List of As the World Turns cast members

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This is a list of actors and actresses who have had roles on the soap opera As the World Turns.

Barbara Ryan

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Barbara Ryan was first introduced to the Hughes family when her mother, Jennifer, married Bob Hughes. Barbara was very happy for her mother and liked having Bob for a stepfather. Though Barbara was a fairly uncomplicated teenager, her adult life is another story. Barbara had suffered bulimia at age 16. After a long absence, Barbara returned to town, having just graduated from art school, fleeing a failed romance with Dr. Steven Farrell. Unable to live without her, Steven followed her to Oakdale and got a job in the cardiology department at Memorial. The couple rekindled their romance, but Steven had a secret past, one he could not share with the woman he loved.

As the World Turns

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John Dixon). 1988 "Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series" Julianne Moore (Frannie Hughes/Sabrina Hughes). 1990 "Outstanding Juvenile Male in a Drama Series" Andrew Kavovit (Paul Ryan). 2001 "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" Lesli Kay (Molly Conlan). 2001 "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" Martha Byrne (Lily Walsh Snyder/Rose D'Angelo). 2003 "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" Benjamin Hendrickson (Hal Munson). 2004 "Lifetime Achievement Award" Eileen Fulton (Lisa Grimaldi). 2004 "Lifetime Achievement Award" Don Hastings (Bob Hughes). 2004 "Lifetime Achievement Award" Helen Wagner (Nancy Hughes). 2004 "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" Cady

List of As the World Turns characters

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Christopher "Chris" Hughes II. Adam Hirshan (1987–90). Evan Ross Cannata (1990–91). Christian Siefert (1992–98). Ben Jorgenson (1999). Paul Korver (1999–2001). Alan White (2002). Bailey Chase (2003–05). Dylan Bruce (2007–08). Daniel Cosgrove (2010). Donald "Don" Hughes. Hal Studer (1956). Richard Holland (1956–62). James Noble (1962). Peter Brandon (1965–72). Martin West (1976–78). Conard Fowkes (1978–81; 1985; 1986; 1993; 1995). Edith Hughes. Ruth Warrick (1956–60). Frances "Frannie" Hughes. Kelly Campbell (1973). Maura Gilligan (1975–79). Tracy O'Neil (1980). Melaney Candel (1982). Helene Udy (1982–83). Terri VandenBosch (1983–84). Julianne Moore (1985–88; 2010).

List of soap opera recasts

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Bob Hughes :played by Bobby Alford (1956–58); Ronnie Welch (1958–60); Don Hastings (1960–2010). Casey Hughes :played by Cruise Russo (1991–99); Joseph Cross (1999–2001, 2002–04); Ian Boyd (2004); Peter Vack (2004–05); Zach Roerig (2005–07); Billy Magnussen (2008–10). Chris Hughes II :played by Adam Hirshan (1986–90); Eren Ross Canata (1990–91); Christian Siefert (1992–98); Ben Jorgensen (1999); Paul Korver (1999–2001); Alan White (2002); Bailey Chase (2003–05); Dylan Bruce (2007–08); Daniel Cosgrove (2009–10).

Kim Sullivan Hughes

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Kim married Bob Hughes in 1985. Shortly after their wedding, she and Frannie were involved in a mystery which eventually revealed Douglas Cummings as Kim's admirer. Douglas kidnapped Kim and Frannie, and was ultimately murdered. Kim believed Frannie may have been responsible, and claimed she did it to protect Frannie (ultimately, Marsha Talbot was revealed as the killer). In 1986, Kim birth to her and Bob's son, Christopher. Not long after, they heard from Frannie, who had seen a woman in the UK that looked like her. Kim, Bob and Frannie eventually learned that the woman, Sabrina Fullerton, was Bob and Kim's daughter.

Tom Hughes (As the World Turns)

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After several weeks, Casey found the perfect opportunity when he visited the Intruder offices and learned that Emily had fired her assistant. Casey charmed Emily into hiring him, despite Emily's concern that Margo would not approve since Margo hated Emily. Emily was right—Casey's friendship with Emily irked Margo to no end. Weeks later, on the week of his twenty fifth wedding anniversary, Tom returned home to find Margo holding a gun on Emily who was in a state of undress. Tom was able to defuse the situation and was shocked to learn that Emily and Casey were lovers, a fact that Margo suspected for some time.

