He confessed his love for her and tried to apologize for hurting her. A Soviet defector named Petrov was an instructor at Winterthorne, and as he eventually became a henchman for Stefano DiMera, it is not a stretch to presume that it was Petrov who was responsible for bringing John into Stefano's fold.
Finally we know where John Black is.
Marlena found him washing up on the beach and he was saved. He had no memory of his time as evil John, but it soon became obvious once Hope turned up pregnant and John was believed to be the father. Luckily for John, his relationship with Marlena was strong enough to weather that storm, and when it was discovered that Bo was really the father, everyone was relieved, although John did feel just a bit sad.
When John's friends in Salem began being killed off by the Salem Stalker, John was determined to find the killer. He ignored all the evidence that pointed toward Marlena as the killer, and was convinced that his half-brother Tony was behind it all.
He was devastated when Marlena was arrested and then later gunned down by the police on top of the Salem police station. He soon became convinced that there was something more going on, and ended up on the island of Melaswen, where he was reunited with all his lost friends, and his beloved Doc.
John managed to survive the escape from the island only to be devastated anew as he learned Marlena was again presumed deceased. He was also severely injured in the rescue, and was secretly stealing pain medication as well as obtaining it through other illegal means to keep the pain at bay. John began getting over his addiction and moving on with Kate Roberts when a miracle happened, and both Roman and Marlena returned from the dead.
Although John had recently proposed to Kate, they broke off the engagement to return to their newly returned spouses. After returning to Salem, Marlena discovered she was pregnant, and the timing made it impossible for it to be John's baby. Unfortunately, Marlena fell down the stairs one day while listening to John and Roman argue about her and lost the baby.
She awoke with a condition known as hysterical amnesia. Lexie called in the world's top specialist on amnesia, Dr. Alex North, who came to town to try to help Marlena regain her memory. It wasn't long before Alex revealed that he had a connection to Marlena that no one ever suspected--he was her long-lost and presumed dead first husband! That meant that all of her subsequent marriages were invalid, as she and Alex had never divorced.
She was torn between John and Alex, but ultimately chose to honor her commitments to her first husband. John eventually proved that Alex was a fraud, and he fell over a cliff to his death. While researching the DiMeras in Italy, John and Marlena were married in a beautiful ceremony, but didn't have long to enjoy themselves--John was shot by E.
Wells, and fell into a coma. He was later kidnapped from the hospital and his kidney stolen. John was just beginning to take his life back when he was the victim of a hit and run. With his family surrounding him, John "passed away. In January of , viewers discovered that John was actually alive and living in Stefano's basement.
Stefano somehow acquired John's body and had Dr. Rolf erase his memories which were stored on a disc and program John to be an assassin. Stefano wanted John to kill Colleen Brady, who had recently emerged and was trying to stop Stefano from hurting the Brady family. In an attempt to win favor with Sami, E. Marlena, Bo, and Hope rescued John and started on the path toward regaining his memories. While hiding in seclusion in Argentina, Colleen Brady gave birth to a son and named him "Ryan.
Eventually, he was adopted by the Alamain family. John's new blood relation to the DiMera family earned him control of the DiMera mansion when Stefano went into a coma. Marlena's attempts to get John to remember his "old self" failed and John started embracing his "new" personality.
He continued to date Marlena, but he also started a relationship with Ava Vitali. He started a feud with the Kiriakis empire in an attempt to make the DiMera shipping line profitable again. He even bribed a customs official, Paul Hollingsworth, to delay the Kiriakis ships. After John bribed the customs official, Phillip paid the same official to plant cocaine on John's ships. The police found the drugs and arrested John Black DiMera.
Frustrated with being caught in the middle, Paul set John's warehouse, where the police were storing the drug evidence, on fire. John tried to get Paul to turn on Phillip for planting the drugs and the fire, but Paul refused.
A few days later, Paul's unconscious body was thrown into the river. The police believed that Paul was dead and investigated his murder.
In reality, John's men fished out Paul's body and revived him. Paul agreed to help John frame Philip for the "murder. Phillip paid someone to break into the DiMera mansion and steal "the disc" that contained all of John's memories.
Phillip couldn't break the encryption on the disc, but he did learn that they were brainwaves. He gave the disc to Marlena. Marlena, eager to get the "old John" back, asked John to see what was on the disc.
