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A Martinez Joins The Cast of Days of our Lives!



Fan favorite and Daytime Emmy winner A Martinez has made his way back to the soaps in a brand new role on Days of our Lives,  in news broken first via Soap Opera Digest.

The television and motion picture actor most known for his work to daytime fans as Cruz Castillo on the now classic NBC soap opera, Santa Barbara will be on the canvas of Salem come fall.

From rumblings we are hearing, A may turn out to be the father of Gabi Hernandez played by the just returned Camila Banus and Rafe Hernandez played by Galen Gering!  This wouldn’t the first time A has played the father to Camila Banus.  He played Ray Montez, and she played Lola Montez on One Life to Live!

What do you think of A joining DAYS?  Quite the big score for the series coming into its 50th anniversary! Comment below!


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Could be good.

I am sitting here on Isle of Palms watching you in The Cowboy. You were cute as a button as a teenager. I first noticed you on Passions and had a crush on you. LOL
You are just as handsome in your 60’s as you were in your 20’s. I didn’t know you were also a singer. Let’s see more of you on TV or movies. I have been a fan for years. Loyally, Joan

I LOVE him when I saw him today was so Happy, they need some new blood.

It’s a shame that they got rid of Paige before her father came on board. I thought Eve’s hubby’s surname was Larson, not Hernandez and he was younger than A. Hopefully it will all be explained.

I hated to see Paige killed. I never thought of her being Hispanic but she sure never looked like her mother. Yes, why the last name of Larson~? Did Paige’s parents not marry~? I thought it was an exceptionally well done scene today between the 2 grieving parents. Wonder as to the history with Rafe & A’s character. My hustand thought A. was Bo. Those 2 on Days will be interesting.

Kassie did very well and I thought A did as well, considering it was his first scene and he had to grieve about a child/character/actress he never interacted with.

Now Rafe will be investigating the murder of his half-sister.

Eddie obviously is not the family type as he has abandoned at least two families.

Loved him on G.H.. Although I don’t watch Day’s

These are good news. Camila Banus has a very important role in the serie, as Mom of Will’s child. And the popularity of A Martinez might also help the serie. Let’s hope, these changes will bring the viewers back to the serie.

Exciting news!!

Again, Days of Our Lives is turning out to makes its fiftieth anniversary a promising one to look forward to!

This is great casting news for DAYS. A Martinez is a class act, a fine actor. It would be interesting to see him possibly involved with Kate or Marlena! Marlena could use some loving and romance. Not sure what the show is doing with John & Marlena as a couple. A Martinez is sexy and a great addition to DAYS. I hope the show has him on contract for at least a year.

Stefano is going to kill Marlena.

Now if they would just hire Robin Strasser!

I agree with you, they need to call Robin Strasser now. I also want them to hire Erika Slezak. She can play Jennifer Hortons mom.

The Dream Team!

Yes Yes Louisa, I love Robin Strasser.

I’ve adored A Martinez since his Santa Barbara days. I’m psyched to see him on DOOL and look forward to whatever story they’re giving him.

I so adore A as well. He is a fantastic actor and I loved him teamed up with Mary Walker on SB. They were my all time favorite super couple of all time. I can’t wait to see him act on Days. I hope they realize the gem that they have scored, and that they write him into a great storyline. Please keep him around well beyond the 50th anniversary. I think since A is accepting a soap role after all these years that it must be a real good thing not just for him, the soap, but also for a his huge fans. I’m super excited and I can’t wait to see him again very soon.

More great news for DOOL fans. Welcome A Martinez!

OR he will turn out to be Paige’s father….

good news someone for jenifer or hope or kayla wish they would give roman a hot romance and abe to

Welcome back to daytime A Martinez. I wish you were still on Santa Barbara playing Cruz Castillo.

Agreed! LOVED Cruz and Eden sooo much!!!!

Ditto! If you go go YouTube uou can watch old episodes of sb. If you want crux and Eden episodes I misses the first 6: months of the show so seeing old episodes w A and Marcy are funny and so.e sexy. Til A is on Days you can still get plenty ofCruz n Eden..enjoy!

