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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    alstonboy4315

    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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    Jamey Giddens

    @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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    Richard

    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

    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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    soapbaby

    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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    seascape70

    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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    hkWolfhard

    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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    pferrando

    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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    Jamey Giddens

    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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    DisillusionedGHfan

    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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    appleridge

    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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    Jabot1991

    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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    Scooter Smith

    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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    Jamey Giddens

    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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    Jamey Giddens

    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 Giddens

    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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    samIShot

    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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    Jamey Giddens

    Jamey, what an awesome list! Do you just rattle these off the top of your head or do you have to research them? Great work!
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    A mixture of both. I was able to rattle off eight, then started drawing blanks and had to do some hunting. Bummed I missed Robert Kelker Kelly as Bobby/Shane on AW. Would have replaced Kin Shriner on Y&R with him, but it isn’t definitive, so LOL!

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    dutchess

    This whole idea is ridiculous. It’s too soon for them to be coming back in different roles. It’s only going to confuse the viewers. These actors are NOT all THAT to where they absolutely MUST be on our screens everyday. ABC can survive without them. This is to the detriment of GH and I predict yet ANOTHER decline in ratings. When are TPTB at these networks going to realize that we are not stupid?

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    Dax

    Jamey, what an awesome list! Do you just rattle these off the top of your head or do you have to research them? Great work!
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    A mixture of both. I was able to rattle off eight, then started drawing blanks and had to do some hunting. Bummed I missed Robert Kelker Kelly as Bobby/Shane on AW. Would have replaced Kin Shriner on Y&R with him, but it isn’t definitive, so LOL!
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    That’s awesome. The only ones that came to my mind were Claudia/Carly and Lance Pentiss/Eric Forrester, which doesn’t really apply, considering he’s a B&B character who happens to cross over to Y&R once every 10 years. LOL. And I only know about Lance Prentiss because my mom still calls Eric Forrester that.

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    svexsal

    Something about Josh Taylor’s voice pisses me off. I don’t know what it is but it just bothers the crap out of me. I have to mute him or change the channel. I like him as Roman though. Not as much as the original though.

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    DanielAvery

    I was waiting to see Robert Kelker-Kelly on the list, as Sam and Bobby/Shane on AW–glad you remembered him…um, them?

    AW also had Lewis Arlt playing Kevin Thatcher, then coming back about five years later as Ken Jordan.

    Someone else referenced the short turn Beverlee McKinsey took as Emma Ordway before she returned (within a few months) as Iris Cory Carrington, et. al. I also recall John Aprea playing Lucas and then Alexander Nikos, but I can’t recall if anyone mentioned Nikos’s resemblance to Lucas (I don’t think they did).

    A ruling from the judges may be required on this one from AW: When Jensen Buchanan’s Marley got into that fire and had to have plastic surgery, a large part of the plotline involved the concept that the twins no longer looked alike. But no one addressed the fact that Marley now looked exactly as she looked eleven years before, thanks to being played by the same actress, Ellen Wheeler, who had played both twins back in the day. While all these other actors returned to play entirely new roles without others pointing out a resemblance, Wheeler returned to play the same character, but everyone was pointing out that she looked different.

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    raakuu

    [quote=alstonboy4315]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…….[/quote]

    I believe it has to do with the strength of the actor. If they are good then they can create 2 different characters in a short amount of time.
    One example for me that comes to mind is Bradley Cole on Guiding Light who played Prince Richard and then look alike Jeffrey O’Neil a few months later.

    I know RH and ME can do this easily. I will give Alderson a chance to prove that she can create another character. Alderson might enjoy this chance to get to play someone she hasn’t played since she was 3.

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    raakuu

    Also didn’t Tylor Christopher play both Nickolas and a criminal on GH at the same time?
    Anthony Geary should also be on the list playing both Luke and his lookalike cousin (can’t remember his name).

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    Jamey Giddens

    TC played Nicholas Cassadine and Connor ?? at the same time. It was the story where Connor raped Emily.
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    Right, but those roles were not “unrelated”. Connor being Nikolas’ lookalike was central to the storyline.

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    marknsprmo

    One great omission is THE late GREAT Beverlee Mckensie played two different roles on Another World. Her first was the homely head of the Frame family Emma Ordway. Soon there after she created the major role of Iris Carrington and the rest is history.
    Another one for Days is Rachel Melvin took over the role of Chelsea Brady, however she originally played the french girl Georgia, who Bo and Billie mistakenly thought was their daughter. The fact that Georgia and Chelsea looked alike was never mentioned to my knowledge.
    On Another World, Mike Bauer came to town from GL’s Springfield in the form of Gary Pilar (Carpenter) and courted Pat Matthews behind her husbands back. 10 years later Gary took on the thankless role of Alice’s rebound hubby (after her only love Steve Frame died) Ray Gordon.

