SPOILED ROTTEN: 10 of Daytime's Best Loved Poor Little Rich Boys!
(No. 6) Philip Kiriakis, Days of Our Lives
What is it with Days of Our Lives and male heirs of sketchy origins? Earlier on this list, we detailed the wacky (and icky) insemination machinations that created one EJ DiMera; now it’s Philip Kiriakis’ (Jay Kenneth Johnson) turn!
Philip is the son of Greek mobster-turned-legit business man Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) and ex-hooker-turned-cosmetics queen Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow). That sounds simple enough, right? Only Kate didn’t carry Philip to term, Victor’s deranged ex-wife Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel) did — after snatching Kate’s eggs!
If hatching from the wrong hen wasn’t enough to give Philip a complex, his rivalry with nephew Shawn Douglas Brady (Jason Cook), definitely did the trick. Despite being rich, incredibly good-looking (and did we mention rich?) Philip always seemed to resent his frenemy Shawn D.
As with most feuds on soaps, a girl was at the heart of Shawn and Phillip’s war. Both boys were crazy about John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) daughter Belle Black (Kristen Storms), dating all the way back to high school. Luckily for Shawn, the transformation of Chloe Lane (Nadia Bjorlin) from “Ghoul Girl’ into bodacious Opera Diva distracted Philip’s attention away from Belle, at least for a few years!
When Philip wasn’t battling Shawn, it was his other nephew, Brady (Kyle Lowder, Eric Martsolf), who was drawing his ire. To be fair, Victor should bear some of the blame in orchestrating this poor little rich boy yarn. Maybe if he hadn’t pitted Philip and Brady against one another at Titan the boys would have realized there was plenty of dirty money (and dirty girls) to go around?