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GL and ATWT Alum Tom Pelphrey Cast In Netflix’s MARVEL’s IRON FIST!

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From the moment daytime fans saw Tom Pelphrey on their screens as Jonathan Randall’s, Reva’s (Kim Zimmer) son on Guiding Light, they knew he had that “it” factor.  After winning two Daytime Emmys for his performance, and then moving over to As the World Turns to take on the role of Mick, Pelphrey left daytime to appear in motion pictures and primetime television and his sucesses have been mounting.   He recently starred in Cinemax’s Banshee.

Now comes word via Variety, perhaps of one of Pelphrey’s most exciting roles of all.   The talented actor has been cast in the highly-anticipated new Netflix series, Marvel’s Iron Fist.   Tom will be a series regular in the superhero series, where he will play the role of Ward Meachum.  Cast along with Pelphrey as his new on-screen sister is 90210’s Jessica Stroup who will play Joy Meachum.   David Wenham will play their father, Harold.

Pelphrey addresses his casting news on his Twitter page adding:  “So excited to be joining this team. Thanks for all of the support as always!!”

In story, Joy and Ward have spent their lives building Rand Enterprises to its current standing in the world, only to have all their work put in jeopardy when Danny returns to claim his birthright. They are childhood acquaintances of Danny Rand’s who now play an important role in Rand Enterprises.

Marvel’s Iron Fist follows Jones’ Danny Rand as he returns to New York City after being missing for years. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.  Finn Jones of Games of Thrones will play the title role in the series.

Will you be checking out Jonathan in Marvel’s Iron Fist?  Did you love him as GL’s Jonathan?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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I miss GL…i miss many of my soaps!!!


Me too Jim, I miss Reva the slut of Springfield. Lol.

Also loved Blake, Reva, Joshua, Lillian and other people on the Guiding Light. Man I miss that soap so much.

The first soap I got to miss was Texas which was a spinoff from Another World. That show had me glued to my screen every day and i got to meet some of the actors when they came to do guest appearances in my hometown of Plattsburgh, NY. Other soaps have joined the ranking like ATWT and it’s never a good feeling when we lose one of our families.

Tom has received stellar reviews since joining Cinemax’s Banshee. It’s been a real star making role. I’m sure it helped get him noticed for this new role. So happy for him.

Tom Pelphrey is one of my top 5 favorite actors in the entire history of daytime drama and one of the finest actors in any genre. I make it a practice to check him out in any role I can.

Who are the other four?

Thanks for asking. They are: Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe, GL), Larry Bryggman (John Dixon, ATWT), Roger Howarth (Franco, GH, Todd OLTL et al), and Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper, GL et al). Pelphrey always reminded me of Zaslow in his ability to portray villainous actions while showing tremendous vulnerability. In fact, all 5 of these actors can claim that skill.

An excellent list. I was a GL and ATWT fan as well. What about the ladies?

Robin Strasser (Dorian, OLTL), Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda, ATWT), Beverly McKinsey (Alexandra, GL), Wendy Moniz (Dinah, GL) and Sarah Brown (Carly, GH). How about you, Mark? Any favorites?

Another good list and I’d include them all. How about Victoria Wyndham AW, Ilene Kristen RH, Lisa Brown GL & ATWT, Mary Kay Adams GL & ATWT – could never look away when they were on screen.

Great choices. Soaps can feature some of the best acting in ANY genre. It’s interesting that when many of the soaps were produced in NYC they attracted many Broadway actors. Regardless of the sometimes poor or outlandish writing on soaps, the best actors commit to the material and make it rich and entertaining.

He was sooooo good on guiding light. I miss gl so much!!!!!!!!!!!

He is so hot, rugged and masculine. I loved watching Tom on Guiding Light. He is a terrific actor and sexy too. Tom and Kim Zimmer really loved working together, great chemistry together. I hope Kim Zimmer comes back to Daytime.

Thanks for saying it, Mandy. There are lots of pretty faces and fit bodies on daytime but not many with old-fashioned charisma and sex appeal, plus ferocious talent to go with it. Tom Pelphrey has it. For me, Roger Howarth and Billy Miller also have it. But it seems to be a rare combination and when you see it, you KNOW IT!

Good for him didn’t know he was on Banshee I don’t watch anymore.. But I loved the way he sarcastically called Reva MA-MEEE..HEEHEE

I will be watching, big fan of Tom and is a terrific actor.

Good Luck!! You are a fantastic actor!! I loved you on GL & ATWT. I wish I had Netflix so I could watch your new adventure. Hope to see you on the big screen cos I will be there to watch & cheer you on!!

