Daytime's 10 Most Insane Recasts!



After getting over the shock of The Young and the Restless making the boneheaded decision to recast Malcolm Winters, one of daytime's most popular hunks ever, with Family Matters alum Darius McCrary, an actor about as physically dissimilar to Shemar Moore—the Emmy-winning, wildly popular stud who originated the role— as humanly possible, I couldn't help but recall other ridiculous recasts soaps have attempted over the years. Some worked. Some didn't, but one thing is for sure, this is nothing new for daytime!


No. 10: Adam Lazarre-White for Randy Brooks as Nathan on The Young and the Restless

The Young and the Restless seems to make a habit of not bothering to make sure their African-American actors resemble the people they are replacing. In 1995, light-skinned, green-eyed Adam Lazarre-White took over the role of Nathan Hastings from the darker toned Randy Brooks. To go along with Nate's new skin and eye color, the soap quickly wrote the reformed mob henchman-turned-upstanding P.I. into a corner by having him cheat on wife Dr. Olivia Barber Hastings (Tonya Lee Williams) with an HIV-positive Keesha. Nate was killed off in 1996. Results: Failed.

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Lindsay Frost was the much too tall replacement for Meg Ryan as Betsy, but I thought she worked out very well.

Heather Rattray as Martha Byrne's first replacement was awful.  Much too harsh and severe.

John Bolger, who I really like, was a jarring replacement for Grant Aleksander as Philip Spaulding.

I actually thought Joan Collins was fun as Alexandra and never liked Marj Dusay (who was a good replacement Myrna on Capitol).

Poor Louann Gideon could never replace Sherri Mathis as Liza on SFT.

Hillary Bailey Smith was a great recast for Margaret Colin as Margo and Gregg Marx for Justin Deas (though there was a Tom in the middle there).  Has any entire couple been replaced as well as that?

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Thanks Jamey; that was the start of GL down fall, they never recovered from the way they treated the great Michael Zaslow-Roger Thorpe but he did come back; and when they killed Maureen Bauer off. I all most stopped watching it.

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Great list, Jamey!  BUT!!!  What about Tammin Sursok as the re-cast Colleen Carlton on Y & R?!?!  There are the Lyndsey (sp.)  Fonseca fans and the Adrianne Leon fans (like me) but many of us joined forces and agreed Ms. Sursok was the worst ever re-cast... well... ever!!

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I'm willing to give McCrary a chance, just to see if he can portray something besides a high school jokester.  As for Josh Taylor as Roman.... yeah.  I don't care if he's on the show for 30 years, he will never be Roman.  

Ann Hamilton replacing Kimberly Simms (I think that was her name) as Mindy on GL.

Winsor Harmon replacing Jeff Trachta as Thorn on B&B.  That was jarring because they don't look alike, except for the blonde hair really.  But it was successful because Harmon gave the character depth that wasn't there before.

Melody Anderson for Kate Collins as Natalie on AMC.  No thank you.

Glynnis O'Connor for Ellen Dolan as Margo on ATWT.

Going back a ways, the Amanda Cory recasts didn't do very well.  The character started off as blonde, to be replaced by a brunette, to be replaced by a redhead?  Yeah.  The Paulina recast worked out really well though.

Cady McClain replacing Yvonne Perry as Rosanna on ATWT was a good recast too. 

I also didn't buy Billy Warlock as AJ Quartermaine.  Just something about the actor didn't say AJ.  When I watched him, I constantly found myself waiting for Sean Kanan to come in and kick him out the door.

Let's not forget the Annie Dutton recast on GL.  I know the story goes that Annie had plastic surgery but still, Signy Coleman was not Annie.

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I just thought of another one and this one goes way back... David Canary as Steve Frame on AW was very different from George Reinholt, David was/is a terrific actor but was never Steve to me.  

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 Good choice for #1! Love Joan Crawford but that was outrageous lol!
 I agree that the recast Malcolm seems like a total dud even though we haven't seen him yet.
 I'd also put Ann Hamilton who took over as Mindy Lewis on Guiding Light after Kimberly Simms left on this list. Kimberly's Mindy was oozing with sexuality and Ann's Mindy was a tomboyish annoying thing! I think they wanted Ann to take Mindy back to the way the original Mindy played her but she was just goofy and unappealing. So they replaced her after a few months with Barbara Crampton, who wasn't that great of a Mindy but I guess anything was better than Ann!
 And I would put the actor who they had take over as Roger Thorpe when Michael Zaslow was fired, his name was Dennis something. He was a good actor, but no one else could play Roger Thorpe and no one else ever did and Dennis was gone shortly after as well.
 And Signy Coleman as Annie Dutton!!! Horrible recast!!! No one could play Annie like Cynthia Watros. Signy would have been better if she had just played the alias character Annie was pretending to be rather than Annie. No one else would have worked in that role.