Ava, eager to keep the "new John," protested. John eventually destroyed the lab and broke the disc that Marlena gave him. During the summer of , John ran into trouble. His girlfriend, Ava, jumped bail and left town. His plot to frame Philip was in trouble when Paul escaped from the DiMera mansion. Stefano woke up from his coma--anxious to challenge John for the head of the DiMera empire. And, Marlena filed for divorce. John decided to focus on Marlena and getting her back in his life.
He gave up claim to the DiMera empire and moved out of the mansion. Marlena was impressed, but not enough to stop the divorce proceedings. Then, John began to have severe headaches and seizures. Kayla and Marlena discovered some serious brain damage that needed more tests to determine a treatment pattern.
John refused to go back to the hospital for more tests. Because he refused, Marlena continued with the divorce. Nothing seemed to trigger John's memories of his past life, not even a visit from his son, Brady.
Marlena and Brady finally convinced John to enter into therapy. He started session with Dr. Charlotte Taylor, the daughter of Marlena's former mentor, Dr. Charlotte was determined to get John's memories back. At first Charlotte started with "Talk Therapy," but, when that didn't seem progressive enough, she then suggested hypnotherapy in early John was skeptical at first, but decided to try it. Unfortunately, after only one session, Charlotte informed him that he had remembered nothing while under hypnosis and that proceeding would be a waste of time.
This crushed John as he saw it as his last hope at remembering his past. He quit therapy and walked out of her office.
Charlotte, however, was keeping a dark secret from John - he was actually beginning to remember his past while under hypnosis! Later, John mentioned his doomed fate to both Marlena and Brady.
Both his ex-wife and his son became suspicious of Charlotte's intentions with John, knowing that giving up after only one session was ridiculous. Meanwhile, Charlotte approached John with another course of action. She wanted John to leave Salem with her and start a new life. Charlotte claimed that no one in town would ever accept his new personality so it was best for him to start fresh without Marlena or his family and friends.
John didn't take her up on her offer, stating that he wouldn't go anywhere without "Blondie. Meanwhile, Brady, who was also leery of Charlotte, showed up at the pub with a surprise for John. Brady had broken into Charlotte's office and e-mailed Marlena a copy of John's hypnotherapy session. On the recording John was stunned to find out the session had been successful after all.
He was remembering his past! John quickly figured out that Charlotte's lie must have stemmed from a personal grudge against him or Marlena.
He quickly sprang into action and called Marlena to warn her about Charlotte. Unfortunately, Charlotte was already at Marlena's penthouse and, right as John was voicing his concerns, their call was disconnected as Charlotte yanked the phone cord out of the wall! He rushed over to the penthouse where he would meet his fate. Upon bursting through the door to save Marlena, John was stabbed in the back by Charlotte who was wielding a hypodermic needle filled with a dose of muscle relaxant large enough to kill someone.
John told Marlena "she was safe now," then collapsed. Fortunately, Marlena immediately began CPR. Bo, Hope, and Brady showed up soon after and helped as well. Coincidentally, they discovered that John was merely a random pawn in Charlotte's game as she was really after Marlena for hurting her several years before.
John was rushed to the hospital where Kayla determined he had suffered a stroke because of the large injection of relaxants. As John drifted in and out of consciousness Marlena and Brady stood by his side.
When Kayla suggested that Marlena talk about the past with John as that often helps stroke victims, John shocked Marlena by uttering the words she had waited over a year to hear. Their happiness was short lived, however, as Kayla returned with John's latest test results. They concluded that John was paralyzed from the neck down and it could become permanent if he's not immediately transferred to a clinic in Lugano, Switzerland that specializes in cases like his.
John tried to push Marlena away and begged her to start a new life without him, but she wouldn't budge. She was sticking by his side through thick and thin. John was thrilled by her love and dedication, yet had one request before they go - he wanted Marlena to marry him right there at his bedside before leaving Salem.
In a rather short, but sweet ceremony John and Marlena once again became husband and wife. John's old friend, Father Jansen, remarried them while Kayla, Roman and Brady all looked with bittersweet emotions as they were thrilled for the couple, but sad about the circumstances. Even Stefano, who had showed up when he heard the news about John, gave his half-brother and old advisories a nod of approval through the window before turning and walking away.
When Father Jansen pronounced them man and wife, John told Marlena to "come here" and they kissed their first kiss as husband and wife. Once their lips parted, they shared one last longing glance into each other's eyes knowing it was the end of their time in Salem, but the beginning of their new life together. John's therapy had been a success and he was able to walk again. John and Marlena enjoyed catching up with their friends and family. But, during the party Rafe received a call and was told to arrest John on charged of corporate embezzlement and fraud.
