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Mathew Ashford to One Life to Live!


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Offed by Days Serial Killer, fan fave takes role as OLTL villian


Salem's Loss is Llanview's Gain and More OLTL Casting News!

Daytime veteran, Matthew Ashford (pictured at right as Jack on DOOL), joins the cast of One Life to Live on December 10, 2003.  He will play the role of Professor Stephen Haver of Llanview University.  The Professor will contribute his insight into the motives of the Music Box Killer, who has set his sights on the women of Llanview. 

Ashford is best known as Jack Devereaux on Days of our ives. He played the role from 1987-1992 and again from 2001-2003. He was recently killed off Days as the second victim of the Days Salem Stalker serial killer, much to the chagrin of staunch Jack and Jenn (Melissa Reeves) fans. 

Although Ashford may have made his mark via his role as Jack on NBS's Days of our Lives, he is no stranger to ABC Daytime. He starred as Tom Hardy on General Hospital from 1995-1997 and prior to his role on Days, he starred as Drew Ralston on One Life to Live from 1982-1983.  Who says you can't go home again?  Now, 20 years later, Ashford returns to Llanview.  Just how the Professor will impact the lives of the other denizens remains to be seen!

Heather Tom as Kelly

As previously reported, Heather Tom also makes her way to Llanview when she takes over in the role of Kelly Buchanan on December 11, 2003.  The young daytime veteran won her first Emmy at age 16 for her portrayal of Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless and was honored again in 1999.  She recently ended her 13-year run on Y&R to move to New York City and join the cast of OLTL!

Dr. Troy Returns!

And let us not forget that Ty Treadway returns to OLTL on December 10, 2003 recreating his role of Troy McIver.  Troy was last seen in Llanview on August 1, 2003.  After committing murder, locking up Lindsay Rappaport (Catherine Hickland) in a mental institution and kidnapping former fiancee Nora Buchanan (Hillary B. Smith) -- and threatening to end their lives together so they could be united for all eternity -- he as sent to St. Ann's, then sentenced to the psychiatric ward at Statesville Prison.  When Troy resurfaces, you will be left to decide if he's any saner than when he left in August. 

Treadway will continue to host SOAPnet's daily talk show, SoapTalk, with Lisa Rinna. He will shoot OLTL during the week in NYC and commute to Los Angeles, where he now lives with his new wife, to shoot SoapTalk on Fridays and Saturdays.

It's a can't miss week when two of daytime's biggest stars join the cast of One Life to Live and a fan favorite makes a mysterious return!  Don't miss OLTL the week of December 8, 2003!

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