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Days of our Lives star gets a welcome respite.

Updated December 26: sends Days’ Drake Hogestyn (John), his daughter Whitney and the rest of the family our very best in regards to the arrival of his new grandson. The actor posted a precious photo holding the baby captioned, “Merry Christmas to all! He’s here!!! Thomas Drake arrived happy and healthy amidst a lively family celebration in support of Whitney and Tommy! So blessed and proud! Woohoo Whit!”

On September 19, we were thrilled to pass along the news that Days star Drake Hogestyn (John Black) will be welcoming a new baby grandson. The excited actor took to Twitter to share photos from his daughter Whitney and son-in-law Tommy’s gender reveal celebration, in which they popped a balloon to find out whether they’re expecting a boy or a girl. The actor noted it was also the couple’s first anniversary, so it was an extra special occasion indeed. Hogestyn also used the hashtag #guesshisname to challenge his followers. His caption read, “After a rough couple of weeks in Salem, this was a welcomed respite! What a blessing on their 1st Anniversary today. Congratulations Tommy & Whitney! ❤️ woohoo!!! #guesshisname”

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The actor first announced his daughter Whitney’s pregnancy back in June on Twitter, using a photo of father and daughter together with their adorable pets and the caption, “Blessed to be a Father to 4 amazing kids and soon to be a Grandfather again!!! Woohoo Whitney!!!❤️??”

Hogestyn’s recent emotional performances on the drama-packed episodes of Days surrounding Marlena’s shooting have received hearty acclaim from fans and co-stars. His performance was heart-breaking when John believed Marlena might die in the hospital, and the debate over Marlena’s DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order proved to be intense for John and Belle. Actress Martha Madison revealed parallels to her real life in the storyline, as she cares for her dying parent, Barbara.

Drake Hogestyn and his wife Victoria have three daughters, Whitney, Alexandra and Rachael, as well as one son, Ben, also an actor, who played a gang member on Days of our Lives back in 2002, portrayed Harry Jackson on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006, and also Lucas Jones on General Hospital in 2006. congratulates the Hogestyn family on their upcoming new addition!