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296 September 7th, 2016 Is Jeff Webber Coming Back To GH? If So, Who Should Play The Part?

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There is much speculation, now more than ever, that General Hospital is bringing Dr. Jeff Webber (the role made famous by Richard Dean Anderson) back to the canvas after decades!

With the storyline heating that it has been revealed that Jeff had an extramarital affair, and is the father to Hayden (Rebecca Budig) although he doesn’t know it, coupled with the fact that his daughter Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) will soon find out she has a half-sister, it seems like the perfect time to bring him back to Port Charles.

Now according to SOD, GH has sent out a casting call with the following requirements that sounds much like it could be a mature Dr. Webber.  The description says  “actor 50’s-early 60’s,  caucasian, handsome, dynamic, charismatic for a “major recurring role”’.

Richard Dean Anderson originated the role and played it from 1976-1981.  Andwerson later went on to star on primetime’s original MacGyver series.

So, who would like to see play the role of Jeff Webber?  Put your casting director hats on and send us your picks in the comment section below!

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  1. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Robert Newman would make a good Jeff!!!

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    BTripp replied

    Robert Newman would be a top pick of mine. My other top pick is John Wesley Shipp. He was great back in the day on Guiding Light and most recently as the evil Eddie Ford on OLTL. He’s currently on The Flash on CW so not sure he’s available. Also Walt Wiley would be great.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    John would be a good Raymond Berlin-Hayden’s crooked daddy!!!

    Rebecca1 replied

    He was killed off on The Flash.

    Melissa replied

    You know it’s probably going to be Wiley because of the AMC connection with RB. But I didn’t like the way he delivered lines! Still holding out for RDA, though unlikely to happen!

    jlh replied

    I don’t know if John will be in the upcoming season of THE FLASH but his Earth 2 character Jay (the Flash) Garrick is alive and running.

    Rebecca1 replied

    @jlh…John Wesley played the father of Flash.

    Doreen m replied

    I would love it to be Richard Dean Anderson!!

    Toni Kelly replied

    Grant Aleksander or Walt Willey.

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    Toni Kelly replied

    One more idea – how about casting Bob Woods as Raymond Berlin!!!

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Those are good choices especially Walt…

    nancy replied

    Yessssss Walt Willey

    Max Daddee replied

    Clint Ritchie from OLTL. I love Bob Woods, but I think Clint has more of a presence that would resemble what we saw in Jeff Weber’s character. Walt Willey could also play the role well.

    Melissa replied

    Oooh. Like the idea of GA.

    rebecca1 replied

    Clint Richie passed aesy in 2009

    Joe replied

    Clint Richie died years ago. Nice thought to have him as Jeff though.

    Celia replied

    Yes, Toni….Walt would fit right in as Hayden’s daddy. Anna Stuart should have been hired to play Naomi, as well. All back together again.

    Robyn replied

    Clint Ritchie is deceased.

    Mablemae replied

    Clint Richie passed away several years ago.

    AnonTVAddict replied

    Hey Max — you know Clint Richie passed away several years ago, right?

    gloria replied

    Clint Ritchie died several years ago I am sorry to tell you. He would be great though-I’d rather see him as Raymond Berlin & see Bob Woods as Jeff Webber. I couldn’t really take Walt seriously for some reason. He doesn’t look right for either part.

    Jenny Brooks replied

    Walt Willey would be great. He played Rebecca Budig’s (Hayden’s) father on All My Children. But Max Dadee, Clint Ritchie passed away back in 2009. He was awesome as Clint on OLTL though!

    Wil replied

    Grant Aleks an de r. Yes!!!

    Lana replied

    That is a good suggestion! He would be great!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Maybe they are casting Haydens father?-then i say Ron Raines for that role!!!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    or Ronn Moss as Jeff…

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    Chaz replied

    Good lord….

    kmayne replied

    Pass on Moss

    Melissa replied

    Nooooo!

    Suzanne replied

    Eeeeeeewwww to Ronn Moss. Also, I thought Clint Ritchie was dead. I say Walt or Michael E. Knight

    Shay replied

    @jimh….I know people love to pick on Ronn Moss and his lack of acting chops, but in terms of possessing the right age, look and general demeanor, I think he could be the perfect person to portray Jeff, especially if this is not a long-lasting role and just a quick and dirty appearance to give current GH-ers a feeling for the character and his history.

    Patrick replied

    Robert Newman has that surefire intensity and can real it in when it’s all about family

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    Melissa replied

    Wouldn’t mind RN.

    Timmm replied

    I agree Patrick.

    April BERINDE replied

    What about the original Jeff Webber? Richard Dean Anderson!

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    Vicki replied

    They should try for RDA but if not Newman would be great. What about Larry Bryggman from ATWT or Michael Knight? I know he was on Y & R but he would be a great actor .

    Ces replied

    RDA or no one. Figures everyone wants a recast with some ex AMC or OLTL actor. Yawn.

    Jim replied

    I would love to see Richard Dean Anderson reprise the of Dr. Jeff Weber

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    Judith replied

    I agree totally! Bring back Richard Dean Anderson. It would be so good to see him reprise his role. It would be like old times again.. I think viewers like me who grew up watching GH would appreciate seeing the original actor in the role.

    Krista M. Ramirez replied

    I agree!!!!!

    Dylan replied

    Are Kale Browne or David Forsyth available? Jerry VerDorn?

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Jerry would be a good Raymond Berlin if they have to introduce him…

    JM replied

    Richard Dean Anderson bring him back he was a awesome actor.

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    Carly J. replied

    Bradley Cole would be great in the part. He played Richard Winslow and Jeffrey O’Neill on GUIDING LIGHT and also had parts on All My Children and General Hospital years ago.

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  2. James R. Poissant says:

    My vote goes out to Ron Raines if we can’t have RDA back in the part.

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    James R. Poissant replied

    I know he is New York but who says he can’t rack up frequent flyer miles?

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    i like to see him as Haydens father…

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  3. Sharon says:

    There IS only ONE Jeff Webber – Richard Dean Anderson! Surely he can come back for this storyline. Imagine the ratings! And Heather would have a royal fit!!

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    Sue M. replied

    I agree (Richard Dean Anderson)!

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    Donna replied

    Richard Dean Anderson

    Kari replied

    I would love to RDA reprise his role on GH but if not him then Bob Woods or MEK as Jeff Webber would be awesome.

    Wilda Kerney replied

    Richard Dean Anderson

    Harry replied

    Yes, I wonder if he was asked to come back and turned down the offer?
    If he cannot come back, I vote for Michael Knight–he’s the right age and he’s a terrific actor.

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    Melissa replied

    Always liked MK!

    Timmm replied

    Harry, you are a genius, great choice! They wasted him on Y&R!

    Abruzzfan replied

    I agree Harry!

    Krista M. Ramirez replied

    Either him or John McCook

    Tomas Torquemada replied

    Yes. But he MUST rekindle his romance with Heather!!!!

    More crazy Heather, please!!!

