STEPHEN NICHOLS, one of daytime television’s most enduring actors, is back portraying the iconic character he created, Steve “Patch” Johnson on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.
The bad-guy with the heart of gold, quickly became wildly popular and grew to be one of the most beloved characters in daytime television. He was one of only two daytime actors ever to appear on the international TV–Q list which included film and television stars and sports figures. Nichols was ranked 2nd on that list of ten for both recognizability and likeability. Nichols earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role and five Soap Opera Digest Best Actor Awards.
After turning down an art scholarship to Ohio State University, he traveled west, studied yoga and lived as a monk while preparing vegetarian meals for the residents of a Hollywood ashram. After three years of celibacy, a steady diet of ice cream and the films of Truffaut, Scorsese, and Bergman, he landed at the Theater Academy of Los Angeles City College. Nichols then went on to study with Stella Adler, Jack Colvin and Harry Mastrogeorge. Nichols has appeared in several feature films, first co-starring with Demi Moore in Choices. He also starred in the horror classic Witchboard and appeared in Soapdish with Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Downey, Jr. He starred in Heaven’s Tears, Cover Me, Phoenix with Brad Dourif and the Showtime short A Hard Rain, opposite John Mahoney, which earned best film honors at the British Film Festival.
Nichols created yet another iconic daytime television character, Stefan Cassadine, in a seven-year run on General Hospital. More recently, on The Young and The Restless, he portrayed Jeanne Cooper’s son, Tucker McCall.
In prime time, Nichols has appeared opposite Dennis Hopper in Crash, and on Melrose Place, She Spies, Sisters, The Nanny, Matlock, L.A. Law, Diagnosis Murder, In The Heat of the Night and in recurring roles on Empty Nest, 2000 Malibu Road, and was a series regular on Second Chances. He also portrayed the outlaw Jesse James, opposite Pierce Brosnan, in the NBC mini-series Around the World in 80 Days.