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With the recent slew of departures from the cast of Days of Our Lives, many people are wondering when the cuts could end. However, with the losses there have also been some gains. Just this past month has brought a handful of faces into Salem. Although they may not all be around to stay, these smaller roles still play a major part in the day to day adventures of Salemites, keeping things colorful and fresh. Not only that but the past month has seen quite a few soap veterans tumbling through the streets and jails of the troubled town. Many viewers no doubt recognized the face and presence of John Sanderford. He plays Crawford Decker, the angry father of dead sorority girl rapist Ford. Sanderford has been appearing on TV for nearly three decades, including stint on the soaps Ryan’s Hope (1985-1989) and Melrose Place. He has also done his fair share of cop dramas and sitcoms, showing up everywhere from Who’s the Boss to Baywatch to Cold Case. Most recently he has appeared in episodes of Women’s Murder Club and The Riches.

Terrell Tillford has recently begun appearing as Dr. Carrington. We’ve seen him battling with Marlena over John’s treatment and arching his eyebrows in a manner that suggests something more than straightforward medical concern. You may have seen him somewhere before he showed up on Days though. He’s been appearing on TV shows regularly for the past fifteen years. This has included episodes of CSI: NY, Souldfood, Cosby, Shark and Bones. In a soap related note, however, he played David Grant from 1998-2001 on Guiding Light. In addition to being an actor, he also hold an MFA from Rutgers and is talented painter and art collector, putting on shows all around the world.