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May 22, 2014, marked the fan favorite’s first airdate.

You’d be hard-pressed to name someone whose life has taken more unpredictable turns than that of Days of Our Lives’ Ben Weston. But portrayer Robert Scott Wilson’s comes close — without the serial-killing, thankfully!

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The music-video hunk (who’s appeared in clips for everyone from David Guetta to Toni Braxton) went from being the first male model ever to point out a showcase on The Price Is Right to the role of Opal and Palmer Cortlandt’s shirt-averse son Pete on the short-lived online reboot of All My Children. Finally, Days of Our Lives tapped him to take over as Ben Weston from Justin Gaston (later briefly Chance on The Young and the Restless).

Did we mention that only a year later, the NBC soap decided to make its resident hottie the nefarious Necktie Killer? Yeah, that was a pretty pointy fork in the road. But trouper that he is, Wilson rolled with the punch. “I saw it not really as a door closing,” he told Soap Opera Digest in 2020, “but an opportunity.”

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One with which he ran, so impressing the powers that be that even after Ben’s murder spree, they brought Wilson back to the show and, against all odds, transformed him into a not just a good guy but a guy good enough for Bo and Hope’s daughter, Ciara. That he and Victoria Konefal went on to create a supercouple goes — or could go — without saying. “I remember the very first day [we] worked together,” he told Digest in 2019. “We didn’t try to force a romance or try to make it something it wasn’t… We showed up prepared and did the work.”

And it worked. Big time. Now, even without Ciara on the canvas, Ben remains integral to Days of Our Lives. So in honor of Wilson’s accomplishment — and his seventh anniversary in the role — join us, won’t you, in reliving the wild ride that he’s taken in the below photo gallery of Ben’s tumultuous time among Salem’s lot.