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Austin Peck 411

BIRTHDATE: April 9, 1971
MARITAL STATUS: dating Terri Conn (Aubrey, OLTL) CHILDREN: Aidan (b. 7/02) and Roman (b. 2/05)

Austin Peck was born Jeffrey Austin Peck in Hawaii, where his naval officer father was stationed. After his parents divorced when he was 4, his quirky actress mom took him and older sister Casey to San Francisco and later, L.A. The dichotomy between his parents' professions transferred to young Peck, whose future plans came down to a choice between the military and acting. Having been discovered by a modeling agent while he was a junior in high school (and been introduced to the individuality-stripping rigors of military life during a visit to Annapolis with his dad) the hyperactive young man went the artistic route. After his first gig — a Pop Tarts commercial — he was signed by the Nina Blanchard Agency and shipped off to Europe to model for the likes of Valentino and Gaultier. But the jet-setting, poseur lifestyle wore on the goofy, free spirit. These days, he's known to wander the hallways looking for stimulating conversation; back then, he sometimes got so freaked out in social situations that he would just take out a sketchbook and start drawing. So, he headed to acting class in New York. In 1995, he landed the recast part of DAYS OF OUR LIVES's Austin, replacing the popular original portrayer, Patrick Muldoon, and moved to L.A.. He continued to play that quintessential, often-bland hero — despite occasional outbursts of frustration over the preposterousness of late-'90s DAYS storylines — until 2002, when the show decided not to renew his contract. He briefly reprised the role from 2005 until 2006, when he was let go again. A few months later, in January 2007, Peck showed up in Oakdale as Jack's now-younger scoundrel of a brother, Brad, a role that had last been played by three different actors from 1998-99.

The actor joined the cast of OLTL as Rick, a porn producer, in January 2011. He first aired in March 2011. Peck's official Web site is www.austinpeck.net.

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