Original Days Of Our Lives cast now from co-star marriages to medical crisis'

Darcy Rafter July 1, 2022
Original Days Of Our Lives cast now from co-star marriages to medical crisis'
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Days of Our Lives is one of the longest-running series in television history and has run weekly since November 1965.

Over the last 55 years, there has been a wealth of talent on the show so let’s take a look at where the original cast is now.

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Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton

Rogers joined the cast in 1973 and is a beloved original cast member of Days. During her time she has been awarded Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 1979, and Best Supporting Actress for a Daytime Drama Series in 2003.

This year, Suzanne presented the lifetime achievement award to John Aniston at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, before handing the reigns over to his daughter, Jenifer Aniston.

A while back, the actress was forced to take time off from the soap in order to recover after choking on a large pill while putting hot curlers in her hair. Not only had Rogers damaged her hair but she even had to recover from the incident in a rehabilitation centre before returning to the soap.

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Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Olson

Hayes made her debut in 1968 as Julie Olson, she came on and off the canvas for over 50 years and during that time she was nominated for five Daytime Emmy Awards and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

The actress is now 78 years old and after six decades on the soap, she had her go at writing a joint autobiography with her husband. The pair published “Like Sands through the Hour Glass”, in 2005 and the title was inspired by an iconic line said in Days. Seaforth doesn’t have any biological children but she is a stepmom to her husband’s five children from his previous marriage.

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James Reynolds as Abraham Carver

James Reynolds is one of the longest-running actors on Days as he made his debut in 1981 as Abraham Carver. Reynolds has been nominated for three Daytime Emmys in his time and won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award in 2018.

Reynolds is married to his wife, Lissa Layng and they recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary. Layng is also an actress but they have another work venture together, as artistic directors at the Fremont Centre Theater in South Pasadena.

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Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans

The Salem psychiatrist was a much-loved character and Hall made her debut in 1976 but it hasn’t always been an easy ride for the Dr. She has been possessed many times in her 55 years old the soap and had her fair share of heartbreak but somehow she always comes out on top.

In her personal life, Deidre has been married four times. With her last husband, Steve Sohomer, she shares two sons: David Atticus Sohmer who was born in 1992 and Tully Chapin Sohmer, born in 1995. Both of their children were born via a surrogate mother.

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Bill Hayes as Doug Williams.

Bill Hayes debuted on Days in 1970 and is one of the few original actors that remain on the show.

Hayes found real-life love on the set with another original co-star who we met earlier, Susan Seaforth Hayes. After divorcing his first wife, Mary Hobbs, with whom he shares five children, he fell in love and married Susan. The couple has been together since 1974 and recently attended the Daytime Emmy Awards together.

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Stephen Nichols as Patch

Stephen Nichols still plays a main character in the series, so some may be surprised to know that he debuted on the soap opera in 1985. Steve Johnson aka Patch gets his nickname for wearing an eye patch after losing his eye in a fight with Bo Brady.

After over 40 years on the soap Nichols has won three Soap Opera Digest awards; Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role on a Daytime Serial, Outstanding Lead Actor, and Favorite Supercouple. 

The 71-year-old has been acting on Days practically his whole life but he still finds time for his family. The father of three enjoys taking family vacations and spending time with his soap friends, particularly Mary Beth Evans.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.