press conferences and lobbied members of Congress to support the renewal of the Child Nutrition Act.
In her latest role, Hall has become an author and publisher, with Bowman Hall Publishing’s first title, Deidre Hall’s Kitchen Closeup, released to rave reviews in July 2010. It is a fun and sassy lifestyle book appropriate for every demographic.
Hall is the devoted mother of two teenage boys, and resides in Los Angeles, California, with her sons.
Drake Hogestyn stars as John Black in the daytime drama Days of our Lives.
Shelley Long originally wanted Drake to play her husband on the sitcom Kelly Kelly (1998). He was all set to star on both that and Days of Our Lives (1965), but his schedule on Days conflicted with the filming of the pilot of Kelly Kelly and thus was replaced by Robert Hays.
Pitched in the minor leagues before getting into acting.
Graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida on a baseball scholarship and majored in pre-dentistry.
Drafted by the New York Yankees and he played third base for their farm team until he was injured in 1978.
Has a son and three daughters together with wife Victoria.
He is the stepfather of actor Ben Hogestyn.
Lauren Koslow portrays Kate Roberts, an accomplished business woman and devoted mother who has had to claw her way to the top from poverty on Days of our Lives.
Born in Boston and raised in Newport, Rhode Island and Amherst, Massachusetts, Koslow wanted to be an actor even as a young age. After graduating with a theatre degree specializing in costume design from Virginia State University, Koslow signed on with a summer stock theater group in Virginia as a costume designer. She was also asked to audition for the role of Vera in the play Ten Little Indians.
Koslow soon put her costume designing talent aside to become a full-time actress, appearing in such regional productions as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dial M for Murder and The Importance of Being Earnest. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a television career and landed roles on such shows as The New Mike Hammer, House Calls, Spies, and The A-Team.
While in an acting class, Koslow met a producer from The Young and the Restless who encouraged her to audition for his series. Koslow not only won the role, but found her husband, make-up artist Nick Schillace, on the show. Koslow was then cast as fashion designer Margo Lynley on The Bold and the Beautiful. Following this role, Koslow was cast as Kate Roberts on Days of our Lives.
Koslow is the proud mother of two, Zachariah, and Milikate. When she’s not working, Koslow enjoys traveling, painting and encouraging her children to take care of the mini family zoo. They have three lizards (two bearded dragons and one spotted gecko), a talking parrot named Charlie, three dogs named Peggy Sue, Buddy, and Murphy McMuffin, a cat named Frankie and a few horses in their menagerie.
In 2001, Koslow was nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actress for the Soap Opera Digest Awards.
Koslow and her family recently moved to a more rural area of Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles. Her birthday is March 6.
Daytime viewers know Wally from his four-year run on Days of our Lives, where he played Justin Kiriakis. In August 2009, Kurth will be reprising this role, to the delight of daytime fans.
In 1991, Wallace Kurth joined the cast of General Hospital as the charming yet ruthless businessman Ned Ashton. His popularity among General Hospital viewers is evidenced by being selected in 1996 as the Most Valuable Player on General Hospital by readers of Soap Opera Update magazine, and nominated as Hottest Male Star by Soap Opera Digest magazine, also in 1996.
Born in Billings, Montana, Wally grew up with a strong interest in acting and music. He put this talent to work in musical theater and songwriting. He has appeared on stage in a variety of works from regional theater to the Kennedy Center to Broadway, where he starred as the Pirate King in “The Pirates of Penzance.” He has also been active in the Los Angeles Equity waiver theatrical arena, where he has worked as an actor and director. He lent his talents to the musical review “Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen,” and “Sondheim: Part 3,” an annual stage event that benefits AIDS-related services in Los Angeles.
Wally also writes and performs music with Christian Taylor. Their multiple albums have received critical praise from Billboard magazine. The duo recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for Barefoot Ballet, a single from their album Freedom, which aired on an episode of General Hospital. They recorded a followup album, The EP.
Wally has also been very busy producing a documentary entitled Class C.
Wally spends many weekends each year performing music at charity functions to raise money for the Kurth & Taylor Foundation, donating money to local and national children’s charities.
Wally is married and lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and three children.
Kate Mansi joins Days of our Lives as Abigail Deveraux, daughter of Jack and Jennifer Deveraux.
