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John-Paul Lavoisier Debuts On Days of our Lives! What Were Your First Impressions?

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On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, viewers finally got to see the highly anticipated return to daytime by One Life to Live favorite John-Paul Lavoisier (Ex-Rex).

The actor has stepped into the role of Phillip Kirakis on the NBC daytime drama, and on his first airdate, Phillp return to Salem to help his father Victor (John Aniston) with Titan Industries, now that Brady (Eric Martsolf) has stepped down to spend more time with his son Tate, and Theresa (Jen Lilley).

In scenes re-introducing the character of Phillip, it is clear that this is a take-no-prisoners version, who’s intent is on heading up Titan, proving his worth to his father, and to keep Brady from being part of it.

In his first episode, Lavoisier shared scenes with John Aniston, Eric Martsolf, Peggy McCay (Caroline) and Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).   And it is, Maggie who is clearly suspicious of Phillip’s motive for being back in Salem, and his desire to cash in on the drug that has helped save Caroline, but that is causing her to have some serious premonitions – one of which is that something terrible is about to happen to Victor! 

Is Phillip poised to take over the family business? Is he all about power? Who will be the lady love in his life now that he is Salem?  Share your thoughts on this, and what were you first impressions of JP on Days of our Lives in the comment section below!

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Tom
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Tom

The new Phillip is meaner than Rex was.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Rex spent undisclosed time in a U F O! He has probe reasons for having anger issues!!!

Lia
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Lia

First impression: Bad hair. I couldn’t take my eyes off his long dark hair. I was expecting short and blond. Or at least short. It’s too early to tell anything about his story. I’m sure he’s going to do very well though. Love him 😉

Blake
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Blake

Yeah I liked him with short blond hair.

Reagan
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Reagan

I thought the same thing! I could not get past the hair, and I hate to say that. I thought it made him look a lot older, too. I like him as an actor but still wishing it was JKJ. Glad Philip is back but wishing they had given JP a fresh role, like Theresa’s brother Andrew.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Interesting, Reagan! I like that.

Paul
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Paul

Absolutely agree. He looked so much older. I know its superficial but I hated his hair with a passion. It’s only been 3 years since OLTL went off the air, he looked significantly more than 3 years older. Still luv him though.

Linda Palmer
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Linda Palmer

I agree! Cut the hair!

Amy
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Amy

Phillip should remember that he had a sister Isabella who had a son Brady. If Victor wants Brady involved in Titan again there is nothing Phillip can do about it. Phillip should also be reminded that Victor’s grand children; Phillip’s niece Ciara and nephew Tate also have a legal claim to Titan. I think Maggie is smart to be suspicious of Phillip and his motives. In my opinion that guy is a trust worthy as a rattlesnake in a rat’s nest.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…I think Maggie is smart to be suspicious of Phillip and his motives. ” this is going to be my favorite part. I haven’t seen the ep… so, i’m going to say from the get go…. I have never liked his acting… from what little bits i’ve seen on OLTL… and I do not; like his hair. if this unfolds like; yours and JimH… then I can rest easy .. and hope… that this is just a guest starring arc meh I really wanted this to happen for Xander…. that his uncle Vic would have taken him under his wings… Read more »

denisefan
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denisefan

You are correct. Paul Telfer is a more compelling actor than JPL. The new DOOL writing team should bring him back.

Margie
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Margie

I love him, I think he’ll do great. One tiny thing, though…JPL needs a haircut.

Blake
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Blake

I agree, it makes him look older.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yep, he plants to take Titan from Victor and it’ll be Brady who saves the day…then Victor will regret letting Brady go and reluctantly accept Teressa back into the family…Philip and Ava are actually secret lovers-this will eventually be revealed…Nicole will briefly be romantically tied with Philip after Dan is killed by drunk driving Erik who will be remorseful and leave Salem to return to the priesthood!…ok…just a guess!…lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

plans…lol

mary
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mary

@Jimh

Now that would be a fun plot.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks…i think so too!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

It’s great to see John-Paul again. Loved him on One Life to Live. My first impression of Philip – he’s an opportunistic snake. Don’t trust him for a second. Since I’m new to this show, I looked up the character background and read that Kate is his mother. OMG. Maggie is wise to keep a very close eye on this one.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Kate is hardcore!!!!!! She cant even keep track of her own kids!!

Susan
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Susan

Phillip actually works for the same organization that Eduardo works for. He has been ordered by his employers to get control of Titan at any cost even if that means killing his brother Brady, his father Victor and any other relatives. Belle also factors into Phillip’s plans. She has access to the all the money Sami took from the DiMera’s. Phillip has been ordered by the Organization to use what ever means necessary to get that money. Phillip is completely and totally loyal to the organization which makes him far more dangerous than Eduardo who is having second thoughts about… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

Susan, do you know all this as “fact”, or is it speculation/wishful thinking?

