James Reynolds 411
BIRTHDAY: August 10
HOMETOWN: Oskaloosa, KS
YEARS ON SHOW: 1981-90; 1991-2003; 2004-present
MARITAL STATUS: Married wife Lissa Layng on December 21, 1986
CHILDREN: Son Jed, who has appeared on DAYS as a cop, is 31
Growing up in the small farming community of Oskaloosa, KS, James Reynolds saw a future in sports. But when the All-State high school football player came home from serving in Vietnam, he enrolled in Topeka's Washburn University as a prelaw and journalism major. It was there that he got a tip on how to meet girls: join the theater department. In addition to scoring dates, Reynolds discovered his passion for performing.
Plays and musicals followed, then Reynolds left school and moved to San Francisco to pursue his new vocation. Family matters soon brought him home to Kansas, where he put his journalism experience to use at the Topeka Daily Capitol, covering the arts. In 1974, he scored a role in the Charles Bronson film Mr. Majestyk, then moved full time to Los Angeles. After appearing in a host of popular prime-time shows, Reynolds was cast as DAYS's upstanding cop Abe Carver in 1981, a role he still relishes two decades later.
When he's not in Salem, Reynolds keeps busy with charity work, including work with the Department of Veterans Affairs.