Robert Newman (Joshua Lewis on Guiding Light)

Current Character: Joshua Lewis

Birthday: 1958-06-27

Birthplace: Born in Los Angeles, California, USA

Marital Status: Married Britt Helfer September 27, 1986

Biography

Born the youngest of seven children in Los Angeles, California, Robert attended Birmingham High School in California, then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from California State University at Northridge. His theatrical training began at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and he has also studied with the Strasberg Institute and with Tom Troup, Malcolm MacDowell, and Charles Nelson Reilly. In July 1983, he played El Gallo in The Fantasticks in Sullivan, Illinois. He was seen off-Broadway at the Orpheum in Quiet on the Set and in Betty the Yeti at Stamford Theatreworks in Stamford, Connecticut. Most recently, he and his wife, actress Britt Helfer, performed opposite each other in a production of Sylvia, which he directed at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan. His extensive work at the Barn Theatre has included a full season in 1981, as well as co-starring with his wife in Inge's Picnic in 1986 and Barefoot in the Park in 1989. In 1991, Robert performed there in Bernard Slade's Romantic Cowboy.

Robert originated the role of Josh on Guiding Light in October 1981, left the series in mid-1983, then returned to the role in October 1986. In the interim, he was seen in short-term roles on General Hospital and Santa Barbara, and was featured in the pilot Destination America for Stephen Cannell Productions. Robert returned to the show for a third time in August 1993 after starring in the ABC Civil War epic, Class of '61, for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Productions. Robert and his wife were married in September 1986, and they have a son, Connor and daughter, Kendal. The brown-haired, blue-eyed actor enjoys golf, snow skiing, and playing tennis.

Career Highlights

Class of '61 - Captain Wykoff (1993)
Santa Barbara - Kirk Cranston (#2) (1986)
General Hospital - Prescott Harrell (1985)
Guiding Light - Joshua Lewis (October 1981 to Present)

Awards & Acclaim

Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2002, 2006)
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2004, 2006)