Full detailed profile on Paul Ryan Played by Roger Howarth on As the World Turns Daytime Soap Opera.
Actor: Roger Howarth
Who played Paul Ryan over the years
Roger Howarth (2003 - present)
Useful information on Paul Ryan
* Currently residing at The Lakeview.
Current: CEO at Worldwide Enterprises
Past: Chief Financial Officer at BRO
Past: Owner of an Internet Company
Past: Employee at Montgomery & Assoc.
Raymond and Claudia Colfax raised Paul until he was three years old. He was returned to his real parents, James Stenbeck and Barbara Ryan. They soon divorced because their marriage wasn't a happy one. Paul wasn't allowed to see his real father, James. Barbara remarried a man by the name of Gunnar St. Clair. James kidnapped his son and took him to Cheyenne, WY to a summer camp. He saw the news broadcast about his kidnapping, and Barbara and Gunnar found him and rescued him. He didn't see his father any more until he was a teenager. James showed up and he and Paul became close, but Paul didn't tell anyone he was seeing his father. Paul realized his father was not a good man and refused to have anything to do with him.
Paul was offered a summer job by Emily Stewart who was older than Paul. Emily had just had an argument with her boyfriend, Brock Lombard. Paul stopped by Emily's only to find her upset about the argument. He was very understanding and it led to a kiss, and then to making love. Paul was a virgin. Emily confessed the affair to Brock, which he forgave her for, and they resumed their relationship. Paul was lovesick over Emily and tried to win her love by sending her flowers and love notes. Little did Paul know, Emily had an affair with his father, James, in the past. When James confronted Emily at her house, they argued. Paul stopped by and tried to protect Emily bu picking up a gun and shooting James. He was found not guilty. Paul changed his name to Ryan and dropped out of school.
Paul became friends with Lily Snyder's twin sister, Rose. Rose felt Paul liked her for her, not whom she looked like. They became lovers. Tragic events took place and drove them apart. Paul was in a plane crash, presumed dead, but in fact, was cared for by a fisherman. Paul decided to let everyone believe he was dead. Paul did finally come back to Oakdale and resumed his love affair with Rose. They were getting married, but when the minister asked if anyone objected to the union, Paul revealed his true feelings for Rose, humiliating her, causing her to collapse. Rose had been poisoned, and shortly after being taken to the hospital she died. Paul thought his mother, Barbara, had poisoned Rose, but later learned it was Will, Paul's half brother. Will was found guilty and sentenced to a psychiatric hospital. Paul never forgave his mother for what she had done to Will, causing him to poison Rose. He was out to steal her company to get even. Paul learned that his mother, Barbara, was having episodes of blindness due to a brain tumor. She checked into a hospital for treatments. Paul was a little ashamed of his actions toward her, and after they talked he accepted her apology, but this wasn't to last long.
Paul and Rosanna declared their love for one another and decided to get married. The marriage soon ended. Emily had an argument with Hal and sought comfort from Paul, which led to their making love. They agreed to get married. Paul's sister, Jennifer, was pregnant with Craig's baby. When her baby was born, there was another baby there also, the son of Gwen Norbeck. Craig secretly switched the babies and lied to Jennifer. He told her that her baby had died. Paul and Emily knew the truth about the switch, but they kept it a secret in order to protect Jennifer. When the truth came out, Paul and Emily were put in jail. Once released from jail, Paul and Emily decided to get married. Emily met Paul in her wedding dress and fur coat. Paul finally came up to Emily and told her he didn't want to marry her because she didn't deserve him. When he turned to walk off, Emily hysterically started begging him not to do that to her. He continued to turn his back on her and she shot him. Thinking that she had killed Paul, she rolled his limp body over a hill. Paul wasn't dead, just wounded. Meg Snyder found him and dragged him back to a cabin where she nursed him back to health. During this time, Emily took Dusty Donovan hostage. When Paul was found, he was arrested for his part in the baby switching. Meg was also arrested because she harbored him. Dusty was now believed to be dead, and since they had plenty of time to talk, Meg and Paul both confessed to each other that they didn't do it. That only left Emily. When Paul was released from jail, he tricked Emily into believing that he made a mistake and he wanted to marry her. They married and Paul seduced her to find out where Dusty was. It worked. Emily led everyone right to Dusty. During an argument, Emily fell off a cliff, but Paul was able to keep her alive. She was put in a psychiatric ward at Memorial for her nervous breakdown. It was discovered she was pregnant with Paul's baby. Paul fell in love with Meg and planned to marry her. During a terrible storm, Emily's baby came early and Meg helped her deliver a baby girl while stranded at the Snyder farm. Paul showed up in time to hold his little girl. She was born early and with no way to get her to the hospital, she died. Emily and Paul named her Jennifer, after Paul's deceased sister.
Meg and Paul ended up not getting married. Meg felt that she couldn't trust him anymore. Later, Paul was in a terrible car accident, which left him having psychic visions. He could now predict when Meg or someone close to him was in danger. He fled to the mountains hoping to run from the visions, but it was no use. While there, he had a vision of a bloody floor and women screaming. He immediately thought of Meg. He rushed down to the hospital to find out that Meg was handling the blood drive. He tried to stop her, but Bob gave him a shot to calm him down and make him sleep. Meg went back to work while Paul slept. A man with a gun who was distraught over losing his wife confronted her. Paul tried to warn her.
