John Black is a character on Days of Our Lives that has been played by actor Drake Hogestyn since 1986.

In 1986, Hogestyn started playing Roman Brady on Days of Our Lives. But in 1991, Days of Our Lives producers wanted to bring back Wayne Northrop, the actor who originally played Roman Brady, and needed to find a way to keep the popular Hogestyn on the show as well.

Therefore, a new storyline was written - that Stefano DiMera brainwashed "Roman" into thinking he was Roman... when he was actually born Forrest Alamain, but had always gone by John Black.


  • Unnamed Man (Biological Father)
  • Daphne DiMera (Biological Mother)
  • Leopold Alamain (Adoptive Father, deceased)
  • Philomena Alamain (Adoptive Mother, deceased)


  • Antony "Tony" DiMera (Biological Maternal Half-Brother)
  • Lawrence Alamain (Adoptive Brother)

Martial Status

  • Marlena Evans Black, 12/2006-present

Past Marriage(s)

  • Isabella Toscano (Dissolved)
  • Susan Banks (Invalid)


  • Brady Black (with Isabella Toscano)
  • Isabella "Belle" Black (with Marlena Evans Black)
  • Eric Brady II (Stepson)
  • Samantha "Sami" Brady Roberts (Stepdaughter)

John Black Quotes

You're the love of my life, Marlena, but you're a killer.


Bo Brady: Tell Marlena I love her.
John Black: Sorry Bo, she's taken.

Days of Our Lives Quotes

Lucas, I raised you to be a better liar than that.


Deimos: I believe that the younger generation in this family have been handed everything on a silver platter, and they don't appreciate it.
Maggie: By younger generation, you must mean Sonny.
Deimos: All right, fine. Let's start with Sonny. I'm trying to work with him, Maggie. I've just given him a very important position in the company and instead of being grateful for the opportunity, he's being an oversensitive, temperamental pain in my neck. But at least he's still here. Brady, on the other hand, he's taken off, abandoned the family, Titan. He's left me all alone to deal with the Hernandez family on my own.
Maggie: Well, there's an easy solution to the Dimera and the Hernandez families. Just bow out.
Deimos: I do that and I lose face.
Maggie: With whom?
Deimos: With everyone. Except Nicole. She's taken off too.
Maggie: And to think I naively thought that maybe I'd gotten through to you the last time we had a serious conversation. Let me ask you a question. Has doing things your way gotten you anywhere?