Recently celebrating 50 incredible years on daytime television, Days of Our Lives (DOOL) is a soap opera that is rich in history. Days has had some pretty incredible storylines, feuds and love stories over the years and die-hard DOOL fans have enjoyed every moment of the stories that have unraveled in Salem. As such, fans undeniably grow quite attached to the characters they see daily, who have loved, lost and fought (with other characters) over the years. There are characters who leave Salem to embark on new adventures, sometimes pass away or are killed and then there are those who have stayed the long haul. Below is a list of the five longest-running DOOL roles, within the soap today.
5. Roman Brady
Hitting the bottom of Salem’s longest-running roles list is a DOOL character that had his fair share of ups and downs. The eldest of the Brady siblings, Roman Brady, made his original debut on the show in 1981 and was played by Wayne Northrop. While storyline twists and turns had Drake Hogestyn play Roman from 1986 to 1991, it was later revealed that Drake was not actually Roman, but a brainwashed John Black who had been impersonating Roman for all these years, thanks to Stefano DiMera (of course). As part of the angle, Northrop reprised his Roman Brady role from 1991 to 1994, until he departed from the show. Television veteran Josh Taylor took on the role in 1997 and has been there ever since. Interesting tidbit about Taylor, is that he originally played the DOOL role of Chris Kositcheck from 1977 to 1987, which created a bit of an upset to long-term fans of the soap when Josh stepped into the role of Brady ten years later.