Soap Opera Actors: Where Are They Now?
Catching up with the former daytime actors.
In this month’s column, Soaps.com has some details surrounding the careers of former soap stars of daytime cancelled soaps “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “Capital,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life To Live” and “Passions.”
Read to learn about new film roles, primetime appearances, baby news, sad passings and more in this month’s after-daytime column.
Michael B. Jordan lands lead in Fantastic Four reboot.
Michael B. Jordan (“All My Children’s” ex-Reggie Montgomery, 2003 to 2006) has landed some pretty impressive roles since leaving his daytime career. Fans of the former Pine Valley actor will be happy to hear Jordan has been cast as one of the four leads in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot. Jordan will play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch with Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Miles Teller as Reid Richards/Mr. Fantastic and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing. Look for the feature, which follows four astronauts who achieve superpowers after cosmic radiation exposure, to be released on June 19, 2015.
Leven Rambin guests on The Tomorrow People.
She’s appeared in the popular “Hunger Games” film and various primetime hits since leaving “All My Children” as ex-Lily Montgomery back in 2010. Now viewers will be able to catch Leven Rambin in the last three episodes of the CW’s “The Tomorrow People.” TV Guide is reporting that Rambin will appear as a paranormal troublemaker, human-hater named Natalie, who along with Russell (Aaron Yoo) create their own version of Bonnie and Clyde. Tune in toward the end of April for her appearances, as the finale airs on Monday May 5.
Josh Duhamel in Battle Creek.
Former “All My Children” actor Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo du Pres) has been cast in Vince Gilligan and David Shore’s CBS drama “Battle Creek.” Duhamel will play a Detroit FBI agent named Detective Milton Chamberlain, who along with Police Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) will work to restore order in the streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios have ordered thirteen episodes of the pilot.
Martha Byrne’s Crisis airdates.
Back in October Soaps.com announced former “As The World Turns” actress (ex-Lily Snyder, ex-Andrea Floyd, “General Hospital”) Martha Byrne’s Crisis role and now we have airdates to look forward to. Tune in to NBC on Sunday March 30 and Sunday April 6 at 10:00 PM to see Byrne as her new primetime character Marie Wirth. Watch the promo below.
— Martha Byrne (@MarthaByrne10) March 23, 2014
James Rebhorn passes away at 65.
Veteran actor James Rebhorn passed away in his South Orange, New Jersey home at the age of 65 on Friday March 21 after a longtime battle with cancer. The actor was diagnosed with melanoma in 1992. Rebhorn most recently appeared as Frank Mathison from 2011 to 2013 on “Homeland” and had parts in numerous other primetime and film roles over the years. Soap opera fans will remember him for his daytime roles as “As The World Turns'” ex-Angus Oliver (2010), “Guiding Light’s” ex-Bradley Raines (1984) and “Search For Tomorrow’s” ex-Al Miller (1985 to 1986). Soaps.com sends his wife Becky, their two daughters, extended family and friends our deepest condolences.
Justine Cotsonas in Vineland.
Justine Cotsonas, who played “As The World Turns'” Sofie Duran from 2007 to 2008, will appear as Melissa in the upcoming film “Vineland.” Set to be released sometime in 2014, the story surrounds a small town group of people and their views on marriage, relationships and love. Most recently the actress was seen in a 2014 episode of “Taxi Brooklyn” in the role of Annabella Capella.
Nancy Sorel’s Heaven Is For Real.
“Capital” fans might remember Nancy Sorel, who played Monique McCallum in the now defunct soap opera. These days, the actress has completed work on a new project titled “Heaven Is For Real,” in which a boy reflects on his trip to heaven after he temporarily dies during an emergency operation. The book was written by Todd Burpo whose son claimed to have visited heaven during an appendectomy at four years old. Watch for the film’s release on April 16, 2014 where Sorel will appear as Dr. Slater. Greg Kinnear (“The Last Song”) stars.
Frank Grillo stars in the Purge 2.
Following news of Frank Grillo’s Navy St. role the “Guiding Light” alum (ex-Hart Jessup) has landed the lead role in the horror sequel “The Purge 2: Anarchy.” Produced by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, the film will hit theaters on June 20, 2014. Though there are no details on Grillo’s role, 2013’s “The Purge” starred Ethan Hawke as James Sandin.
— frank grillo (@FrankGrillo) March 16, 2014
Trevor St. John guests on The Mentalist.
“One Life To Live” bad boy Trevor St. John (ex-Victor Lord) is heading back to primetime. Tune in to CBS’ “The Mentalist” on Sunday March 30 at 10:00 PM. The actor will play a man named John Hennigan in the episode titled “Violets,” which surrounds a dangerous plan to catch some very deadly art thieves.
Roger Hill passes away at 65.
Though Roger Hill will be most remembered for his role as gang leader Cyrus in the 1979 hit film “The Warriors,” he also appeared as Alex Lowndes on “One Life To Live” from 1982 to 1985. Sadly, on February 20 at the age of 65 Hill passed away in New York. After leaving acting behind, Hill worked part time as a librarian and enjoyed writing poetry. Soaps.com sends his son Chris W. Hill our deepest condolences.
Terrell Tilford and Victoria Platt expecting.
“One Life To Live” fans knew him as Dr. Greg Evans, but prior to that Terrell Tilford played David Grant on “Guiding Light” from 1998 to 2000. His wife Victoria Platt also played on the Springfield soap during that time as Vicky Spaulding, and they fell in love on the set. The couple who married on September 29, 2001 is now expecting their first child together. Soaps.com sends the actors our very best and we look forward to their little one’s late August arrival. Listen to their official announcement through the video below.
Justin Hartley to Mistresses.
Justin Hartley (ex-Fox Crane, “Passions”), who recently played Patrick Osbourne on “Revenge,” has landed yet another primetime gig. TVLine has learned the actor will turn up in season two of ABC’s “Mistresses” as a love interest for Joss (Jes Macallan). Scott, L.A.’s nicest plastic surgeon, has a fetish and manages to get Joss to do something very unexpected. The series will return sometime this summer.
Ryan McPartlin to guest-star on Playing House.
Ryan McPartlin (ex-Hank Bennett, “Passions,” “Chuck”) has landed a guest role in the USA Network’s upcoming series “Playing House,” which premieres on Tuesday April 29 at 10:00 PM. The former soap opera actor will play an officer named Steve, who will help Maggie (Lennon Parham) and Emma (Jessica St. Clair) install a new baby car seat. Most recently McPartlin has had stints on the CW’s “Hart Of Dixie,” The Hallmark Channel’s “Chance At Romance” and will appear in the made for television movie “Do It Yourself.”
Jason Scott Johnson in Shrapnel.
Jason Scott Johnson, who appeared as an assassin on “Passions” in 2004 and played a police officer/FBI Agent on “Days of our Lives” throughout 2002 and 2003, is currently working on the new film “Shrapnel.” Johnson will play Flash in the story that takes place in 2042, where dependence on technology leads to a collapse in society and an uprising against government. Gopal Divan will also star as Vero in the film he wrote and directs. Keep an eye out for its 2015 release and watch the first teaser video below.
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– Amy Mistretta