8. Kyle Brandt as Phillip Kiriakis
There has been a slew of actors placed in the role of Phillip Kiriakis over the years, and while some have done better than others, many DOOL fans have felt that Kyle Brandt didn’t live up to the audience’s expectations. Brant played the character from 2001 to 2008, only to exit and not return again.
7. Roark Critchlow as Mike Horton
The Mike Horton role is one of the most recast characters in soap opera history, where Days audiences have seen the role age and de-age quite a bit over the years in order to fit into storylines. Having said that, many fans found that actor, Roark Critchlow, who played Horton in the late 1990s, didn’t quite fill the shoes of the character like past “Mikes” did. Mike (Critchlow) has only reappeared on DOOL for a quick stint in 2010 and has been missing from Salem for years now.
6. Josh Taylor as Roman Brady
For close to twenty years, Josh Taylor has played Roman Brady and has been adored by DOOL fans worldwide. Traveling way back into DOOL’s history vault…Taylor actually originated on the show in 1977 as Chris Kositchek, manager of Salem’s Shenanigans. Kositchek was simply written off the show and stopped appearing on-screen in 1987. Some longtime fans may recall, Wayne Northrup was actually the original Roman Brady, cast in 1981 but departed in 1984. Taylor was then re-cast as Roman Brady in 1997, to the confusion and dismay of many fans. Chris Kositchek was, in fact, a good friend of Marlena’s and it just seemed odd to the audience (at the time) to have him slip into the role of Roman Brady. While he’s fully settled now, this wasn’t always the case. Ironically, the original Roman (Northrup) was later re-cast as another DOOL character linked to Marlena, Dr. Alex North.