Robert Newman

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Joshua 'Josh' Lewis (Oct 1981-Dec 1984; Oct 1986-Jan 1991; Aug 1993-Sept 2009) on Guiding Light


6/27/1958, Los Angeles, California

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  • Actor Robert Newman is best known for playing the character "Joshua Lewis" on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, a role he originated in 1981. A graduate of California State University at Northridge, Newman earned a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre, and later went on to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. Robert married actress Britt Helfer in 1986 and they have two children, Connor and Kendal.



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    Los Angeles, California

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    • Robert: (After the cast of "Guiding Light" traveled to Biloxi, MS) I went to New Orleans and spent about an hour with the Hands On people there and then I drove around the Ninth Ward by myself on a very rainy day and that was just excruciating. It just kills you. It's crazy. It's like walking through some kind of different moonscape or something. It just blows your mind. And you're 50 yards away from the levee that broke and you know that it's been patched, but it still could do the same thing. Houses sideways, cars upside down ... I mean it's just crazy.

    • Robert: (about his wife and children) I honestly cannot imagine this world without them in it. They help me to find balance in this crazy business that I work in. They always remind me of who I am and what's important. And I thank God for them every single day of my life.

    • Robert: (on starring in the stage production of The Full Monty) I just thought it would be a nice break away from Guiding Light for a couple of weeks. And what the hell, you only go round once in life, right?

    • Robert: (on his reaction to September 11th) We were just absolutely stunned out of our minds. Our first instinct, really, was to grab our kids and get them out of school even though we live a good solid hour north of Manhattan. It just seemed like we wanted to have our kids with us immediately.

    • Robert: If I could commune with the dead, I think it would be somebody like the Apostle Paul. His life was just so interesting and incredible and I would really like to pick his brain.

    Trivia (14)

    • Robert played "Kirk Cranston" on Santa Barbara in 1986, replacing Joseph Bottoms.

    • In 1994, Robet was one of 14 Guiding Light stars to appear on a special set of phone cards called "The Soap Connection Collection." The cards allowed fans of the show to hear interviews and behind the scenes info provided by the character who appeared on the card.

    • Robert is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor.

    • While attending the Lee Strasberg Institute, Robert studied with actors Malcolm McDowell and Charles Nelson Reilly.

    • Robert says his greatest love is being a dad.

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