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James Reynolds Bio

(Abe, DAYS)


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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.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. Abe is the longest-running African American character on soaps.
  2. Is a former Marine and Vietnam vet.
  3. He and wife Lissa are Artistic Directors of the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, CA.
  4. Had emergency heart valve replacement surgery in 2007.
  5. Was nominated for a Lead Actor Emmy as GENERATIONS's Henry in 1991 and a Supporting Actor Emmy as DAYS's Abe in 2004.
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James Reynolds
DAYS Star's Kickstarter Campaign   Jun 24, 2013

DAYS's James Reynolds (Abe) has two days left to raise donations on Kickstarter for...

James Reynolds: Gotta Have Heart   Aug 6, 2007

James Reynolds (Abe) eagerly returned to work at the...

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Other Roles

Other Soap Roles
GENERATIONS (Henry, 1990-91)

TV Roles
SEINFELD (Banker, 1994)
227 (Mr. Cromwell, 1990)
HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN (Dr. Sims, 1988)
HOTLINE (Ron, 1982)
HART TO HART (Doctor, 1981)
DUKES OF HAZZARD (Clayton, 1981)
DIFF'RENT STROKES (Mr. Gibson/Mr. Payton, 1979-80)
M STATION: HAWAII (Barsak, 1980)
THE INCREDIBLE HULK (Metamorphosis, 1979)
TIME EXPRESS (Conductor R.J. Walker, 1979)
DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL (Policeman, 1978)

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