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A Martinez Joins The Cast of Days of our Lives!

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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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Mo
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Mo

Could be good.

Joan Lee
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Joan Lee

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

Paulett
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Paulett

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

Mo
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Mo

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.

Margery
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Margery

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.

Mo
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Mo

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.

tskyent
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tskyent

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

Kalle
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Kalle

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.

Mary
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Mary

Exciting news!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

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

Jeremy
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Jeremy

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.

Mo
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Mo

Stefano is going to kill Marlena.

louisa
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louisa

Now if they would just hire Robin Strasser!

Gary
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Gary

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.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

The Dream Team!

Darren
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Darren

Yes Yes Louisa, I love Robin Strasser.

Beth
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Beth

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.

Judy
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Judy

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… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

More great news for DOOL fans. Welcome A Martinez!

LM
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LM

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

Judy ox
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Judy ox

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

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

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

Rhonda
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Rhonda

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

briytany
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briytany

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!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

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.

Shelley Krayer
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Shelley Krayer

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…

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Adolfo

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Adolfo Larrue Martinez III.

Google is your friend.

dolly lamie
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dolly lamie

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

Jimmy
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Jimmy

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.

mark
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mark

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

elm51
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elm51

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

melissa touchton
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melissa touchton

Would love to see him pair up with Melissa reeves.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Happy for Camila,, Galen and Mr. Martinez!

PGP
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PGP

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!

Judy
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Judy

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.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

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

damien
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damien

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!!!!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

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

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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.

Nick D.
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Nick D.

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

Jeremy
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Jeremy

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.

code
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code

Awesome , great addition to days!

nicholas
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nicholas

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… Read more »

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

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

Benjamin Milliken
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Benjamin Milliken

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

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

Cruz Castillo!

Enough said. 🙂

Benjamin Milliken
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Benjamin Milliken

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!

Candy
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Candy

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.

Kristy
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Kristy

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.

diane
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diane

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

peggy
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peggy

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

briytany
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briytany

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…

Pat
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Pat

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.

Judy O'Day
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Judy O'Day

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… Read more »

Althea Stewart
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Althea Stewart

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.

Kristen
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Kristen

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

Irene Bryant
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Irene Bryant

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

Edith
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Edith

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

Diane Thibodeaux
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Diane Thibodeaux

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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