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    SwanQueen59

    Ah, Bethany Joy Lenz’s Michelle Bauer opposite Paul Anthony Stewart’s Danny Santos-My first real soap “investment” couple. The girl oozed talent and went toe to toe with Saundra Santiago’s Carmen Santos. Good times indeed… 0:)

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    radrobd

    Jamey, what about Lisa Hartman on “Knots Landing”? She played Ciji Dunne, was murdered, then brought back as Cathy Geary with a different hairstyle and hair color.

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    sodsince16

    Grant Cramer played the Shawn the Lauren-crazed-stalker on Y&R and then played Adam a short-lived love interest for Ashley (to be fair he wore glasses for the former role). Also Kim Zimmer played a minor character on OLTL prior to playing Echo (according to her book).

    For my money, it’s the kind of thing that attracts me to the wackiness of soaps – it is not a genre that embraces naturalism. I looked high and low and found no older women with hats and foreign conspiring in my local park today.

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    ANGELWENDY15

    dutchess, I disagree. I think both Micheal Easton and Roger Howarth have a huge following and a lot of people want to see them remain on GH. It’s a soap opera, I can believe the unbelievable. I’d rather see these two guys back that I always liked, even in different roles, instead of GH bringing on new actors, like Sabrina, who I still can’t get used to. When some of the stories get a bit over the top for me, I just tell myself it’s a soap opera and I am just glad we still have 4 soaps on the air, when a year ago it seemed liked the end.

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    soapbabie

    [quote=raakuu]Also didn’t Tylor Christopher play both Nickolas and a criminal on GH at the same time?
    Anthony Geary should also be on the list playing both Luke and his lookalike cousin (can’t remember his name).[/quote]

    whoops sorry didnt see this before I posted…Bill Ekert was the ‘cousins’ name :O)

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    fmat55

    Well I have a recollection of an actress playing TWO completely unrelated roles on AW. The same actress played THREE completely unrelated roles on OLTL. Her name is Christine Jones. On Another World, she played Amy Gilford and then later Janice Frame. On One Life To Live, she first played the girlfriend of Tim Siegel (don’t recall the character’s name). Then she filled in for short time as Viki Riley. Then she came back again as Pamela Stuart, one of Asa’s many wives. SHE WINS.

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    zanefan

    [quote=svexsal]Something about Josh Taylor’s voice pisses me off. I don’t know what it is but it just bothers the crap out of me. I have to mute him or change the channel. I like him as Roman though. Not as much as the original though.[/quote]

    That’s because he only has like three teeth in his head.

    “Shaaaammmy….”

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    Richard

    Lisa Hartman on Knots Landing played Ciji, who was murdered. Lisa Hartman returned the next season as Cathy Geary (notice the intentional pun in the character’s initials to the first role CG/Ciji).

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    Richard

    Another World was my favorite until Jill Faren Phelps destroyed it. I always felt bad for Ellen Wheeler because in the story, Marley’s lines were always about how ugly she is now because of that fire. I never knew whether to laugh or cry. That fire also made her grow two feet. Even the heels Vicky wore didn’t bridge the height gap. And don’t even get me started on Bobby/Shane. Blech!

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    RedChair

    Am i mis-remembering Leigh McCloskey as one of Ashley’s paramours or husbands on Y&R? Now he’s the doc-of-all-trades on Y&R: MS specialist, and thoracic(?) surgeon.

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    llanviewlover

    On OLTL, Eileen Heckart played Allison Perkins’ mother during the 1980s (Allison took baby Jessica to her mom’s house after kidnapping her from Llanfair). Then in the 1990s, Eileen played the mother of Carlo Hesser and his twin brother, Mortimer Bern.

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    llanviewlover

    Another from OLTL: Before Pamela Payton-Wright created the role of Dorian’s sister Addie Cramer in the early 90s, she and Dorian shared a jail cell when Pamela played a minor character named Charlotte during Dorian’s stint in Statesville for murdering Mitch Laurence in 1986.

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    fmat55

    Christian LeBlanc played Kirk McColl on ATWT and then crossed over from Y&R as Michael Baldwin.

    John Wesley Shipp showed up on OLTL (don’t recall the character’s name) long before showing up again as Eddie Ford.

    Anthony Herrera was on ATWT as Mark Galloway and then James Stenbeck.

    Ilene Kristen played Georgina Whitman and Roxie Balsom on OLTL.

