Soap Opera Actors: Where are they now? From Michael Park in Tuck Everlasting, to The First Annual Bauer BBQ
Soaps.com brings readers primetime and stage roles, a new position, a book release, an event to help Autism and more updates on “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light” and “Ryan’s Hope” alums.
Dan Lauria and Maxwell Caulfield team up in I’m not Ready for Christmas.
Two former soap actors will be starring in the upcoming Hallmark Channel original movie “I’m not Ready for Christmas.” All My Children’s” Maxwell Caulfield (Pierce Riley, 1997; a punk on “Ryan’s Hope,” 1980) and “One Life to Live’s” Dan Lauria (Gus Thompson, 1984; “The Wonder Years”), alongside Alicia Witt, George Stults and Brigid Brannagh, will take viewers on a holiday journey as Holly (Witt) is suddenly unable to lie and must balance out her tendency to fib while trying to do what’s right. Tune in on Saturday November 14 at 8:00 PM.
Michael Park cast as lead in Tuck Everlasting.
“As the World Turns” alum Michael Park (Jack Snyder, 1997 to 2010) will appear on Broadway in the leading role of Angus Tuck in “Tuck Everlasting,” which surrounds Winnie Foster (Sarah Charles Lewis), Jesse Tuck (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) and a spring that’s water gives the gift of eternal life. Previews will begin on Thursday March 31, 2016 with opening night at the Broadhurst Theatre at 235 West 44th Street in New York, NY on Tuesday April 26, 2016. Visit Tuck Everlasting for a chance to win opening night tickets and watch the video as book writer Claudia Shear and director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw give viewers an in-depth look into the story.
The First Annual Bauer BBQ.
One Bauer Burger coming up! “Guiding Light” fan favorite Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer, 1983 to 2009) will be hosting the “First Annual Bauer BBQ” on Sunday April 24, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at The Residence Inn Secaucus Meadowlands at 800 Plaza Drive in Secaucus, New Jersey. The event will help raise money for Autism and will be headed up by Wendy Keeton Madore and her team of volunteers for an afternoon of laughs. Fans who plan to attend are encouraged to Google past BBQs from “GL” and take part in a trivia contest, a Family Feud contest and other fun games. There will be auctions and delicious Bauer Burgers to go around. Other former cast members set to join O’Leary have yet to be announced. Tickets can be purchased for The First Annual Bauer BBQ in advance.
Taye Diggs to guest-star on Rosewood.
Did you know actor Taye Diggs got his start playing Adrian ‘Sugar’ Hill on “Guiding Light” in 1997? He’s had a very successful primetime and film career, most notably for his roles as Dr. Sam Bennett on Grey’s Anatomy and “Private Practice” (2007 to 2013) and Terry English on “Murder in the First” (2014 to 2015). The actor will appear next in FOX’s “Rosewood” for multiple episodes beginning this month as Dr. Mike Boyce, described as “a world-renowned infectious disease doctor based in Miami and the longtime best friend of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (Morris Chestnut), who is brought in to consult on a case and catches the eye of Detective Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), much to Rosewood’s surprise.” Tune in Wednesdays at 8:00 PM. On October 6 Diggs released a book titled Mixed Me and shares a bit about it through the video below.
Ellen Wheeler works side by side Glenn Beck.
Ellen Wheeler was a staple in daytime, having had roles on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (Sarah, 1995), “Dark Shadows” (Phyllis Wicke, 1991), “Another World” (Marley Hudson McKinnon, 1999) and “All My Children” (Cindy/Karen Parker, 1987 to 2000). She was a director on “As the World Turns” from 2004 to 2010, as well as a director and executive producer on “Guiding Light” from 2004 to 2009. Last month, Wheeler was hired by conservative political commentator Glenn Beck to work side by side the television personality and radio host. Together they’ll tell stories of importance with hopes of inspiring people everywhere to stand up for what they believe in and help change the world. Read Beck’s welcome post below, where you can also watch the video of Wheeler addressing his staff, and tune in to hear their message weekdays on The Blaze.
Today the staff met someone I have just hired to run content for everything I do. She will work by my side, helping me tell the stories that count, and trying to inspire people to take action, take a stand and change the world.Her name is Ellen Wheeler. She was a soap opera star on The Bold and the Beautiful and then All My Children not long ago but wasn't fooled by the fame. She left acting to go into producing. She became the executive producer of Guiding Light and changed the way everything was done. In fact, she was responsible for the first podcast at CBS. She realized that the story wasn't enough — if you really want to be a "guiding light" you should serve.So, for the show's 75th anniversary, she decided to get the cast to go serve the community. For a year they went out and did massive service projects. I remember these at the time. It was huge. Changed the cast and the viewers. People were helped and hearts were changed.She decided to leave TV because she saw what was happening and knew TV was not going to really change the world. She became an activist with FreedomWorks and ran all of their big events.This summer, I was backstage at a FreedomWorks event in Vegas when I told her my plans for Restoring Unity. She wisely and bravely said to me: "Is this going to be like some of the other things you've done — you start it and then never really put the resources behind it to really have it thrive and change lives?"Wow. Do you know how rare it is to have someone really tell me the hard truth? I smiled and said, "why don't you work for me?"We have spent the summer and early fall together, trying to figure out if we really see the world the same way. We do! Big time.I finally have a partner that can take all the things we are working on and tie them together with action. I am so proud of my team and all we have created. But now, it's time to turn the machine on and really do everything we have wanted to do. Get involved and roll up our sleeves and fight on the front lines.Welcome to Ellen. We are all excited to see what you can do to make us into the team we have all have known we could be. Together, we are all clear: Our goal is to change the world!This video is of her addressing my team in Dallas after being introduced by me. I hope you can hear and see what I saw in her. We are about to do all the things I have dreamt about doing for the last five years.
Posted by Glenn Beck on Monday, October 12, 2015
E.J. Bonilla lands series regular role on Unforgettable.
E.J. Bonilla (“Guiding Light’s” Rafe Rivera, 2007 to 2009) will appear as a series regular in season four of A&E’s “Unforgettable” as Detective Denny Padilla. His character will have a soft spot for Carrie (show star Poppy Montgomery), which doesn’t sit well with Al (Dylan Walsh). The new season, consisting of thirteen episodes, returns with back to back airings on Friday November 13 at 8:00 PM. Look for Bonilla to first turn up on Friday November 27 in the episode title “Blast From the Past.” Since leaving daytime, the actor has appeared numerous times in primetime on such series as “Cold Case,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Big C,” “Revenge” and “Shameless.”
Grant Show to star in ABC’s The Family.
Who could forget sexy Jake Hanson on “Melrose Place” (1992 to 1997) and the actor who currently plays Spence Westmore on “Devious Maids?” Grant Show also appeared in daytime from 1985 to 1986 as Rick Hyde on “Ryan’s Hope” and has been cast in a major recurring role as a Democratic Governor named Charlie Lang (set to rival Claire Warren, played by Joan Allen) in the upcoming ABC drama “The Family.” The series follows the effects on a community after a politician’s son, who was murdered and presumed dead years ago, suddenly returns home. Keep an eye out for its premiere sometime during the 2015/2016 television season.
Get the latest updates on “One Life to Live” alum (Michael McBain) Nathaniel Marston, who was in a critical car accident.
Soaps.com also has details on former actors of “B&B,” “Days,” General Hospital” and “Y&R,” including Julie Berman to Chicago Med, Hallmark movie roles, a new beauty website and more!
Be sure to search Soaps.com for other actors of interest, as we may have already reported on their latest goings on. Leave us a comment as well if you have a favorite soap alum you’d like us to reach out to.
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