The Sound of Music
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John Black played by Drake Hogestyn
John Black arrived in Salem with selective memories about his shady past. He turned to Dr. Marlena Evans for help in sorting out his identity. Together they pieced together the idea that he was in fact Marlena's long lost love, Roman Brady. Years later, the "real" Roman returned to Salem, knocking both John and Marlena for a loop. Eventually, John determined that he was Forrest Alamain - heir to the Alamain fortune. John began a romance with Isabella Toscano. John and Isabella had a child, Brady, before Isabella died tragically from cancer.
John eventually married Marlena and started his new business, Basic Black. Despite Roman's untimely return on their wedding day, John and Marlena did great and welcomed daughter Belle. Tony DiMera soon returned to Salem and announced that he was actually John's half-brother, just as Marlena was discovering she had somehow given birth to Cassie and Rex while imprisoned by Stefano years ago. The next challenge the couple faced was accusing each other of being the Salem Stalker!
When Stefano wiped John's memory, John and Marlena endured a divorce, as he decided to live a life below Marlena's moral standards. But when John regained his memory after a traumatic incident that left him paralyzed, he and Marlena reunited and remarried and left for Switzerland in a bid to help John regain the ability to walk.
Drake Hogestyn plays John Black
Shelley Long originally wanted Drake to play her husband on the sitcom "Kelly Kelly" (1998). He was all set to star on both that and "Days of Our Lives" (1965), but his schedule on Days conflicted with the filming of the pilot of Kelly Kelly and thus was replaced by Robert Hays.
Pitched in the minor leagues before getting into acting
Graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida on a baseball scholarship and majored in pre-dentistry.
Drafted by the New York Yankees and he played third base for their farm team until he was injured in 1978
Has a son and three daughters together with wife Victoria.
He is the stepfather of actor Ben Hogestyn.