Thorsten Ernst Kieselbach "Kaye"
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Raised in London, Thorsten came to the United States in 1985 on a track (decathlon) scholarship to the United States International University in San Diego. Thorsten majored in physical education and minored in drama, but ultimately changed his major to drama and received his bachelor's degree in fine arts.
The Bold and the Beautiful
After a rugby tour through Europe, Kaye enrolled in graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he earned his master's degree in theater and theater history. Although he fondly remembers his first professional role as that of the "Wicked Witch of the West" when he was 17 years old in England, Thorsten portrayed some of the most memorable characters in classical theater, from Macbeth to Mark Antony, while a member of the Hilberry Repertory Company in Detroit.
Thorsten then moved to Los Angeles, where he garnered roles in various television projects, including the miniseries, Sidney Sheldon's Nothing Lasts Forever, before moving to New York to accept the role of Patrick Thornhart on One Life to Live. He later landed the role of Ian Thornhart on Port Charles.
Kaye has an extensive portfolio of work in television, film, and theatre. In addition to his work on soaps, he has appeared in numerous TV shows including Sliders, Law & Order, Nothing Lasts Forever, and Air America. On the London stage, he's performed in such plays as The Winter's Tale, Love for Love, and Tartuffe. A seasoned Shakespearean actor, he has performed in Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew, among other productions. After working with David Worth (Bloodsport) in the film The Prophet's Game -- starring Dennis Hopper -- Mr. Kaye re-teamed with the director in the thriller Shark Attack II. He has also appeared in the feature films The Silencers, Deadly Desire, and The Bone Collector.
Kaye has also published a book of original poetry, entitled From Timber Ridge to Daymer Gardens, with Dorothy Bridges, widow of actor Lloyd Bridges. Proceeds from the book, which accompanied a CD release of the same name, go to Give Kids the World, a charity for sick children.
When not working, Thorsten enjoys music, literature, riding American motorcycles, and hockey; he is also a huge Miami Dolphins fan.
December 13, 2013 to Present
All My Children
May 20, 2004
, to December 29, 2009
; January 5, 2010
; April 13, 2010
, to April 16, 2010
; August 16, 2010
, to August 26, 2010
; October 22, 2010
to November 16, 2010
; August 5, 2011
to September 23, 2011
; April 29, 2013
to September 2, 2013
May 5, 2000 to October 3, 2003
One Life to Live
October 15, 1995 to September 16, 1997
Shark Attack II
Dr. Nick Harris
The Bone Collector
The Prophet's Game
Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2006, 2009; for All My Children)
Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2003, 2004; for Port Charles
Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; for All My Children)
Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2003, 2004; for Port Charles
Winner, Outstanding Lead Actor (2009; for All My Children)
Winner, Most Attractive Male Star (2009; for All My Children)
Winner, Favorite Couple: Zach Slater and Kendall Hart (2009; for All My Children)
Winner, Outstanding Overall Performer (2009; for All My Children)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Mainz, (West) Germany
DATE OF BIRTH: February 22, 1966
MARITAL STATUS: Long-time companion of Susan Haskell
CHILDREN: Daughter, McKenna [Feb 27, 2003]; daughter, Marlowe Marann [Jan 28, 2007, at 9:38 p.m.; weighed 5 lbs., 8 oz.]
: Rumors say Kaye in talks with AMC. [Apr 1, 2004]
: Done deal: Kaye inks deal with AMC. [Apr 6, 2004]
: Kaye, ABC hit impasse in contract talks. [Feb 21, 2009]
: Deal reached in Kaye contract talks. [Mar 16, 2009]
: Kaye earns fourth Lead Actor Emmy nomination. [May 14, 2009]
: Thorsten Kaye won't relocate with AMC, will exit the show. [Oct 5, 2009]
: Minshew, Kaye to make brief AMC return. [Feb 22, 2010]
: Kaye to make short-term, long-term AMC appearances. [Aug 15, 2010]
: First airdate set for Kaye's AMC return. [Sep 13, 2010]
: AMC to kill off Zach, Kaye out after six years with AMC. [Nov 7, 2010]
: Kaye agrees to return to help wrap up AMC. [May 7, 2011]
: Prospect Park confirms Kaye, others for AMC reboot. [Jan 22, 2013]
: Podcast: Interviews with AMC and OLTL stars from series' Red Carpet premiere [Apr 26, 2013]
: B&B hires Thorsten Kaye as its new Ridge. [Oct 15, 2013]
: WATCH: B&B cast reads show's very first episode [Nov 14, 2016]