Drake Hogestyn News

Donald Drake Hogestyn was born September 29, 1953, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A graduate of Fort Wayne's North Side High School, he earned a baseball scholarship to the University of South Florida, graduating with a double-major in microbiology and applied sciences.

He was drafted by the New York Yankees, playing third base for their farm team until he was injured in 1978. After his baseball career, he segued into acting.

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

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

This allowed Northop and Hogestyn to co-exist on the show.

Since then, John Black has been reinvented a number of times, but Hogestyn continues to play him. John Black's pairing with Marlena Evans became very popular in recent years.

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Days of Our Lives Quotes

Nicole: [walking through house in towel] I know I left my flip flops in here somewhere.
Scooter: [whistles] Looking for these?
Nicole: Get out of here!
Scooter: Oh come on, Misty baby. I just came over here to borrow a cup of sugar.
Nicole: Don't call me that.
Scooter: You're all the sugar that I need. Bridgette, I saw Freddie leave with the kids. It's just the two of us. ANd I love what you're wearing.
Nicole: I told you, I am so not interested.
Scooter: Don't worry about anyone finding out. It'll just be our little secret.
Nicole: Like hell!
Scooter: You say one word to the wife and I'll blow the whistle on who you used to be.
Nicole: You know, I was forced into porn, okay, and that was like, 20 years ago. My husband understands. No one else is gonna care.
Scooter: Oh, I'm not talkin' about Misty Circle, porno queen. I'm talkin' about Nicole Walker. Kidnapper, fugitive from justice. Yep, that's right. I know your real secret.

You of all people should know a lie when you hear one.

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