This dude is sexy as hell lmao. Tom is a wonderful actor

Well deserved, Tom is such an amazing actor. He killed it on Guiding Light and deserved those Emmy awards. I’m glad to see his talents recognized past daytime, glad to see him going far!

He’s got the goods. Glad to see things working out for the actor.

Tom brought new life to GL in its closing years. Great actor and soul. Deserved both emmys.

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2024 Golden Globes: Justin Hartley and Amanda Seyfried Among First Round of Presenters

The 2024 awards season truly gets underway this Sunday night ,January 7th on CBS with the presentation of the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards honoring the best in motion picture and television as deemed by the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The ceremony will be broadcast live and will air beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will also be available on the CBS app and will stream on Paramount+. (Note, however, only Paramount+ subscribers who have Showtime can stream the event live; others can watch the show the next day.)

The first round of presenters was revealed on Wednesday and two soap opera alums are on the list including Justin Hartley (ex-This Is Us, The Young and the Restless, Revenge, Passions) and Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, As the World Turns and ex-Joni Stafford, All My Children).

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Joining Justin and Amanda as presenters are: Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell, Michelle Yeoh,George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.  Previously, Jo Koy was named host for the telecast.

The Golden Globes are back on CBS for the first time since 1982. In addition, Dick Clark Productions is back after years away as the longtime Globes producers.

To review the nominees click here.

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Richard Roundtree, ‘Generations’, ‘ATWT” and ‘Shaft’ Star, Dead at 81

Motion picture and television leading man, Richard Roundtree, has passed away at the age of 81. The actor, best known for his role in the iconic film Shaft, and its sequels, died from complications from pancreatic cancer on October 24th in his home in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn shared, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated.”

During his extensive credits and career, Roundtree made two stops to two daytime soap operas. In 1990 till 1991, Roundtree played Dr. Daniel Ruebens on the defunct NBC soap opera Generations. He later appeared on As the World Turns from 2002-2003, taking on the role of Oliver Travers, the father to T. Marshall Travers played by Lamman Rucker.

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Roundtree’s leading lady on Generations, Jonelle Allen took to her Facebook upon learning the news of the death of her former castmate and friend, expressing: “My Leading Man on Generations. I Am Very Sad. My Condolences To Your Family. Dearest Richard Roundtree.”

In a subsequent post, Allen shared a photo of their Generations’ characters, Daniel and Doreen about to lip-lock. Jonelle stated, “In the scene with him I kept thinking: ‘Shaft is about to kiss ME!!!’ Thank You.”

On Generations, Roundtree’s character of Daniel Reubens was a brilliant doctor, who was accused of killing someone by causing an explosion at a lab in 1974. He and his daughter, Maya, then went “underground” for the next 15 years. Maya was played by Viveca A. Fox.

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Fox, honored her former on-screen soap father with an Instagram post upon learning of his death. Vivica wrote: “GM Dawlings! My heart is sad this morning as late last night I learned that LEGEND Actor @officialrichardroundtree had passed. I had the blessing of working with Richard on alot of 1st in my acting career! He played my Dad on the soap opera #Generation‘s TV show #90210BeverlyHills Mr Roundtree thank u for your AMAZING GIFTS! U will truly be missed as u were the 1st African American Action Star #SHAFT I’ll never forget the time u stood for ME when a director was being a jerk to me! I’ll miss your smile, jokes, laughs & hugs! REST EASY KING! U DID WELL. #Classic #LEGEND #LeadingMan #Actor #SuperStar #Respect #RestInPeace”

Richard was also known for his roles in Roots and the Brad Pitt thriller Se7en. On television, Roundtree appeared on: Murder, She Wrote, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Beverly Hill 90210, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, and Private Practice and many more.

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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares Health Update

John Wesley Shipp, best known to daytime fans for his roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live et al, and primetime fans for his role in The Flash, shared a heartfelt health update via his Instagram.

While Shipp did not go into specifics, he did say he underwent surgery earlier in September for an urgent medical issue.

In his post, accompanying by his photo, John expressed: “Hello out there! Friends and contacts have written recently, like, “where are you? are you ok?” Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks. I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings. You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it.”

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John’s soap resume is quite impressive having portrayed: Dr. Kelly Nelson/Victor Laszlo on Guiding Light, Doug Cummings on As the World Turns, Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara, Carter Jones on All My Children and Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. Shipp won two Daytime Emmys along the way.

More recently, John has appeared in primetime’s, Arrow, The Flash, Stargirl and countless other TV appearances.

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