Drake Hogestyn, the former John Black of Days of our Lives has had his bouts with injuries both on and off the screen, and now Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Hogestyn who is now appearing at the prestigious Santa Monica Playhouse version of Judgment at Nurenberg is sporting a black-eye due to a freak accident at the gym during his performances!
Drake told SOD, “I was doing what they call cantilever triceps push down reverse with 150 pounds from a high cable pull, on my knees. Dick Van Dyke came in early and he likes to use this one bar that has rubber handles and I like to use a diamond grip that’s all metal. I was talking to him because he tore his Achilles’ tendon and had surgery and he’s trying to get himself back in shape. He’s such a sweetheart. So I have this routine and I’m sweating and he keeps changing my diamond bar and putting on his rubber bar, so in my third revolution of doing this, 28 minutes into the workout, I said, ‘I’m not going to switch the diamond bar; I’m just going to use the rubber bar,’ and my sweaty palm ripped off the bar and 150 pounds came back and smacked me right in the face. I got lucky that it didn’t implode my eye. So I got an ice bag on that and cleaned the blood up and I got home and (daughter) Whitney was there and I put my sunglasses on really fast. I had a cup of coffee and she said, ‘Why do you have your sunglasses on?’ So I showed her my eye and she started screaming and took a picture of it right away and e-mailed it to (doctor daughter) Rachael and right away, Rachael is boom on the phone saying, ‘I’ve already called the Malibu emergency room. You have to go in there right now and get your eye sewn up or else you’re going to have a droopy eyelid because it’s not going to heal.’ And now I have the black eye. It’s really pretty.”
Hogestyn, a real trouper, continues on with his stage performance, and for more on this story pick up the new edition of Digest!