Mansi grew up in Southern California as the middle child of a large Italian/Irish family. She trained as a dancer from a very young age winning several scholarships and sponsorships over the years, both in NY and LA. She joined the Pacific Festival Ballet at just 15 years of age where she was proud to be a principal dancer in performances such as The Nutcracker, Bambi, Peter Pan, and the contemporary ballet Heaven and Hell.
While in high school, Mansi developed an interest in acting, which was nurtured by her drama teacher, Bill Garrett, who cast her in her first theatrical production as the lead in The Mouse that Roared.
Mansi went on to study film and public relations at Pepperdine University in Malibu. As a sophomore, she placed second in the National Womack Speech competition and in her senior year she traveled to the Dominican Republic and Haiti to volunteer with Orphanage Outreach.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine, Mansi focused solely on her acting career and appeared on several TV shows including How I Met Your Mother and also could be seen in several national commercials and print ads.
In her free time, Mansi enjoys dancing, yoga, horseback riding and being with her beloved pup, Leighla May.
Eric Martsolf star as Brady Black, returning to Salem to repair relationships with family and friends.
Martsolf graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., with a B.A. in political science with honors, emphasizing in mass media politics and constitutional law. When he wasn’t studying, he was performing in unlimited capacities – in rock bands, choirs, operas, musicals, barbershop quartets, to mention a few. Putting his academic career temporarily on hold, Eric ventured to NYC where he began a long stretch of musical, acting, modeling, and performance endeavors.
Martsolf has since then had an exciting career in entertainment, including a starring role on the soap opera “Passions,” where played he played fan favorite Ethan Winthrop. Martsolf is also widely known for his critically-hailed comic portrayal of the Pharaoh in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, touring nationally with the show for four years.
Additionally, Martsolf has appeared in over 40 musicals and plays. Most recently, he has starred in the new musical Knight Life as Sir Handsome Plotdevice/Dark Knight, and the new musical adaptation of Garry Marshall’s Happy Days in the role of Count Malachi. Last year, he was also in a guest-starring role on NCIS.
Martsolf lives in Los Angeles with his wife and twin boys.
Casey Allen Moss
Casey Allen Moss stars as JJ Deveraux on Days of our Lives.
Moss is a native Californian, born in Hanford, but was raised primarily in Chandler, Arizona. He then moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16 with his father to pursue music.
Moss has been playing guitar since he was 12 years old. In addition to guitar, he also sings and plays the drums. His passion for music led to acting, and Moss immediately fell in love with the art. Creating characters has become a new focus and a constant thrill.
In his spare time, Moss continues to nurture his love for music by playing as much as possible.
Jennifer Horton Deveraux
Melissa Reeves, born Melissa Brennan on March 14, 1967, is best known for her role as Jennifer Horton Deveraux on NBC’s long running daytime drama Days of our Lives.
Reeves joined the cast of Days of our Lives in 1985 at just 18 years of age. She was introduced as Jennifer Horton, consummate good girl and granddaughter to the television series’ most prominent family matriarch. The audience quickly fell in love with her charm and humor, and anxiously awaited each episode that featured Jennifer and her love interest, Jack Deveraux.
Reeves and her character Jennifer grew up in America’s living rooms. They watched Reeves change from teenager to daytime drama star. She has been recognized for her work with multiple Soap Opera Digest Awards and an Emmy Nomination, earning her a place among television’s most beloved heroines.
Soap opera and daytime drama were not always her ambition. Reeves was training with Phil Black in New York to be a dancer, commuting from her hometown in Eatontown, New Jersey to Manhattan every day in pursuit of her dream. She was also studying theater at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute. An agent’s telephone call and an audition in Los Angeles landed her a role as Jade Perkins on NBC’s daytime drama, Santa Barbara. Reeves’ time in Santa Barbara was short-lived, only lasting a year, but she must have made an impression at the network, because a month after having her contract terminated, she was offered the plum role of Jennifer Horton at Days of our Lives.
Though young, Reeves did not come into her daytime drama days unseasoned. Along with her theater training she had appeared with Sarah Jessica Parker in an HBO movie Somewhere, Tomorrow (1983), and in an episode of the television series Highway to Heaven with Michael Landon in 1985.
Perhaps the most romantic drama Reeves ever acted in at Days of our Lives was a real-life drama played offscreen on the lot at NBC. Reeves first met her future husband Scott Reeves on the set in 1988, when he was introduced to the viewing audience as Jake Hogansen. Though they would not begin dating until shortly before Scott was released from Days, their romance heated up quickly, and less than a year later the two were married in Los Angeles in 1990.