Meg and Paul tried to get Worldwide back for Lucinda by Meg marrying Craig. He learned of their plot but married Meg anyway and whisked her out of town. Paul tracked them down and fought with Craig; he fell over the cliff and was presumed dead.
In a coma, Rosanna came to Paul and helped him back to consciousness. He learned that Meg was still married to Paul and convinced a doctor to use a new drug on Rosanna to wake her. When she was awake, he convinced her to marry him and they took over all of Craig's assets. Paul was still in love with Meg and Rosanna realized it so she fixed Meg's paternity test results. Paul found out and went back to Meg, throwing Rosanna back into a coma. He and Craig fought and Meg lost the baby; she turned away both men. Craig tried to kill him in a car-bombing but Paul survived. Meg became his nurse.
Soon after, he went into business with Mike Kasnoff to show Meg that he had changed. He and Meg were working their way back to one another when he slept with Sofie and she became obsessed with him. She accused him of raping her and then said he was the father of her baby but Meg stood by Paul. They agreed to get married. Sofie was killed and Meg became a suspect but Paul was convinced she was innocent. It turned out that Cole killed Sofie; he kidnapped Barbara to extort money from Paul but Paul and Meg found her in time.
Soon after, Meg began acting strangely. She was poisoned in the tainted jewelry scam and tried to kill him because Sofie's ghost told her to do so. Paul had her committed, which saved her life.
Soon after, James returned to town. Paul was desperate for money and turned to a loan shark, who was employed by James. James said he would find a treasure on the Snyder farm so Paul began digging. One day, Ethan fell into a hole and became trapped. Paul rescued him but couldn't be saved. Derek appeared in the hole with a way out, which James had devised. When he got back to Fairwinds, though, Meg and James were gone!
Paul convinced Derek to help him and went after them both.
James Stenbeck (biological father)
Barbara Ryan Stenbeck Munson Dixon Munson (biological mother)
Raymond Colfax (adoptive stepfather - deceased)
Claudia Colfax (adoptive mother)
David Allen Stenbeck (half brother - deceased)
Will Munson (half brother)
Jennifer Munson Kasnoff Donovan (half sister - deceased)
Jordan Sinclair - (half brother)
Johnny Dixon (half brother - deceased)
Greta Aldrin (paternal biological grandmother)
Jennifer Hughes (maternal grandmother - deceased)
Chuck Ryan (maternal grandfather - deceased)
Cabot Sinclair (nephew)
Ariel Aldrin (aunt)
Rick Ryan (uncle)
Melinda Grey (aunt - deceased)
Frannie Hughes (aunt)
Kim Sullivan Reynolds Dixon Stewart Andropoulos Hughes (great aunt)
Andy Dixon (first cousin)
Sabrina Hughes (first cousin)
Christopher Hughes (first cousin)
Hope Dixon (second cousin)
Jennifer Ryan (daughter with Emily - deceased)
Miscarried child (with Meg Snyder)
At Fairwinds, Emily wakes Paul up as Eliza putters around. She wonders if he is serious about walking away from BRO. He is. As they make out, Barbara and Henry arrive. She informs her son that she is dissolving their partnership. He understands. Emily is impressed that Barbara is walking away from her son. The four of them toast to getting what they want. After Barbara and Henry leave, Paul asks Em if she will love him regardless of his mother always being around. She still will.
At Fairwinds, Paul tells his family that this wedding is all wrong. Emily thinks he's being aggressively silly and they should make an effort to get along with his mother. Will says it's creepy but they should let it happen.
At the Lakeview, Paul runs into the judge who tells him that he is there to marry his mother. Paul is taken aback and calls Emily. "I gotta do something about this," he says.
In the lobby, they discover the family gathered and Emily even wishes Barbara the best. Paul offers to give his mom away and Kim offers to be her matron of honor. Paul tells his mom that he loves her and asks Henry not to screw things up. He hallucinates seeing James there as the ceremony begins. Henry sees him too. As the vows begin, Barbara imagines the judge is James. She gasps and tells Henry they can do this. She's been a bad person, but everything changed for her after she had cancer. Meeting him changed things even more and she doesn't care what anyone thinks anymore. She's wasted a lot of her life, but she wants to spend what she has left with him. He goes next and tells her how scared her has been throughout this relationship but she showed him that what may be wrong for others, isn't wrong for him. She showed him that he can be who he is, whether it's over-dramatic or cowardly. They don't want to change each other and that makes them perfect. The judge marries them and they kiss.
After the ceremony, Paul talks to his mother and half-brother about seeing James. They send the judge off and start pouring the champagne. Katie tells Chris that the couple will be happy, like she was with Brad. Bob and Kim watch her with their son and she talks about how sweet they look. Paul gathers everyone together to toast to the couple and wish them a happy life. Gwen tears up but Barbara tells her not to worry about what's happened because they are family. She tells Will how proud she is of him, even though she hasn't always been a great mom. She throws the bouquet and Katie catches it. Katie and Chris smile at each other. This leads to an awkward moment between them. He goes silent and then asks if they can go to her place and talk. She walks over to the bride and groom to congratulate them again. Kim takes Barbara aside and says that Jenny would be happy for her. Bob leads his wife away and they run into John by the front desk.
At Fairwinds, Paul gathers Henry and Barbara and Emily by the fire place so they can exorcise James from their lives. They burn photos of him. The newlyweds leave and Paul and Em make out on the couch.