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    Celia replied

    Yes!!!! More Heather.

    soapqueenforever replied

    I agree. I think it’s time Heather got a breath of fresh air so to speak

    Krista M. Ramirez replied

    Maybe Susan Pratt could come back – at least for a little visit.

    davlestev1 replied

    There is only one you in the real world.. In the soap world.. Anybody can play you.. And sometimes better than you play yourself.

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    Tomas Torquemada replied

    Word, Daviestev1.

    How about Steve Buschemi in a recast? Those teeth scream “Daytime!”

    Peggy Bernard replied

    Absolutely, go with the original!! Love RDA!

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    Krista M. Ramirez replied

    I wish he would come back! But it will probably never happen.

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    SZima replied

    Richard Dean Anderson hasn’t had an acting job since 2013 (according to IMDb), and I think that was just a guest star role, so I would think he would be happy to come back to GH…at least short term!

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  4. JD says:

    Drake Hogestyn

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    Celia replied

    Drake???? Noooooo…….LOL.

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    Claudio replied

    No to Drake lol, he has a job on Days. I want Grant Alexander ex Phillip Guiding Light. Cast liz mother with Anna Stuart, Robin Strasser or Louise Sorel ex Vivian Days. Man I miss my madam on Days. Lol.

    Claudio replied

    Hi Celia, I hope your ear infection is gone. I hope you feel better my friend.

    Celia replied

    @Claudio.
    Thank you, Claudio.
    Yes, my friend, I am fine.
    Yes, Claudio….let’s leave Drake nicely tucked-in at Days. Lol. Later.

    James replied

    Sean Christian from Days ??

    Celia replied

    @James.
    Hi, James,
    Shawn is a good candidate; but, again, it’s the right-age thing. TPTB are being very specific about that.
    I love Shawn..but he looks younger than his 50 years. It works for many actors/characters…..so, who knows, right?

  5. caroldee says:

    WOW..glad to see that they are thinking of bringing him in since this whole twins separated deal has come up. Some of us remember the original but I think enough time has gone by that we will accept a new actor easily. WHY NOT use some of the actors from OLTL . TUC Watkins or Dan Gauthier.. would be good.

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    aria replied

    they are not twins, they just share a daddy in common.

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    Stephanie replied

    They are way too young. Neither is in their early 60′s.

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    Liz replied

    Tuc & Dan are both too young. I don’t know why they’re casting late fifties/early sixties. Jeff Webber is Monica’s age. It’s going to be awkward if he’s a lot younger than her. They will have to give the fans some scenes with the two of them. Michael E Knight is too young as well.

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    Melissa replied

    True enough.

    Celia replied

    Yes, true, Liz. But, does it really matter? LOL, I’ve given up. TPTB don’t even look at the age difference. Look at Gina Tognoni and Michael Graziadei ( Y&R’s Phyllis and Daniel)…… Mother and son, six years apart).

    caroldee replied

    I think Michael Knight could pull it off just fine. JMO..

    Suzanne replied

    Please stop the OLTL insanity. I say Walt or MK!

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  6. Kim says:

    Michael Knight would be a fun addition to GH

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    Ellen M Goodin replied

    I agree!!

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  7. Guest says:

    Richard Dean Anderson ONLY!!! Bring back Scott Reeves too – he was perfectly cast as his son – Steve [ Steven Lars] Webber – They LOOK so much like father/ son. Time he was paroled on good behavior! Olivia needs her man back! And GH needs Docs WE KNOW!!

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    Iakovos replied

    I “heart” Scott Reeves. Hated when Steven Lars was written out. Legacy character, folks! So much potential here.

    As for Jeff Webber… I would like someone like David Forsyth or his clone. Need boyish despite the age. Need a little rakish. And sexy!

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    Peggy Bernard replied

    Agree 100%

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Scott Reevs is living in Nasville and still on Nashville…unless they wrote him out. Didn’t have a big part.

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  8. Timmm says:

    I dont see why a casting call even went out. Why not RDA? Same with Paul Hornsby. I love Richard Burgi BUT why wasnt Paul Satterfield rehired to play Paul Hornsby? Do the right thing this time and bring back the original actor!

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    Brian replied

    Richard Burgi is better than Paul Satterfield ever was as Paul Hornsby. Sometimes a change is for the better.

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    Timmm replied

    I disagree. Paul was a better Paul. Richard is a first class actor who should have been casted as Raymond Berlin!

    AJ replied

    Paul Satterfield doesn’t act anymore. I had read that he gave his blessing to the recast (not that his blessing really mattered!!)

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    nancy dillingham replied

    He may still be grieving the death (murder!) of his mother Priscilla Coolidge.
    My sympathies to him. Maybe he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight anymore.

    Liz replied

    Paul Satterfield is no longer acting. I would love it if he was but he isn’t.

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    Timmm replied

    I didnt know he doesnt act anymore. When Burgi was brought on and shot Sonny, on a different website Paul Satterfield chimed in. Was it him? I dont know BUT he showed a lot of disappointment on how they were writing Paul! I agree.

  9. Robert Seganti says:

    Richard Bekins

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    Michael replied

    OMG- I used to LOVE him as Jamie Frame on AW so many years ago. He still acts- I’ve seen him in NY plays and in small film roles. He was so good back in the day- he’d be great on GH!

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  10. Keith says:

    Clayton Norcross would be good.

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  11. Rob says:

    Why not Richard Dean Anderson?

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  12. Lori says:

    I would like to see Richard Desn Anderson back but if not then Joe Lando or Steven Culp.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Love Joe Lando!

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  13. DIANNE says:

    I,D LOVE 2 SEE RDA RETURN HOWEVER, THAT SEEMS ULIKELY!! MICHAEL KNIGHT IS AVAILABLE SINCE HE LEFT HIS ROLE ON THE Y&R ISN’T HE? I THINK THAT’S HIS NAME, HE PLAYED TAD MARTIN ON AMC!!

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  14. curacaoman says:

    David Forsythe

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    jaybird369 replied

    DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Carolina says:

    Richard Dean Anderson! He IS in his 60s and he would be a great Jeff Webber!

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    Sue M. replied

    The original Jeff Webber

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  16. Claudio says:

    Grant Alexander ex Philip Spaulding Guiding Light, would be terrific in the role of Jeff.

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    Hayjay replied

    Agree. Wish RDA would come back but think Grant would be a good substitute. J Eddie Peck (ex Cole, YR) would be good if he’s not too young. What about Lucy’s real life husband Wayne Northrop (ex Roman, Days)?

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    Dylan replied

    Lol. Grant Aleksander is NOT in the same age league as Leslie charleson. Far too young! And far too young to be Elizabeth’s father. Elizabeth, despite her youthful glow is pushing 40.

  17. clh says:

    Richard Dean Anderson…..just sayin

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    Sue M. replied

    Totally agree!

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    Susan replied

    Richard Dean Anderson, got really fat, and looks terrible. They are looking for someone, who is sexy and carasmatic. He does not look like that anymore, he is unrecognized able, these days, so it can’t be Richard Dean Anderson. I think that, Jerry Von deem, would be great. I also like Michael E Knight, he’s gorgeous, but I think, he’s too young

    Rebecca1 replied

    I agree Susan. I looked up recent pics of Richard. They said they’re casting 50s to 60s so Michael Knight would be good…think he’s in his 50s. Love Jerry…and Bob Woods too.