DYLAN
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DYLAN

I find it so boring and yawn-inducing when shows completely change characters from how they were in a first incarnation. As played by Jay Kenneth Johnson, from 1999-2002, Phillip was a lovable goofy kid who had no real interest in the family business, and acted as sort of a moral compass for his wayward parents. He had a natural easy going charm, and had chemistry with everyone. A real young hero. During his second go-round, the powers that be had no idea how or what they wanted Phillip to be, and the confusion showed with the actor’s performance. Sometimes, he… Read more »

ces
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ces

I agree Dylan. Well said. Loved JKJ’s Philip; sweet and charming. Not sure yet on new actor, too soon to tell but hope they don’t make him all business and unlikable.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

ya!

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Gee, I’m rich, and I can be a nice guy! Let’s go for that!!!!

Reagan
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Reagan

From what I remember, Phillip has always been willing to get a little dirty to get what he wants, especially in the business world. Wasn’t that why Stephanie broke up with him? So this does not surprise me. Not having him back in time for Bo’s funeral was lame. JKJ’s Phillip & Nadia as Chloe were so good together, in my opinion. Would be interested to see if JP could have that chemistry with Nadia, but please get a hair cut! Ha. Speaking of Stephanie… I think she should pay Patch & Kayla a visit!! Perhaps in this time away… Read more »

DYLAN
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DYLAN

How twisted are you? You want Patch and Kayla’s STRAIGHT daughter, to have a random lesbian fling with a psychotic murderer who has tormented and tried to kill her parents????? Um…..where did you grow up?

Reagan
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Reagan

Ha- “straight” characters come out or get rewritten as gay often on TV. A lesbian story line is lacking on daytime, and DAYS screwed up with their Will/Sonny ending. Stephanie is tied to the Brady’s, so I thought she would be a good character to explore a lesbian/bi-sexual story with instead of bringing on two random, new characters with no ties to the canvas. The actress that plays Ava did a great job (despite the writing) as a lesbian character on AMC. It would make for a wild soap story. As far as where I grew up… there is a… Read more »

j9
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j9

You know when the Billy role was being recast (again) on Y & R, JP would have been a terrific Billy. He has that devil-may-care, fun vibe (when needed) that has been sorely lacking since Billy Miller split. We will see how the new recast does, however. Wish they would have considered JP. And he seems somewhat age appropriate, more so than Jason Thompson.

Reagan
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Reagan

Yeah, Jason Thompson is a great actor but looks nothing like Billy, Jack, or Ashley. Have a hard time seeing him as Billy. JP might have man an interesting choice. I thought Brandon Barrash (sp?) would have been interesting as I hear he is a really funny guy.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

And Burgess Jenkins looks older than Jack even though his character is supposed to be 35 years younger?

Patricio
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Patricio

Good call, Jo-Jo!

Bam
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Bam

My first thought: Y&R missed an ideal casting opportunity AGAIN by not hiring John-Paul to play Billy Abbott, the next best thing to Billy Miller.
Loved him as Rex Balsom and would watch him in anything, regardless of his hair.

Anne
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Anne

Hate to be trivial, but he needs a new hairstyle. Otherwise, he’s playing the villain oh so well. I don’t go back that far with Days, but the previous Philip was not evil, right?

Sanxra
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Sanxra

Not at all. He was mostly chasing Belle and Chloe in those days

DYLAN
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DYLAN

He was nice Phillip. He was like me…just a nice guy. )

Sanxra
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Sanxra

Not a fan! But that can change

Patricio
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Patricio

Not a fan either Sansie! I lent to his gym a few years back- he had some ego! Ugh.

That said – the dude can act, and is handsome as hell! Lol

mike
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mike

Loved him as Rex but hope he keeps the mugging here to a minimum, what worked for Rex won’t work for Phillip.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

it could and should.

Belle
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Belle

I’m glad John- Paul is in the role; I like him and his long hair. Give him a chance in the role before the complaints begin!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Yep—he’s Philip. I noticed he had Philip’s mannerisms down pat. He’ll last for a while.

patricia Foote-Johnson
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patricia Foote-Johnson

love the new phillip and I love his hair,the right look and he has peaked my interest in Days,at last an exciting new male,eric,brady and daniel bored me,cannot wait to see who they pair him with, the eciting theresa,belle or nicole! days you are my number one soap again!

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Did some you expect Philip to waltz in with Rex ‘ s dated choppy messy frosted mop top? He needs to look slick and grown up. Nothing says sleazy buisness man like slicked back hair.

