Drake Hogestyn (John Black on Days of Our Lives)

Current Character: John Black

Birthday: 1953-09-29

Birthplace: Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana USA

Marital Status: Married: Victoria Post 1986-present with 4 children


Originally, Drake Hogestyn had an interest in a career in dentistry and in professional baseball, before he joined the cast of Days of our Lives as John Black, in January 1986.

In 1994 he won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Male Star. Since Hogestyn's first career goal was to become a dentist, he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa on a baseball scholarship. He majored in pre-dentistry. After graduation, he was drafted by the New York Yankees and played third base for one of the Yankees' farm teams until he was injured in 1978.

Hogestyn then began his acting career by entering a Columbia Pictures national talent search that included 75,000 hopefuls. Hogestyn was among the 30 selected, and his first starring role was on the primetime series "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."

Hogestyn was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He married his childhood sweetheart, Victoria (Post), and they have one son (Ben) and three daughters (Alex & Whitney and Rachel).

Career Highlights

Days of our Lives - John Black (1986 - October 26, 2007, then returned January 8 2008 - January 23, 2009)
Generation - Jack Breed (1985)
Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues Rod (1985)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Brian McFadden (1982)

Awards & Acclaim

Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2005)
Soap Opera Digest Awards Winner, Hottest Male Star (1994)