Days of Our Lives’ Dan Feuerriegel Celebrates the Man He Never Knew But Is ‘Humbled and Proud’ to Call Family
“Thank you all for your service.”
Family, for Days of Our Lives‘ DiMera clan, is a complicated thing. Yes, loyalty is important and all, but Stefano’s off-spring have never had a problem stabbing each other in the back, jockeying for position and either being ashamed of what the other members of their family have done, or committing shameful acts themselves!
Family for Dan Feuerriegel, on the other hand, is a source of pride — even when it comes to those whom EJ’s portrayer never had the privilege of meeting. The actor celebrated Australia’s Anzac Day which, as he explained in an Instagram post, “stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.”
It’s celebrated Down Under on April 25 because back in World War I in “1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.”
Feuerriegel’s pride in this Australian holiday, though, runs deeper than just patriotism.
He shared a series of photos, the first of which was of his “grandfather sitting atop his Spitfire that he flew during WW2. Unfortunately, I never got to meet him as he passed just before I was born. But hearing stories from my mum, and seeing all these photos, I am humbled and proud to be his grandson.”
The World War II era photos gave us a beautiful window into the past with Feuerriegel’s grandfather, from a closer look at his flight jacket (Is that a devil on it? Wow, he really does get around!) to a view of the Aussie smiling in the snow with his fellow soldiers.
The post hit fans right in the feels, with many chiming in with tales of their own family members fighting in the second World War or flying Spitfires.
<p>Stefano’s beautiful daughter with the late Lee DuMonde was still reeling from the revelation that her sister was her mother when she did the math and realized that — ew! — that also made true love Tony DiMera her brother. As cruel fate would have it, the couple’s actual lineage was only sorted, and the lovers reunited reunited, just in time for her to be murdered by the Salem Slasher.</p>
<p>Though raised as Stefano’s son, the count, he learned too late to keep his romance with Renée afloat, shared no blood tie with the Phoenix. Rather, he was the offspring of Stefano’s common-law wife Daphne and a lovely chap who — oh dear — his father figure had killed out of jealousy.</p>
<p>Every family has one, right? André was introduced as Stefano’s nephew but was, in fact, his son. And since Tony wasn’t quite the chip off the ol’ block that Daddy Dearest hoped he’d be, the villain had André undergo an extreme makeover that turned him into a dead ringer for the count.</p>
<p>When not giving side eye to romantic rival Hope Williams (and somehow <em>still</em> being upstaged by Nurse Honeycutt), Maxwell Hathaway’s ill-fated adopted daughter revealed with every plot she hatched that she shared DNA with biodad Stefano, the biggest Bad Bad Salem’s ever known.</p>
<p>Celeste Perrault moved heaven and earth to keep her beloved daughter from discovering that it was Stefano to whom she should’ve been sending Father’s Day cards her entire life. But when at last the truth came out, some of the late good girl’s misbehavior suddenly made a whole lot more sense.</p>
<p>Stefano did not have what anyone would’ve called a <em>close</em> relationship with his son by Ellen Hawk. Maybe that was because the madman had had Ellen killed. Or because Benjy had lost his hearing in an explosion at one of Stefano’s homes. Or because he was threatened by Papa and murdered by André.</p>
<p>Stefano’s adopted son — the villain picked up kids as randomly and often as we do trashy magazines at the grocery-store checkout — was a schemer through and through. When he wasn’t helping Pop manipulate sister Kristen, he was making Jack Deveraux look to Jennifer Horton like a saint by comparison. Oh, and also apparently aggravating tigers, the bastard.</p>
<p>Believe it or not, Peter’s sister (originally Eileen Davidson) started out as a Ms. Nice Gal who was pursued by — ack — pseudo sibling Tony. But whether out of frustration over true boo John Black’s lingering feelings for Marlena Evans or just her corrupt upbringing, she eventually unleashed her inner supervixen, and honey, that is one genie that ain’t <em>never</em> going back in the bottle!</p>
<p>Yes, Kristen (now Stacy Haiduk, at least usually) deserves two entries in this photo gallery, if only because of the number of times her masked shenanigans have caused us to wear the exact same expression as Tony here. Or is that André? Honestly, can we ever be sure? It could be freakin’ Megan back from the dead with a mask of her own!</p>
<p>The less said about the way that Stefano impregnated Kristen’s sister Susan Banks by pretending to be Elvis Presley, the better. All you really need to know at this point is that Elvis Jr. (first James Scott, then Dan Feuerriegel) grew up to be every bit the manipulative power player that Daddy Dearest had been.</p>
<p>Whew. No doubt because he was raised by honorable dad Abe Carver, the cop’s son with Lexie has managed to sidestep the penchant for lying, stealing, kidnapping and wreaking overall havoc that everyone in Salem knows is the calling card of any of Stefano’s kin.</p>
<p>EJ’s son with scheme queen Sami Brady — twin sis Allie is Lucas Roberts’ (don’t ask!) — seemed like a nice enough young fella… until the devil went and took possession of his hot bod. In the aftermath, we have to wonder whether Johnny willl realize that he kinda <em>liked</em> being a hell-raiser.</p>
<p>File this under “Stories You Probably Won’t Bring Up to the Kids Someday”: Chad is the product of Stefano’s tryst with appellate court judge Madeline Peterson. What’s so shocking about that? At the time of said encounter, Mom was a prostitute; Dad, her pimp.</p>
<p>It wasn’t until 2017 that we learned that Vivian Alamain had borne Stefano a son about whom he’d never known. Heck, even Viv didn’t learn that the baby had survived until he was a grown man. Alas, Stefan (originally Tyler Christopher) wasn’t long for this world. Luckily, he just happened to have a twin brother…</p>
<p>To put it mildly, Stefan’s sibling (Brandon Barash as if you didn’t know) was as surprised as the rest of Salem to find out that he wasn’t an unusually attractive mechanic after all but the heir to not only a fortune but also kinda-sorta his widowed sister-in-law Gabi Hernandez’s affections.</p>
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