Donald Drake Hogestyn
Back in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Drake Hogestyn had every intention of becoming a doctor if his career as a professional baseball player didn't pan out. A gifted athlete, scholarships provided his college education. He not only graduated with a double major in microbiology and applied sciences from the University of South Florida, but was also drafted by two professional baseball organization: the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees. Drake signed with the Yankees as a third baseman and was climbing the farm system ladder when he sustained a career ending injury.
At the same time, Columbia Pictures was heading up a national talent search. The director in charge encouraged Drake to fly to Los Angeles to participate in an intensive four-month acting training workshop. Drake's wonderment as to why he was chosen was met with a "You act like a ball player, you don't play like one" response from the director. Looking back, Drake thinks he may have had a point.
He also received the Best Actor award five years in row from Soap Opera Update
For his portrayal of The Pawn, John Black, Roman Brady, Roman II, Romulus, John Stevens, Father John and Mercenary John, Drake has received Best Actor Awards from as far away as Australia, South Africa and Germany. He also received the Best Actor award five years in row from Soap Opera Update and Hottest Male Star for two years running from Soap Opera Digest. Drake tops the Daytime TV Readers Poll with more number one rankings than any other actor in the history of soap operas.
Drake surfs, snowboards, works on his old '61 Corvette and '57 T-Bird and generally spends all his free time with his wife Victoria and their four children: Rachael, Ben, Whitney and Alexandra, at their beach home in Malibu.
Days of our Lives
January 10, 1986 to October 26, 2007
; January 8, 2008
to January 23, 2009
; September 26, 2011
Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Daytime Emmy Awards
Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2005)
Soap Opera Digest Awards
Winner, Hottest Male Star (1994)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Fort Wayne, Indiana
DATE OF BIRTH: September 29, 1953
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
MARITAL STATUS: Married; Victoria Post [Dec 31, 1986 to Present]
CHILDREN: Four children
Attended the University of South Florida on a baseball scholarship and majored in pre-dentistry
Drafted by the New York Yankees and he played third base for their farm team until he was injured in 1978
: DAYS refutes rumor, says Hogestyn staying put [Sep 15, 2004]
: DAYS rep confirms Koslow inked to new contract [Nov 1, 2004]
: Fan storms Hogestyn home, attempts exorcism. [Jan 8, 2007]
: Whispers of Hogestyn's firing growing louder. [Sep 10, 2007]
: Hogestyn out as John is killed in hit-and-run. [Oct 14, 2007]
: DAYS stunner: Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn fired. [Nov 17, 2008]
: Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn to make short-term DAYS return. [Jun 2, 2011]
: LISTEN: Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn visit Soap Central Live. [Aug 5, 2011]
: Drake Hogestyn back at work on DAYS. [Oct 21, 2013]
: Yikes! John's father is a serial killer! [Feb 27, 2016]
: DAYS exec confirms Drake Hogestyn injured; wishes star a speedy recovery [Jul 20, 2016]
: UPDATE: Lawyers set record straight on why Drake Hogetyn is absent from DAYS [Jul 25, 2016]