It looks like someone finally woke up over there and realize they have to expand the character’s family already there instead of bringing in newbies with no real ties to core families– glad Rafe and Gabi are getting a father and would love the deeply religious mother to show up and cause grief for Will– she sounded like she would be none too thrill that her granddaughter’s daddy is gay. In the real world there is homophobia and DOOL is so intent in making everyone so accepting it would be more honest to have one character that has a permanent problem with it– to be a thorn in the side of their happy little family– if not the mother, perhaps this character coming into the situation might be that troublemaker.

I agree with you, but I think the backlash from the gay/more liberal minded community for having someone so unaccepting permanently represented, and then the religious community offended by their portrayal vis a vis this character would be too much. While a realistic idea, I think the negative reaction from the audience would be too great. JMO.

Do any fans know what the “A.” stands for in his name? I was always curious…I’d heard somewhere that it stands for a really long name…


Adolfo Larrue Martinez III.

Google is your friend.

i want to say very nice days of our a martinez wu who way to go writers

Awesome casting, really looking forward to DAYS 50th anniversary, which looks to be amazing. I just hope they have a good story for A’s character, and he doesn’t fall the way of many recent big-name hires from DAYS. I also hope they place him on contract and keep him in Salem for a while, he’s a great actor.

Great! I loved A on Santa Barbara! I loved Santa Barbara!

i am just so excited!! can not wait – he is such an awesome actor!!

Would love to see him pair up with Melissa reeves.

Happy for Camila,, Galen and Mr. Martinez!

I am not familiar with his work, but what a major score for DAYS! I would love them to bring Marcy Walker to the show as well….I may have been the only person who loved her as Tangie Hill on Guiding Light!

It would be great to see Marcy acting again but she gave up the acting quite a while ago. You will love A as an actor I’m sure. He is one talented actor for sure. If you have a chance Google Cruz and Eden of Santa Barbara and you will see his previous work.

You’re burying the lead here, Michael. Camila played Lola Montez on OLTL? WOW!

a martinez!
thao peghlis!
stephen nichols!
peter reckell!
kayla, justin, adrienne all sticking around…
all we need now is a will horton and sonny recast to spruce up gabi s return and i ll return to days viewing!!!
days is on a roll, hope it lasts!!!!

I’d love to see Robert Gorrie (OLTL) take over the role of Sonny.

Robert Gorrie would make a good Sonny. I am going to miss Freddie Smith. He is just so likeable as Sonny. I wish him great success.

Would love to see him paired with Kate! Even better write a quad for A, Kate, Marlena, and John!

hey ya, totally agree. I mentioned that same idea above, too.
I’m happy that Kate finally is getting some loving, and for me, James Reed who plays Clyde is just that good. I, too, would love to see A. Martinez meet Kate & Marlena, and mix it up for them, it’s time for John to take notice that Marlena is hot and free. I think it would be hot to see Deirdre Hall paired up with A.

Awesome , great addition to days!

This is awesome news . So many of us remember A Martinez from the very much missed daytime soap ” Santa Barbara ” . He played policeman Cruz Castillo . He is a wonderful actor. ” Santa Barbara ” was one of the very best daytime soaps ever made . The Cruz and Eden love story captured many of a fan’s heart and imagination for almost a decade ! I know many fans would love to see ” Santa Barbara ” revived with brand new episodes or a reunion / remembrance / tribute special for this wonderful soap that we still haven’t forgotten and possibly never will .

Everything YOU said and more! Great actor, great person. Awesome in whatever he does.

It’s hard to believe its been 22 years since SB left. I keep the actors the same age in my mind.

Cruz Castillo!

Enough said. 🙂

Santa Barbara was the best soap ever….Why not let A continue to play Cruz Castillo on Days?

Many SB fans would like that idea!

Absolutely not. I don’t want to see Cruz without Eden, Santa Barbara was enough hard with them at the end of the show, no need to add a new life to Cruz in another show.

