Welcome Back Characters After A Long Absence

The Aug. 25, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest gave a list of characters who came back after a long absence. This a very expanded version of that list with addition information, additional characters and reorganized into alphabetical order by soap ofter and then character first name. Did I miss anyone? I made the standard roughly 15 years without the character, on screen mentions don’t count. I did make an exception for Roger Thorpe and Holly Norris because it was such a major return. I admit being surprised that some of the biggest impact returns turned out to be after not that long an absence in real life, although they were sorely missed. People like John Dixon and Shannon O’Hara on As the World Turns and Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos on Guiding Light were only about 4-5.

  • Jesse Hubbard, Left All My Children in 1988 when character died on screen (played by Darnell Williams), Returned as same actor in 2008
  • Sam Brady, Left All My Children in 1983 (played by Jason Kincaid), Returned as same actor in 2011
  • Dustin “Dusty” Donovan, Left As the World Turns in 1988 (played by Brian Bloom), Returned as Grayson McCouch in 2003
  • Frannie Hughes, Left As the World Turns (played by Mary Ellen Stuart) in 1992, Returned as most famous Frannie, Julianne Moore, who had left the show in 1988 came back for single episode in 2010
  • Eve Donovan, Left Days of Our Lives (played by Charlotte Ross) in 1991, Returned as Kassie DePaiva in 2014
  • Susan Delilah Banks, Left Days of Our Lives (played by Eileen Davidson) in 1998, Returned as Brynn Thayer in 2011, Left same year and returned as original actress in 2014
  • Duke Lavery, Left General Hospital (played by Ian Buchanan) in 1990, Returned as same actor in 2012
  • Julian Jerome, Left General Hospital (played by Jason Culp) in 1990, Returned as William deVry in 2013
  • Claire Ramsey, Left Guiding Light (played by Susan Pratt) in 1986, Returned as same actress in 2000
  • Holly Norris, Left Guiding Light (played by Maureen Garrett) in 1980, Returned as same actress in 1988
  • Meta Bauer, Left Guiding Light (played by Ellen Demming) in 1974, Returned as Mary Stuart in 1996
  • Roger Thorpe, Left Guiding Light (played by Michael Zaslow) in 1980, Returned as same actor in 1989
  • Victor Lord, Left One Life to Live (played by Shepperd Strudwick) in 1976, Returned in in 1984 as Tom O’Rourke in 1985, Left same year and returned as Les Tremayne in 1987, Left same year and returned as Bill Moor in 1995, Left same year and returned as William Stone Mahoney from 2003-2004
  • Amy Wilson, Left The Young and the Restless (played by Julianne Morris Polaha) in 1996, Returned as same actress for one episode in 2014
  • Andy Richards, Left The Young and the Restless(played by Steven Ford) in 1988, Returned as same actor in 2002
  • Grace Turner, Left The Young and the Restless (played by Jennifer Gareis) in 2014, Returned as same actress in 2014
  • Phillip Chancellor, Left The Young and the Restless in 1989 when character died on screen (played by Thom Bierdz), Returned as same actor in 2009

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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2 Responses to “Welcome Back Characters After A Long Absence”

  1. josiej0986 Says:

    Will you be posting anymore fanfiction?

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