  18. Angel says:

    If you are going to bring back Jeff Webber- than bring back Jeff ( Richard Dean Anderson). Why are you fooling with recasting Legacy characters- especially since they are still alive.
    By the way Jeff is 66 years old –not 50′s.
    And Jeff Webber would never cheat on his wife to have Hayden be his child–so this whole storyline is totally unbelievable.
    There are those of us who have watched a long time ..and we know the characters. All these rewrites are hurting the show–not helping.
    Having characters doing things so – out of character–never makes a story believable or good.It only hurts the show.

    If you want ratings for the show- try to use the original characters when possible.

    Just like with Jake Webber. James Nigbor was perfect as Jake–because he was Jake! This new boy should of been used as maybe Danny or someone –because he does not have the characteristics of a child who has lived through what Jake went through. He is too happy- go -Lucky for a child who was 5 years with Helena and suffered trauma. This one doesn’t “act” like he would need therapy for stress- so why even have a therapist in the first place? James had the part down exactly right. He was ( and always will be) Stone – Cold’s son.

    Boost the ratings- Keep the original actors for the characters as long as possible. Some are irreplaceable…because they are the show…they are the character. ( Steve, Audrey, Jessie, Lucille, Jeff, Liz and Jake, Tracy, Monica, Alan.Luke, Laura, Scott…the legacy characters.)

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    Darren replied

    How can you say Jeff would not cheat on his wife, when Jeff’s wife hasn’t even been on screen once? Jeff simply moved to Carson City Nevada. Later we heard that Sarah and Elizabeth were his kids with his new wife but we don’t even know this new wife and mother of Sarah and Liz. Surely Jeff COULD have cheated on a character we’ve never met.

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    Luisa replied

    Anyone could cheat its a soap opera,

    Patrick replied

    RIGHT on… about James Nigbor as the real Jake

    this recast is just too darned cute…. their is nothing left to his character… end of story

    IE: Richard Dean Anderson…. hasn’t he aged… “well”

    just a little paunch in the gut… got it

    otherwise… he LOOKS dag on yummed out

    I wonder what posts think about Hayden’ mother…. ??? little to no interest?

    RIGHT NOW…. i’m more jazzed that WE are getting Robin Mattson’ Heather

    so… as most have called it… at the very minimum… and I mean minimum… Liz and Hayden will be 1/2 sisters… all this to prop the character of Hayden

    I would think that the casting of Jeff Webber is going to be instrumental in what lies ahead … for these new foundling SISTAHS

    the character of Hayden has gone so far south… with the dismal .. thank gosh… END of the tried too hard… Nicholas and Hayden…. bye bye

    I hope it works out with Dr. Finn. seems like these two are at a crossroads any way… Finn and Hayden ???

    I vote… RDA – Robert Newman – Ron Raines… and I love the idea that Bob woods returns as Raymond Berlin

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    Luisa replied

    I like first Jake when he was younger, I am the fan hoping that Jake is Lucky’s , and this young man is spunky like Lucky.

    Timmm replied

    Good post Angel! The new Jake looks like he should be on the Brady Bunch!

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  19. IRENE MARY ADAMS says:

    I want to go outside and scream. GH does not know what it is. Since 1994, it has been about the mob and other character such as Anna, Scorpios, etc. That is what has been the show. It is NOT GH. So it seems foolish to me to try to bring two worlds together. Not going to work. Once in awhile they bring someone back for a few scenes to just claim to be GH. Changing name is out of question from articles I read. It would kill show. So bringing back a Dr Webber is silly. Too late.

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    soapqueenforever replied

    Totally. That is why I stopped watching when the so called mob started taking over. It is totally a different show. The title of the show is General Hospital. It seems the hospital is used as an afterthought instead of the main focus. Like you said trying to mesh medicore with classic will be to much.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    They’re showing more of the hospital…the killings, Liz/her current health crisis, Morgan’s sessions with Andre, Dr. Finn, Dr. Monroe (sp?), Dr. Brecht, Monica, Sabrina might get her job there…etc. i don’t want to watch hospital scenes the whole hour. I think the mix is fine…character’s homes, the outdoor cafe, the park, the bar…And the stories aren’t just about the mob Lulu and Dante, Nathan, Maxi, Griffin, Claudette, Nina, Franco, Jake and Sam the baby…none of these stories are about the mob.

    Judith replied

    I agree, Rebecca1. I’m enjoying the healthy mix of story lines. It’s reminiscent of the GH I grew up with in the 1970′s while at the same time including a bit of everything to keep it interesting.
    As much as I love Maurice Benard and his character, Im so happy it’s no longer the Sonny and Jason show. Also enjoying Billy Miller as a new and improved version of Jason. My only request is for Jason and Sam to ditch all the black clothing. It’s getting a little “old”.

    rebecca1 replied

    Lol Judith…ya, at least lighten them up for summer! I get the NY cool vibe…I wear a lot of black too. But then inspiration hits and I wear white and gasp…colors too! Oh well, at least they’re not wearing polka dots! :)

    Abruzzfan replied

    I agree, Rebecca. I live in SoCal and also wear alot of black too, so I understand. I also venture out sometimes. :) It was such a nice surprise and so refreshing to see Sam in her off-white wedding dress (non-black clothing).

  20. penny lemmonds says:

    why not try and get mr.anderson i have not seen him in anything lately . they need to bring back real actors that was on the show instead of new ones that have no connection with the other actors

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  21. Vislas says:

    Grant Alekander!

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  22. Catherine Antuono says:

    Trevor St John as Jeff would be great.

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    Harry replied

    I think he’s too young–he’s too close in age with both Rebecca’s who would be playing his daughters.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Trevor St. John is only 45 and could pass for late 30s.

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    Penny replied

    Remember, he was Roger Howarth’s (Franco) replacement on OLTL…

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  23. Brenda Garces says:

    They should offer this to Richard Dean Anderson since was the original Jeff Webber

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  24. Boka says:

    The great soap star, Michael Knight. He can be suave, he can be a doctor, he can do comedy. As Tad on All My Children, he did it all and he comes with a huge fan base. He has left Y&R.

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    Harry replied

    I agree–Michael Knight would be ideal. He has a great sense of humor and I could see him interacting well with Roger Howarth who also has a great sense of humor.

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    Celia replied

    I have no idea what Jeff Webber is/was like ( did not watch then), Boka. But, I do KNOW Michael Knight. I will take him in any show in any capacity. As you say, he left Y&R.
    Doctor Webber’s return should prove to be quite a surprise….good or bad? I suppose it depends on how one looks at it. Was he a good guy? Was he liked?
    This will certainly be the shocker of a lifetime for many….namely, Elizabeth and Hayden.
    Oh, that Hayden!! Ironically, the twist will be that she, whom most accuse of pushing Liz down the stairs, will be the one to save her life…..with her blood. Transfusion time, y’all!! Wow!! How original!!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Just google him-you are on a computer-lol-ok, seriously Jeff was first married to Monica who was in love with his brother Rick and Rick had an affair with Monica while he was married to Laura’s mom Leslie and while Monica was married to Alan Q the father of AJ and nuJasnooze-lol

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Jeff was also once married to Heather in GHs good old days!!!!…if you could had seen the show back then…puts todays GH to shame!!!

