Full detailed profile on Rex Balsom Played by John-Paul Lavoisier on One Life To Live Daytime Soap Opera.
Actor: John-Paul Lavoisier
Who played Rex Balsom over the years
John-Paul Lavoisier (May 9, 2002 - January 12, 2012)
Useful information on Rex Balsom
* Was married to Adriana Cramer.
Current: Private Investigator
Current: Owner of Ultraviolet
Past: Restaurant owner
Past: Employee at the Palace Hotel
Rex Balsom conned his way into Llanview in 2002. After being taken away from his mother, Roxy Balsom, as a child, Rex grew up with big dreams. However, he wasn't willing to take the hard road to make them come true. When Rex learned that Jessica Buchanan was claiming to be Roxy's daughter, he saw his opportunity to strike it rich quick! Eagerly wanting to bond with his new sister, Rex went to Llanview with Jessica and out of pity, Jessica moved Rex into Llanfair! However, all dreams come to an end as it would turn out that Jessica was not the biological daughter of Roxy, therefore no longer Rex's long lost sister.
Back where he started, Rex stayed in Llanview with Natalie, who grew up with Rex as his sister, and his mother Roxy. After getting a job at the Palace, Rex found his next conquest in Jennifer Rappaport. The two were a match made in heaven with both enjoying the thrill of a good robbery or scam. Shortly after, Rex and Jen married but that soon dissolved after Jen had an affair. Although Rex refused to give Jen a divorce, he couldn't pass up a bribe of money from Kevin Buchanan and ended the marriage. Finding that he truly loved Jen, Rex found a way to not only stay close to her, but make Jen jealous, too. He began a steamy affair with her mother Lindsay! However, just as Jen realized that she, too, loved Rex, tragedy struck when Rex found Jen murdered in her car by Daniel Colson.
Rex later tried his hand at being an entrepreneur. However just when he'd opened a new club, Rex found it ripped out from under him after being late on a loan to RJ Gannon. After borrowing from RJ to open a restaurant, Rex lost his beloved club Ultra Violet when he couldn't find the means to pay RJ back. As luck would have it, Rex came across a missing Asa Buchanan who paid him a hefty reward and Rex was able to mix that with a little blackmail and get his club back!
During the rampage of the Killing Club killer, Rex and Marcie Walsh were strung up by their throats and left to die. After Rex was rescued, it was then that Bo Buchanan realized how much he cared for Rex and treated him as a son. After Bo allowed Rex to work on a few investigations for him, Rex found that he had a talent and became a private investigator, which ultimately turned his life around for the better!
The people of Llanview now seek Rex out to dig up deep dark secrets of the past. Most recently, Rex found Paige Miller's long lost son, and was then asked to locate Todd Manning's son who was kidnapped and given away by Spencer Truman. Since finding out that Todd's son is little Tommy McBain, Rex has been struggling to keep the secret, with the help of his girlfriend Adriana, in hopes of giving Tommy a better life in the home of Michael and Marcie McBain.
Once Llanview's money hungry bad boy, Rex is now a dependable friend to many who will give them the shirt off his back and has reconnected with his high school love, Gigi, again, to which they share a son, Shane. Though he's asked for a divorce from his wife, Adriana, Rex wants nothing more than to start a family with Gigi and Shane and put the past - and the lies - behind him.
However, when Gigi's sister Stacy came to town, she set her sights on Rex and used Shane's Leukemia to get him! Once Rex found out that Stacy had forced Gigi into making Rex believe she'd slept with Brody, Rex and Gigi reunited with a plan to stop Stacy once and for all!
That plan would come to an end when Stacy announced she was pregnant with Rex's baby, who they conceived while Rex was feeling rejected from Gigi. Gigi, not being able to handle the stress of Stacy's pregnancy, and Rex decided to call it quits.
It wasn't until months later that Rex found out the baby girl, Sierra Rose, who Stacy had before falling to her death beneath an ice covered lake, wasn't his - and that she lost Rex's baby due to a miscarriage. Rex tried to save Stacy, but couldn't, and was faced with dealing with the fallout - and the fact that Schuyler Joplin was Sierra Rose's father... so he thinks.
It took a longtime, but Rex and Gigi reunited while on the hunt for his real parents. Proof led him to Echo, who admitted being his mother. However, Echo lied about Rex's father and claimed he was Charlie, who Clint rigged the DNA results to back up.
