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 the films of Truffaut, Cassavetes, 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 starred in several feature films including the WWII drama, Heavens Tears, the horror classic, Witchboard, Choices with Demi Moore, and as the unsuspecting cyborg in Phoenix with Brad Dourif. Various other film appearances include Soapdish with Whoopi Goldberg, Sally Field and Robert Downey, Jr., Cover Me with Paul Sorvino and Eliot Gould, The Glass Cage with Eric Roberts, Merchants of Venus with Beverly D’Angelo, and 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, and he portrayed Jeanne Cooper’s son, Tucker McCall on The Young and The Restless.

Other television appearances include, opposite Dennis Hopper in Crash, as well as on Melrose Place, She Spies, Sisters, The Nanny, Matlock, L.A. Law, Diagnosis Murder,  and In The Heat of the Night. He had 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 and Eric Idle in the NBC mini-series Around the World in 80 Days

Stephen as Tucker

Nichols began his acting career in Los Angeles theatre during its renaissance in the early 80s and has been honored with several Drama- logue and L.A. Weekly Awards for his performances in such notable productions as Pieces of Time, for his portrayal of real-life killer, Donald Bashor, for the suicidal drug-dealer Hart in the long-running, smash hit, Delirious, and as Jim Morrison during the last thirty-six hours of his life in the heralded Los Angeles production of The Lizard King. Other stage appearances include The Cage at LATC, The Shadow Box, Love Letters at the Canon Theater, He Hunts, at the Geffen Playhouse and the US premiere of Joe Pintauro’s electrifying The Dead Boy. Nichols also portrayed Richard Roma in Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross at Pacific Resident Theatre.

Nichols has directed for both stage and screen. He wrote and directed his first short film, Get the Dime, starring Daniel Bess Emily Bergl and Robert Picardo. The wrenching drama tells the story of a callous young actor’s life-changing wake-up call while researching a role as a transgender woman. It was an official selection at the prestigious Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, the Nevada City Film Festival and the Ohio Independent Film Festival. Following that he directed the short, I See, starring Ptolemy Slocum and Julie Pinson about an NSA-obsessed paranoiac and the effect it has on his marriage, as well as a satire of our surveillance state.

Upcoming, Nichols will direct the feature-length, supernatural thriller inspired by true events, Medulla.