    Celia replied

    @Jimh( leave it to beaver).
    I’m sure of that, Jimmy. All the soaps were top-shelf-writing. Sad.

    Celia replied

    @Jimh.
    Awwww, Jimmy. If I told you how lazy I am when it comes to looking up people, you wouldn’t believe me…..or maybe you would.
    So, it sounds like the bed-hopping hasn’t changed much. Monica cheated on her husband? Who would have “thunk”. LOL

    soapqueenforever replied

    Jim (leave it to beaver ) Truer words were never spoken. In my opinion, GH was in its prime from the late seventies to approximately the early to mid eighties. After that I stopped watching completely until the 50th anniversary nurses ball. Even now I can take it or leave it. No matter what they do to it now, nothing will bring it back to the glory days

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Yeah…i’ve gotten used to how lazy you are-lol…Yes, i agree from your other post that Anna Stuart should had played Naomi…i have been watching her on her first soap The Doctors when she was soooooo young and had long Cher hair!!!!

    Rebecca1 replied

    Well that’s the thing soapqueenforever…nothing brings back the “glory days” of the past in real life either. People who watched back then who are still watching now were ten, twenty, thirty years younger than they are today. So were the vets. A viewers perception is different when you’re nostalgic. It’s never going to be what it was…lots of memories are sentimental and wistful. People have passed, young characters have grown up…it’s just different. Gotta sort of look at it with fresh eyes…I bet some of the stories that people thought were great back then would be ripped apart on these boards now! And that’s not to say I don’t have my own nostalgia. It just is what it is…

  25. NancyH says:

    Bob Woods or maybe Tuc Watkins, although maybe too young. Or maybe someone unemployed actor who needs a break. Wish it could be RDA but that’s not going to happen.

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    Celia replied

    I loooove Tuc, NancyH. If Julian can be Sam’s father ( 9 years apart in real life….and so many others), Tuc as Jeff could be Liz’s father just as well.
    Woods, I think, is also a great choice, Nancy. Besides, these are two guys everyone loves. But, there will be some ‘discontents’. Can’t say I blame them, though.

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  26. Jake says:

    Robert S Woods

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Love him! He is good in everything! And audiences love him–and really connect with him. He has a warmth about him.

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  27. Thom Bierdz says:

    Me. :) I played Phillip Chancellor on The Young & The Restless….

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    Kerry K replied

    That is a GREAT idea !!
    Reach out to Frank Valenti

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    Mark Y replied

    Would be great to have you back on either show!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    What needs to happen is for them to bring Phillip back!

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    Iakovos replied

    Would love to see you back on screen again!

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    Celia replied

    Hi, Thom,
    What are the chances of you coming back to Y&R? I wish you could/would…..and bring Chance back with you. LOL.
    Love your art….I see it as “perception”. Stunning!!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    In all likelihood Thom or his character will never return to Y&R, Celia.

    The consensus was that once Phillip C. was revealed to be gay, Y&R quickly wrapped the storyline up because of negative fan reaction. He was a no show at his grandmother’s funeral even after Thom was said to have indicated that he was hoping Y&R would have him for a final goodbye to Mrs. C., but to no avail even after he contacted the execs.

    Y&R is OK with hiring gay actors such as the ones who play Kevin and Michael as well as a few others including Thom, but Y&R refuses to have gay characters because huge groups of Y&R fans say no.

    Celia replied

    @4ever DAYS.
    WOW! 4 ever…how archaic. I had no idea. I cannot believe that! People better wake ip to the 21st Century and grow a heart and some intellect.
    I am somewhat confused, though. Was Mrs. C Phillip’s grandmother? I thought he was her husband’s son with Jill?
    Later.

    4ever DAYS replied

    I’m sorry, Celia. I never realized Y&R rewrote what I referenced. At one point Jill was believed to be Mrs. C’s daughter.

    Celia replied

    @4ever DAYS.
    Hey, 4ever….
    Oh, yesh…you’re right. In that sense, yes. I remember the time when Jill was to ‘supposedly’ have been Mrs. C’s daughter.

    Dylan replied

    That was one of the most botched, idiotic, poorly planned and executed debacle of a storyline that actually compromised the fabric of the entire show!! Thats why Phillip is rarely mentioned and will likely never be seen on the show again.

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  28. Skwyrley says:

    I’d have to agree with Robert Newman or Walt Willey.

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  29. Sue M. says:

    I can’t see anybody else playing Jeff Webber than Richard Dean Anderson :-)

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  30. karen sue reed says:

    I think timothy hutton or john schneider.

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    Timmm replied

    John is good but he would be too young looking next to Monica.

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  31. Deb says:

    Many of the OLTL actors named are too young for the casting call except for Bob Woods. I think Grant Alexander is a wonderful choice too(not sure he’s that old either but he resembles RDA). All of the suggestions are wonderful though, great actors.

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    Celia replied

    Hi, Deb,
    Walt Willey ( Jackson Montgomery) played Rebecca Budig’s father on AMC. He is only a few years younger than Leslie Charleson. ‘Jackson’ was also married to Erica Kane ( Susan Lucci), who is older than he, as well.

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  32. karen sue reed says:

    Gregory Harrison from Rizzoli and Isles

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    Melissa replied

    Interesting idea…

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  33. Elise Kiefer says:

    Lane Davies. Miss his great acting as Mason Capwell on Santa Barbara. Scott Holmes from As The World Turns would be my second choice.

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    Hayjay replied

    Lane!

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    Mark Y replied

    Two excellent choices. Big fan of Scott.

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    AnonTVAddict replied

    Lane Davies was on contract with GH from 2002-2004. He played the late Dr. Cameron Lewis (Zander Smith’s father). It was GH’s failed attempt to reignite SANTA BARBARA’S Mason/Julia pairing with Cameron/Alexis.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Sounds like a winner to me1

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  34. Lisa says:

    Personally I’d like to have Richard Dean Anderson come back and play the part he originated.
    That would make sense. But I’ve heard he is semi-retired from acting to spend time with his only child,and the last photos of him were not the most flattering……still.

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  35. Brian says:

    I think GH is trying to set some kind of record for the size of a cast on one soap opera. I’m all for bringing back Jeff Webber, he’s a legacy character with ties to the current cast. Don’t care who plays him either, whether they bring back Richard Dean Anderson or a new actor. But how about trimming some of the unnecessary characters off the canvas? Instead of killing no name day players, we need Paul or whomever the GH Hospital Killer really is to go on a murder spree of some of the useless characters on this show, lol.

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  36. su0000 says:

    Jeff Webber??
    I know nothing about a Jeff Webber, so not excited.
    But– as for who to play him; Channing Tatum …
    (I’d like that ;)

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    Celia replied

    Ok, SuzieQ. We’re in the same boat. I’ll take Channing!!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Hey, su0000, so you love Channing Tatum also, Yummy!