Reeves and her husband Scott have two children, Emily (born 1992) and Larry (born 1997). In 1999, the family moved to Canada temporarily to shoot an ABC TV movie-of-the-week entitled Half a Dozen Babies, a heartfelt portrayal of the first successful delivery of sextuplets and the struggles of coping with six babies at once. It was a dream come true for Scott and Melissa to work together, playing real-life married couple Keith and Becky Dilley.
Reeves would say that her greatest accomplishment is her family and the close-knit unit the four of them have worked to become. Throughout her career Reeves has put family first, which translated into several extended breaks from Days to care for her young family.
In 2006, the Reeves family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where Scott developed the top 10 country music duo Blue County with good friend Aaron Benward. The two traveled the country playing to fans across America, including a concert on the campaign trail for President George W Bush. Reeves and her children traveled as often as they could with Scott, and when not traveling, cared for their five-acre farm back home in Tennessee.
After five years on the road, Scott put down the guitar and signed a contract with ABC’s General Hospital. The kids began homeschooling so that the family could stick together and use Tennessee as a base and Los Angeles as a satellite.
In February 2010, family matriarch at Days of Our Lives and real life friend Frances Reid (Alice Horton) died at the age of 95. Her death brought a number of Days family members back to the set to memorialize, on screen, and off, the life of a most beloved character and friend. Reeves was initially hired to come back to NBC for a brief time to film memorial scenes with the rest of her onscreen family.
In the summer of 2010, Reeves again reclaimed her mantel as the beloved heroine Jennifer Horton Deveraux, and to the great pleasure of millions of fans, rejoined the cast of Days of our Lives.
It’s hard to tell what’s in store for Reeves and her family. Emily began college this fall and has been recording music and working on an album with her father. Larry will be entering high school shortly and loves homeschooling with dad and mom. Along with playing Jennifer Horton, Reeves has begun a second career on the public speaking circuit.
It’s not many acting hopefuls who get the chance to personally quiz the likes of Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas and Peter Fonda on how to make it big in Hollywood, so when a young James Reynolds got the opportunity, he grabbed it. Having studied journalism in college, Reynolds spent time as a film reviewer for the Topeka Daily Capitoland, as a part of his duties, interviewed a number of filmdom’s brightest talents. Reynolds’ research has paid off as viewers who have seen him regularly on Days of our Lives and Generations will attest.
Reynolds made his first appearance as stalwart police captain Abe Carver on Days of our Lives in 1981. After nine years, Reynolds moved to the new daytime series Generations, where he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. With the subsequent demise of that series, Reynolds returned to Days of our Lives in 1991.
In 2004, Reynolds received a NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor in a Daytime Drama for his role on Days of our Lives, followed by a 2004 Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.
In addition to starring on Days, Reynolds and his wife, actress Lissa Layng, own and operate the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena where the couple co-starred in Oliver Hailey’s And Where She Stops Nobody Knows. The Reynolds were named Business Persons of the Year by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and one of Pasadena Weekly’s One Hundred Most Influential Couples in Pasadena. Reynolds has also turned his talents to directing. His productions of The Tangled Snarl and Murder Me Once were named Critic’s Choice by the Los Angeles Times and Backstage West in 2004. Reynolds was raised in the small farming community of Oskaloosa, Kansas. Reynolds enrolled in Topeka’s Washburn University, majoring in pre-law and journalism.
When he moved to Los Angeles, Reynolds quickly amassed an impressive list of primetime television and motion picture credits as well as becoming one of the foundation blocks of Days of our Lives. In addition to guest spots on such series as Seinfeld, Highway to Heaven, 227 and Hart to Hart, he co-starred with Vincent Price in CBS’s Time Express and appeared in such films as The Magic of Lassie, The Foundation and Hotline. Continuing his interest in theatre, he organized and ran the Los Angeles Repertory Theatre for seven years.
Despite his heavy schedule on the series, Reynolds still finds time to head Free State Productions, a film and TV production company involved with documentaries, movies and music videos, as well as making occasional appearances on stage in Los Angeles. He starred in Buffalo Soldier at Theatre/Theater in a taut drama about black U.S. Army troops in the American West following the Civil War for which he was nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award. He also starred with other Vietnam veterans in the acclaimed drama Tracers, which was conceived by John DiFusco and created by a group of actor/veterans in 1980. When time permits, Reynolds tours colleges in his one-man show, I, Too, Am America. The show, written and performed by Reynolds, is a commentary on the African-American experience from the time the first slaves were brought to this country up to the present day.
