Catching up with the former daytime actors.
In this month's column, Soaps.com has some details surrounding the careers of former soap stars of daytime cancelled soaps "All My Children," "As The World Turns," "Guiding Light," "One Life To Live" and "Ryan's Hope," as well as remembering an industry head writer.
Read to learn about new film and primetime roles, a pregnancy, a couple gives birth to twins, how an actress travels around the world making others smile, the passing of a soap vet and more...
Colin Egglesfield becomes Unforgettable.
"All My Children" alum Colin Egglesfield (ex-Josh Madden, "The Client List," "Rizzoli & Isles") is heading back to primetime. The actor has landed a guest-starring role on CBS' "Unforgettable" as a Coast Guard Investigative agent named Charles Sewell. TV Guide is reporting that his character will lend a hand to Al (Dylan Walsh) and Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) as they investigate a New York boat explosion. Egglesfield will turn up in episode five of season three, which premieres at 10:00 PM on Sunday June 29.
— Colin Egglesfield (@CEgglesfield) May 6, 2014
Finn Wittrock stars in My All American.
Finn Wittrock, last seen in daytime as "All My Children's" Damon Miller from 2009 to 2011, will be heading to the big screen in "My All American." The film is based on a true story and follows defensive back Freddie Steinmark (Wittrock) who lost his leg after a cancer diagnosis, which ultimately ended his football career in 1969 while playing with the University of Texas. Aaron Eckhart ("Battle Los Angeles") also stars, as the film begins shooting in Austin, Texas in June.
Matthew Cowles passes away at 69.
Longtime "All My Children" actor Matthew Cowles died at the age of 69 in his home on Thursday May 22. Cowles, a veteran actor, will always be remembered for his role as Pine Valley's Billy Clyde Tuggle from 1984 to 1990, as well as his return for the online reboot in 2013. Other daytime credits include "A World Apart" (ex-Chris Kahlman), "Loving" (ex-Eban Japes) and "The Bold And The Beautiful" (ex-Curtis Love), plus numerous primetime appearances. Soaps.com sends his wife Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife"), their daughters, family and friends our deepest condolences.
His manager Tsu Tsu Stanton made an announcment via Twitter.
#Matthew Cowles passed away on 5/22.I had the pleasure of being his manager. He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone.
— Tsu Tsu Stanton (@TsuTsuUnlimited) May 23, 2014
Rebecca Budig reveals pregnancy.
Rebecca Budig, who played Greenlee Smythe on "All My Children" from 1999 to 2011, is going to be a mom. The actress made the announcement during her co-hosting duties on "The Better Show." This will be the first child for Budig and her husband Michael Benson. Soaps.com sends the couple our very best! Watch the video below for Budig's special announcement, where she discusses how she feels and whether or not she's nervous…
Grayson McCouch in Gotham.
Grayson McCouch, known to soap opera fans for his seven year run on "As The World Turns" as Dusty Donovan, is heading to primetime. The actor has been cast in FOX's upcoming prequel to "Batman" titled "Gotham." Look for McCouch as Dr. Thomas Wayne sometime this fall, as well as Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney and Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon. Watch the trailer featuring the actor and more of the star-studded cast below.
Soap alums return to Orange Is The New Black.
Season two of Netflix's series "Orange Is The New Black" premieres on Friday June 6. Soap alums Jason Biggs ("As The World Turns'" ex-Pete Wendall, "American Pie" films) will return as Larry Bloom, Lea DeLaria ("One Life To Live's" ex-Madame Delphina) as Big Boo and Kate Mulgrew ("Ryan's Hope's" ex-Mary Ryan) as Galina 'Red' Reznikov. Watch the promo video for the upcoming season below.
Tom Pelphrey and Chaske Spencer team up in Banshee.
Tom Pelphrey ("Guiding Light's" ex-Jonathan Randall, "As The World Turns'" ex-Mick Dante) and Chaske Spencer ("One Life To Live's" ex-Justice Of The Peace, "Twilight" films) have landed recurring roles on Cinemax's "Banshee." Pelphrey will play a former skinhead named Kurt Bunker, who wants to become a Banshee Sheriff's Department deputy. Spencer's character, Billy Raven, was once a Reservation Police Department deputy but now is looked at as an outcast by his people. Stay tuned for season three's 2015 premiere date. Pelphrey will also appear in the May 29 10:00 PM episode of ABC's "Black Box" titled "Forget Me" as Joseph Moran.