John Wesley Shipp Cast as OLTL’s Daddy Ford!


The Ford men keep on coming to Llanview! Soap Opera Digest  is reporting John Wesley Shipp (ex-Doug, As The World Turns; ex-Mitch, Dawson’s Creek has been cast as Eddie. He certainly fits the eye candy criteria required to be in the Ford family fold. Eddie Ford hits town in November.

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  1. Avatar of Simple C
    Simple C

    I was just thinking yesterday, that papa Ford is really not needed and I hope they don’t cast him. Soap gods you fail me!

    I like the rest of the family though. I just think papa Ford is not needed. James, Bobby, Nate, and Inez are already suffering enough.

  2. Avatar of coolblue
    coolblue

    I loved him as Doug on ATWT. I know he ended crazy but he was a nice guy at first. Maybe OLTL can do the opposite with the Ford Daddy. Oh and when I was a lot younger he played Kelly on GL. He was the first soap hunk I remember.

  3. Avatar of Grimm
    Grimm

    Why the resistance to actors who worked in primetime working in Daytime? Interesting reversal of the old prejudice against Daytimers working in Primetime.
    In this case…Shipp worked on ATWT, GL, AMC, and even OLTL before. The fact that he went on to moderate success as a working actor outside of Soaps shouldn’t engender such disdain. This is hardly “stunt” casting. I don’t think tptb are banking on viewers tuning in to see Dawson’s Dad or the Flash.

    Stacey Haiduk was exclusively a primetimer before working on AMC and then wining RAVES on Y&R. Let us judge the actors by their work not where they have worked.

  4. Avatar of Y2Jin99
    Y2Jin99

    Drake Hogestyn? Hell no. That dude can’t act to save his life. He was so 1 note on Days with his facial reactions and saying Doc. I don’t watch Days no more. IT went forever into past viewed shows when it was ruined with Marlena possessed by the Devil and Carly buried alive and all those silly nonsense stories. It was so great in the 80s with the Pawn storyline The Dragon The Prism Miami etc etc.

  5. Avatar of TmontyB
    TmontyB

    [quote=Y2Jin99]Drake Hogestyn? Hell no. That dude can’t act to save his life.[/quote]

    How you speak the truth! He was the No.2 worst daytime actor right behind………I won’t say his name but smash it together and you get Ross.

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    AlistairCrane

    Drake is awesome! I want him on Y&R as a recast of Victor’s brother Matt Miller. But Drake is so iconic as John Black that his popularity would hurt him and no one would buy him in another role. You can insult Drake as an actor if you want, but there’s no denying that Drake has a huge, loyal following and is one of soaps’ most famous leading men. Everyone’s heard of John Black, and that’s a fact!

  7. Avatar of TmontyB
    TmontyB

    [quote=lindajeansantana]didnt he also play morgan on guiding light in the 80′s?[/quote]

    No he played Kelly on GL. His girlfriend(best played by Kristen Vigard, IMO) was Morgan.

  8. Avatar of RockNroll
    RockNroll

    say what you want to about Drake but he would more people talking about one life to live then anymore thats been cast over the last ten years thats what OLTL needs BUZZ its dont matter anyway they just let Zimmer back the kiss of death first SB,GL hope they dont try to make her the centerstage also or OLTL gone as well

  9. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    [quote=AlistairCrane]Drake is awesome! I want him on Y&R as a recast of Victor’s brother Matt Miller. But Drake is so iconic as John Black that his popularity would hurt him and no one would buy him in another role. You can insult Drake as an actor if you want, but there’s no denying that Drake has a huge, loyal following and is one of soaps’ most famous leading men. Everyone’s heard of John Black, and that’s a fact![/quote]
    We need to keep you out of the casting room first Thom and now Drake..wow you love the bad actors.

    And Drake does not have a following that we know of who would travel with him from soap to soap. Crystal Chappell has proven that. But not Drake. The actor himself is dumbfounded as to why he can’t get a job. It’s because he can’t act.

  10. Avatar of californiaguy888
    californiaguy888

    Regarding “BUZZ its dont matter anyway they just let Zimmer back the kiss of death first SB,GL hope they dont try to make her the centerstage also or OLTL gone as well”…..
    RockNRoll , you forgot her other soap “The Doctors”. she was on that soap as it ended too. Although I don’t consider KZ the kiss of death, she has appeared in the final credits of all of her soaps (except OLTL).

    As for JWS, I always remember him as 1/2 of Kelly and Morgan on GL.