Rex was forced to stay quiet about Clint kidnapping David, due to Clint blackmailing Rex with threats of destroying his family. Rex finally admitted the truth to Bo then helped him rescue David. He also brought proof to Bo that Clint had been at the Minute Man Motel the night Eddie Ford had been murdered, the same night Rex rescued Nora, which lead to a car accident and Nora losing her memory of that time.
Echo DiSavoy (mother)
Clint Buchanan (father)
Natalie Buchanan Banks (half-sister)
Asa Buchanan (grandfather - deceased)
Olympia Buchanan (grandmother - deceased)
Pike Buchanan (uncle)
Jeannie Buchanan (aunt - deceased)
Austin Buchanan (cousin - deceased)
Rafe Garretson (cousin)
Sammi Garretson (cousin)
Bo Buchanan (uncle)
Ben Davidson (uncle - deceased)
Drew Buchanan (cousin - deceased)
Matthew Buchanan (cousin)
Cordero Roberts (half-brother)
Kevin Riley Buchanan Sr. (brother by adoption)
Joseph Buchanan (brother by adoption)
Jessica Buchanan (sister by adoption)
Clinton James Roberts (nephew)
Sarah Victoria Roberts (niece)
Megan Victoria Buchanan (niece by adoption - deceased)
Kevin Riley Buchanan Jr. (nephew by adoption - deceased
Brennan Buchanan (niece by adoption)
Baby Girl Brennan (niece - stillborn)
Zane Buchanan (nephew by adoption)
Arthur Stanford (grandfather - deceased)
Giselle French Stanford (grandmother - deceased)
The Turners (grandparents by adoption)
Leda French (aunt)
Giles Morgan (uncle)
Clint and Viki watch Blanca's tribute to "Fraternity Row" from Llanfair. Rex, Gigi and Shane appear. They came to say goodbye. Viki and Clint are surprised to hear they are going to England and invite them to stay with Kevin and Kelly. Gigi mumbles about Kelly not being able to keep her clothes on around Rex. Clint offers Rex money. Rex declines but agrees to hug his father. After the Balsoms leave, Viki and Clint anxiously await the DNA results. Jessica appears and asks, "DNA results?" Clint claims they were talking about the last episode of "Fraternity Row." Natalie and Liam arrive and settle in to watch the show. Everyone catches Clint crying, who admits they're happy tears. Though the show had to end, their story is just beginning.
At the Buchanan Mansion, Roxy thanks Mr. Evans for helping Schuyler during the prison break. They bond over their sons being in jail. Vivian arrives and joins Nigel, Shaun, Destiny, Vimal, Rama and Mrs. Evans. Rex, Gigi and Shane appear and beg Roxy not to be sad. They want to enjoy their last day in Llanview as a family. After the finale of "Fraternity Row," everyone gushes about the ending storylines. While Shaun tells Vivian he's okay with just loving her, Rex asks Roxy for her blessing. She tearfully gives it to him. Natalie barges in. She doesn't know what she's going to do without Rex. Bo and Nora appear. Everyone agrees they'll miss each other dearly. As Destiny reflects on Matthew's absence, Rex, Gigi and Shane hug everyone goodbye and leave. Vimal gets news and rushes off with Rama. Nora and Bo notice the photo of Asa on the mantle. Nigel informs that Rex put it up. Suddenly, Destiny's water breaks!
Gigi joins Rex at the Buchanan Mansion just as he finishes up a call with Nora. As they kiss, Roxy interrupts and says, "Honeymoon is over." She's throwing a huge party to honor "Fraternity Row's" last episode tomorrow. Everyone tried to save the soap, but it didn't work. Roxy wants to give it the sendoff it deserves and wants everyone to dress up as characters. Roxy names John and Natalie as the show's leading couple and says, "They're the starcrossiest lovers I've ever met." Out in the foyer, Shane opens a letter labeled urgent then joins his parents. Shane announces that he's been given a scholarship to one of the best art schools in England. He's confused, having never applied. Gigi admits she applied for him a year ago. He appreciates it but knows Gigi did it to get him out of a bad situation. Now that Shane's happy, there's no reason to leave Llanview. Gigi's proud of the strong guy Shane has become. She and Rex want to go to England with him. Roxy appears upset.