10 Actors Who Played Two Completely Unrelated Roles on The Same Soap Opera



 

News that Roger Howarth (ex-Todd), Michael Easton (ex-John) and Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr) are set to return to General Hospital as all-new characters is being met with mixed responses. As suds fans debate the latest chapter in the battle between GH and Prospect Park's One Life to Live, we decided to look back at a few actors who've played two unrelated roles on the same soap. Check 'em out below!
 

 

 

No. 10: Josh Taylor, Days of Our Lives

From 1977 to 1987, Josh Taylor played bartender-turned-lawyer Chris Kositchek on Days of Our Lives. Chris was a pal of 80's supercouple Roman Brady (Wayne Northrop) and Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). In fact, he was so chummy with the Bradys, he was one of Roman's groomsmen when the cop married his Doc! 

A decade after exiting the NBC soap for primetime, Taylor returned to DAYS, only this time he wasn't playing Chris. He was appearing as Chris' bud, Roman Brady! 


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When actors do this sort of thing, I think it's best when it happens YEARS apart. Of course, in today's current soap climate, we don't have that luxury, I understand.......

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A couple of those worked out beautifully. I know I loved Danny and Michelle. I think if written well pretty much anything can work.

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THIS IS A BUNCH OF HORSE SHIT!!!

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@Jamey Giddens: Correction needed. Renee Jones was not the first Lexie Carver. She was the 4th. Lexie Brooks was originated by Cyndi James Gossett See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXOlb3kH7mU

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@Jamey Giddens: Correction needed. Renee Jones was not the first Lexie Carver. She was the 4th. Lexie Brooks was originated by Cyndi James Gossett See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXOlb3kH7mU

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No correction needed. The verbiage doesn't read she was the first anyone. She wasn't the first Lexie, and Judi wasn't the first Bonnie, but the above post doesn't say either was.

"Abe Carver (James Reynolds) must definitely have a type on Days of Our Lives. Beauty Renee Jones played his girlfriend Nikki Wade on the soap during the early 80's. In 1993, Jones returned to the sudser, no, not as Nikki, but as a new character named Lexie.

Lusty Lexie turned out to be the long-lost daughter of maniacal baddie Stefano DiMera (Joe Mascolo), and went on to become one of the most beloved characters in the soap's history."

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Since this article is stemming from GH's lates dilema, how could they not mention Tony Geary who played Bill Eckerd in between his stints as Luke Spencer? It's also worth mentioning Beverlee McKinsey on Another World. Before she made Iris Carrington Wheeler famous, she played Emma Frame Ordway (Frankie's mother), who would be recasted some 18 or so years later with Elizabeth Ashley.

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@Jamey Giddens: Oh okay I get what you mean by new role now.

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Since this article is stemming from GH's lates dilema, how could they not mention Tony Geary who played Bill Eckerd in between his stints as Luke Spencer?
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Because it is 10 Actors Who Played Two Completely Unrelated Roles. Bill and Luke were cousins. That isn't unrelated.

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It seems DAYS is the biggest offender of this nonsense! Though I am glad to have had the opportunity to have Renee Jones and John Aniston in their second and more popular roles. I also really liked Bethany Joy Lenz in both GL roles (I am one of the few who loved the clone story!)

Offense is meant to Josh Taylor! His Roman Brady was the worst thing to happen to DAYS! Of all of the missteps DAYS has made over the years, casting Josh Roman who played Chris Cositchek to play Roman Brady was the biggest misstep of them all!!! I watched when Chris and original-recipe Roman were friends and when Chris deflowered Roman's sister Kayla! I have never accepted Josh Taylor as Roman and never will. Also, his acting is...not good, downright awful.

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It seems DAYS is the biggest offender of this nonsense!
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Yep! LMAO I had to stretch to find non-DAYS examples!

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Nope, not the same to me. I cant compare all this to whats happening now.

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I am glad that there is finally an end to this. At first I was concerned that Howarth was not even going to do the 4 weeks at OLTL until I saw the photos on TVGuide.com from the Selzak piece.

Of course I would love for John, Todd and Starr to come back but if they are back in new roles, I will accept it. At the end of the day, it is not the actors or Prospect Park's fault. ABC created this hot mess of a situation in the first place. PP is paying a fortune for rights to the shows however the actors can choose where they want to work. This was the only way to solve it.

My thoughts on the 10 actors piece... Nothing against Josh Taylor but he will never be Roman to me that will always be Northrop. Taylor was great as Chris but he is almost stiff/wooden like as Roman.

Sarah Brown is probably one of the few that could pull of Carly/Claudia situation even with bad story.

Although the Bonnie story was not one of my favorites, Judi Evans is talented enough that you see Adrienne as a completely different character.

Bethany Joy Lenz was wonderful as Michelle!! Love her!!

That's my two cents on this one... Looking forward to 4/29 when OLTL is back!!

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Personally, I am of the opinion that the showrunners respect the shows they run, the actors, and the characters those actors play. I am also of the opinion that whatever allows them to keep working is great, too.

From a less objective standpoint, while I may miss Howarth and Wright together as Todd and Carly, I'd be happy if Carlivati decides to put them together in the same scene again when the Llanview trio come back. The unfortunate circumstances with Alderson though is that her character's leaving puts a bigger impact on the guy she's with than McBain and Manning, largely because those two made clean enough breaks with Sam and Carly.

In the end, as an audience member, we should all trust that it will work out in the end because these people are professionals. Granted, they've been placed in awkward positions because of politics. At the same time, however, they all want to work.