Gary Ewing
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Gary Ewing

Boooo! To me, the ONLY Philip Kiriakis IS and WILL always be…Jay Kenneth Johnson. I hate recasts! Also NOT looking forward to Brandon Beemer replacing Jason Cook as Shawn D. coming up. Two far inferior actors playing two beloved roles.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Two far inferior actors playing two beloved roles ”

the SORAS kids aren’t much better… (Ciara, TJ, Chase, Joey, Claire)

this is – seven – actors… who are in the younger demographic that DAYS will feature and REEL

oy! I am not looking forward to most of this

Patrick
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Patrick

TJ is Theo is Andre a caricature and cartoonish? have John and Marlena run it’s course? Is Hope all that and a bag of chips without ; Bo and Aiden, and Lauren Boles? Are Peggy McKay, John Anniston, and Joseph Mascolo; retiring? OK… it’s clear Stephano is Victor heart attack as visioned by Caroline is to further story Caroline continues to have “visions” but has not mentioned a single one… since Bo. she keeps on stammering and making excuses… alright already will Kayla and Steve… rise above Ava coming between them? will the exit of Eric… after running over Daniel…… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Paul

Sonny and Will

gaping miss

too much to circumvent… fool hardy decision

absolutely

give us some Paul w/ a love interest; at the very minimum… mom Tori
bring back Sheryl for Lucas… she can work at basic black

wouldn’t it be a blast to bring back femme fatale… Crystal Chappell…

Patrick
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Patrick

can you imagine… Carly and Deimos.
can you imagine… Eve and Deimos.
can you imagine… Adrienne and Deimos.

Jason Brooks must return to fire up Kristian Alfonso…. I’ll be damned if they kowtow to KA’ … with the alleged ruminations.. they didn’t get along… this is a business! yeah, ! Melissa Reeve’ no longer matters

Patrick
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Patrick

OMG… saturday night

I skipped to Thursday ep:

“ALL” wrong ! John Paul Lavoisier

stiff wooden devoid of any personality… that’s fun…. BAM!

Jay Kenneth Johnson… with just desert… clearly the FAN FAVORITE
Kyle Brandt… “my” favorite

JPL.. he’s aged… and that long hair… so out of ??? character! ?

where is the fresh, buoyant, fun, smile ready, charismatic, chip off the ole block… dad victor and vivacious Kate ? ! ? ! OMG … JKJ and KB personified both Victor and Kate…. the easy going nature… is all wrong with JPL

not in to him

Susan
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Susan

===-Thaao Penghlis (Andre) has always been one of the best reasons to watch DOOL. The man is a genius at what he does. Now if they could bring back LeAnn Hunley. == No marriage is perfect; there are bumps along the road. John and Marlena have hit a rocky patch but their marriage will survive. ===- Hope should never been defined by her relationships with Bo, Aiden etc. She has never been just an appendage for some man. Hope is a strong woman capable of living life without a man. You insult Hope and Kristin Alfonso with your implication. ===All… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

He doesn’t look the part he is playing with that hair.

Mo
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Mo

Don’t like JP as Philip. He needs a haircut. We’ll see, but thus far, not impressed. And all that drug mumbo jumbo bored me.

Patrick
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Patrick

DAYS production… “casting dept” really should have come from; the standbpoint

he brings the best of both worlds… that being… Victor and kate

JKJ ; and KB
intrinsically brought

Victor and Kate…with child, were; beside themselves; besotted;reigned in… their otherworldly

two parents… two lovers… two beings who parented a live vision

Phillip Kiriakis

a magic unfolded…

JPL is not their

Brett
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Brett

Anyone mentioned bad hair yet? lol

Kate
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Kate

Cut the ugly greased back hair and then he might have a chance at being looked at as an actor. The hair has to go.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

DAYS OF OUR LIVES is so dull lately – the “new writing team” killed off Will (big mistake) and they allowed Sonny to leave (why couldn’t they recast him?) and Derrick is just gone without any real explanation – and Paul is left adrift. I don’t strictly watch for the gay characters (well, they are gone anyway) but I feel that there isn’t anything attracting me to Days. I can’t stand this “Andre” character, his cornball acting and I also can’t take Stefano with his monosyllabic unconvincing dramatics – to me, the shows of yesterday featuring Sami, Will, EJ, Abigail,… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS is far from dull. Take a good, long, hard look at your comment. Your comment is very similar to comments made when Will and Sonny were on. The majority of those comments were paranoid Will and Sonny fans would say things like “Will and Sonny are the only good thing about DAYS” and “DAYS would be no good without Will and Sonny.” You and other posters thought you could propell Will and Sonny by slamming the rest of DAYS, but it backfired. You could’ve and should’ve supported them without spreading hate for the others. Will and Sonny were used… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Wow, holy cow, you are really out there. Besides liking Will and Sonny, I also liked Paige (but they killed her off) and her romance with JJ, and I liked Sami Brady with EJ (but they killed him off and she is not a regular on the show) and to me, right now, the show is kind of dreary and needs a stronger driving storyline. It’s my OPINION – I didn’t “hate” on anyone – I don’t happen to care for the character of Andre and I think Stefano’s lines are few and infrequent and not DELIVERED in a terribly… Read more »

Thad Bosley
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Thad Bosley

What about his (missing) leg??

carol
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carol

Not impressed at all does nothing for me.