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  37. Chaz says:

    You now it is only going to be short term so no reason not to bring back the original Jeff….Richard Dean Anderson.

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  38. mike says:

    Michael Knight would be a great choice or maybe Christopher Atkins.

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  39. Justin says:

    John James from Dynasty and The Colby’s. He is close in age to RDA and they look somewhat alike. He was on ATWT for a few months and was great. I’m sure he would love the work.

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    robbie replied

    John James occurred to me as well, tho it would be a hoot to have RDA back with Robin Mattson

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    Jamesj75 replied

    robbie, I see what you mean about Brooke Bundy. Her scenes with Mary O’Brien (as Heather) were indeed interesting, particularly the infamous LSD iced tea switcheroo! Take care.

    Shay replied

    Or Gordon Thomson. How about Henry Czerny from “Revenge?” Maybe Jameson Parker….he was on OLTL when it was actually worth watching!

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  40. Connie says:

    Is Richard Dean-Anderson that busy??? Really why don’t someone ask him to play the role he originated?! Duh..

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  41. Simon says:

    While I like the idea of RDA, has anyone seen what he looks like today? It’s not pretty. Google him. Sadly, I’m all for a recast!

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    mark replied

    I know really

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Still looks ok to me!

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    Patrick replied

    whew ! someone agrees with me…

    I think he looks great… great skin… so he’s put on weight…

    he looks like a Baldwin brother

    plus… if … you google and look at the recent “pics”

    I could swear.. he’s also the spitting image of B&B John McCook… RDA could paly his brother

    Celia replied

    Oh, Lordy Lord, Simon. I did just that…GOOGLED him. Triple WOW!!!!! He does not even look like the same guy!!!!! What the hey!!
    Frankly, I had never heard of him. Now, I have been educated. LOL.

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  42. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Robert Newman (ex-Joshua, GL), Michael E. Knight (ex-Tad, AMC; ex-Neville, Y&R) and Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen, B&B, et. all) would be my top three choices of well-established, former soap actors that could qualify for this position, especially if we’re sticking to Robert Sean Anderson’s age bracket. And to those wondering why he may not come back, he’s stepped back from the spotlight to focus on his family, and it’s respectable.

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    AnonTVAddict replied

    Patrick would be an interesting choice seeing as he played Stephen Logan to Robin Riker’a Beth Logan on B&B.

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  43. Mary Shumate says:

    Michael Knight or Robert Woods

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  44. Gale Rowell says:

    Bring Anderson back. Would love to see him.

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  45. mark says:

    I loved grant Alexander when he was first on gl but then he fizzled out or maybe it was gl I don’t know but he just doesn’t thrill me. Dan gauthier is a dreamboat probably too young but he would be great to look at.

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  46. Lady L says:

    First choice: Richard Dean Anderson of course! He was one of the reasons I started watching GH in the first place.
    Idea two: Bob Woods as Jeff with Jerry VerDorn as Mr Berlin
    The other good idea was Walt Willey.

    I like a lot of the other soap actors, but they are too young.

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    gloria replied

    Oh, Jerry VerDorn would be fantastic as Raymond Berlin! I forgot all about him! Bob Woods as Jeff would be perfect. Bob looks enough like Hayden & Elizabeth-Walt Willey-No. Too tall & too blond (at least he used to be blond).

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  47. Kerry K says:

    The ONLY person to play Jeff Webber should be Richard Dean Anderson.
    He should at least be offered the part or considered. What a casting coo !!

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  48. jaybird369 says:

    Bradley Cole (formerly of Guiding Light).

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Great idea, Brother! And in response to you about the original Rick Webber, Michael Gregory, thanks for Googling him. I think it would be enjoyable to see that cleft chin on the small screen again! :) Take care, Jay!

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  49. Alan says:

    In the hands of another head-writer this news would generate some excitement with me.

    Instead, when I read this all I could think is Jean and Shelly are adding yet another character to the already extremely overcrowded canvas and like every other character they’ve introduced — Darby, Curtis, Andre, Nurse Amy, Finn, Aaron, Parker, Griffin, Claudette, Valentin — Jeff will most likely have no story arc in place (except to probably dote on newfound daughter and resident heroine Hayden/Rachel while giving Liz a time out for not recognizing how lucky she is to have such an amazing sister who is EVERYTHING).

    As far as casting, I’d go with David Forsythe, Murray Bartlett, Matthew Ashford, or Mark Derwin.

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    Celia replied

    Three cheers, for you, Alan!!!!!!! A Hayden fan; YEEESSSS!!!!

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    rebecca1 replied

    I don’t think he’s a Hayden fan CeeCee. If it’s any consolation I like her. Couldn’t stand her for most of her stint. She’s grown on me.

  50. fginaspy says:

    I have enjoyed reading everyone’s suggestions to recast Jeff Webber. Personally, I’d prefer RDA to reprise the role he originated. The article does not indicate if he has been contacted. No matter he should be asked. I don’t think he would want to come back to daytime if offered a contract. Thus the choice to recast. I loved many of the names so far. David Forsyth would be my choice. Walt Wiley, Michael E. Knight and Robert Newman are all great choices. Grant Aleksander is 57. As much as I loved GA as Phillip Spaulding I can’t see him as Jeff Webber.

    Shout out to Thom Bierdz. So cool that an actor posts offering himself up for a role. IMDB indicates you would be too young for the part.

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    Clare replied

    I think you should bring back Richard Dean Anderson, the original.

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  51. Ray says:

    Love the shout out to Thom Bierdz. Thom is a great guy. I would love to see him back on daytime.

    My picks would be Kale Brown, David Forsythe, Jack Coleman.

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  52. Joe says:

    Richard Dean Anderson would work again for me! I watched when he was on it, screwing around with Diana Taylor and Anne Logan, while married to crazy Heather!

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  53. AnneMarie D. says:

    How about J. Eddie Peck? After reading the article, he was the first person that came to mind — “actor 50’s-early 60’s, caucasian, handsome, dynamic, charismatic.” He definitely needs to be back on daytime television and I would love to see him on GH!

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  54. k/kay says:

    Monica was married to Jeff Webber and Leslue Chatleson is 71 she has also aged badly you can not cast a 50 year old . Robert Newman does theatre in the New York area he was on GH years ago he hates California . Clint Richie is dead and Bob Woods right age but not sure he would commute is it a long term role or just a story arc? More then likely will be a buddy of Frank’s since that is how EP’s cast these days

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yeah, “a buddy of Frank’s” seems to be the “gold” (er gold-plated) standard these days–LOL! :)

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    Shay replied

    Tell me about it, k/kay….although I like the aforementioned Walt Willey (and a few others…) just fine, it would be a refreshing change of pace if this Jeff recast were not a member of the “Frank’s Friends” club and/or a refugee from a defunct ABC soap. There are so many suitable guys out there who could fill this role….it would be a wonderful surprise to get a wild card pick of an actor like the very capable and exciting Richard Burgi, whose latest incarnation as the GH serial killer has left me bereft. Of all the expendable candidates in Port Charles from which to choose to carry out these dastardly deeds, they had to utilize this appealing silver fox???? Give me a break.