Deeply committed to his charitable work, Reynolds hosts an annual celebrity basketball game that raises money for South Pasadena’s High School basketball team and/or the Pasadena chapter of Ronald McDonald’s House. Reynolds has also toured with the USO to the Mediterranean, Kuwait and Afghanistan to meet and show support for our troops overseas. He also participated in the first USO Celebrity Education Program, traveling to Kaiserslautern, Germany and Iceland where he spoke with students regarding the importance of staying in school.
One of Reynolds’ greatest honors was being added to the Kansas Historical Society’s list of famous Kansans. The list includes such notables as President Dwight Eisenhower, Amelia Earhart, Langston Hughes, Barry Sanders and many others. Another honor came in 2003 when Reynolds was awarded the Heroes and Legends TV/Film Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made in the entertainment industry.
Reynolds is still an active sportsman, enjoying basketball and racquetball on his days off. The Reynolds make their home in suburban Los Angeles. His birthday is August 10.
Suzanne Rogers joined the cast of Days of our Lives in July 1973, and six years later won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Maggie Horton.
Rogers began her career at the age of 17 when she left her hometown of Colonial Heights, Virginia, to join the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. She moved to Los Angeles in 1973.
Rogers dedicates much of her spare time to helping people afflicted with myasthenia gravis, a rare muscle disease with which she was diagnosed in 1984. She is currently in remission and lives a strong and healthy life. Her birthday is July 9.
Jackson "Sonny" Kiriakis
Freddie Smith joins the cast of Days of our Lives as Jackson “Sonny” Kiriakis, son of Justin and Adrienne.
With incredible talent combined with a drive to make it to the top, Smith is one of the most watched rising stars today. As the “hot and super athletic” Marco on the 90210, Smith proved that he belongs in Hollywood showcasing his explosive acting abilities and charismatic demeanor.
Born and raised in Ashtabula, Ohio, Smith discovered his love for the arts as a teenager, and it seemed only natural for him to pack his bags and move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He arrived in Los Angeles shortly after his high school graduation in 2006, and in less than a year, Smith booked a role on Medium and appeared in the short film Weak Species. Smith also landed several national commercials including for Taco Bell, JC Penney, Petsmart and Samsung.
In addition to his recurring role on 90210, Smith appeared in the independent comedy One Wish.
While on set and studying what happens behind the scenes, Smith became interested in directing and producing and has begun drafting concepts for movies and TV shows. Smith is enjoying staying busy while pursuing his career and credits his parents for instilling a life-long work ethic, which he uses in every aspect of his life.
Josh Taylor is one of the rare actors to play two major roles on the same daytime drama, Days of our Lives. Currently playing Roman Brady a by-the-book police officer, Taylor originally played factory foreman Chris Kositchek.
Becoming an actor was always a dream from the time that Taylor was a child in his hometown of Chillichote, IL. The small town environment was not conducive to his big aspirations; at the time Taylor knew his fascination with acting would be considered “too big a dream.” The son of a beloved high school football coach, Taylor felt his dream was too big for small town life and chose to play football. “I was like ‘Tom Sawyer’ with a football,” he remembers fondly. His dad was a much loved high school coach, and the town’s Taylor Field is named after the senior Taylor. Taylor graduated Dartmouth University before heading to law school at the University of Denver in Colorado. After passing the Colorado Bar Exam, Taylor realized the corporate life was not for him and headed to Los Angeles to pursue his acting dream. He was working as a bartender across the street from NBC’s studios when he won the role of Chris Kositchek, a role he played for ten years.
During his original Days of our Lives run, Taylor was the first actor to simultaneously work on daytime and primetime television. In 1980, Taylor began his double duty while also starring on the primetime series Riker. A few years later Taylor continued his daytime role while also portraying Valerie Harper’s pilot husband, Mike Hogan, on The Hogan Family.
In addition to Riker and The Hogan Family, Taylor’s primetime credits include a five-year recurring role as Jack McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. He also appeared in other soaps, including Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless. Taylor’s movie credits include Separate Lives, Valentine and Waltz Across Texas. I Hate Hamlet, The Seven Year Itch and Bird Bath are a few of his favorite stage appearances and his television movies include co-starring with Barbara Eden in The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick.