Holy balls! This is awesome news. Santa Barbara was one of my favorites soaps. Cruz & Eden one of my favorite soap couples. (right up there with Bo & Hope) A is a great actor. Hope he has at least a one-year contract.

A, Your #1 fan has found Santa Barbara on You-tube and is enjoying it again. Hope you have a long run on DOOL.

Always found A to be cute, entertaining and sexy on sb, cant wait to see him back on Days!

My mom will b so happy that A is back on TV. Shc found sb on utube and is rehooked. I know she keeps talking about Santa Barbara and z couple named Cruz nd Eden. Give A A love interest. Kate would b good since we know Clyde is no good! Welcome back A, my mom will b a spaz when I tell her. Any chance Marcy will come onboard…

I think that is FABULOUS idea. I met ” A ” and Drake in 1984 at a

Fan event at DOG PATCH in Harrison , Arkansas I hope it happens.

I met A. Martinez at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Sun Valley California in 1977. He was with his family for dinner. I have always followed his career closely because he comes from Tujunga, California and so do I. It was a very pleasant surprise for me when I saw him today on Days of Our Lives, which I have watched off and on for over 50 years. Kuddos A. Martinez. It was a very pleasant surprise and I think he will be a wonderful addition to the cast. Very happy to see you are still acting, which I have enjoyed immensely over the years. My name is Judy and I was a Hostess/Cashier and part time Assistant Manager at Acapulco Restaurant for almost ten years.

wowwwwwww I am happy to see Cruz he has aged alot but i am loving it cant wait to see what his actions will be, will he start hitting on the famous kate I am sitting on the edge of my seat waitng to see what comes next. Santa Barabra was my favorite number one soap until generation and now days i have been watching days since inception so i am thrill for the comeback of Cruz in Days.

Loved him on Santa Barbara 25+ years ago and am SO happy to see him on my other favorite soap, Days! Very Excited!

How do I get a picture of him, my dad is very sick, and really likes him as an actor
Would like an autograph picture of him for my dad

Great to see A on the show. Keep him around he is a good addition to the cast.

Glad to see A on Days, but could you shave the goatee off? His
face is too handsome for that !!!! It makes him look older.

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TONIGHT: ‘Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer’

On Thursday night May 16th, the daytime community comes together for Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer, streaming live at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.

Stand Up To Cancer, in collaboration with leading daytime community voices Michael Fairman and Alan Locher, are coming together for a first-of-its-kind livestream event, Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

The three-hour benefit will feature stars from the world of daytime drama television past and present, musical performances, and stories of emotional on- and off-screen experiences with cancer. Special celebrity guests will also join the effort to encourage viewers to support urgently needed research and new cancer treatments.  You can watch live on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, The Locher Room or the Stand Up To Cancer website.

In support of the event, SU2C will simultaneously launch a 10-day eBay silent auction, from May 16 through 26, for soap opera fans to bid on a wide range of items, including a meet-and-greet experience with the cast of NBC’s Days of Our Lives; an autographed script from the cast of CBS’s The Young and the Restless and signed merchandsise from CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful cast; a 1:1 video call with General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros, Maura West and Laura Wright, and with daytime legends Robert Newman, Vincent Irizarry, Colleen Zenk, and more. Full details will be shared the evening of May 16, at

As part of the event, you will hear, cancer survivorship stories from General Hospital’s Cameron Mathison and The Young and the Restless’ Colleen Zenk, who will reflect on the impact of publicly sharing their diagnoses; and 2024 Daytime Emmy nominee Eric Braeden, who shares his battle with bladder cancer

Daytime icon Jackie Zeman, who played nurse Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital for 45 years, shared by daughters Cassidy MacLeod and Lacey Gorden.

Elizabeth Hubbard who played the iconic Lucinda Walsh on As the World Turns and Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors, shared by her on-screen daughter Martha Byrne and real-life son Jeremy Bennett.

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Jerry verDorn (Guiding Light / One Life to Live), shared by widow Beth verDorn and his on-screen wife on Guiding Light, friend and co-star Liz Keifer.

