American model Kristian Alfonso first appeared on the show in 1983, when she was only 20 years old. She was cast as Hope Williams Brady, who later married Bo Brady, played by Peter Reckell, and her face is now synonymous with the show.
Alfonso was a regular on-and-off character in the show for over four thousand episodes stretched across several decades. During that time, she also starred in several movies and sitcoms, most famously in the soap opera “Falcon Crest” and the VC Andrews film series. Most recently, Alfonso reprised her role in the “Days of Our Lives” spinoff series that aired in 2022.
The beloved Deidre Hall became a part of "Days of Our Lives" in 1976 when she took on the role of psychiatrist Dr. Marlena Evans. Dr. Evans has been the town psychiatrist of Salem, and she has gone through every possible situation – being kidnapped several times, being used as a surrogate for genetically engineered babies, and even being possessed by the devil.
Her character was a big fan favorite. Hall went on to act in several other TV shows and sitcoms and has had a stellar acting career that is still active today. She’s written books and won numerous TV and Soap awards.
First introduced as a mystery man called “The Pawn”, Drake Hogestyn made his debut on DOOL in 1986. Later, he became known as Roman Brady, a character that was originally played by Wayne Northrop. Brady’s character married Marlena Evans and they became the show’s super couple.
Hogestyn won the title of Hottest Male in the Soap Opera Digest Awards in 1994 and 1995. When Northrop returned to the series in 1991, Hogestyn took on the role of John Black. Apart from starring on DOOL for 40-plus years, Hogestyn has been in a number of B-list movies and other sitcoms throughout the years.
The beloved police commander Abe Carver, played by James Reynolds, joined the show in the year 1981 and quickly became a fan favorite. Reynolds held his role for over 40 years, earning three Daytime Emmy nominations and winning “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” in 2018.
Reynolds hasn't been boxing himself in one project and got to dabble in some voice acting too. He has also been in several other TV shows and movies, such as "Generations" and the "Days of Our Lives" spinoff series from 2021. He and his wife are artistic directors of a theater in Pasadena.
Mary Beth Evans
Mary Beth Evans played the beautiful Doctor Kayla Brady on DOOL since she joined the cast in 1986. She continued until 1992, came back from 2002 to 2009, and then from 2010 to today. That adds up to almost a lifetime!
Kayla Brady and Steve “Patch” Johnson were another favorite couple from the show, especially after their big onscreen wedding. Apart from reprising her "Days of Our Lives" role, Evans has acted in TV movies and shows throughout the years, most famously in "As the World Turns" and "The Bay". When she goes on TV you know it's for the long run.