December 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm #8460PattiParticipant
the ONLY cast member to have a "lifetime" contract with DOOL is Frances Reid. John Clarke retired in 2004, and I have searched several DOOL contract sites and nowhere have I been able to find that John Clarke had a "lifetime" contract. As a matter of fact, the character of Mickey Horton was recast with John Ingle, who played Mickey Horton for just one year and then asked and was granted to be released from his contract, and has since been portraying the patriarch Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital.December 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm #8463BonbonParticipant
I didn’t know that as a fact but something I read in a post here. They said that because Frances and John were the only remaining original actors, they were given a lifetime contract. Just hearsay, I guess.December 15, 2009 at 6:41 pm #846453tdogsParticipant
I am not a tea-totaller, I enjoy glass of wine or whisky or beer once in a great while. However, I have two dear friends that have been clean and sober for about 20 years now. I asked them about their alcohol problems once in a discussion – they said every single day, every minute, every second it is a struggle.
They also said many alcoholics not only drink, they get into drugs as well. I think this will be a really touchy subject for Maggie to be falling off the wagon if this is where they take the story.
Why can’t they just have her deal with her beloved hubby passing and be very tempted to drink but doesn’t – Lucas can pull her back from the brink at the last minute. There is so much drinking going on in our show (several of you have mentioned it recently as well). Mel is always at the Cheatin’ Heart – why is she in a bar if she’s too young?
This doesn’t bode well for the younger crowd that watches the show as they are under enough peer pressure as it is to drink.
Sobriety is nothing to take lightly or have the writer’s it treat like she can go back to being a drunk (not alcoholic because one you are one you always are) and not suffer any long term consequences.
If they do this story this way, I would hope that when they tie up the story; they will show the devastation and ruin that alcoholism wreaks.
If you want to go for the real ugly devastation; Maggie should meet up with Rafe’s sisters drug dealer and dapple with drugs (as it is sometimes in real life for that next high) – get really into the mud. Show her throwing up, show the real ugliness. Maybe Maggie should lose all – house, restaurant (Chez Rouge), end up at sleeping on the dock. I wasn’t watching back when Maggie was a drunk, years ago, but I’m sure t.v. didn’t make it ugly back then, but this is now, on t.v. they show kidnapping, murder, etc., so my take is, writer’s IF you are going to do this to Maggie – then do it "right" – show the ugliness.December 15, 2009 at 9:51 pm #8469PattiParticipant
and here is the article on the actor from soapcentral.com.John Clarke
Mickey Horton (1965 to 2004)
At a Glance
One of two remaining original cast members, John Clarke has portrayed attorney Mickey Horton on ‘Days of our Lives’ since the series premiere in November 1965. His additional television credits include featured roles on the series Hart to Hart in the film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
Clarke was born in South Bend, Indiana. As the son of a U.S. Army officer, Clarke has lived in 20 states, and he graduated from high school while in Tokyo. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and in television arts from UCLA. After leaving university he served as a sergeant in the army when he went overseas for the Korean War.
He has been married to ballet dancer Patricia (Patty) for over 30 years, and the two had three children together…Joshua, Melinda (Mindy), and Heidi. Tragedy struck when Heidi died from a rare heart tumor in 1994, and the family has established a scholarship fund in her memory at the California Institute of the Arts. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. His birthday is April 14, 1932.
John Clarke shocked all the fans when he announced in early 2004 that he was retiring from the role of Mickey Horton to stay at home and spend more time with his family, including Melinda’s young daughter, Kathryn Grace.
1965 to 2004 (original cast)December 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm #8489cornbreadParticipant
I agree CatLady..and was thinking the same thing…If they had asked me to wear that cowboy outfit and say those lines to "Bonnie"…I would have walked away no matter how much they were paying me! Those were the most horendous scenes…very humiliating!
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