10 Soap Opera Patriarchs We've Loved and Lost
No. 5: Dr. Tom Horton, Days Of Our Lives
"Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives." That phrase, recited by the late MacDonald Carey, is as synonymous with NBC's Days of Our Lives as the graphic of the aforementioned timepiece. Much like Port Charles' Dr. Steve Hardy on General Hospital, Salem, U.S.A's Dr. Tom Horton was central to the action on DAYS when the show began airing in 1965. Only, instead of workplace drama, it was Tom's tumultuous home life with wife Alice (the late Frances Reid), their five children and brazen granddaughter Julie that drove stories during the soap's first few decades on air.
When Carey passed away in 1994, Tom died off screen. While his beloved Alice joined him in Soap Heaven in 2010, daughter-in-law Maggie (Suzanne Rogers), granddaughters Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), grandson Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) and great-grandchildren Abigail (Kate Mansi), Nick (Blake Berris), Will (Chandler Massey), Ciara (Lauren Boles) and Allie are all in town to hang ornaments on the Horton Tree this Christmas.
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