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Just thought of there were several recast of Alan Spaulding, but the last person who played him was great, thought the last episode of GL with Philip that was Alan. Do any of you Gen X know who originally played Allan, can't find any clips on you tube the most griping story was when Alex had the twins Brandon Spaulding Alan father was involved.

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Great list! Your number one was perfect! :)
I agree that Eric Martsoff should've been on the list for taking the role of Ethan on Passions over from Travis Schuldht. [Travis was wonderful, Eric not so much.]  And no *coughSabineSinghcough?*

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The problem with completely different physical recasts is it's difficult not to focus on the new person's physical attributes. Whether they go girl next door to glamourpuss or male model to Napolean, and probably worst of all, style the new person to look like the old person, it becomes a distraction.

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i felt a little distant with this list .. because i felt something pertaining to Carly on GH should have been here... she is the only  major leading character in recent times to have been recasted 3 times within a 5 yr time frame... IMO if your going on looks ..

Laura Wrights recasting as carly was ridiculous cause she looks NoTHING like any of the previous carlys.. hense the reason why they could bring on sarah brown later on...as another character...

IMO shes an ok actress nothing like sarah or tamara but the fact remains she does not resemble CARLY CORINTHOS .. she was just the only available daytime Veteran.. to fill the position...

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Whate about Amelia Heinle as Victoria Newman on Y&R?  Although it has been several years since she took over the role from Heather Tom, she still does not seem to fit with the rest of the family.  After watching Heather and Don on B&B, the casting failure became even more evident.

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Charity Rahmer as Belle Black
Sandra Nelson as Phyllis Romallati
Pornstar Jack as the third Jack Deverauex

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Dennis Parlato brought Clay Alden from Loving into Springfield. Probably because he was filling such huge shoes and no one was going to be satisfied with anything he did, I can't blame him for really trying. I think we can all agree that recasting a character that becomes iconically linked to one actor (Y&R's Jack being the exception, rather than the rule), is an impossibility.

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Laura Wright is perfect for Carly today. I love SJB and wish Claudia had been better written but I'd place LW alongside Peter Bergman as one of the best recasts ever. Of course I actually followed PB from AMC and didn't really watch Terry Lester but it was a huge change from the role he'd played on AMC.

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ybut if we are going on LOOKS alone... IMO looks nothiing like any carly and no.. carlys exact age is early 30s had they not casted Laura Wright .. they aged the character with her casting... However ... she is the best recast that can NEVER get a daytime emmy nomination...when the people she replaced all have received that in spades...

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Great list Jamey! I love some Blasian! Yes, I am five years too late Smile

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I came across this list again and had to comment. This list is still great. I would love to see this list updated or even revisited as a Top 10. I think it would be great to see a list of actors who reclaimed their roles after a recast.

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Haven't got thru this list yet, but the ONE -- AND ONLY -- reason the return of Wayne Northrup failed in the 90's was THE WRITER JAMES REILLY had ZERO interest in making Roman the sexy guy he was under Pat Falken Smith and Sheri Anderson's writing regimes. Hogestyn was -- AND STILL IS -- cheesy as all get out and lampooned to this day, a slight equivalent to B&B's Ron Moss. Northrup will ALWAYS be filet mignon to Hogestyn's mere hamburger. "A" for effort Jamey, but ulimately, a FAIL!

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How could one of the most recent debacles on Y&R -- Maura West recast as Diane Jenkins from Susan Walters (herself a great recast from Alex Donnelly who originated the role)??? I mean...HUH??? If they wanted to reintroduce Diane (YES!!!) and Susan wasn't available, they should have found someone else. It's like when ATWT ended, they wanted to snatch up Maura, but gave no thought as to what to do with her once they got her. I mean, I truly think Maura is an amazing talent, but she was too young and she was a blonde. How old would she have been when she was involved with Jack when she was a Jabot model? 12? MAYBE it could have been saved if there had been better writing for the character...MAYBE...but overall it was a terrible idea, and when they realized it, they killed off a classic character with lots of potential left. Maura, the character and the fans deserved better. Personally, I think Maura would have made a great Avery instead (if for no other reason than I'd like to have seen MW go toe-to-toe with Michelle Stafford on a regular basis).

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@Grover1967 -- You may get your wish if The Staff is cast as Nina on GH, as some rumors suggest! Nina and Ava would be arch enemies, with boring Sam/Monaco also in the mix...

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I consider Josh Taylor as a failure because I find it ludicrous for them to expect us to forget he played the very popular Chris Kostichek (I know I spelled that wrong, I was in grade school back then!) way back in the day.

It's a tiny bit different for females, because they can do much more to change their appearance than most men, but to me, it's always been just weird.

I do consider Jacob Young to have been a horrible Lucky Spencer, but Greg Vaughn wasn't bad, he had potential, he just got crap stories over and over, where Jason always had to win. Watching his early stuff, where he and Liz fell in love again, was a treat, but they just turned him into a total sad sack by the end that I was happy to see him go.