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a website dedicated to American actor/writer/director/producer Stephen Nichols. Best known for his varied roles on daytime television, Stephen has just returned to his iconic role of Steven Earl "Patch" Johnson on the daytime soap opera DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Stephen also played the parts of uber-tychoon Tucker McCall on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as The Dark Prince Stefan Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Dr. Skylar Cates on the cancelled SANTA BARBARA. Stephen has also appeared in films and in episodic television such as CRASH, THE NANNY, EMPTY NEST, SECOND CHANCES, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, RENEGADE, WITCHBOARD, & THE PHOENIX. This is strictly a fan site and NOT Stephen's official site. This site has a strict no paparazzi policy and will not publish photos of Stephen during his private time.

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I’ve added a new scan to the press section. Stephen gave an interview to TVGUIDE’s Michael Logan regarding his return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES after a six year absence. Here Stephen talks about his relationship with Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady Johnson) and how the 1988 wedding of Patch and Kayla was second only to Laura (Genie Francis) and Luke (Anthony Geary) in terms of ratings. I’m including the text of the article in the write up plus the scan. Click on it to go to the full size. I’m running behind on the screencaps from Friday and today. I’ll have those up with tomorrow’s episode. Sorry.

Patch Is Back!

DAYS OF OUR LIVES Weekdays, NBC
AFTER A SIX-YEAR absence, soap superstar Stephen Nichols returns to Days of our Lives August 28 as one-eyed rebel Steve “Patch” Johnson — phenomenal news for fans, not so much for the folks in Salem. Nichols gave us a preview.

Patch divorced his soulmate, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), off-camera and has been gallivanting for years, ignoring his parental responsibilities. What kind of a reception does he get when he finally comes home?
He’s not welcomed at all — by anyone. least of all by Kayla. He tells her right off the bat that he wants her back, and that he wants his family back. But she’s not having it. How can this man just take off for years and be out of contact like that? For all of Kayla’s sweetness and light, she’s not going to put up with anymore s–t from Patch!

Their 1988 wedding [pictured] was the second highest-rated “I do” in soap history — behind only Luke and Laura’s. Can that old magic be rekindled?
Mary Beth always says, “The audience loves Patch because he’s in love with a chubby woman. That’s the magic!” She is so self-deprecating. Mary Beth is who she is and does not care, and I just love her for that. Magic is a tricky thing, but Patch and Kayla must eventually get back together, right? In soap operas, that’s the law.

You made Patch one of the all -time great bad boys. Is it hard to keep that going as you age? Don’t you run the risk of looking a bit goofy?
It’s definitely a struggle — emotionally and physically. patch can’t remain the juvenile delinquent he was back then. He’s wiser and mellower now, and the writers have come up with a damn good excuse for why he’s been gone all this time. But you still need to be in shape and take off your shirt [sometimes]. You can’t go, “Just shoot me from my neck up.” It’s tough. At some point, you just have to admit, “Those days are gone.” Of course it doesn’t help that Days will be showing all those vintage Patch-and-Kayla flashbacks. [Laughs]. We look ancient now!

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