    I’m sure the list goes on so there is precedent but most of the appearances were spaced out. The only two times (in my opinion) when the same actor played 2 different roles on the same soap in a relatively short amount of time between the roles: Bethany Joie Lenz (Guiding Light) and Nathaniel Marston (OLTL – Al Holden then Michael McBain).

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    fmat55

    Christian LeBlanc played Kirk McColl on ATWT and then crossed over from Y&R as Michael Baldwin.

    John Wesley Shipp showed up on OLTL (don’t recall the character’s name) long before showing up again as Eddie Ford.

    Anthony Herrera was on ATWT as Mark Galloway and then James Stenbeck.

    Ilene Kristen played Georgina Whitman and Roxie Balsom on OLTL.

    I’m sure the list goes on so there is precedent but most of the appearances were spaced out. The only two times (in my opinion) when the same actor played 2 different roles on the same soap in a relatively short amount of time between the roles (and it worked out): Bethany Joie Lenz (Guiding Light) and Nathaniel Marston (OLTL – Al Holden then Michael McBain).

    I am willing to give Frank and Ron a chance to see what they come up with for these actors.

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    sodsince16

    It’s amusing that we can all come up with numerous examples but I wonder what casual viewer who doesn’t follow soap news will think (the three of them that exist)? Wouldn’t it be odd to suddenly see Roger Howarth in a new role if you had no warning?

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    noway

    [quote=RedChair]Am i mis-remembering Leigh McCloskey as one of Ashley’s paramours or husbands on Y&R? Now he’s the doc-of-all-trades on Y&R: MS specialist, and thoracic(?) surgeon.[/quote]

    ——————————————————————
    yes you are correct and later when Hope went back to Kansas he went with her, but he has the same name

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    harlee490

    [quote=SoapArmageddon]On Another World, John Considine played Vic Hastings in the seventies and the fantastically evil Reginald Love in the mid to late eighties.[/quote]

    I wasn’t watching AW when he was Reginald Love but do remember Vic Hastings. A friend of mine who was a diehard of NBC soaps said he was fantastic as Donna & Nicole’s father and always thought AW made a mistake getting rid of Reginald because he said he was AW’s “Alan Spaulding” and many connections on canvas.

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    SoapArmageddon

    Harlee, there was no Daytime Confidential back then (Jamey and Luke were probably still in high school :). As was I.) to do some serious digging about why John Considine left the show, but I’ve heard many reasons over the years. The most repeated are:

    1. The character of Reginald was written into a corner. After he admitted to killing his wife Elizabeth, they really couldn’t keep him on the show with no consequences.

    2. A new regime came in and they wanted to take the Love family in a different direction.

    3. John had only signed to a two-year contract and decided not to renew.

    Whatever the real reason may have been, he left quite a mark as another of the great P&G villains.

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    terinmassie

    if they are going to change the characters ,i wouldn’t do a double for them, maybe put them in witness protection, and have there name changed that way.or some how have todd and starr not being a manning but possible switched at birth type thing.they could change there names without changing the storyline and interference.as far as mcbain he could find out hes not a mcbain but the decendant of caleb.and have his name changed that way due to protection.just don’t know if I would continue watching if a sudden change over was done. I like the storyline of micheal and starr so I would some how intergrade the character to gh with a name change, instead of making up new characters like that. they just want the names, and character. so a switch at birth, would be a good story line.and seems how todd was captured and tortured he could find out he is actually somebody else.

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    ChrisGa

    [quote=SwanQueen59]Ah, Bethany Joy Lenz’s Michelle Bauer opposite Paul Anthony Stewart’s Danny Santos-My first real soap “investment” couple. The girl oozed talent and went toe to toe with Saundra Santiago’s Carmen Santos. Good times indeed… 0:)[/quote]

    Sigh…how great was she as Michelle? Very smart move by GL–I actually thought Rebecca Budig was a very weak Michelle and was surprised how talented she actually was when she completely killed as Greenlee on AMC–and the Michelle/Danny pairing was like lightning in a bottle. Too bad it was ruined when Lenz left and was replaced by Nancy St. Alban(who I thought was terrible in the role).

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    SwanQueen59

    ChrisGa-You are sooo right in your assessment of Nancy St. Alban. No fire. BJL (now Galleotti-sp?), had that perfect mix to contrast with PAS’s Danny. Just heavenly. RB did come into her own when she created Greenlee and she sparked with Josh Duhmel’s Leo. When he left, it seemed she went periodically into a coccoon. I never quite believed in her pairing with CM’s Ryan. They looked good together on a physical/looks basis but they never gelled for me emotionally… 0:)

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