Days Of Our Lives’ 6 Worst Re-Casting Decisions
An actor or actress can make or break a character in the world of daytime soaps. When the time comes for them to bid adieu and move on from their role, fans can be left heartbroken. While Days of Our Lives (DOOL) characters have been known to disappear, die or simply leave town, most seemingly have nine lives and return as well. Re-casting is never easy, for the show or the person stepping into the shoes of an established character. Sometimes it can be a win-win situation, and other times it is an epic fail. Below are the top six worst re-casts in DOOL history.
6. Josh Taylor – Roman Brady
For close to twenty years, Josh Taylor has played Roman Brady and has been adored by DOOL fans worldwide. Traveling way back into DOOL’s history vault…Taylor actually originated on the show in 1977 as Chris Kositchek, manager of Salem’s Shenanigans. Kositchek was simply written off the show and stopped appearing on-screen in 1987. Some longtime fans may recall, Wayne Northrup was actually the original Roman Brady, cast in 1981 but departed in 1984. Taylor was then re-cast as Roman Brady in 1997, to the confusion and dismay of many fans. Chris Kositchek was, in fact, a good friend of Marlena’s and it just seemed odd to the audience (at the time) to have him slip into the role of Roman Brady. While he’s fully settled now, this wasn’t always the case. Ironically, the original Roman (Northrup) was later re-cast as another DOOL character linked to Marlena, Dr. Alex North.
5. Austin Peck – Austin Reed
Sometimes, no one can replace the original actor when it comes to re-casting a role, no matter how long they settle into a character. Such is the case as it relates to DOOL’s ever-popular Austin Reed. The object of affection (for many years) for Sami Brady, and one half of a super couple with Carrie Brady, Patrick Muldoon originally played the role of heartthrob Austin from 1992 to 1995. While Muldoon moved onto bigger and better things (i.e. prime-time television roles), Austin Peck moved into the role to some mixed fan reaction. The two actors played switch-up of the Reed character for years, with Peck leaving role in 2002 only to return in 2005, and Muldoon reprising the role for a short time from 2011 to 2012. However, most DOOL fans will agree, when they think of Austin Reed, Patrick Muldoon comes to mind.