For over 43 years, soap fans tuned in to watch ONE LIFE TO LIVE and grew quite attached to both their favorite characters as well as the actors who portrayed them. While viewers haven’t been able to visit Llanview since 2013, those stars have continued their careers, some taking them in rather unexpected directions! So we thought we’d catch up with eight of your OLTL faves and see what they’ve been up to!
Browse through the gallery below to see the stars then… and find out what they’re doing now!
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Jason-Shane Scott Will (1998-2007)
Jason Shane Scott says that when he’s not working hard at the gym, he can usually be found slaving away at his computer. Together with writing partner/ex-girlfriend Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), he’s penned “five Lifetime movies, the latest of which is called Staged Killer and was shot last summer.” While the actor would “love” to appear in all of his films, it isn’t always possible. “There are certain roles you’re not right for, and then there’s scheduling issues,” he explained. “We had two that shot at the exact same time [last summer], which was pretty crazy… But for now, the objective is to write them, and then if I can also be in them, that’s more of a bonus.” Fans can see him next (along with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Raul, David Lago) in Honeymoon In Paradise.
OLTL Lindsay Bo
OLTL's Lindsay made Bo Buchanan her beau... for a while.
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Catherine Hickland Lindsay (1998-2012)
Despite spending decades in front of the camera, Catherine Hickland now told us, “I never think about acting. Of course I would never say never [to doing it again], but it’s not my focus.” And that’s not to say she’s walked away from performing. Rather, Hickland has reinvented herself as a celebrity hypnotist, and she’s one of the few women in the business! “I do over 150 live shows a year,” the traveling funny lady revealed. “Mentalism is what I do now.” Hickland also teaches her craft to others, is a keynote speaker on the subject of the mind/body connection and does private life coaching. Wed to producer/director Todd Fisher (son of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher) since 2012, she resides on a Central California ranch.
OLTL Blair Jack
Jack caused a lot of trouble for his beleaguered mom, Blair!
Andrew Trischitta Jack (2011-’13)
Andrew Trischitta was just a teenager when he played Blair and Todd Manning’s son. Now, he’s all grown up! “I just graduated from the University Of California Los Angeles,” he said proudly. “I studied theater when I was there, which was amazing. I got a totally different take on [acting] than what I had from the soap opera world that I was used to.” Now relaunching his career, Trischitta confided that he’s planning to trade on his still-youthful appearance and continue playing teens and college students. “I’m hoping I can hold on to that for as long as I can.”
OLTL Kelly Joey
Joey had a lot of faces over the years, all of them handsome!
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Tom Degnan Joey (2010-’11)
After his CBS series, LIMITLESS, wrapped, Tom Degnan said that he was “dragged kicking and screaming” by his new bride, actress Erin Cummings, to the West Coast in 2016. “I don’t know if I’m still the same jaded East Coast guy that I was,” he admits. While unfortunately, their personal lives got tough (Cummings was diagnosed with breast cancer just two months after their wedding), being in Hollywood served Degnan well. “I did BONES, NCIS, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and then went back to shoot BULL,” he reflected. His latest appearance was as Lieutenant Pfister in the May 13 episode of CBS’ THE CODE. Maybe the actor, who also played AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Adam, will soon find time to resurrect the music career he once shared with his brother from that soap, Billy Magnussen (Casey). “At the last couple of concerts, we opened for the Smashing Pumpkins and for Live at Gramercy Theatre,” he said. “It was good!
OLTL Bo Cutter
If OLTL's Cutter was smiling like that, chances were good that he was lying.
Josh Kelly Cutter (2010-’13)
Josh Kelly was pretty convincing as Llanview’s resident con artist, Cutter, but his role last season on NBC’s MIDNIGHT, TEXAS captured the imagination in an entirely different way. “I was a gay cowboy demon hunter who was attracted to Jason Lewis’ character,” he shared. The actor was also seen recently on the Lifetime network in the thriller My Husband’s Secret Wife. “I got to be scary in that one,” he said. He currently appears in Netflix’s new anthology series, WHAT/IF, and stars in the upcoming films I Am That Man, Alone and InstaFame.
OLTL Teen Joey
Joey's life was full of drama even when he was just a teenager in love!
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Chris McKenna Joey (1990-’93)
While he was last seen in daytime playing Dr. Hayden on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and Detective Mark Harding on Y&R, it was Chris McKenna’s days as a teenaged Joey Buchanan in Llanview that have most stuck with him. “That’s where I had my first kiss on screen,” he recalled with a laugh. “It was with Kelly Cheston, who played Alana. I was 14 years old, and she was 20!” In addition to doing some producing, he recently shot “a horror movie called Dragons Of Sunlight,” he shared. “I play a bad guy [in it] but not a vampire!” Catch him later this summer as a detective in the Lifetime thriller Taking Your Daughter, which also features fellow OLTL alum John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Chad Brannon (ex-Zander, GENERAL HOSPITAL).
Kevin was hopelessly smitten with Yasmine Bleeth's LeAnn.
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Kirk Geiger Kevin (1992-’94)
A favorite friend amongst his former OLTL cast members, Kirk Geiger is still a guy who readily shares his heart. “I work for the Pet Rescue Center in Coachella,” CA, he said. “And I just save sweet dogs. That’s the main thing that I do. It’s an amazing spot.” Having moved to the desert community years ago, Geiger says, “I shifted my whole life and got out of the business.” However, as they say, “Once an actor, always an actor.” It’s tough to walk away from showbiz for good! Geiger admits, “I’ve just recently kind of gotten back in.” He was last seen in the 2017 Bonnie Bedelia comedy A Very Sordid Wedding and will appear in the upcoming adventure Call Of The Wild.
In the mid-'90s, Tina the mantrap was smitten with David Vickers.
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Krista Tesreau Tina (1994-’97)
Although she returned to her first soap, GUIDING LIGHT, as Mindy in 2009, Krista Tesreau says that she’d had enough of portraying other people’s drama. Married for 14 years to financial advisor Glenn Strauss, she’s instead chosen to focus on her own family. “I’m an old mom: I’ve got a 10-year old girl named Julia and a 14-year-old boy named Mikey,” she confides, “and my 90-year-old mother just moved in with us full-time.” As if shepherding her clan wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Tesreau also co-managed the creation of their Santa Monica home. “We just completed building our dream house. It took about three years,” she reveals proudly. “So I haven’t been acting… I’ve been running and going so much, and it’s just what I want to be doing right now.”