Believe it or not but one of the most popular soap operas to have graced our screens has actually been around for an amazing 55 years! Impressive, right? Days Of Our Lives is one of the most famous American daytime soap-operas as well as the longest-running scripted television programs in the world. During all of its 55 seasons, there have truly been some incredible stars – whether we loved them or hated them. Keep reading to see where about your favorite characters are today…
Anyone who has seen Days Of Our Lives will know exactly who Alison Sweeney is. She has been playing the dramatic character of Samantha Brady, or more commonly known ‘Sami’ – the troublemaker! She’s been a major part of the Days Of Our Lives Cast for so many years. Over the last decade, Sweeney has been involved in many other projects besides “Days”. After taking a break from the small screen she was also the host of The Biggest Loser and also wrote 3 books. However, rumor has it that Alison will soon be returning to Salem as the beloved Sami Brady.
John Aniston who plays the brilliant Victor Kiriakis has been on Days of Our Lives pretty much since the very beginning. But it doesn’t look like he’s aged one bit since 1985. Sadly, there are many rumors circling that say Mr. Kirakis might just be heading into retirement quite soon, after decades as a star. It was reported that Aniston suffered a stroke at the beginning of 2020. We certainly hope this isn’t true and we will see him back in Salem Place.
Every since 1983, Alfonso has played the beloved Hope Brady on Days Of Our Lives. She has captured the hearts of so many fans and is possibly one of the most recognizable faces of day time soap operas. Unfortunately, in July 2020, Kristian spoke out about her future plans. She stated that after 37 years on the show she would soon be leaving her role and taking a step back. It is unclear what the 57-year-old’s next chapter will be, but we cant wait to find out….
Another extremely famous face from the daytime drama is Drake Hogestyn who has played the chaotic character of John Black. For approximately 20 years, Drake has caught the hearts of many of his fans. Not only is he still playing John in The Days of Our Lives but he has recently started with some new side projects as well. Not too long ago, he took to social media to share that he was excited to announce that he had joined the Hallmark movie family. We really hope he is as successful as he’s been on the soap opera.
Suzanne Rogers is known as one of the most fabulous faces in the daytime soap opera. She has spent 47 years playing the most caring, emphatic, and loving character of all – Maggie Horton. She is actually the longest-running woman character in the show and it really looks like Rogers isn’t stopping any time soon. For all the Days of Our Lives die-hard fans, keep your eyes peeled for what’s about to come…
Bryan Dattilo is famously known for his role as Lucas Horton on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. Dattilo has been playing Lucas on and off since 1993. He is the grandson of Maggie Horton and at one point in the show, he was also the husband to Sami Brady. His passion for acting has shown just how great his character is. His story seems to evolve a lot as the year pass, which makes us believe that Lucas is very much staying put in Salem Place – at least for now!
Everybody knows the oh so famous, Dr. Marlena Evans, who is played by Deidre Hall. She is another sophisticated yet complex character who has appeared on Days of Our Lives for decades – 44 years to be more precise. Not only she is a superb actress in the soap opera but she also occasionally guest-hosts Clout, a talk radio program. During 2014, she also received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame! Pretty impressive, right?
Josh Taylor who plays Roman Brady is certainly one of the characters on Days Of Our Lives that you either love or hate! Roman is well-known as a police officer at Salem Place and has been romantic relationships with many of the women in Salem, some of which include Kate Roberts and Marlena Evans. It’s uncertain as to how long Roman will still be around but we hope for Sami Brady it will be for some…
Another one of the longest-running female actresses is Kate Roberts who is brilliantly played by Lauren Koslow. Her storyline for the past 36 years has been very interesting and really enticing, to say the least. She has also previously starred in some other day time soap operas such as The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless. But for now, it seems as though she staying put as one of Salem’s most notorious personas.
Peter Reckell is one super actor, and not to mention his great look as well. He is best known for playing Bo Brady, intermittently since 1983. During the times that Reckell was not on acting on the major day time soap opera, he was playing various other roles on-screen. Over the years he has bagged a few Soap Opera Digest Awards for being an “outstanding actor”. Reckwell’s last episode on Days Of Our Lives was back in 2016m however sources close to the actor have confirmed that he misses playing his mucho character…so who knows if he too will be returning to Salem Place.
The absolutely gorgeous Nadia Bjorlin first joined Days Of Our Lives Chloe Lane in 1999. Although most people are in awe of her beauty, in the soap opera she was bullied by her peers at school. Although her storyline developed rapidly, she had been ‘let go’ by the production team for various reasons. However, she had a feeling it was not permanent and she was so right. Fans were overjoyed to see her return and certainly hope she is there to stay! During her time away from Days Of Our Lives, she appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 2 Broke Girls, and Two and A Half Men.
Whether we like to admit it or not, Thaao Penghlis who played Tony DiMera throughout the years is one brilliant actor. The Australian native had an on-again, off-again role on Days Of Our Lives from 1981. His character always seemed like he was on some kind of evil mission but he played it so well it earned him several acting awards and nominations. In addition to his brilliant role on DOOL, Penghlis has authored two books. What will happen with Tony DiMera…we’ll just have to keep watching to find out.
Susan Seaforth Hayes
The oh-so-glamorous Susan Seaforth Hayes has been acting on Days Of Our Lives since 1986, however, her character originated in 1965 as a teenager. Hayes plays Julie Williams who is the sister of Hope Brady. Believe it or not but she is the only actress to appear on the show for all 7 decades! Wow, that’s incredible! She has also guest-starred in shows such as The Young And The Restless and The Bold And The Beautiful. At 77 years we truly hope she doesn’t disappear anytime soon from Salem Place.
