Drake Hogestyn

Drake Hogestyn


9/23/1953, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Birth Name

Donald Drake Hogestyn


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Back in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Drake, who stars as John Black on Days of our Lives, had every intention of becoming a dentist. A gifted athlete, Drake was tapped by the St. Louis Cardinals after high school, but chose instead to attend college on a…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On New Year's Eve 2006, Drake and his family were in their backyard when a fan wielding a Bible entered and screamed at Drake's daughter, "Where is he? I will cast him out!" The man then pushed Drake's wife, before Drake punched him. Police arrived and arrested the fan.

    • Drake, along with two business partners, built the Malibu Health and Rehabilitation Spa.

    • Drake's workout routine starts out with 15 minutes of cardiovascular work and stretching, to get the body warmed up. Then it's on to a half hour of abdominal work and leg lifts.

    • Drake's step-son, Ben Hogestyn, stirred up controversy in 2005 when he portrayed a gay teen on General Hospital.

    • Drake has portrayed various characters on Days of our Lives, including: 'The Pawn', 'John Black', 'Roman Brady', Roman II', 'Romulus', John Stevens', 'Father John' and 'Mercenary John'.

    • Drake enjoys old cars and has an old '61 Corvette and a '57 T-Bird that he likes to work on in his spare time.

    • Drake received the Best Actor award five years in row from

    • Drake took part in a four-month acting training workshop in Los Angeles in 1985.

    • Drake married Victoria Post on 31 December 1986. They have two daughters together, Whitney & Alexandra, and have also raised Victoria's son and daughter, Rachael & Ben, from a prior marriage.

    • Drake was drafted by the New York Yankees and played third base for their farm team until he was injured in 1978. It was after this that he changed career directions nad got into acting.

    • Drake graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida on a baseball scholarship. He majored in pre-dentistry and has a degree in Micro Biology.

    • Shelley Long originally wanted Drake to play her husband on the sitcom Kelly Kelly. He was all set to star on both that and Days of our Lives, but his schedule on Days conflicted with the filming of the pilot of Kelly Kelly and so the role was recast.

  • Quotes

    • Drake: (contemplating leaving Days of our Lives) At some point, everybody is going to leave the show. I have six months left on my contract, so… After 20 years of throwing fan club gatherings, this is the final mission. The reality of it is, sooner or later, you're at the tail of your talent cycle, whether it be here or somewhere else.

    • Drake: (on the gym he helped build) It's not a sweatshop like most gyms. There are physical therapists, nutritionists and medical doctors on staff.

    • Drake: (leaving baseball & joining Days of our Lives) I feel a little guilty sometimes because what did I do? I came out here, never having been to California in the off-season, and the proverbial spin on the ball changes. My body was all torn down from the season, and I needed some rest and rehabilitation and to get away from baseball, get it out of my mind. And I got this job.

    • Drake: (on his leading ladies) Each one was different. One was a spring shower in a forest, one was a walk along the beach and another was a full moon through a leafless tree.

    • Drake: I am most happy when I am with my kids and my wife. I am the luckiest man in the world to have a job like I have and to work with the most fabulous actress in Hollywood. This job allows me to take care of the children in such a way that makes me proud. I don't take that lightly. That translates into working hard here to do the best that I can. I'll keep doing that until they decide my name slides off the dressing room door.

    • Drake: Fans have that emotional attachment to the characters. I find when I meet them on the road or in the airport, they're very respectful. I've always had a very comfortable time. I've never had any problems with ever feeling that they were being invasive.

    • Drake: Wanna know how my contracts work? First of all, I've signed four-year deals. The way it comes about is, I'll run into Ken [Corday, Days of our Lives executive producer] in the hall, and he'll say something like, 'Hey Hogie. How many years do you have left on your contract?' and I'll say, 'I don't know.' He says, 'Wanna re-up?' and I say, 'Okay.

    • Drake: I'm the only person in my family who didn't have to get braces. I'm also the only one who didn't get a bicycle or baptized. The three B's.

  • A God Amongst Men

    John Black is my God. Now let me preface this a bit: I'm a well-educated man, with good taste (IMHO) and an eye and ear for the Arts. Is Drake Hogestyn the best actor ever to grace the Stage or Screen? Sadly, no. Is he the William Shatner of Daytime Television? Possibly. Is that a bad thing? Last I checked, Shatner just won another Emmy for Denny Crane in "Boston Legal". Should Drake? Every year.

    I started watching Days in 1991 while in residence at university. While being a boy watching a soap may seem --insert homophobic remark here--, I was the only guy in a room with 20 girls ;) faithfully watching Days every day. Fourteen years later, there's only one reason why I still watch Days religiously: John Black. Drake is magnificent in the role, and such an amazing actor. Sure, it's over the top, but that's what we want. Effortless. Amazing. The man doesn't have to say anything in the scene, yet he commands it. I worship him.

    Of all the people in the whole world I want to meet, Drake is Number One. Am I some crazy soap star stalker? Hardly. It's mainly because while I worship the character of John Black, Drake just seems like a regular, nice guy in real life. In every interview I've seen, or comments from fellow costars, Drake gives off a down-to-earth, humourous, and real persona. He deserves better than Days, yet he seems happy with his life and career, so you have to respect that. I'll buy you a beer anytime Drake.