Susan Seaforth Hayes, who played Julie Olsen Williams is the only actor in the show that has appeared for its entire run of nearly six decades. Hayes joined the cast in 1968 and was immediately adored by fans. She’s been nominated for four Daytime Emmys, two Drama Series Awards, won two Soapy Awards in 1977, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Hayes had been on several TV shows before DOOL and went on to have a great acting career. But most notably, she found true love in the show, since her onscreen husband, Bill Hayes, became her lifelong partner offscreen as well!
Josh Taylor wanted to be a lawyer, but as we all know, life took him in a whole different direction. After working as a bartender in Los Angeles for a while and trying his hand at acting, he became enamored. Taylor joined "Days of Our Lives" in 1977, ironically, to play a bartender named Chris Kositchek.
Taylor had acted in "Barnaby Jones," "The Hardy Boys" and "The Six Million Dollar Man." Although he originally played Kositchek until 1987, Taylor rejoined the cast after a 10-year hiatus, in 1997, to play the character of Roman Brady. He plays Brady to this day.
One of the few original cast members left is Bill Hayes. He joined the cast in 1970 to play Doug Williams, a lounge singer. This fit perfectly since Hayes was actually a musician. He was a part of the most romantic couple on the show, and he and Susan Seaforth Hayes, who played Julie Olsen Williams even became a couple off the screen as well.
In fact, they are still together to this day. Bill Hayes was nominated for two Daytime Emmys in 1975 and 1976, and he also acted in other popular shows, like "Frasier," "Hooperman," "Cop Rock," and "The Interns."
Although he was most famous for playing the role of Jack Deveraux on "Days of Our Lives", actor Matthew Ashford was in some of TV’s most popular shows. These include high-profile titles such as "The Bay", "NCIS", "General Hospital", and "Charmed."
His character in "Days of Our Lives", Deveraux, started out as a villain but he was able to be redeemed. and then reformed and got together with Jennifer Horton. Ashford's career in the soap has earned him nominations for several Daytime Emmy and Daytime Drama Series awards. Most recently, he reprised his role in the "Days of Our Lives" spinoff series.
Actress Lisa Trusel played the youngest daughter of the Horton family, Melissa Horton. Trusel joined the cast at an extremely young age, in 1982, when she was only 14 years old, and stayed until 1988. During that time, she met co-star David Wallace, whom she married when she turned 18, in 1986.
So it's pretty safe to say that her life was completely made thanks to the show. Trusel reprised her role of Melissa in 1994, 1996, 2002, and 2010. The couple has been together since, and now have four children and three grandchildren. It seems many stars of DOOL found their significant other on the show.