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Matthew Ashford
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Full Name

Matthew Nile Ashford

Birthdate

January 29, 1960

Birthplace

Davenport, Iowa, USA

Children

4

Occupation

Actor

Years Active

1982-2016

Matthew Ashford was first introduced to Daytime audiences in 1982 when he played Drew Ralston on One Life to Live, the role lasted about a year. In 1985, Ashford joined Search for Tomorrow and stayed until the shows cancellation in 1986. Ashford joined Days of our Lives in 1987 in his most iconic role of Jack Deveraux, Ashford was written off DAYS in 1994. In 2000, Ashford returned to the role of the Jack. As part of the Salem serial killer storyline Jack was "killed" off in 2003. Before the reveal that all the characters killed off during that storyline, Ashford joined One Life to Live again but as a new character Dr. Stephen Haver who turned out to be the music box killer. Ashford returned to DAYS in 2004 but exited when Jack and Jennifer were written out. Ashford made a brief guest return in 2007. In 2011, Ashford returned to the show full time but was again written out in August 2012. Ashford made a return appearance to DAYS in May and June 2016.

Personal LifeEdit

Ashford was married to Christina Saffran but they have divorced. They share two children, Grace (b. 06/16/1992) and Emma (b. 07/23/1997). Ashford is currently in a relationship with Lana Buss and they have two children together: Henry (b. 05/2013) and Willa (b. 12/2015).

SoapographyEdit

  • Drew Ralston on One Life to Live (1982-1983)
  • Cagney McCleary on Search for Tomorrow (1985-1986)
  • Jack Deveraux on Days of our Lives (10/30/1987-10/12/1994; 02/05/2000-10/27/2003; 06/22/2004-09/21/2006; 04/02/2007-04/04/2009; 09/23/2011-08/15/2012; 05/24/2013-06/20/2016)
  • Dr. Tom Hardy on General Hospital (1995-1999)
  • Dr. Stephen Haver on One Life to Live (12/10/2003-03/22/2004)

Awards and NominationsEdit

Daytime Emmy Awards

YEAR CATEGORY CHARACTER/SERIES W/N
2012 Supporting Actor Jack Deveraux, Days of our Lives N
2016 Digital Drama Series The Bay W
2017 Digital Drama Series The Bay W
2017 Supporting or Guest Actor in a Digital Drama Series Steve Jansen, The Bay N

Soap Opera Digest Awards

YEAR CATEGORY CHARACTER/SERIES W/N
1989 Outstanding Villain Jack Deveraux, Days of our Lives W
1991 Outstanding Super Couple: Daytime Jack and Jennifer, Days of our Lives W
1992 Best Wedding: Daytime Jack and Jennifer, Days of our Lives W
1992 Best Love Story: Daytime or Primetime Jack and Jennifer, Days of our Lives W
1993 Best Comic Performance Jack Deveraux, Days of our Lives W

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