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  55. Donna says:

    I think you should bring back Richard Dean Anderson no one can ever replace him I love to see him back in port charles why not ask him come back.

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  56. Mel says:

    Jim Caviezel or Nathan Fillion would be great if he wasn’t on Castle, or how about Cameron Mathison, John Schneider or Mark Valley Lots of actors out there.. I personally would love Jim Caviezel.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    All these guys you mentioned are too young.

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    Mel replied

    Yeah, I know they are too young, but they are all hot! Just wishful thinking.
    Really, the ideal person would be Richard Dean Anderson. I always loved him as Jeff.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Hey Mel…lol…They should CrEATE a role for Jon Schneider!

    Celia replied

    CASTLE is off the air. But, Nathan is too young anyway.
    Cameron? He and Rebecca are about the same age, and were a couple on AMC ( Ryan and Greenlee)…..impossibe for him to play her father.

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    Shay replied

    Oooooooh…Mark Valley!!!!!! Yes. Just….yes. (Fabulous as “Keen Eddie!” and “Human Target!” Brings game to all his roles….) Besides being sexy and “old school male,” he has a wicked sense of sarcasm…..can you just imagine how that would play against Robin Mattson’s Heather?????

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  57. jaybird369 says:

    @Max Daddee,
    Clint Ritchie passed away on January 31st, 2009.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes–and I loved him as one of the Buchanan brothers–remember when he, Bob, and “Pa” came riding up on horses? Those were the days!

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  58. Tim says:

    How about casting someone to play Elizabeth’s mother,Liz has been around since 1997 and we don’t even know her mother’s name.

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    Celia replied

    Agreed. A mother for Liz. Naomi is already cast……so, Anna Stuart, if not Naomi; have her play Mrs Webber? Or, whatever her name is. LOL.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Yes Anna Stuart as Liz’s mum!!!

    Celia replied

    PS, Tim,
    That is such a great idea, Tim. Imagine the showdown and conflict on stage as Naomi and Mrs. Webber confront each other…. a flurry of fur-balls flying!!

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    Alan replied

    I was thinking of Hillary Bailey Smith, Christine Tudor, or Nancy Frangione as Elizabeth’s mom…

    Celia replied

    @Alan.
    I am only familiar with Nancy Frangione. The reason: my grandmother still bemoans the death of ANOTHER WORLD. She loooves talking about the soap and its characters….and, I loooove listening to her. I can almost reach out and touch them; my Gran is that good at narratives.
    I would love to see Nancy ‘act it out’!!

  59. jeanine girard says:

    So much fun reading all the casting suggestions! I love how daytime fans are so insightful! I’m open to pretty much anyone who can act for this role coming up.
    I love Alan’s idea about amping up the serial killer storyline to have many of those unneeded characters, esp. the ones that can’t act ‘killed off’. Or even some kind of building explosion or natural disaster, plane crash or some such to take many of them off the show. I know they are going with the serial killer right now but aren’t they about due to have some type of disastrous situation that can take multiple characters out. Maybe for Nov. sweeps (hoping).

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  60. Donna M says:

    like RDA and in the day Jeff Webber a char. but really think they don’ t need anyone else. rather bring back frisco as a WSB presence.
    The guy that played Clint died. I think lane davis did also.

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  61. Sassy White Lady says:

    Grant Aleksander

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  62. Tom says:

    I think a perfect recast would be Roscoe Born. He has the perfect look, is super talented, and we have not seen him on a soap in awhile. Though he is best known for playing maniac Mitch Laurence on One Life to Live, he oozes sex appeal as the more romantic leading man ala his turns as Joe Novak on Ryan’s Hope and Robert Sparr on Santa Barbara. I think Jeff Webber would fit him like a glove.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Wow! That’s EXACTLY who I was going to say! I actually googled him the other day before this thread appeared. He was beyond phenomenal as Mitch Laurence! I don’t want to typecast him but he would be great as another twisted Cassadine!

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    Patrick replied

    WOW

    ok

    i’m whipped in to a frenzy

    oozes sex appeal

    he tore me up on Santa Barbara….

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    jaybird369 replied

    Patrick…TOTALLY!!!!! Roscoe Born ‘tore me up’ as ‘Terrible Tom’ on Y&R!!!!! Yep.

  63. Softjohn says:

    I don’t understand why they are not rehiring Anderson for the role he originated. From what I know, he seems to be available to reprise the character. If this a creative direction than I understand completely. However, it would be nice to see Jerry verDorn in the role!

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  64. April BERINDE says:

    What about the original Jeff Webber, Richard Dean Anderson!

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  65. BILLIE says:

    RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON FOR SURE. HE IS JEFF WEBBER.

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  66. Jean says:

    I think Richard Dean Anderson should reprise the role.

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  67. Timmm says:

    RDA would be great. I dont care what he looks like. We all age and sometimes its just not perfect. So what!

    Us GH fans are tired of EX-AMC or OLTL actors coming on GH! They should have never cancelled the damn shows anyway!

    My choice other than Richard would be William Russ. He was the original Tucker on Y&R and is 65 years old. Book him!

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    k/kay replied

    He has no interest in daytime he left that behind twenty years ago

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    Timmm replied

    Yeah, seems like a lot of people heard that. I guess thats why they are casting the part and not just announcing a reprisal.

    nancy dillingham replied

    William Russ–great actor!

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    Shay replied

    Roger Lococo!!!!!!

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    Timmm replied

    Sweet Shay. I KNEW if anything bad ever happened to Sabs you would reappear out of the shadow and into the light! Sabs is gone and its a MEOWicle!

    Shay replied

    Ahhhhhhh, Timmmster….it was merely a case of serendipity that my reappearance coincided with Sabs’ joyful departure. I was already planning to check in with “Double C,” you—and a few others—at the end of this week. I’ve barely been paying any attention to GH this summer, so imagine my surprise (and utter delight) when I suddenly became aware that Sabs’ days in Port Charles were numbered!!!! I could hardly believe it…..the news was like “catnip for my soul.” LOL. But I’m always lurking here at MF Soaps….I like to keep up with my favorite peeps even when I’m not posting!!!!

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    Timmm replied

    Its nice to hear from you. If you go back into hiding maybe next the demise of Glummer will draw you back into the Michael Fairman community! Until then, lets party! I suggest my favorite summer song of 2016 “Meow Too” by Meowgan Trainor! Bye love!

    Shay replied

    Thank you, Timmmm…..right back at ya!!!!! However, make no mistake, I never hide….just watch and wait to reappear when the mood strikes! (Like these past few exhilarating days!) Soooo….how about in your honor, I do a happy dance to your most aptly-named fave tune of the summer???? I can do that….P.S. Who, pray tell, is “Glummer?” Please excuse my cluelessness, Timmmbo!

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    Timmm replied

    See, you are in the dark! Glummer is Summer, our Sabrina of Y&R!

