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    ATWT Stars: Where Are They Now (UPDATED!!)

    Wednesday, September 19 2007

    Hunt Block is going to Llanview! (CBS)
    Actors and actresses come and go on our favorite soaps, but they are never forgotten. Recently I took a look in the vault of actors who left As The World Turns and found out several of our faves have gone on to become huge stars post-Oakdale. Read on to find out what your favorite former soap stars have been up to in recent years.

    Hunt Block, ex-Craig, is returning to daytime television! No, he isn't returning to Oakdale, but has learned that Hunt Block will begin playing a new role, FBI Agent Lee Ramsey on OLTL. You can read more about his new role here.

    Shamika Cotton, ex-Dr. Rourke, has been quite busy since leaving Oakdale. In 2006 she starred in several episodes of the television serious "The Wire". She is also slated to star in a late-2007 film release called "Stream". She plays young Jodi in the sci-fi flick (Whoopi Goldberg plays adult Jodi). We'll keep you updated on the film's release!

    Zach Roerig, ex-Casey, has finished filming a new movie called "Dear Me". The movie centers around a young woman who tells all in her blog. He is also a regular on OLTL.

    Ben Hendrickson, ex-Det. Hal Munson, passed away in July 2006 from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Readers who want to know more about this can read on here.

    Bailey Chase, ex-Chris, has moved to cable network TNT, playing opposite Holly Hunter on Saving Grace! And this fall, you just might catch him on Ugly Betty. We'll keep you updated on Bailey talks to return for Season 2 of that show.

    Annie Parisse, ex-Julia Snyder, left Oakdale for the crime-ridden streets of New York City and the role of Alexandra Borgia on "Law & Order". She has since moved on to movie roles and has three films set for release. "Blackbird" which released in 2007, "First Person Singular" which is currently in post-production and "Definitely, Maybe" set for release in 2008.

    Napiera Danielle Groves, ex-Bonnie, left Oakdale in 2004 for the bright lights of Hollywood. Since leaving she has appeared on television shows like "How I Met Your Mother", "Zoey 101" and "All of Us". And earlier this year starred in the film "Redrum" as Michelle.

    And let's not forget a few "golden oldie" stars (no, they aren't really old). Whatever happened to our favorite Oakdale characters from the 1980s and 1990s? I found out what a few have been up to.

    Shamika Cotton to star in a film! (Credit - IMDB)
    Brian Bloom, ex-Dusty, has appeared in many television shows and movies since leaving As The World Turns in 1988. From voice over work (he voiced three characters in the PlayStation 2 "Jak 3" game and 1 character in the recent Fantastic Four game release) to dramas and sit-coms, Brian has done it all. Most recently he played Allan James in the series "Drive", Agent Baker in the 2006 movie release "Smokin' Aces" and played Roger in the 2006 movie "Terminal" with Tom Hanks.

    Some of you may not remember that R&B superstar Lauryn Hill got her start in Oakdale. She played Kira Johnson in 1991. Since moving on from ATWT Lauryn has concentrated mostly on her music. She has several hits with the 90s band "The Fugees" before breaking out on her own. In addition to her own albums, Lauryn has written songs for several movie soundtracks including "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood". She earned two Grammy's in 1996.

    Since leaving Oakdale in 1991, Ming Na, ex-Lien Hughes, has become a huge star in Hollywood. She played Deb/Jing-Mai on several seasons of the drama "ER" and was the voice of Mulan in the movie Mulan II. In 2006, she played a small role in the "George Lopez" show and appeared in six episodes of the drama "Vanished".

    And let's not forget about Steven Weber, ex-Kevin Gibson. Since leaving ATWT in 1986, Steven has become a regular on several hit television shows. In the 1990s, he starred on "Wings" as Brian Hackett and in 2000 was cast as Jack Nagle on "Cursed". More recently he starred in "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and in currently working on two films - "Farmhouse" which is in pre-production and "More of Me", a made-for-tv movie that is currently filming.

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    Posted by fireball at Friday, September 07 2007 06:05 AM

    Lauryn Hill has a total of eight grammy awards. Thank-you for the update on one of my favorite singers.

    Posted by dwebster at Friday, September 07 2007 10:54 AM

    It would serve him right if Julia did come back and give him more grief than Carly ever did. And Katie, well, Julia would chew her up and spit her out in little pieces.

    Posted by jackiegirl at Friday, September 07 2007 12:09 PM

    "Napiera Danielle Groves, ex-Danielle, left Oakdale in 2004 for the bright lights of Hollywood. Since leaving she has appeared on television shows like "How I Met Your Mother", "Zoey 101" and "All of Us". And earlier this year starred in the film "Redrum" as Michelle."

    I thought Napiera played the role of Bonnie Machecnie. Who was Danielle.

    Posted by carjackfan4life at Sunday, September 09 2007 06:35 AM

    What happened to my all time fav Hunt Block. i loved him! I was so ticked when he left. These others actors just can't portray Craig the way he did!

    Posted by counselorgirl at Tuesday, September 11 2007 07:43 PM

    I would LOVE to know how Mark Collier (smokin' hot Mike) is doing these days!!!

    Posted by at Wednesday, September 12 2007 12:18 PM

    Jackiegirl - you caught my typo! She did play Bonnie...sorry about that guys. My eyes failed me!

    CarJackFan4Life and CounselorGirl - your faves are coming up in another "where are they now" ...

    Posted by Deb.R at Sunday, September 16 2007 09:48 PM

    can anyone please tell me what happened to the man, sorry I forget his name who played Hal Munson. I heard he committed suicide. Can anyone give me any information I noticed he was gone for awhile then when he came back he was thinner and not looking all that great like his health declined then soon after he was gone and story said Hal died.

    Posted by Deb.R at Sunday, September 16 2007 10:04 PM

    The man who played Hal Munson was " Benjamin Hendrickson... so if anyone can tell me what happen to him I sure would be grateful.........

    Posted by iowahawkeye at Wednesday, September 19 2007 09:16 AM

    What about a couple of the African American guys that were on the last few years? can't remember their names, but both were hot. One was in the triangle w/Margo and Jessica (was his name "Doc"?), and the other one was younger and was having an affair w/someone, and then he went on and did AMC or another soap...anyone remember?

    Posted by soapoperalover at Wednesday, September 19 2007 12:16 PM


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