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5 Fun Facts about Drake Hogestyn from ‘Days of Our Lives’

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Drake Hogestyn and his family in 2020

Drake Hogestyn, 65, was a staple name in the soap opera world when he debuted as John Black on ‘Days of Our Lives‘ in 1986. He is still acting on the show today and recently featured in ABC’s “The Story of Soaps” special. We want to dive into a little more about this phenomenal actor!

1. Drake married his childhood sweetheart, Victoria. Together they have 4 children.

2. On Father’s Day, Drake left this message on Twitter. “On Father’s Day…Victoria and I are so thankful and proud of the dynamic young adults our children have grown into. Dads…never stop listening, guiding and loving.”

Drake Hogestyn and family
People Magazine, 1994
Drake Hogestyn and his family 2020
Drake Hogestyn and his family in 2020 | Twitter

3. His daughter is an ER doctor out on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. “You’re my hero Dr.Morton, but you’ll always be my little girl. Stay safe on the front lines.Red heart #ERdoctors #stayhome,” he said.

4. In July 2019, his son Ben got married to his wife Danica. “Woohoo Ben!! Congratulations Son…and WELCOME TO THE FAMILY Danica! We love you!” Drake tweeted with this photo from the beach wedding.

Drake Hogestyn son's wedding in 2019
Drake Hogestyn’s son Ben marries Danica 2019 | Twitter

5. His real first name is Donald. Drake is his middle name. He actually attended the University of South Florida in Tampa on a baseball scholarship, majoring in pre-dentistry.

Drake Hogestyn with his grandson

Tune into ‘The Story of Soaps’ on ABC May 19th to learn all about the behind the scenes work of your favorite soaps!