  68. AnonTVAddict says:

    It’s a total ball reading everyone’s opinions on who GH should cast (or recast) as Jeff. I agree, RDA should return to the role unless he can’t or doesn’t want to. With that said, I think that everyone needs to prepare themselves for a recast. Some of you have made up your minds and have already decided a recast will never do and will boycott the show. You know that’s bullshit because your curiosity will get the best of you and you’ll want to tune it to see if the recast is any good compared to your beloved RDA. GH can’t afford to lose anymore eyeballs (no soap can) so take a deep breath cuz I’m sure whoever Frank (Valentini) puts in the role will be amazing and will blow all the fans away! It’s about time GH repopulate the Webber family!!!

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  69. NancyH says:

    So many excellent ideas and choices. I just had another stand out applicant…Tom Irwin who recently played Adrian Powell on Devious Maids which was sadly and mistakenly cancelled. He has appeared on many primetime shows but never on daytime. He is a scene stealer and could definitely play against Heather.

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  70. Steve says:

    RDA does not want to come back. Two age-appropriate choices:

    Daniel Hugh Kelly or Al Corley

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    Shay replied

    Always loved Al Corley, Steve. He was the far better of the two Stevens on Dynasty….I was sad to see him leave the series, although it was a real kick when he returned for the reunion special.

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  71. Anne says:

    These suggestions are all great. My vote goes to Robert Newman.

    There are so many talented actors, so few soaps, so why aren’t fans getting top casting all the time? I see the weakness in writing and producing–soaps are looking for their place in a new TV world and chasing ratings and the results are often poor.

    As everybody here says, focusing on well-written stories and solid characters and real connections that can develop over time is key. We get so little of that.

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  72. mfarris70 says:

    If it turns out to be a casting call for Raymond Berlin, we riot.

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  73. Darren says:

    I don’t know if Jeff Webber is coming back or not but more than likely fans are speculating it more than writers are thinking about it. Certainly it could be down the road but I don’t think it’s all that necessary to the story-line. Younger fans are saying who’s Jeff Webber and most older fans will vote for RDA or nobody. I’d love to see RDA reprise the role but it probably won’t happen even if Jeff does come back. Jeff’s return is not really all that essential to the story line though. He is a core legacy character, but he’s been removed from the story for too long to make his return work. Jeff moved from Port Charles over 30 years ago. We’ve never heard from him since. Apparently he married a woman fans have yet to meet and had Sarah and Elizabeth, whom don’t ever even mention their mother much less their father. Jeff returning won’t change anything. The story, for now, will be that Hayden and Liz are half sisters. Jeff’s return wouldn’t alter much of anything. I’m just as interested in their mother as I am with Jeff’s return and that wouldn’t even need to be a recast. She’s never been on screen.

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  74. k/kay says:

    Amazing Becky hasn’t had any family no mention of her father then poof because RB is a pet of Frank’s we have a family . We have totally unprofessional people running these soaps we have a actress on this show who is constantly channeling Marilyn Monroe who by the way sucked as an actress a drunk at best we have another actress who does impresarios of Joe Cocker the singer who has a disability nit sure if he is still alive it goes on and on.

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    k/kay replied

    Impressions /not

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Joe Cocker–love him!–is dead also.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Liz has always been a Weber. She had Audrey (her gran), she had Sarah (her sister) and she had Steven ( her brother). Just because none of them have been in town (or on screen) for a while makes no difference. Heather was married to her father Jeff…point is Luz has a lot of family connections on the show. I don’t think this is a stretch at all. I know this is obvious and redundant but it’s a soap! Twists and turns, discoveries, secrets unravelled…it’s all part of the genre.

    And I sorta don’t get the Joe Cocker reference. Great rocker though….

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  75. Kris says:

    A clean shaven Lane Davies! Extremely handsome, charismstic and a fantastic actor!

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    Shay replied

    So true, Kris! With the unconditional proviso that Lane’s character of Jeff keeps an assured clear distance from that trainwreck currently known as the neurotic Alexis Davis. Just because Mr. Davies had off-the-charts chemistry with NLG’s Julia on Santa Barbara doesn’t mean it will happen again…as a matter of fact, we already know it can’t….been there, done that….and it was an unqualified disaster!

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  76. LiamAZ says:

    I want RDA back all the way!

    If forced to accept a recast, I would consider Frank Runyeon, Scott Holmes, Robert Newman, John Wesley Shipp, James DePaiva, Mark Pinter, William Gray Espy, or David Beecroft.

    Interestingly, some of these actors have played smaller roles on GH in years past.

    In any case, the actor should probably look age-appropriate due to him having been married to Monica prior to Heather.

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    LiamAZ replied

    or…Wayne Northrop (he’s also married to Lynn Herring – Lucy).

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    anonymous replied

    I agree. Lucy should ask her real life husband if he’d work in daytime again.

  77. Suzanne says:

    Like I posted on Twitter when everyone was hating on Rebecca Herbst’s Character,to bring back her sister “Sarah” because she needed family,i think they got the sister idea from me? I have more ideas for GH,but would rather email them directly to see if they are wanting any new ideas? That being

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  78. mike says:

    or maybe Gregory Harrison

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Now THERE’s an actor also–and he just wrapped on Rizzoli and Isles–was recurring there.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Gorgeous…

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  79. Jamesj75 says:

    OMG!! I just read all comments (198 and counting)… and, boy, am I tired… but it was fun reading!

    Everyone has some terrific suggestions. I, too, like the idea of having Richard Dean Anderson back. I watched GH when he first came on. Being old school, I would like having the original back if possible… So what if someone looks his age or has gained a few pounds… (I know I do and have…) I am for anything (casting, storyline) that honors the history of the show!

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    Celia replied

    Hi, James,
    You’re such a good guy. I think I came off as shallow with my comment on RDA. That is so far from my intent. I merely wanted to know who this person was….so I read up on him (the original McGyver?).
    We all age and some of us gain weight. It just surprised me how different he looks….Nothing like his older images. Plus the pictures of him that are presently posted are so ‘messy’ and non-descript.
    The paparazzo who took the pictures did not do Richard any favors or justice, I guess?
    Be that as it may, I apologize for sounding superficial, my dear friend.
    Stay well, James.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Hello there, Celia! You are anything but shallow! No need for any apology… RDA definitely looks completely different; that’s for sure. But for years, with Elizabeth (or as Jimh says, “Elizardbeth?”) still such a GH fixture, there has been some flirtation with the idea of her father and/or sister making an appearance. I find that a welcome development. And me, being so frustratingly old school, I am always happy for anything that honors the history of the show…

    Thanks for your reply, Celia, and take care, Friend!

    Celia replied

    @Jamesj75.
    Hi, James,
    Thank you, my friend.
    I am enjoying this storyline very much. Very soapy; but, that’s the point. LOL.
    I like both Elizabeth and Hayden, so this is a real treat for me.
    ‘Nite, dear James.

  80. Dan S says:

    Jeff was a bit younger than Monica. Would be nice to cast someone believable as a love interest for Monica and give her a storyline too.