But, within a few weeks, Rafe and Carrie proved that evidence against John had been fabricated and John was released from jail in time to spend the holidays with his family.
Now a free man, John set about returning money to all of the people who had lost money in the embezzlement scheme. He decided to rebuild Basic Black. Brady offered to come work with him. John was thrilled and the father-son team started revitalizing Basic Black's fashion empire.
Around the same time, Bo and Hope were investigating a secret safe deposit box that Alice had. It turns out that the box contained two secrets- one about the DiMeras and one about the Hortons. The Horton secret was that John and Hope were still legally married from the days when Stefano had brainwashed the two of them.
Thinking this was just a legal technicality to deal with, Bo, Hope, John, and Marlena headed to Alamainia to file for divorce. But, thanks to some interference from Stefano, only John and Hope were allowed to go on the trip. While there, he had them drugged and held in prison until they agreed to go back under his mind control so that they could steal back a valuable piece of artwork.
But, John was able to resist the brainwashing. Shortly after, he was able to show Hope a picture of Bo and bring her out from under the brainwashing too.
However, the two played along with the scheme long enough to steal the artwork and convince Stefano that they needed to leave the country. They barely made it out of the country.
When they returned, John reunited with Marlena and the two settled in for a nice life together. But a few short months later, John and Marlena's nemesis, Kristen arrived in Salem during the fall of Kristen kept saying that she wanted to make amends and that she had gone through a lot of therapy.
John didn't believe her at first, but eventually he started to see that she had changed. Marlena never believed Kristen and as a result, Marlena and John drifted apart; and Kristen was able to set her plan into motion.
Kristen was out for revenge on John and Marlena. And she had decided to use John's son, Brady, to do it. She and Brady started dating and Kristen arranged for John to walk in on Kristen and Brady having sex on top of Brady's desk.
When he told Marlena, he was angry to learn that Marlena knew about Brady and Kristen but didn't tell John. This drove the wedge between John and Marlena even further. John moved out of the penthouse.
John set out on a mission to get Brady away from Kristen. His plan was to make Kristen think that he wanted her for himself. Many people, including Victor, warned John that this plan could cost him Marlena. But, John was determined. The night before Brady and Kristen were to be married, John came to Kristen's hotel room and started to seduce her. He sent a text to Brady to come to Kristen's room, but Brady never got the message.
Instead, Kristen stopped everything, announced that she really did love Brady, and ran off to find Brady. A few weeks later, after Brady found out what happened, John confirmed to Brady that it was Kristen to stopped that night. Still unable to work things out with Marlena and Brady, John travelled to Europe to look for answers.
He kept in touch with people in Salem while he was gone. Colleen was so desperate to find out what happened to her son that the people at the orphanage lied to her and told her it was John. They just couldn't bring themselves to tell Colleen that her son had died. John was back to square one and had no idea who his biological parents were. John returned to Salem in the summer of and went straight to the Kiriakis mansion.
He had information on how to track down Kristen. He wanted Brady to go with him so that they could make Kristen face charges for what she did. He was in no mood to see John. Marlena shared Brady's sentiments. She told John that their divorce was proceeding along and there was nothing for them to talk about.
But John wasn't giving up on his family. Brady was using drugs again and dating Theresa Donovan. John was worried about Brady's association with both things.
But, Brady kept spending his time with her, engaging in heavy partying that included cocaine. Eventually, he told Theresa that he wanted more from their relationship.
Theresa was thrilled because this meant her plan to get his money would be easier. The two of them took a private jet to Vegas.
Brady drank heavily and Theresa had to carry him out of the casino. As a passed-out Brady and Theresa flew home on the Titan jet, Theresa looked down at the new weddings rings on their hands. His consideration of the job offer causes friction between him and Marlena, and recent conversations between the two revealed that although the pair remain very much in love, they were still separated and living apart at the time.
John later revealed that the motivation for rejoining the ISA was to take advantage of its resources to find his parents and decode the mystery of his past, once and for all, for the sake of his children and grandchildren. In early , John finally learned the truth behind his murky past. Timothy was a kind, charitable, and modest farmer who had been drafted into the U. Army to serve in the Korean War , and was believed to have died heroically in battle a couple of months before John's birth.
Unable to care for John on her own, Maude first allowed a wealthy neighboring couple to adopt him, but when the couple was killed in an automobile accident, she put John in an orphanage, where he was eventually adopted by the wealthy and powerful Leopold and Philomena Alamain, taken to their home in Europe, and given the name Forrest Alamain. However, Timothy Robicheaux Tobin Bell had not really died in the war. Wounded and disillusioned by his combat experiences and the political environment of the war itself, he deserted the Army and fled to neighboring China , where he resolved to start a new life.
