Johnny DiMera is back on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and given his childhood, it’s understandable if some viewers might need a bit of a refresher on the young man. Johnny was born in 2007 and the character was played by a series of twins as he grew up, most notably Aaron and Griffin Kunitz, who assumed the role from 2009-14. And after a solid case of SORAS, Johnny is back looking much older and being played by actor Carson Boatman, who debuts in the episode airing Wednesday, Aug. 18.
Johnny is the son of Sami Brady and EJ DiMera, although his paternity was incredibly complicated in the beginning. Sami was on vacation with Lucas Horton when he was trapped in a roof collapse during a storm and EJ only agreed to help if Sami slept with him. So when Sami found out she was pregnant with twins, their paternity was obviously in question. Johnny was born alongside his twin sister, Allie Horton, and a subsequent DNA test proved that Johnny was actually EJ’s child!
As Johnny was welcomed into the DiMera family, Sami worried about Stefano DiMera’s influence on the little boy. Although she probably didn’t mind the sizable trust fund Stefano left his grandson to be inherited when he turned 21! In January 2009, Johnny was diagnosed with eye cancer and Lexie Carver performed surgery to remove his eye and replace it with a glass one to save his life.
Sami had moved on to date Rafe Hernandez, and Johnny grew very close to the cop, which upset Stefano and EJ, so they schemed to split up the couple. But Johnny was happy to have a relationship with both Rafe and EJ, as well as his grandfathers, including Stefano. Heck, he even got along fine with Lucas! When EJ was murdered, Sami wanted to give her children a fresh start so she moved to California with them in 2014 to make her life story into a movie.
Eventually, Sami discovered EJ was alive, and Johnny was reunited with his father. And now that EJ is back in Salem, it’s only natural for Johnny to join the rest of his family. Stay tuned to DAYS to see what happens to Johnny next!