With all the departures we've reported on as taking place among the cast of Days of Our Lives
, here's a bit of good news for a change. This time, we have word on an upcoming addition to the cast, instead of Salem folk due to leave town.
Kevin Dobson, best known to television audiences for essaying the role of Mack McKenzie on Knots Landing
, will become part of the Salem landscape beginning next month. Dobson has been tapped to take on the role of Mickey Horton, which was last portrayed by John Ingle
back in 2006.
Apart from his approaching stint on Days of Our Lives
, the Knots Landing
veteran has also taken turns on two other daytime dramas. He played Gov. Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live
from 2003-2004, and more recently, appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful
, where he guest-starred as Judge Devin Owens from 2006-2007.
The character of Mickey Horton was first given life by John Clarke, who originated the part in 1965. After nearly four decades of wearing his Days of Our Lives
persona, Clarke left the soap in 2004 for personal reasons.
"Thirty-eight years in the same job is great for the ego but the health needs nourishment too," Clarke remarked when he announced his retirement. "I am going to miss everybody totally and forever.”
Since then, the show has seen two other actors step into Mickey Horton's shoes. The first one to fill in after Clarke left was Richard Voigts, who assumed the part for all of two weeks before John Ingle took over. Unfortunately, Days of Our Lives
faithful didn't quite take to Ingle's portrayal of Mickey, which prompted Ingle to leave the Salem-set drama in 2006. He subsequently returned to General Hospital
, where he resumed his popular role as Edward Quartermaine.
As for Kevin Dobson, only the sands of time will reveal whether he can slide into Salem, Days of Our Lives
and Mickey Horton's shoes more successfully than his two predecessors.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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