Character (arts)

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A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game). The character may be entirely fictional or based on a real-life person, in which case the distinction of a "fictional" versus "real" character may be made. Derived from the ancient Greek word χαρακτήρ, the English word dates from the Restoration, although it became widely used after its appearance in Tom Jones in 1749. From this, the sense of "a part played by an actor" developed. Character, particularly when enacted by an actor in the theatre or cinema, involves "the illusion of being a human person".

Soap opera

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As the World Turns dealt heavily with Chris Hughes' law practice and the travails of his wife Nancy who, tired of being "the loyal housewife" in the 1970s, became one of the first older women on the American serials to enter the workforce. Guiding Light dealt with Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) and her alcoholic husband Bill, and their endless marital troubles. When Bert's status shifted to caring mother and town matriarch, her children's marital troubles were showcased. Search for Tomorrow mostly told its story through the eyes of Joanne Gardner (Mary Stuart). Even when stories revolved around other characters, Joanne was frequently a key player in their storylines.

Edith Hughes (As the World Turns)

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In December 2000, it was mentioned in a conversation with Nancy, Bob and a visiting Penny that Dr. George Frey had died weeks earlier and that Edith went to then live with John and Marian Hughes in North Carolina. *

Penny Hughes (As the World Turns)

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Penny has returned to Oakdale on occasion, including Bob and Kim's wedding, her parents' 50th anniversary, her father's funeral, her mother's 80th birthday (during which she uttered the immortal line, "Who are all these people?" when a flock of new characters interrupted Nancy's party). In 2000 Penny returned for a Christmas visit paid for by Emily Stewart, Ellen's granddaughter.

Casey Hughes

After hanging out around the house for a while, Casey got offered the job of being Emily Stewart's personal assistant, of which Margo disapproved. Not long after starting at the Intruder, Casey was held captive with Emily in her office by a judge wanting revenge for an article Emily had published. Luckily, Casey managed to stay cool and keep the judge from hurting anyone. Margo voiced her disapproval, so Emily fired Casey. After a run-in with Margo, Emily confronted Tom and told him to make Margo back off. Tom managed to get Margo to accept Casey's choices. Casey convinced Emily to rehire him.

Susan Stewart (As the World Turns)

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With Kevin soon killed in an accident and Dan dead from a terminal illness, Susan left town sober, with daughter Emily in tow. In 1986, Emily came back to Oakdale for a brand new start in an old town. Oakdale soon learned that Emily and James Stenbeck had been lovers. Susan came back to Oakdale looking for Emily and soon after her return, she suffered a nasty fall and injured her back. Susan became addicted to painkillers and her doctor, Bob Hughes, tried his hardest to help her kick the habit. The newfound friendship lead to a one-night stand between the two of them. At the time, however, Bob was married to Kim. The rivalry that the two women had a decade earlier was revived by the affair.

Nancy Hughes

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Nancy was on hand in 2010 to celebrate Bob and Kim's 25th wedding anniversary. Nancy and the rest of the family were all shocked to find out that they really weren't married. She helped Bob and Kim settle their recent differences and was delighted when Frannie returned to see them wed. In her final appearance on the series, Nancy is seen having breakfast with Casey and Alison, and yet again giving advice to Katie on coping with Brad's death. Nancy was quietly written out of the show by having her die in her sleep in her apartment and be found by her son Bob.

Dusty Donovan

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Dusty bonded with Emily Stewart, who begged him to help her find her sister Alison, who apparently was addicted to crystal meth and had become a porn star. They tracked Ali down and brought her back to Oakdale. After spending so much time together, Dusty and Emily started something of a relationship. This could not prevent Dusty from sleeping with Alison, which, unfortunately, was caught on tape. After Emily saw this tape, she left Oakdale. Dusty still befriended Ali anyway, but he felt lost in Oakdale without Jen, Johnny, or Emily. When Emily returned, she had begun a relationship with Chris Hughes, who returned with her.

History of As the World Turns

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However Bob falls for Jennifer and they begin a relationship. Nancy tries to get Bob and Lisa back together. Donald Hughes and Lisa Shea get together. Bob is hated by Jennifer's son, Rick, and Nancy warns Bob of the problems of living with the Ryan family. Lisa Shea believes she is pregnant by Don as he is the only one she has been sleeping with. Eventually, she discover it is actually an ovarian cyst. Don proposes to Lisa. Jennifer Ryan and Bob Hughes plan to get married. Tom Hughes and Carol Deming get married as do Bob and Jennifer. Dan and Susan Stewart give birth to Emily Stewart. He leaves Susan for a nurse, Peggy Reagan, who had liked Dan Stewart.