Andrea Evans, who played Tina Lord Roberts on One Life to Live, shared by her husband Stephen G. Rodriguez and daughter Kylie Rodriguez.

Kamar de los Reyes shared by his One Life to Live co-stars Michael Easton (General Hospital) Trevor St. John (The Young and the Restless).

Poignant reflections from actors who have portrayed breast cancer survivors, including Sharon Case and Eileen Davidson from The Young and the RestlessErika Slezak from One Life to LiveTina Sloan and Kim Zimmer from Guiding Light and more.

Additional talent slated to participate in the virtual benefit include (subject to change): Eddie and Kristen Alderson (One Life to Live)Elia Cantu (Days of Our Lives)The Day Players,  featuring Days of Our Lives castmates Carson BoatmanBrandon BarashWally Kurth (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee), Eric Martsolf (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee)Kassie DePaiva (One Life to Live)Don Diamont (The Bold and the Beautiful)Linsey Godfrey (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, Days of Our Lives)Leo Howard (Days of Our Lives)Lesli Kay (The Bold and the Beautiful)Eden McCoy (General Hospital)Kin Shriner (General Hospital)and Michelle Stafford (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, The Young and the Restless).

You can watch the Daytime Stands Up livestream below. Now let us know if you have a cancer story that has affected your life via the comment section below, or how a daytime TV character who went through a cancer battle, gave you strength and courage in your own journey.


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Deidre Hall Featured in COZI TV’s ‘Day of Our Deidre’ Spotlighting Her Early Memorable Roles

While Deidre Hall has become synonymous with Days of our Lives as the iconic Dr. Marlena Evans Black, she also has had quite the television career in other roles.

Hall starred on the NBC drama, Our House from 1986-1988 and also appeared in several series in guest star roles including Emergency! in the role of Nurse Sally Lewis.

In addition, Deidre appeared on Columbo, Kung Fu, S.W.A.T. and of course, later as Electra Woman in Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, to name just a few.

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Now, COZI TV is set to air a day of some of Dee’s early roles, this Saturday, May 18.  It all begins at 8am ET with an episode of Emergency! entitled “Show Biz,” followed at 9am ET, another episode of Emergency! called “Saddled.”  That will be followed at 10am ET by Columbo in an episode featuring Hall entitled, “Columbo Cries Wolf.”

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COZI TV is a haven for beloved sitcoms, dramas and classics from the 1960s to the 2000s. Whether you’re a seasoned fan reliving favorites or a new generation uncovering timeless treasures, COZI offers a warm embrace of comfort and familiarity. Find out where to find COZI TV in your area here.

Check out the COZI TV teaser for ‘Day of our Deidre” below.  Now, let us know, other than Days of our Lives, what has been your favorite role of Deidre Hall throughout her career?


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Days of our Lives Favorite Judi Evans Shares Touching Remembrance of Son Austin on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be an emotional rollercoaster for many of us, who have either lost a mom, or for mother’s who have lost a child.

Days of our Lives star, Judi Evans (Bonnie) wrote an extremely heartfelt post on her Instagram account. It was accompanied by a video of her late son, Austin, in the role of her on-screen little boy, Dante, when she played Another World’s Paulina.

Evans’ only child, Austin Luciano, died suddenly back in December of 2019 at the age of 23.

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Evans expressed, “May is a difficult month for me. Mother’s Day and Austin’s birthday are usually about 2 weeks apart. This year, it was also the 60th anniversary of Another World – a show that would provide me with more than I could have ever imagined.”

“Not only was AW a job filled with people I loved and adored, but it led me to my husband, my child, and our family, Judi shared. “One of my greatest joys was having my Austin play my son, Dante Carlino; a treasured memory l have frozen in time forever, one that I wanted to share a piece of with all of you today,” stated Evans.

The Daytime Emmy-winning star concluded with,”There are no parameters on being a mother… of providing love, comfort, safety, and joy to those around you. Here’s to all the forever mothers ♥️”

Sending love to Judi and to all mothers who have lost a child on this day.

Share your thoughts for Judi via the comment section below.


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