He steeped himself in the martial arts, Eastern philosophy, and Communist revolutionary ideology, and adopted a new identity, Yo Ling, a Chinese word meaning "Phantom". Yo Ling's views became ever more radical, and he helped establish an organization of spies and assassins, called the "Phantom Alliance", whose ultimate goal was to destabilize the West and bring about worldwide revolution. The Alliance grew in power and influence, and established a clandestine training center in the United States, using a private school named Winterthorne Academy as a cover.
Yo Ling eventually learned what happened to his son. He and Petrov located John with the Alamain family, and using some of the Alliance's funds, paid the family a hefty sum for custody of John, with the promise of a fine life and prestigious education in the U. The family faked "Forrest Alamain's" death with a swimming "accident", and Yo Ling and Petrov took him to Winterthorne to be indoctrinated, brainwashed, trained as a top assassin, and groomed for a role in the upper echelon of the Alliance.
Unfortunately, the corrupt Petrov had formed a business relationship with the notorious international criminal Stefano DiMera , and provided him with the ultimate "soldier" in John although never overtly stated, it stands to reason that Petrov may have been introduced to Stefano via the latter's common-law marriage to Philomena Alamain's sister Daphne.
Although unclear whether this was a betrayal of the Phantom Alliance on Petrov's part, or part of a Yo Ling-DiMera arrangement, Petrov was separated from the Alliance for a period and worked full-time for Stefano. Petrov taught Stefano how to "program" John using the Alliance's brainwashing methods, creating DiMera's long-sought-after "super-soldier".
John eventually became Stefano's "pawn", and was involved in a myriad of schemes and operations on DiMera's behalf. The stakes were a "Purse" staked by Victor -- a treasure that he didn't actually yet possess and so "securitized" through a large drug deal , the "Power" staked by Nickerson -- a book of ISA codes that had also been lost, which purportedly provided the bearer virtual invulnerability from the worldwide law-enforcement and intelligence communities , and the "Pawn" staked by Petrov, who was operating on behalf of the believed-dead Stefano at the time.
Victor won the wager and thus, custody of John , and brought him back home to Salem. Petrov and Nickerson had dropped a number of hints to Victor and other Salemites that John might be the presumed-dead Roman Brady , an ISA agent of high value due to his abilities and knowledge of various highly classified subjects and who was actually being held captive by Stefano at the time.
Indeed, using the brainwashing techniques learned from Petrov, Stefano had implanted enough facts from Roman's life into John's subconscious that he was able to convince everyone, including John himself, that he was in fact Roman Brady, for a period of over five years.
Stefano did this in order to exact revenge on Roman's family, with whom it was later revealed Stefano's father had a longstanding feud. Yo Ling was later killed during the men's rescue of John's son Paul Narita. This yet-again-retconned explanation of John's history never fully explained how he was temporarily mistaken for the deceased Ryan Brady , as it was suggested that the orphanage in which Maude Robicheaux placed him was in their native Louisiana, a long way from the South American orphanage where it was stated years before that Colleen Brady had hidden baby Ryan, and from where the Alamains allegedly adopted him.
As his past was slowly being revealed, John was also dismissed from the ISA due to refusing long-term assignments , and he opened a private investigation firm with Steve Johnson called Black Patch.
In late and early , as Drake Hogestyn was recovering from injuries he sustained in an on-set accident, John's absence was explained at first with a visit to his native Louisiana, then by a long-term "assignment" or "mission", suggesting that John was either working for a high-level client of Black Patch, or had been reinstated in the ISA.
Hogestyn's return to the show in mid was explained as the latter being true, as John returned from a deep-cover ISA assignment only to join his wife Marlena on a rescue mission to save several younger Salemites, including his son Paul, from a deserted island.
John's adventures in included helping Paul solve the mystery of Deimos Kiriakis 's murder, and yet another classic soap opera mistaken-identity caper. In , John became embroiled in yet another mystery, this time involving his own strange and out-of-character behavior in poisoning his friend Steve, and violent confrontations with his son Paul and step-grandson Will Horton. As it turns out, Pamela had risked significant criminal and political exposure by claiming that Ava Vitali 's murder was an ISA-ordered hit under "national security" auspices, and wanted revenge against Steve and his family for allowing Joey to take the blame, and jeopardizing Pamela's career and freedom.
