B&B, Days, GH & Y&R Stars: Where Are They Now?
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Life hasn’t stopped after daytime.
As per our readers’ requests Soaps.com has done some digging into the projects and whereabouts of former soap opera actors from “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless.”
New primetime and film gigs, a husband and wife team, a stage appearance, fan Q&As and more…
Missing Massimo Marone.
Soaps.com reader JOOZ asked after the actor who played “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Massimo Marone. Joseph Mascolo was last seen in the 2001 role he created in July 2006. However, fans of the actor can still catch him in daytime as Salem’s Stefano DiMera on “Days of our Lives.” Mascolo first appeared on the NBC soap opera in 1982 then went on to appear as Carlo Alvarez on “Santa Barbara” in 1985 and as Nicholas Van Buren on “General Hospital” in 1989. If you haven’t tuned in to “Days” you may want to watch in order to check out Mascolo’s character, who’s currently grieving the death of his daughter Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and seeking revenge against Marlena (Deidre Hall), the woman he blames.
Adrienne Frantz joins soap alum husband in Poster Cellar.
Teamwork! Over the years Adrienne Frantz has played one of daytime’s biggest crossover roles as Amber Moore on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1997 to 2012) and “The Young and the Restless” (2006 to 2013). In November 2011 she married fellow soap alum Scott Bailey (“Guiding Light’s” ex-Sandy Foster, 2004 to 2006) and the couple will join forces to star in the crime drama “Poster Cellar.” Frantz will play April with Bailey as Ethan in the film that surrounds the contents of a movie memorabilia store and the drug addict who is hired to steal it all. As of yet there is no word on its 2015 premiere. The couple also appeared together in the March made for television movie release “Online Imposter” as Simone Matthews and Trevor Wilkins. The actress recently took to Twitter to congratulate all of her former castmates on their Emmy wins:
— Adrienne Frantz (@adriennefrantz) April 27, 2015
Bren Foster heads to The Last Ship.
TNT’s “The Last Ship” will return with season two on Sunday June 21 and fans of former “Days of our Lives'” Bren Foster will be in for a treat. The actor will appear in numerous episodes of the post-apocalyptic drama as SCPO Wolf Taylor. The show follows the team’s fight to save the earth and humanity after a global viral pandemic wipes out more than 80% of the population. Foster played Quinn Hudson on “Days” from 2011 to 2012, a former drug lord/pimp who opened a spa in Salem and learned he was the son of Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel). He also voices Max Rockatansky in the videogame Mad Max and appears in “Infini” as Morgan Jacklar and “Terminus” as Agent Stipe.
— Bren Foster (@BrenFosterReal) April 22, 2015
What ever happened to Philece Sampler?
Longtime “Days of our Lives'” fans may recall Philece Sampler for her three year (1980 to 1983) role as Renee DuMonde. The daughter of Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo) and Lee DuMonde (the late Brenda Benet), Renee was last seen as a victim of the Salem Slasher, who died from poison found on the blade of the knife in her back. Sampler went on to play Donna Love Hutchins on “Another World” (1987 to 1989) and has appeared in and lended her voice to numerous projects over the years. Most recently she was heard as Toph Beifong in the television series “The Legend of Korra” and played a casting director in the short film “The Audition.”
Matt Cedeño fights zombies on SyFy.
Former “Days of our Lives” heartthrob Matt Cedeño (ex-Brandon Walker, 1999 to 2006) has landed a series regular role in the SyFy channel’s “Z Nation.” The actor will play a bounty hunter named Vasquez who joins forces with others to fight the zombies. Season two will premiere sometime this fall. Since leaving daytime Cedeño has turned up in primetime series such as “Desperate Housewives,” “Melissa & Joey,” “Anger Management,” “Baby Daddy” and most recently in the recurring role of Alejandro Rubio on “Devious Maids.”
Lucas Kerr and Brandon Barash team up on CSI: Cyber.
Two for one! “Days of our Lives'” Lucas Kerr (ex-Clint, 2015; “B&B’s” ex-Forrester model, 2008 to 2009) and “General Hospital’s” Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny Zacchara, 2007 to 2015) will both guest-star in “CSI: Cyber” on Wednesday May 13. In the episode titled “Bit by Bit,” the team investigates a jewelry store robbery-homicide and the hacker that looms during a power outage in Detroit. Keep an eye out for Barash as Stephen Christos and Kerr as Henry Spitz and tune in to CBS at 9:00 PM.
Michael Learned takes the stage in Mothers and Sons.
Michael Learned, best known for her role as the mother Olivia Walton in "The Waltons" will be heading back to the stage in Zach Theatre's production of "Mothers and Sons." Performances will run from May 27 through June 21 and follows Katharine Gerard (Learned) who surprises her late son's partner only to find him married and with a child. Learned played the same role earlier this year in Philadelphia. Nicholas Rodriguez ("One Life to Live's" ex-Nick Chavez) will also star. Tickets can be purchased at the Zach Theatre, located at 1510 Toomey Road in Austin, Texas. Learned played "General Hospital's" Shirley Smith in 2010 and filled in for the late Jeanne Cooper as Katherine Chancellor on "The Young and the Restless" in 2011. She also had guest roles as Judge Turner on sister soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" in 2005.
Natalia Livingston stars in Geo Tag.
"General Hospital" viewers won't soon forget the emotional 2007 episode when Emily Quartermaine was found by Nik Cassadine (Tyler Christopher) strangled by the Text Message Killer. Natalia Livingston will appear as a mother named Jackie Fletcher in the upcoming movie "Geo Tag," with co-star David Chokachi ("Beyond the Break"). Stay tuned for more details on the project, which surrounds the Fletcher family. The actress also has been a guest speaker at Emory's Goizueta Business School, to which she attended. Aside from her Port Charles role, she played Taylor Walker on "Days of our Lives" and Liza Park in the web series "Tainted Dreams."
— Natalia Livingston (@N_Livingston) March 18, 2015
Meg Bennett: Soap star turned soap writer.
Double-duty! Remember the actress who played Victor Newman's first wife Julia Newman back in the early 1980s? Meg Bennett started out in daytime with a role on "Search for Tomorrow" (ex-Liza Walton) before making her "The Young and the Restless" debut. From there she went on to play Megan Richardson on "Santa Barbara" in 1989 and Allegra Montenegro on "General Hospital" in 2005. Though her Port Charles role was her last, Bennett's daytime career continued… as a writer. She wrote on episodes for "Y&R," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Santa Barbara," "Sunset Beach," "General Hospital: Night Shift" and "General Hospital."
Where's John Enos these days?
John Enos played Genoa City's gentleman's club owner Bobby Marsino from 2003 to 2005. In 2008 he had a guest role on "Days of our Lives" as a newscaster and has since been seen in various primetime roles on such shows as "Femme Fatales," "Gotham" and in March on "Blue Bloods." In April, his new film "Ashby" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and stars Mickey Rourke. Enos plays Coach Wally in the story that follows a high school student's friendship with a retired CIA assassin (Rourke) who doesn't have long to live. The actor can also be seen around social media sites posting photos as the proud dad of Chihuahuas Bruno and Duke.
— John Enos (@johnenos3) April 20, 2015
Learn about "All My Children" alum (ex-Kendall Hart Slater) Alicia Minshew's new web series Surviving Sam, a "Guiding Light" alum narrates audio books, which "Sandal" star almost played opposite Kelly Ripa's Pine Valley character and other details surrounding some actors from canceled soap operas in Soaps.com's original Where Are They Now column.
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- Amy Mistretta