Rj
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Rj

Haven’t seen the new Phillip much, and I like to give new actors a chance to develop in their roles, but I have to admit that I liked and miss JKJ in the role. As someone said, he had a blend of being sweet and cunning at the same time. Not to mention those adorable dimples, smile, and mischievous eyes. With that said, willing to give the new Phillip a chance and time to see how he grows in the role.

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Days of our Lives Receives WGA Nomination for Daytime Drama Series

UPDATED: On Wednesday, the nominations were unveiled for the 75th annual Writers Guild Awards to be held on Sunday, March 5 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2022.

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In the category of Daytime Drama, only Days of our Lives was nominated, thus DAYS becomes the automatic winner as the sole nominee.

The nominated and winning DAYS writing team consists of: Head Writer Ron Carlivati; Writers Lorraine Broderick, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock.

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati shared in a statement: “My team and I are thrilled to be nominated for the 2023 Writers Guild Award for Daytime.  We submitted three scripts from the storyline about Craig’s late-in-life coming out, the impact it had on his wife, Nancy, and of course, his ill-fated romance with the ever-scheming Leo. We felt that these episodes were a good representation of what Days of our Lives does best: high-stakes family drama with a comedic twist.”

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The episodes DAYS submitted for competition were #14320 which aired 4/19/2022, #14321 which aired 4/20/2022 and show #14331 that aired 5/4/2022.  They also featured the disastrous double wedding of Leo and Craig and Xander and Gwen, and its fallout.

To view all the WGA nominees click here.

So, what do you think about DAYS being the only entry and thus becoming the winning writing team at this year’s WGA Awards? What do you think of the storyline chosen to represent the show for competition? Comment below.

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DAYS and Y&R Alum, Quinn Redeker, Dead at 86

There was yet another death in the soap opera family at the end of 2022, that is just coming to light today.  Quinn Redeker, who played Alex Marshall on Days of our Lives (1979-1987) and Rex Sterling and Nick Reed on The Young and the Restless died on December 20th from natural causes, according to his family.  Quinn was 86-years-old.

Redeker was twice nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his work on Y&R in 1989 and 1990.

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Y&R viewers will remember Rex was a great-love of Katherine Chancellor’s (Jeanne Cooper) and the dad of both, Danny Romalotti and Gina Roma.  He first appeared in that role on the CBS soap opera back in 1987.  However, years earlier, Redeker appeared in 1979 as Nick Reed, the abusive father of Nikki.

Among Redeker’s other most notable work was that as a screenwriter for the 1978 Oscar-nominated film classic, The Deer Hunter starring Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep. Quinn was credited for the original screenplay along with Deric Washburn, Louis A. Garfinkle and Michael Cimino.

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In addition to his roles on television including on: Starsky and Hutch, Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, and Barnaby Jones to name a few, Redeker appeared in the films: The Electric Horseman, The Candidate and Ordinary People.

He is survived by his children Brennen, Arianne, Glaen, and Quinn Jr., and two grandchildren.

Share your condolences and remembrances for Quinn Redeker in the comment section below.

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Lisa Rinna Exits ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ After 8 Seasons

Days of our Lives alum, Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie) is departing her reality series gig with the announcement she is exiting Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after 8 seasons.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Rinna shared on her decision: “This is the longest job I have held in my 35 year career and I am grateful to everyone at Bravo and all those involved in the series. It has been a fun eight-year run and I am excited for what is to come!”

Actually, the decision to leave RHOBH came when Lisa’s contract was up at the end of last season, and after discussing her options along with her other business obligations, Rinna and Bravo mutually decided she would not return for another season. Rinna joined the franchise in its fifth season, back in 2014.

Throughout her time on RHOBH, Lisa was involved in numerous dramatic moments, twists, fights, feuds, along with a ton of social media vitriol antics.

Lisa was last seen as DAYS Billie Reed when she reprised her signature soap role for the Peacock limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which premiered in the summer of 2021.

So, glad that Lisa is finally finished at ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’, or will you miss all the drama she finds herself in at the epicenter of each season? Comment below.

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