Taylor and his wife Lisa reside in Los Angeles. He has one daughter from a previous marriage. In addition to weight training and aerobics, Taylor also practices martial arts. His birthday is September 25.
Greg Vaughan stars as Eric Brady on Days of our Lives.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Vaughan was first discovered in a community back-to-school fashion show and was immediately signed by a local modeling agent.
With the opportunity to travel the world, he ventured to Milan, Italy, only months after high school graduation. Upon his arrival, he landed prestigious campaigns for the legendary designers Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace, as well as Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.
The nomadic lifestyle came to an end through his mother’s influence. She encouraged him to follow his true passion – acting. Vaughan’s acting career began with abundant commercial work, preparing him for opportunities ahead.
In 1996, Vaughan made his television series debut as Josh Walker in the popular Aaron Spelling series Malibu Shores. This soon spun off into Beverly Hills, 90210, where Vaughan played Cliff Yeager (1996 – 1997). Trying his hand at a few small independent films, he was cast in the popular cult films Poison Ivy and The New Seduction(1997).
Vaughan spent his time between projects on a number of guest-starring television appearances in such series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Any Day Now, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Nash Bridges before shooting the controversial dramedy pilot Student Affairs for Imagine Television.
Arianne Zucker portrays unlucky-in-love gold digger Nicole Walker, a former model trapped in a bad marriage to Victor Kiriakas (John Aniston) on Days of our Lives.
Zucker, the quintessential Southern California native, was discovered at 16 years of age by a modeling scout. As her modeling career prospered, so did Arianne’s interest in television. She appeared in several national commercials including Mazda Miata and McDonald’s.
Zucker began her studies as an actress at Pierce College in Los Angeles. It was there that she first acquired her love for theater. She was involved in several workshops that included her performances in Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart and Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She continued her studies at the highly reputable Howard Fine Studios where she has been a student now for many years.
Zucker got her first role in a student film at AFI (American Film Institute) and, two months after shooting, auditioned for the role of Nicole Walker on the long running soap opera, Days of our Lives. Four months later, Zucker became the newest member of Days of our Lives and won the Soap Opera Digest Award in 2004 for Outstanding Villainess. Zucker has also worked on CSI Miami and in 2007 did a feature film called The Last Resort scheduled for release in 2008.
During her time on Days of our Lives, Zucker also worked on the stage. She co-starred in a film-noir spoof written by Frank Semerano and John Rustan called The Tangled Snarl / Murder Me Once, performed at The Fremont Center Theatre in South Pasadena. She received rave reviews, most notably from the Los Angeles Times, portraying the character of Myra Fontaine. The show ran for seven consecutive months and received six awards at the ADA Awards (Artistic Director Achievement) including Best Ensemble Cast-Comedy. The play has since been published at Samuel French Inc., The House of Plays.
In addition to her career as an actress, Zucker is also an active board member for a non-profit theater company called the Virtual Theatre Project. The company creates opportunities for actors, playwrights, directors, designers, technicians and students to express their talents in original play development and production. The company is known for its very successful play writing competition, The Pen is the Mighty Sword. Zucker believes in the idea that new talent and ideas need to be heard, and ultimately expressed, through the love and joy of writing.
Zucker devotes her time to several charities and other organizations that allows her the ability to give back to a world that has been so giving to her. She joined the USO Tour, traveling to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2004 in order to support our troops during the war effort. In more recent years, with her ever-growing passion for charity work, Zucker has become an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity in San Fernando Valley, CA and has traveled to major cities around the country leading teams in Habitat for Humanity builds. She has worked closely with co-founder Zack Rosenburg of the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans building homes in the 9th ward and raising money for families who have been displaced due to Hurricane Katrina. Zucker has joined the Step Up Women’s Network and taken part in the effort to represent and support a year of after-school college prep and career-readiness programming for an underserved girls. She has acquired relationships with other amazing organizations such as Miss World, Global Citizens, Global Volunteers, and Amigos de las Americas.
Her dedication to making a difference in this world has resulted in the recent launch of Arianne’s new passion project, LifeCHANGE Leadership Programs. The mission is to give young adults the opportunity to challenge themselves and each other to the highest possible degree, in order to realize their strength as true leaders and forces for a positive change in their world.
Zucker currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.