Former “Days of Our Lives” star, Thaao Penghlis is returning to the NBC soap opera drama series not as Tony, but Andre DiMera. Ever since the head writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell have been replaced by Dena Higley and Josh Griffith few months back, the old characters have been asked to come back. On May 14, 2015, the Australian actor took to Twitter to announce the news that he has signed a contract with the long running soap opera. The last time he had appeared in the show was in 2009. After leaving the show in 2009, he had joined the cast of another soap opera “General Hospital” in the recurring role of Victor Cassadine, only to be killed off in 2014.
Penghlis is not the only actor to be returning to the show opera, other former stars returning to the show for the 50th anniversary are Peter Reckell, Stephen Nichols, Camila Banus and Alison Sweeney along with the stars joining the show : James Lastovic as Joey Johnson the teenage son of Steve and Dr Kayla played by Stephen and May Beth Evans. Another newcomer joining the show is actor A Martinez in the role of a character named Eduardo. Casting Call: Shawn and Belle Brady might be returning to the show too, because their 15 year old daughter Claire Brady will be moving to Salem soon. Yep, a casting call has been released for a 15 year old female with blonde hair and blue eyes to audition for the role. The actors leaving the show are Freddie Smith, and Paul Telfer. They will be terribly missed.
The Emmy nominated 69 year old actor – Thaao was surely missed when he left the show back in 2009, after his character was killed off. It’s good to have him back.