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Days of Our Lives (DOOL), has the honor of being one of television’s longest-running scripted programs worldwide. The American daytime soap opera roped viewers in from its 1965 inception, and continues to keep them locked onto the ins-and-outs of life in Salem—a sleepy little American town—where everything can change in an instant. Much of the storylines revolve around the Horton, Brady and DiMera families, and fans know and love (or hate) these characters like old friends (or enemies). How much do you know about the daytime soap and its cast?

1. Then and Now

Back when Days first started, it was just a daily half-hour show with a cast of seven characters. Now it’s an hour-long daytime drama with over 40 cast members to keep track of.

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Cast Of Days Of Our Lives
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2. Whose Voice Is It Anyway?

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” If you’re not familiar with this iconic phrase, fans of DOOL have already turned their backs on you as a heathen. The series’ accompanying music is just as memorable, in a comforting retro kind of way. As for the voice however, from 1965 to March 1966, Ed Prentiss said the phrase with a little addition: “Days of Our Lives, a new dramatic serial starring Macdonald Carey.” Carey starred as patriarch “Dr. Tom Horton” from 1966 to 1994 when he passed, but his voice is still heard in the opening title sequence and half-point break today.

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