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Outstanding Lead Actor
Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding, Guiding Light)
Episode 1: Rick brings his new baby girl, Leah, to visit Phillip but is alarmed to see how agitated he has become. He discovers that Phillip has not been taking his pills and has been stashing them in his briefcase. Phillip insists that the pills make him feel worse and he's desperate to get out of Ravenwood. Rick tells him about a drastic but often-successful series of treatments - Electro Convulsive Therapy - and Phillip declares that he'll do anything to get out. Rick plans to speak with Dr. Langham to see if Phillip qualifies as a candidate for the therapy. [Apr 13, 2004]
Episode 2: As Lizzie and Coop argue over who's more to blame for the fight between the Spauldings and the Coopers, Phillip's fixer arrives to abduct Lizzie. Coop attempts to help Lizzie, but he can't and she's taken to her father. She's furious with him and when Phillip tries to make her go away with him, Coop shows up to bail Lizzie out. Lizzie decides to stay with Coop, enraging Phillip. He vows to destroy the people who have cost him his daughter's love. [November 10, 2004]