John was being blackmailed into poisoning Steve, but was in reality trying to buy time until he could procure an antidote. The antidote worked, and the friends and business partners reconciled, but with lasting damage to Steve's eyesight, for which John still blames himself.
Drake Hogestyn , Soap Opera Now . On January 24, , daytime new comer and former minor league baseball player, Drake Hogestyn joined the cast as The Pawn without his bandages, who would later assume the alias John Black. Instead, Sabbagh brought Hogestyn in to audition for Days.
However, it was his screen test with Deidre Hall that put Hogestyn over the top. By the time John is revealed to be Roman in May , Drake Hogestyn had grown quite attached to the character of John. He said "One of the things I'm concerned about now is that it's going to be sad to put John Black to bed. I've had a lot of fun and it's been a stretch for me as an actor. In the summer of , it was reported that Northrop and Deidre Hall were in talks to return to the series and reprise their respective roles as Roman and Marlena, leaving many to wonder what would become of Hogestyn's Roman.
Hogestyn attributed the plot twist to the "producers' own brilliance" despite him suggesting the storyline a year earlier.
He also appreciated the decision from a business perspective. The producer also shot down speculation that the story would take a page from the prime time soap Dallas in which Patrick Duffy 's Bobby Ewing was killed off in season 8 and revealed to be alive in season 10 discounting all of season 9 as a dream. To avoid confusion during production, the two men were referenced in the script by number—Hogestyn being Roman II John.
Over the course of six months, the story explores all avenues most significantly, the effects on Roman and Marlena's twins Eric and Samantha who had been raised by Roman II for most of their lives. Such a development would be unique to Days of Our Lives. John 's very popular portrayal of Todd Manning —a role that was originated by Roger Howarth who was equally as popular—if not more popular.
Hogestyn always hoped his character would be paired with Marlena Evans Deidre Hall -- even when his character's identity is in question. When Deidre Hall left the series in and Marlena is killed off, it took quite some for the producers to pair John with another woman.
Though it was difficult wait, Hogestyn understood why the writers chose to put his character in the background. Hogestyn appreciated that the relationship showed viewers that such a love is possible. Finally trusting that Hogestyn was popular enough to hold his own, the writers introduced a new love interest for him. Hogestyn revealed that the writers had given the duo much more creative input to establish a more fun dynamic.
Weiss and a failed engagement to Victor Kiriakis John Aniston and was even considered as a love interest for the returning Bo Brady Reckell.
However, Hogestyn's chemistry with Francis "just couldn't be denied. Despite it being seeming too soon, the network ordered the producers to capitalize on the fan reaction. The duo also injected humor into their scenes whenever they could. However, Diana's near death experience is a "turning point in their relationship. He really enjoyed working opposite Lori Hallier. That was so refreshing for me. In early , Hogestyn was informed that his character's next great love story was in the works.
I had no soap opera experience, and my energy was boundless. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from John Black Days of our Lives. John Black Ryan Brady [b]. Brady Black Paul Narita. Eric Brady —91, — Sami Brady —91, —. Claire Brady Tate Black. Vivian Alamain adoptive Daphne DiMera adoptive. Quinn Hudson adoptive Tony DiMera adoptive.
All I was told was there's this guy by the name of The Pawn who's in a drug-induced state and he's been shown a slide projector show for subliminal input. John Black and Marlena Evans. John's pairings with Diana Colville and Marlena Evans played by Genie Francis left and Deidre Hall right proved to be the most popular of his pairings, both achieving supercouple status. Times , March 2, After a year of separation, John and Marlena will finally reunite before exiting the canvas in early ".
Days of Our Lives. Curlyqgrl's Days of Our Lives Episodes. Retrieved January 21, Soap Opera People Special. Vincent was quickly replaced by Robert Poynton on November 27 until January when Hogestyn made his debut. The other two actors are listed in the casting section because their faces never appeared onscreen without the bandages so they would not be recognized in the role.
However, on January 6, , it was revealed that the orphanage lied to a desperate Colleen and that the real Ryan Brady had died as a child. Days of Our Lives characters. Present and future characters. Retrieved from " https:
John Black is a fictional character from Days of Our Lives, an American soap opera on the NBC network. He has been played by actor Drake Hogestyn since , with a break in between from January to September In the summer of , the DiMera/Kiriakis feud reached new heights. After John bribed the customs official, Phillip paid the same official to plant cocaine on John's ships. The police found the drugs and arrested John Black DiMera. 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 thus was replaced by Robert Hays. Pitched in the minor leagues before getting into acting.