SPOILED ROTTEN: 10 of Daytime's Best Loved Poor Little Rich Boys!
(No. 1) Phillip Spaulding, Guiding Light
As with his brethren poor little rich boys on this list, Guiding Light’s Phillip Granville Spaulding (Grant Alexander) had daddy issues-o-plenty. For starters, his pop, Alan Spaulding (Chris Bernau, Ron Raines) wasn’t really his father at all, at least not biologically speaking. Learning that he was really a Marler, not a Spaulding, really did a whammy on Phillip’s psyche. It was a good thing he found love and support from Beth Raines (Judi Evans, Beth Chamberlain), a good girl with a really bad stepdaddy!
Phillip had to put his own daddy drama aside to protect Beth from her rapist stepfather Bradley. Not that Alan was ever out of the picture for long. He disapproved of Beth (that is until he had to contend with Harley Davidson Cooper as another option many years later!), and wasn’t too keen on any of the other women who came and went out of Phillip’s life. But in the end, Alan’s death ended Phillip’s poor little rich boy drama, just as Phillip was trying to make peace with an angry, angsty son of his own.