The Sound of Music
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Brady Black played by Eric Martsolf
Brady is the son of John Black and the late Isabella Toscano Black. In the earlier years, Brady experienced angst over his father, whom he felt abandoned him as a child. He thirsted for revenge against John and any woman John was involved with at the time.
During his troubled youth, he reached out to his half-sister, Belle. When Brady entered high school, he grew closer to fellow outcast student Chloe Lane. He encouraged her with her singing and the two became very good friends. When his feelings for Chloe began to grow, it was her relationship to Philip Kiriakis that stood in his way. When Chloe was diagnosed with leukemia, Brady took time off of work to care for her, but in the end, she turned to Philip for comfort.
When Chloe eventually broke things off with Philip, it was Brady who waited for her. He tracked down her father, who was in the witness protection program and on their way to meet him, they took a romantic camping trip. It was there that they shared their first kiss. They only grew closer as Brady never left Chloe's side during the recovery from her bone marrow transplant.
Brady went on to work for Victor. Little did Brady know that Victor was pulling his own strings in Brady's relationship and managed to get Chloe an opportunity to perform for a European opera company. A heartbroken Brady insisted Chloe pursue her singing dreams.
Sparks began to fly between Brady and Victor's wife, Nicole. Victor noticed the attraction and brought Chloe back to Salem to tear the two apart. The plan didn't work as Brady's attention turned to finding the Salem Stalker.
Chloe returned to Austria, but was involved in a horrific car crash. Brady was told she died in the crash, but the truth was she survived, but couldn't see Brady because her face had been badly scarred.
Brady was devastated when he heard the news of Chloe's "death" and relieved when the Salem Stalker case had been closed, revealing that the killer's victims were all in fact alive and living on an island.
After an accident put Brady in the hospital, Chloe came to visit him. He realized that he couldn't put his love for her behind him and vowed to have a life with her. He was determined to prove his love for Chloe by finding a doctor who could remove her facial scars. He succeeded and on their wedding day, she lifted her veil to reveal a flawless face. The two left Salem for good to start a life together.
Last year, Chloe returned to Salem without Brady. Victor accused Chloe of murdering Brady, but it was later revealed that Victor had secretly sent a drug addicted Brady to rehab. Chloe visited Brady in rehab, but they could not repair their marriage and ended up divorcing.
Now clean after rehab, Brady has returned to Salem to pick up the pieces of his life. He must deal with a father who doesn't remember him, as well as the realization that he is now a DiMera. And on top of that, how will Chloe and Nicole, the women who once held his heart, react to his return?
Eric Martsolf plays Brady Black
Eric Martsolf joins the cast of "Days" as the new "Brady Black," returning to Salem to repair relationships with family and friends.
Martsolf graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., with a B.A. in political science with honors, emphasizing in mass media politics and constitutional law. When he wasn't studying, he was performing in unlimited capacities - in rock bands, choirs, operas, musicals, barbershop quartets, to mention a few. Putting his academic career temporarily on hold, Eric ventured to NYC where he began a long stretch of musical, acting, modeling, and performance endeavors.
Martsolf has since then had an exciting career in entertainment, including a starring role on the soap opera "Passions," where played he played fan favorite "Ethan Winthrop." Martsolf is also widely known for his critically-hailed comic portrayal of the "Pharaoh" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," touring nationally with the show for four years.
Additionally, Martsolf has appeared in over 40 musicals and plays. Most recently, he has starred in the new musical "Knight Life" as "Sir Handsome Plotdevice/Dark Knight," and the new musical adaptation of Garry Marshall's Happy Days in the role of "Count Malachi." Last year, he was also in a guest-starring role on "NCIS."
Martsolf lives in Los Angeles with his wife and twin boys.