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Becoming an actor was always a dream from the time that Taylor was a child in his hometown of Chillichote, IL. The small town environment was not conducive to his big aspirations; at the time Taylor knew his fascination with acting would be considered "too big a dream." The son of a beloved high school football coach, Taylor felt his dream was too big for small town life and chose to play football. "I was like 'Tom Sawyer' with a football," he remembers fondly. His dad was a much loved high school coach, and the town's Taylor Field is named after the senior Taylor. Taylor graduated Dartmouth University before heading to law school at the University of Denver in Colorado. After passing the Colorado Bar Exam, Taylor realized the corporate life was not for him and headed to Los Angeles to pursue his acting dream. He was working as a bartender across the street from NBC's studios when he won the role of Chris Kositchek, a role he played for ten years.
During his original "Days of our Lives" run, Taylor was the first actor to simultaneously work on daytime and primetime television. In 1980, Taylor began his double duty while also starring on the primetime series "Riker." A few years later Taylor continued his daytime role while also portraying Valerie Harper's pilot husband, Mike Hogan, on "The Hogan Family."
In addition to Riker and "The Hogan Family," Taylor's primetime credits include a five-year recurring role as Jack McKay on "Beverly Hills, 90210." He also appeared in other soaps, including "Guiding Light" and "The Young and the Restless." Taylor's movie credits include "Separate Lives," "Valentine" and "Waltz Across Texas." "I Hate Hamlet," "The Seven Year Itch" and "Bird Bath" are a few of his favorite stage appearances and his television movies include co-starring with Barbara Eden in "The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick."
Taylor and his wife Lisa reside in Los Angeles. He has one daughter from a previous marriage. In addition to weight training and aerobics, Taylor also practices martial arts. His birthday is September 25.
After a scuffle with Stefano, Roman was presumed dead, and a widowed Marlena was left to raise their twins, along with his daughter Carrie. About two years later, the Pawn came to Salem. After a long examination process, Marlena realized that this man was Roman. Marlena was presumed dead about a year later, and he was left to care for Sami, Eric and Carrie.
The real Roman was discovered on a Mexican island, a prisoner for many years. He returned confused and disappointed that this man, John, had lead his life for so many years and had all the relationships he was supposed to have. Roman resumed his life, and John tried to forge a new existence for himself.
Unfortunately, John and Marlena couldn't resist each other; they slept together, and she conceived baby Belle. When Roman learned the truth, he divorced Marlena and took a risky mission with the ISA. In 1997, he died one more time.
Roman wasn't dead, just dying from a viral infection. Kristen brought him back. She had told Roman that Marlena was lonely, and that she and John were married. She had set it up so that if John and Marlena told him the truth, they would break a dying man's heart. When Roman found out the truth, he went into cardiac arrest. He eventually gave up on Marlena.
Roman began an unlikely affair with Kate Roberts. On their wedding night, he was "killed" by the Salem Stalker. With the other victims, he was living on a tropical island replica of Salem. Roman and Marlena bonded while on the island. Eventually, everyone was rescued, but during their escape attempt, Roman, Marlena and several other captives were believed to be killed when their raft was lost at sea. They were really recaptured and sent to a DiMera castle in Europe.
While at the castle, Roman and Marlena were locked in a room together and shown video feeds of life in Salem. They were shocked to see John and Kate were starting to fall in love, believing Roman and Marlena had died at sea. Roman and Marlena eventually made love. Soon afterwards, they escaped.
Shortly after returning, Roman was shocked when Marlena revealed she was pregnant with his child. He was ecstatic and harbored hopes that this would reunite him and his former wife, but sadly his joy was short lived. While rushing down the stairs of her penthouse to break up an argument between Roman and John, Marlena fell. The tumble caused her to miscarry the baby.
Roman continues to keep a watchful eye on the DiMera family and, as deputy police commissioner, has been active in several investigations.