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  81. Suzanne W. says:

    Shocker!My Storyline; Elizabeth Webber and Hayden Barnes are Twins! ‘Hayden’s so called mother is the Nanny that used to care for the infants.Jeff Webber hears the rumors that the Ex Nanny has a daughter who is about the same age as Elizabeth,he wants to know if Hayden is Liz’s twin sister? No- one told Liz she had a twin,it was too painful for Jeff Webber and his Wife.Liz’s birth mom passed away,another reason for Jeff to come back to break the news,but he see the Ex Nanny and Hayden and begins to wonder if Hayden is Liz’s Fraternal Twin? No wonder Nicholas Cassadine was so attracted to Hayden,he’ s always loved Liz But couldn’t have her.Let me know if they use my Far out Storyline? I think it would be great to see it played out!

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  82. cmp says:

    I have enjoyed reading all the suggestions, and really, I could probably accept all of them. However, having said that, the cherry on the sundae for me would be if they would bring back Chris Robinson as “ghost Rick” to have a scene with his little brother, Jeff.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    I like your idea, cmp! If that is not an option, how about the original Rick Webber, Michael Gregory?…

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    cmp replied

    Of course! Only, you and I might be the only two viewers who remember how good he was in the role. (Btw, you and I might be the only ones who remember “the original” Heather and “the original” Laura, too! LOL)

    jaybird369 replied

    James…a little while ago, I Googled Michael Gregory. I think that he is a very, very nice-looking fella. If not Chris Robinson, then Michael Gregory…TOTALLY!!!!!

    Later, Brother.

    Jamesj75 replied

    Thanks for your reply, cmp! If you also go back that far, then you must know my all-time favorite actress: Valerie Starrett (Diana Taylor, 1969-1977). For me, her story with Peter Taylor (Craig Huebing) will always be the best! In other threads, I’ve gone into great detail about my affection for this actress and that time in GH history. So it was this original Diana who interacted with the “original Heather” (as you mention), Georganne LaPierre. I had forgotten about the original Laura, but you’ve jarred my memory. And, of course, there was also an original Monica!

    But getting back to the character of Rick Webber, sure, I liked Chris Robinson, but I also enjoyed Michael Gregory! Take care, Friend!

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    cmp replied

    I don’t want to derail the subject matter of this thread, but I distinctly remember hating the Webber family when they were introduced. I hated them because alot of characters were written out to make room for the Webbers. In fact, I remember that for a time, they made Diana, as played by Ms. Starrett, kind of a bad guy briefly, indicative of the terrible writing during the end of Ms. Starrett’s tenure at GH at the time. So, it is possible for a viewer to change their mind. I eventually did warm up to Rick first, because of his interaction with Lesley, and then, Jeff a little later on (but never to the new Diana). I have now heard that the casting call we have been speculating on here is not for Jeff at all, which makes me kind of sad. So many good ideas were aired here. I only hope that the TPTB have read this thread ti gauge how loyal viewers really feel. Thank you for your reply, and you take care, also.

    robbie replied

    I was a little later to the show, but I liked Diana as played by Brooke Bundy, and her interactions with Heather (Mary O’Brien?). Memories…

    Jamesj75 replied

    cmp, derailing threads is my middle name! :)

    Just a quick response… Your memory of Starrett’s Diana is the same as mine. In fact, part of the reason for Starrett’s release from the show (despite being extremely popular) had to do with her discomfort in playing Diana as a villain (or major neurotic). I wasn’t able to warm up to Brooke Bundy (no offense), but to me it was a completely different character. And I, of course, was resentful that Starrett was gone…

    I, too, had a hard time at first adjusting to the Webbers. I think it’s often that way with new characters. If, as you say, there won’t be a return of Jeff Webber, then that’s too bad. Please take care, cmp! :)

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  83. RICKIE says:

    Richard Dean Anderson has gotten quite rotund. I would like to see someone new to daytime TV. I’m tired of the same recycled faces…

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    soapqueenforever replied

    How can it be a recycled face when he was the original actor. The man is in his sixties and I think he looks great. Of course he’s not going to look the same as he did in the early eighties.

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  84. tony says:

    grant was just out in LA, could have met with Valentini. Robert Newman has been on GH before but he would be awesome. I’d go with Grant or Robert. RDA is not coming back. Ron Raines is not the right fit. Nor is Michael Knight.

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  85. Troy Lee Turner says:

    As much as I would love RDA back on the canvas, it seems that he is one of the many actors that has foresaken his daytime roots. Having said that, now seems to be the right time to bring the iconic Dr Jeff Webber back, no matter the actor playing him

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  86. heidi says:

    Richard Dean Anderson!

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  87. Barbara says:

    It can ONLY BE RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON!!!!! ONLY HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  88. j matzen says:

    There can be and always will be only one Jeff Weber. Bring back Richard Dean Anderson.

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  89. Mike says:

    Robert Newman as Jeff Webbet would be good. Ron Raines as Raymond Berlin would be perfect!

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  90. lisette goldenberg says:

    Why doesn’t Richard Dean Anderson return as Jeff Weber he brought the character to life. Sometimes going back to the actor that played the character first is the only way to go. I felt the same as with Lucky Spencer, no one played the part as well as Jonathan Jackson.

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  91. lisette goldenberg says:

    Sometimes its not the look as much as what the actor does with part.

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  92. WendyQ says:

    Jerry VerDorn!!! And as a bonus pair him with Tracy!! I’ve long thought they’d be a great acting duo. They both have that same twinkle in the eye. And what an interesting dynamic it would bring up with Teacy and Monica. Another Bonus!

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  93. Krista M. Ramirez says:

    They need to bring RDA back. Also, maybe he could be a love interest for Monica once again.

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  94. dmr says:

    No more recasts. Recasts take away from the excitement of a beloved or popular character-and from the original story.

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  95. Darren says:

    I agree that a recast is not as preferable as an original actor’s return but we also have to face reality. Sometimes an original actor has no interest in returning. I’m still not convinced Jeff Webber is returning but even if he does; recast or not Jeff in 2016 will be a very different Jeff then the one that left Port Charles 30 years ago. Look at how they RUINED Rick Webber’s character and he was played by the same actor. It’s not all about the original actors, it’s about that we have very different writers nowadays.

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  96. Darnell says:

    Dynasty’s Gordon Thompson, AMC’s Micheal E. Knight or Roscoe Borne would make awesome Gillian’s as Raymond Berlin. If you can’t get the original Jeff Webber back, AMC’s Mark LaMura (ex- Mark Dalton) would be a good fit.

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  97. Toni says:

    I would like Richard Dean Anderson to come back if he is willing.

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  98. anonymous says:

    For jeff webber, someome already mentioned kale brown. I don’t know if they are going to cast anyone for the man hayden thought was her father. I’m not sure what they ages are in real life these are just people I’d like to see play the parts if Richard dean Anderson

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  99. anonymous says:

    If they cas t rachels’ father like if they did a flashback to when he was younger and Naomi started her affair with Jeff. Eddie Cibrian. He used to be in daytime and if you believe the tabloids he could use the work. For rachels’ father or jeff webber , micheal nader do I have his name right? Dimitri from all my children. f

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  100. anonymous says:

    Grant Aleksander for haydens’ father. For jeff webber if he was interested in doing daytime again,Chris Rich. I remember Sandy Alexander.

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