Matthew Ashford is most famous for playing the character, Jack Deveraux. There is much to say about his on-screen persona, which is why not many fans of the soap opera adore him. Although he is so charming, intelligent, and funny, he is also often seen as manipulative and selfish. Throughout his time staring in the iconic daytime soap opera he has had a couple of “disappearances” now and again. But currently, he seems to be staying right where he is in Salem.
Eileen Davidson is actually one gorgeous, multi-talented woman. Yes, us DOOL fans know her as Kristen DiMera. But, did you know she has played a number of other characters in Days Of Our Lives? You may have to wrack your brain for this one, but slowly but surely it will come back to you. The others included Susan Banks, Sister Mary Moira, and Penelope Kent. Currently, Davidson does not act in the soap opera. She has spent her time writing four novels and also joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
One of the more handsome characters from DOOL is Galen Gering who plays the passionate Rafe Hernandez. The FBI agent has stolen many hearts since 2008, which explains why he has been involved with so many romantic affairs. The most famous one was with Sami Brady, but Hope Brady was the most recent to join this complex love triangle. Let’s hope prince charming continues to stick around…we cant wait to see how things play out!
The lovely, kind, and caring Lexi Carver is played by Renée Jones. Her role first started out in 1993 and was played up until 2012 when she departed from the show. She was the wife of Abe Carver (Salem’s mayor) and the daughter of the famous criminal mastermind, Stefano DiMera. So why exactly did this darling doctor leave Salem Place and where is she now? Jones had confirmed in an interview that she was retiring, as she wanted to live a more simple life and did not want to be a part of the soapie any longer.
Jay Kenneth Johnson
Another handsome hunk that stole the hearts of many fans and women on DOOL. Jay Kenneth Johnson’s career on Days Of Our Lives began in 1999 where he was cast to play the role of the gorgeous Philip Kiriakis. Although his role has not been consecutive over time, for now, it appears that he is set in Salem. So folks, keep your eyes peeled to see what more drama evolves from this Kiriakis.
Arianne Zucker’s character on Days Of Our Lives has not exactly been the most well like since began playing Nicole Walker. Despite having been a persona full of lies, deceit, and drama, one thing has remained constant and that is her pursuit to find love. Although she has had a handful of romantic partners, she has also made several enemies along the way. Regardless if we think Nicole is wicked or not, she is a brilliant actress and it shows her success in Salem will continue. Here’s another fun fact Zucker was married to Days Of Our Lives co-star, Kyle Lowder, and have one child together.
Most of us Days Of Our Lives fans will definitely remember the charming Austin Reed. He is the son of the powerful Kate Roberts and the sister to Billie Reed. His most famous relationship during his time on the show was with Carrie Brady. Austin’s character is played by Austin Peck, but he has since departed the show and his current whereabouts are not exactly known.
Lisa Rinna is a famous American actress who has starred in many on-screen programs, such as Baywatch, 8 Simple Rules, and of course Days Of Our Lives. Rinna plays Billie Reed who is the daughter of Kate Roberts, but what elevated Billie’s character was her relationship with Bo Brady. Although she is often seen as sly and manipulative, fans really loved her. She left Days Of Our Lives back in 2018 and has been focusing on other things, such as appearing on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Whether we like to admit it or not Joseph Mascolo’s dramatic character – Stefano DiMera is probably one the best Days Of Our Lives viewers have ever seen. He has always known to be quite evil and calculating, to say the least. The patriarch of the DiMera family had many relatives throughout Salem, which were oftentimes too complicated to understand but always keep people wanting to see more. Sadly, Mascolo passed away after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the actresses that played the sweet and caring Jennifer Horton was Melissa Reeves. Her storyline is mainly focused on love and romance and is also seen as a true soap opera heroine. For the past 5 years, she has been very active around Salem but unfortunate rumors have been circulating that Reeves will no longer be returning to the set of Days Of Our Lives. Due to the pandemic, the 53-year-old actress opted not to return, she has a daily commute from Tennesse to Los Angeles. However, are these reports true? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see…
Bill Hayes has been the only actor to play the delightful character, Dough Williams. He is the husband of Julie Williams (Susan Seaforth Hayes), both onscreen and in real life, which has made them ever so popular. The two also decided to publish their joint autobiography called, Like Sands Through the Hourglass. Naturally, he has a long and somewhat complex storyline, but at 95 years old, he’s looking absolutely great and we certainly hope he gets to keep acting for us fans.
Christie Clark is so well-known for both her beautiful smile and her role as Carrie Brady. Clark has played Carrie sporadically since 1986 up until 2019. Her romance with Austin Reed was known as the hottest daytime soap opera fans have ever seen. Carrie is a real darling and so sweet, which is why she is so well-loved by all. After her departure from Days Of Our Lives, Clark and her family moved to London where she currently lives.
James Reynold’s character, Abe Carver is one that is so genuine and extremely believed. Since he is the mayor of Salem Place, it is somewhat his duty. The 74-year-old actor began his career on the set of Days Of Our Lives back in 1981. when the series originated. He is also the longest-running African American character is daytime soap opera history. In 2018, Reynolds won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor. He has shown to be extremely successful and fans will be happy to know he is not going anywhere, anytime soon!