Susan Seaforth Hayes, who becomes the first "Days" actor in history to
celebrate 45 years on the show! Susan made her "Days" debut on December 11,
1968 and 14 months later, in February 1970, met the love of her life, Bill Hayes
(Doug). Bill & Susan celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in
October, and Doug & Julie's love has lasted even longer.
Al Ruscio, who appeared as Miguel Torres, the head of the Torres
crime family, on "Days of Our Lives" for 13 episodes in 1988, passed away
on November 12, 2013 at the age of 89.
Ruscio, who appeared in more than 200 TV episodes, died Tuesday,
November 12 at his home in Encino, said his manager, Judy Fox. He had been
in declining health, she said.
Ruscio also appeared in several films, most prominently in
"Godfather III," in which he played Leo Cuneo, an ill-fated crime boss, but he
made his major mark in television, where his credits list nearly spans the
history of commercial TV.
His first TV parts, according to the Internet Movie Database,
were in 1958 when he appeared in "Playhouse 90, "Gunsmoke" and "Zorro." He often
played Italians but also other nationalities in shows including "Sea Hunt,"
"Peter Gunn," "Bonanza," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," "Dr. Kildare" and "77
He had recurring roles in some series, including "Santa Barbara"
and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King." But mostly he did one-offs and in more recent
years appeared in such landmark shows as "Seinfeld" and "The X-Files."
Ruscio was born June 2, 1924, in Salem, Mass.
In addition to his TV and film work, he appeared in numerous
touring and local stage productions, and he taught college drama classes. Ruscio
also served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild.
He wrote a textbook, "So Therefore ... : A Practical Guide for
Actors." The title is explained in the preface: "Every scene or action or speech
has a so therefore," Ruscio wrote. "It is the goal, the ultimate statement of
the character. You should know the so therefore as you begin your scene.
The climax and the payoff is the so therefore."
Ruscio's wife, actress
Kate Williamson, passed away less than a month later, on December 6. They had
been married since 1954. The couple leaves behind four children, three of whom
also went into showbiz: Actress and poet Elizabeth Ruscio, director and editor
Michael Ruscio, production designer Nina Ruscio and teacher Maria Ruscio.
(Obituary courtesy of Los Angeles
A scene with Al Ruscio from May 24,
CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM JASON47!
Christmas Greetings from Tom and
Alice Horton, 1991
MARK COLLIER & JADE HARLOW JOINING "DAYS"
Mark Collier is joining "Days" in the role of Liam. His first
airdate will be December 19. Collier appeared as Mike Kasnoff on "As the World
Turns" from 2002-2007. In an ironic twist, Shawn Christian (Daniel) had
originated the role of Mike Kasnoff on ATWT, playing him from 1994-1997.
Collier, 43, was born May 23, 1970 in Ocala, Florida...Jade
Harlow is joining "Days" in January as a possible new love interest for
Lucas Horton. No word yet on her character's name, or how exactly she will be
connected to Lucas. Harlow's first stint in daytime was as Jessica Bennett on
"Passions" from 2000-2003. For the past few years, she has been appearing with
many "Days" cast members on the web series "The Bay", where she plays Lianna
Ramos. Harlow, 30, was born March 11, 1983 in Las Vegas,
Good news, Bryan
Dattilo & Drake Hogestyn fans! Expect LOTS more of Lucas when the
new year begins!! In the past 7 months, Dattilo has appeared in just 15
episodes of "Days", but word is fans will be seeing lots more of
Lucas when the winter months arrive. Dattilo needs 40
more appearances to become just the 16th actor in "Days" history to
appear in 2,000 episodes...Also, Soap Opera Digest has confirmed that Drake
Hogestyn will be back as John in late
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