    Kristin Vigard still looks great too !
    http://kristenvigard.net/

  11. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    [quote=RockNroll]say what you want to about Drake but he would more people talking about one life to live then anymore thats been cast over the last ten years thats what OLTL needs BUZZ its dont matter anyway they just let Zimmer back the kiss of death first SB,GL hope they dont try to make her the centerstage also or OLTL gone as well[/quote]
    Say i’m new to soaps and then I turn on OLTL and see Drake on there doing what he does the worst. You think i’m gonna wanna tune in again? You think someone is gonna give soaps their props if they had his ass on their?

    I tried to convince my grandma to watch Days, a die hard CBS’er and he was in the first scene of an episode trying to act like a tormented solider and she told me “Baby, don’t ever turn that mess on again.”

  12. Avatar of SoapSnob
    SoapSnob

    Kelly Nelson from Guiding Light!!! (John Wesley Shipp as Kelly Nelson was my VERY first soap opera crush.) I still very vividly remember his love story with Morgan on GL. John and Lisa Brown were GREAT in their roles as Kelly and Nola. Those were truly golden days for Guiding Light.

    I literally removed OLTL from my DVR yesterday because I have been disappointed with it for several months. However, with this casting news, I will be adding it back to my DVR.

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    AlistairCrane

    [quote=david46208][quote=AlistairCrane]Drake is awesome! I want him on Y&R as a recast of Victor’s brother Matt Miller. But Drake is so iconic as John Black that his popularity would hurt him and no one would buy him in another role. You can insult Drake as an actor if you want, but there’s no denying that Drake has a huge, loyal following and is one of soaps’ most famous leading men. Everyone’s heard of John Black, and that’s a fact![/quote]
    We need to keep you out of the casting room first Thom and now Drake..wow you love the bad actors.

    And Drake does not have a following that we know of who would travel with him from soap to soap. Crystal Chappell has proven that. But not Drake. The actor himself is dumbfounded as to why he can’t get a job. It’s because he can’t act.[/quote]

    Oh no you did not! Drake is a great actor! Drake IS John Black, and that’s a fact! Now you’re going to try to deny his chemistry with Dee Hall…egads!

  14. Avatar of
    AlistairCrane

    [quote=david46208][quote=RockNroll]say what you want to about Drake but he would more people talking about one life to live then anymore thats been cast over the last ten years thats what OLTL needs BUZZ its dont matter anyway they just let Zimmer back the kiss of death first SB,GL hope they dont try to make her the centerstage also or OLTL gone as well[/quote]
    Say i’m new to soaps and then I turn on OLTL and see Drake on there doing what he does the worst. You think i’m gonna wanna tune in again? You think someone is gonna give soaps their props if they had his ass on their?

    I tried to convince my grandma to watch Days, a die hard CBS’er and he was in the first scene of an episode trying to act like a tormented solider and she told me “Baby, don’t ever turn that mess on again.”[/quote]

    I can’t believe you’re hating on Drake/John, Days’ most iconic leading man of all time. I think I will have to hate on you now! I won’t degrade myself by talking to Drake haters, so don’t bother replying to this post. I don’t like you.

  15. Avatar of Grimm
    Grimm

    [quote=six_soaps_left]Ok, since ATWT is gone I’ve been trying to get back into OLTL but where on God’s Green Earth are Cord, Tina, Renee, Rachel, RJ, Hank, Lindsay, Max, Gabrielle, Antonio, etc.?[/quote]

    Cord: London branch of BE like all the other missing Buchanan Men?
    Tina: Run out of town and disowned by sister Viki after gravely mishandling being blackmailed by niece Jessica’s alter, almost resulting in the deaths of nieces
    Renee: Still around running the Palace but seldom seen
    Rachel: Gone back to Chicago to check on a friend
    Rj:No idea
    Hank: No idea, briefly back in town with Rachel
    Lindsay: In prison for the murder of Spencer Truman?
    Max: In Virginia caring for the twins with help from Luna’s family?
    Gabrielle: Deceased
    Antonio: On a suicide mission to take down Carlo Hesser off screen

  16. Avatar of Dariclone
    Dariclone

    He’s a great actor and I’ll likely enjoy watching him, but wasn’t the show going to hold off on casting the Ford father? I was holding out hope that Inez’s ex would be some villian from the old days. Why do the Fords keep eating the show?

  17. Avatar of sodsince16
    sodsince16

    Viki should be on the lookout, because he played Kim Hughes’ stalker who had a thing for older ladies.

    If he starts a shrine than Viki should watch out for secret rooms….. or just watch the amazing work that he did as Doug Cummings on youtube

  18. Avatar of Mac Attack
    Mac Attack

    Ok. Guess I’ll put it back on my dvr and fast fwd thru everything but Hot Papa Ford, Viki, Dorian and Clint. Still have a feeling I will be fast forwarding thru much of show…..

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