Played by Wally Kurth
Daytime viewers know Wally from his four-year run on "Days of our Lives," where he played Justin Kiriakis. In August 2009, Kurth will be reprising this role, to the delight of daytime fans.
In 1991, Wallace Kurth joined the cast of "General Hospital" as the charming yet ruthless businessman Ned Ashton. His popularity among "General Hospital" viewers is evidenced by being selected in 1996 as the Most Valuable Player on "General Hospital" by readers of Soap Opera Update magazine, and nominated as Hottest Male Star by Soap Opera Digest magazine, also in 1996.
Born in Billings, Montana, Wally grew up with a strong interest in acting and music. He put this talent to work in musical theater and songwriting. He has appeared on stage in a variety of works from regional theater to the Kennedy Center to Broadway, where he starred as the Pirate King in "The Pirates of Penzance." He has also been active in the Los Angeles Equity waiver theatrical arena, where he has worked as an actor and director. He lent his talents to the musical review "Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen," and "Sondheim: Part 3," an annual stage event that benefits AIDS-related services in Los Angeles.
Wally also writes and performs music with Christian Taylor. Their multiple albums have received critical praise from Billboard magazine. The duo recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for "Barefoot Ballet," a single from their album "Freedom," which aired on an episode of General Hospital. They recorded a followup album, "The EP."
Wally has also been very busy producing a documentary entitled "Class C."
Wally spends many weekends each year performing music at charity functions to raise money for the Kurth & Taylor Foundation, donating money to local and national children's charities. More information on the foundation can be found at www.kurthandtaylor.com.
Wally is married and lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and three children.