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    Soap Opera Actors: Where Are They Now?

    Wednesday, August 27 2014


    St. Patrick (Dimitri Halkidis/WENN.com)
    Catching up with the former daytime actors.

    Our latest column, which Soaps.com will now bring to our readers twice a month, has some updates surrounding the careers of former soap stars of daytime cancelled soaps "All my Children," "Another World," "As the World Turns," "Capital," "Guiding Light," "One Life to Live" and "Peyton Place."

    A Netflix role, primetime gigs, baby news, a new fashion line, a passing and more…

    Mathew St. Patrick heads up security in Sons of Anarchy.
    Mathew St. Patrick has made a name for himself in primetime and can be remembered by daytime fans for his role as Adrian Sword on "All my Children" from 1998 to 2000, as well as an appearance on "General Hospital" as Detective Marcus Taggart in 1997. These days the actor will be seen in the seventh and final season of the FX series "Sons of Anarchy." St. Patrick will play the recurring role of Moses, who will head up a security team. The series returns on Tuesday September 9 at 10:00 PM with St. Patrick scheduled to first appear in episode seven thereafter. Over the years, the actor has had notable roles on "NYPD Blue," "Six Feet Under," "Higglytown Heroes," "Reunion" and "Saving Grace."


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    Anything new for David Canary and Michael E. Knight?
    Rhoda J. asked about "All my Children's" David Canary (ex-Adam/Stuart Chandler, 1984 to 2013) and Michael E. Knight (ex-Tad Martin, 1983 to 2013). Though Canary doesn't seem to have been involved in much these days, Michael E. Knight has appeared on Drop Dead Diva since leaving daytime behind.

    Christina Bennett Lind to House of Cards.
    Christina Bennett Lind, who played Bianca Montgomery on ABC's "All my Children" from 2010 to 2011, will be turning up on a popular Netflix series. Though details are being kept under wraps, fans of "House of Cards," can expect the actress to appear sometime during season three, which should be released in February 2015. Former "As the World Turns" actor Michael Park (ex-Jack Snyder) appeared earlier this year as Curtis Haas.

    Lind is also the writer, director and star in another 2015 release, "Fireworkers," where she'll play the role of Bennett. The storyline follows a group of old friends that loses one of their own and mourns her death by completing her final to-do list. In the process, they must first learn to celebrate their own lives.





    Denise Vasi pregnant.
    Former "All my Children" alum Denise Vasi (ex-Randi Hubbard, 2008 to 2011) is going to be a new mom. Soaps.com sends Vasi, who shared the news on Twitter, and her husband Anthony Mandler our best!










    Where is Tom Eplin?
    Debbie H. was a fan of Tom Eplin and is surprised another soap opera never picked him up. So, what's he been up to since playing Jake McKinnon on "Another World" from 1989 to 1999 then the same on "As the World Turns" in 2002? The actor played Chad in the 2007 horror film "Days of Darkness," which he produced as well. From there, in 2008 Eplin directed two episodes of the television series "Hacienda Heights."

    Daniel Hugh Kelly all-in for Sex, Death and Bowling.
    Daniel Hugh Kelly, who played "As the World Turns'" Colonel Winston Mayer from 2007 to 2009, is once again heading to the big screen. In "Sex, Death and Bowling," the actor plays Dick McAllister, as two brothers are reunited over one's terminal cancer. Mary Lynn Rajskub ("24: Live Another Day"), Selma Blair ("Anger Management"), Adrian Grenier ("Entourage") and Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos") also star. Watch Kelly in the official trailer below.



    Grant Aleksander sighting.
    Teresa S. asked about Grant Aleksander, who played Phillip Spauding on "Guiding Light" from 1983 to 2009. The actor can be seen as Adam Clark on the web series "Tainted Dreams." Fans can visit Tainted Dreams on YouTube to watch Aleksander, as well as other former daytime stars.

    Robin Strasser tweets.
    Debi S. was a big fan of "One Life to Live's" Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian Lord) and misses seeing her in Llanview. Though the actress doesn't currently have any new projects, other than ones she might be working on as tweeted below, she's very active on Twitter.





    Hillary B. Smith gets wrapped-up in new fashion line.
    Hillary B. Smith ("One Life to Live's" ex-Nora Buchanan, 1992 to 2013, "Venice the Series") has partnered with her friend Adrienne Kissel (Kissmith Designs) to bring the public The Original Wrap, a clothing wrap that can be worn various ways. Their motto is, "In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different," and each design is said to be unique with the purpose of making the buyer stand out in a crowd, sewn by Smith and Kissel themselves! Watch the video below, where the ladies display how many different ways their wraps can be worn.



    Ed Nelson passes away at 85.
    We are saddened to report that former soap opera actor Ed Nelson passed away on Saturday August 9 at the age of 85 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Nelson played Michael Rossi on "Peyton Place" from 1964 to 1969 and in the film "Murder in Peyton Place" in 1977. He went on to play Senator Mark Denning on "Capital" from 1983 to 1984 before reappearing again as Rossi on "Peyton Place: The Next Generation." He did a ten year run on "Murder She Wrote" from 1985 to 1995 and last appeared in 2003 as George Dressler in "Runaway Jury." Soaps.com sends Nelson's wife, daughters, sons, family and friends our deepest condolences.

    Read about "One Life to Live" alum (ex-Natalie) Melissa Archer to Days and "Passions'" (ex-Fox) Justin Hartley's role as Y&R's Adam Newman.

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    - Amy Mistretta


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