Julianne Moore

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Playing the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, she found this intensive work to be an important learning experience, and she said of it fondly: "I gained confidence and learned to take responsibility." Moore performed on the show until 1988, when she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series. Before leaving As the World Turns, she had a role in the 1987 CBS miniseries I'll Take Manhattan. Once she had finished the soap opera, she turned to the stage to play Ophelia in a Guthrie Theater production of Hamlet opposite Željko Ivanek.

Alison Stewart (As the World Turns)

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Alison got involved with Chris Hughes, who was older (in his 20s) and a doctor. The Hughes and Stewart family had a volatile past, with storylines involving Bob and Susan's affair, Tom and Emily's affair (and child), and Kim's marriage to Dan, whom Susan had seduced away from her decades ago. Kim Hughes, in particular, found it nearly impossible to accept Alison into the Hughes family. This situation was eased somewhat by Bob's mother, town matriarch Nancy Hughes, who formed an unlikely friendship with Alison.

Jennifer Munson Donovan

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But when he discovered that she didn't, he also realized that his former girlfriend, Emily Stewart might have. Emily didn't actually kill Dusty. She was holding him hostage. After getting a note from Dusty, she was determined to find him. She got her brother out of jail and followed Emily into the woods. There, she found Dusty. With that crisis over, Dusty asked Jen to marry him. She accepted his proposal, and he adopted her son. Not long after the adoption went through, Johnny fell ill. But with the help of Dusty's kidnapper, Emily, he got better. Then Jen contracted pneumonia while looking over Johnny. Her disease got worse and turned into something deadly.

Daniel Hughes (As the World Turns)

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Sam Stone last played the role from January 19, 2007 to November 24, 2008 Daniel is born to Emily Stewart and Tom Hughes during an affair. Margo Hughes, Tom's wife, accepts Daniel into their lives when he is born. Given his mother's inability to provide a stable home, he goes to live with Tom and Margo. He shares the house with Casey and Adam, his half brothers. In January 2007, a man who wants Emily's share of the newspaper kidnaps him. He and Emily are saved by Dusty Donovan.

Will Munson

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William "Will" Harold Ryan Munson is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. He was portrayed by Jesse Soffer on recurring basis from September 2004 to March 2005, after which he got a contract as a regular. Soffer left the show on April 4, 2008 and made a brief return in July 2010.

Doctor of Medicine

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A Doctor of Medicine (M.D. from Latin Medicinae Doctor) is a medical degree, the meaning of which varies between different jurisdictions. In the United States, Canada and other countries, the MD denotes a first professional graduate degree awarded upon initial graduation from medical school. In the United Kingdom, Ireland and other countries, the MD is a research doctorate, higher doctorate, honorary doctorate or applied clinical degree restricted to those who already hold a first professional degree in medicine; in those countries, the equivalent first professional degree is typically titled Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

Paul Ryan

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Senator Bob Kasten where he worked with Kasten's foreign affairs adviser. Ryan attended the Washington Semester program at American University. He worked summers as a salesman for Oscar Mayer and once got to drive the Wienermobile. Ryan was a member of the College Republicans, and volunteered for the congressional campaign of John Boehner. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity. Betty Ryan reportedly urged her son to accept a congressional position as a legislative aide in Senator Kasten's office, which he did after graduating in 1992. In his early years working on Capitol Hill, Ryan supplemented his income by working as a waiter, as a fitness trainer, and at other jobs.

Douglas Marland

He utilized over 30 years of history to create new storylines for core characters Bob Hughes and Kim Hughes. (One story, where a child previously thought to be dead was found to be alive and living in England, was a dual role played by future Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore.) He was also credited with bringing original cast members Helen Wagner and Don MacLaughlin back to the center the show as Nancy and Chris Hughes, after they'd been bumped to recurring status in 1982. When McLaughlin (and his character) died in 1986, Marland paired Nancy with Chief of Detectives Dan McClosky, and then chronicled McClosky's subsequent battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Irna Phillips

Her new story, and the show's new heroine, Kimberly Sullivan (Kathryn Hays), became involved with longtime hero, Bob Hughes (Don Hastings). Bob was married to Kim's sister Jennifer, but Phillips had Kim seduce Bob. She became pregnant. P&G fired Phillips in early 1973; it was to be her last writing gig. On January 25, 2007, in an episode celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Guiding Light, the current cast portrayed actors and behind-the-scenes personnel from the early years of the series (both radio and TV). Beth Ehlers played Phillips, and several incidents in her life were fictionalized in the series.