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Jordan Clarke played a young doctor on GL in '70s I think his name was Dr. Tim Burke, then came back as Billy Lewis in early '80s Wink

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Quinn Redeker played both Nikki's sleaze Dad in the late 70's, and then again Kay's hubbie Rex.

It works okay if it is years apart.

Miss him as Rex btw...

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They played these characters years apart. The didn't play one character in March & by April or May play someone else in the same show.

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Also on Y&R actress Melissa Morgan played Brittany Norman (George Rawlins niece) and later on in 2003 played a gala event planner for the Arts Committee.

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They played these characters years apart. The didn't play one character in March & by April or May play someone else in the same show.
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Bethany Joy Lenz played Clone Reva and Michelle Bauer on Guiding Light a matter of weeks apart. Same for Leigh McCloskey on Santa Barbara.

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Even though Prospect Park is producing and airing AMC/OLTL, doesn't ABC still own their licensing and get revenues from these shows being in production?

Unless ABC made a poorly vague deal with PP, I can't understand why this turned out as it has. Yes, PP has been adamant they want their Todd, Starr and John, but the goal was to use these characters as a bridge to the shows on ABC and online. PP taking these three characters back, I'm not sure accomplishes what they had hoped, which was to fill those positions with the actual actors.

If these three actors are staying w/ GH, returning them as new characters is going to be a hard task to pull off unless we get a dream sequence and a shower! [calling Victoria Principle/Patrick Duffy]I'm more than willing to watch and see how it gets pulled off, but when looking back on the Sarah Brown redux as Claudia, it was a train wreck. Then again, the writing is what made it that, so who knows.

GH is doing quite well right now, I'm kind of worried all this craziness is going to hurt the show. Why invest in storylines of characters, if in the end, they have to reboot them? I'm not sure the actors are worth the hassle in respects to this major do-over!

Love Todd, as TODD! I think if we lose Todd being Todd on GH, it's just going to lack. Starr belongs in Llandview [read between the lines] and John, well, he'd be worth it due to his chemistry with Monaco! ABC is trying to hard to fix something that Isn't central to the show. It's not like they Effed up and sold the rights of Luke and Laura to the Redux channel!

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PP has the lisence to AMC & OLTL for at least 10 years that is what they bought. PP got the whole nne yards when they made the deal

Leigh McCloskey also played on Doctor on in GH from 91-92 before becoming Damien Smith from 1993-96

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I am not seeing Tamara Braun.. She played two characters on Days: Ava Vitali, the role the won her an Emmy; and as the third Taylor Raines Walker on Days in 2011

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^^ Good one! I forgot about Tamara Braun on DAYS.

Thankfully!Wink

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I am surprised to not see Prince Richard and Jeffrey O'Neill on Guiding Light. That was one of the bigger ones that come to my mind.

However, with all of these, I have to say that even when it was just a few weeks apart (i remember clone reva becoming Michelle Bauer), it was only one person. This is going to be very hard to pull off without going over the top camp (which with Cartini isn't out of the question).

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I am surprised to not see Prince Richard and Jeffrey O'Neill on Guiding Light.
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These weren't totally unrelated. Jeffrey's resemblance to Richard was always part of the story. He even pretended to be him in Europe with Dinah. These are examples of people who played to completely unrelated, unconnected, characters on the same soap.

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Doesn't Eileen Davidson's Susan Banks, all her siblings, and Kristen Blake Dimera on Days fit the criteria?

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Doesn't Eileen Davidson's Susan Banks, all her siblings, and Kristen Blake Dimera on Days fit the criteria?
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NO! LOL This list isn't a list of dual roles, or multiple roles. It's of people who played one role on a soap, then came back in another role, and the resemblance to the other character was never addressed! YEEEEEEEEEK!

The Banks sibs resemblance to Kristen was central to the plot! It was never addressed that Michelle Bauer suddenly looked like the Reva clone on Gl, or that the new D.A. looked an awful lot like Eden's rapist Gyno on SB.

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Jamey, actually I think on Santa Barbara it was addressed, in a way. I sort of remember Eden saying the new D.A. made her uncomfortable because of the resemblance.

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Jamey, actually I think on Santa Barbara it was addressed, in a way. I sort of remember Eden saying the new D.A. made her uncomfortable because of the resemblance.
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DAYS eventually made a joke about Bonnie thinking Adrienne was hot, when she saw a pic, but those were more wink-winks. Eden never looked at Ethan and realized he had the exact same face as Zach, whereas Susan and her siblings existed on the show simply because of their resemblance to Kristen.

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Prospect Park is really overestimating whether people will accept recasts of those three characters, especially since now they have built following on GH. Todd was already re-cast once and then when RH returned they wrote to explain that. No one will accept a 3rd Todd Manning. Starr played that role on OLTL for 15 years or something. It would be like GH recasting Robin Scorpio. I know most GH watchers dont like Starr, but she was a key person on OLTL. John? Well his back story is vague anyway. I say they just bring him back as the same character with a different last name and not mention back story.

I know RonC enough now to know with Todd he will try to write this as another look alike story, where they imply things about Todd but never by name. Eventually nuTodd (Tom Redding? or something), will buy the PC Sun and start dating Carly. Starr can play Lauren Frank or Serena Baldwin. Simple enough.

I do think they should at least try to change their appearances. RH should be happy not to have to wear the scar anymore.

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Don't forget Nicholas Coster who was on ATWT as two of Lisa's husbands.