Abe Carver played by James Reynolds
A Salem native, Abe grew up with his two brothers, Theo and Jonah. His passion for justice started young, but increased after Theo was killed by a corrupt police officer. Abe joined the Salem Police Department determined to rid the city of, among other things, international crime boss Stefano DiMera.
Abe married Alexandra "Lexie" Brooks. Abe and Lexie soon discovered that she was Stefano DiMera's daughter! Despite that conflict of interest, Abe and Lexie remained dedicated to each other.
He and Lexie adopted baby Isaac, assuming he was the child of Stefano's alcoholic niece, Marlo. Isaac was actually Bo and Hope's son that Stefano had switched at birth. Abe was later horrified to learn that Lexie knew of the swap, but had hidden the truth.
Abe filed for divorce despite Lexie's efforts to save their marriage. Only after Lexie selflessly helped Hope and her son Zack, did the two reconcile. The reunion was made that much sweeter, when Lexie learned she was pregnant. However, Abe's nemesis Brandon was back in town, and spoiled Baby Theo's birth by revealing that he was, in fact, Abe's son!
After being "killed" by the Salem Stalker, Abe returned to Salem and Lexie, a changed man. As he was escaping from the island, an explosion blinded Abe. Not long after returning home, Abe learned he was impotent. This caused a lot of tension in his already fragile marriage to Lexie. He grew bitter and pushed his wife away - right into the waiting arms of Tek. As much as she tried to hold back, she couldn't resist the handsome young officer.
Abe underwent experimental surgery - a corneal transplant. The donor was none other than Zack Brady, the child he and Lexie once thought was their own. As Abe recovered, Lexie secretly continued her affair with Tek.
Ultimately, though, Abe found out about the affair. The mysterious "gloved" hand left him a note while he was at Brady's Pub. Abe discovered Lexie and Tek "in flagrante delicto" and, after a screaming fight, he told Lexie it was over.
Lexie tried desperately to get Abe to talk to her, but he refused. He planned on filing for divorce and suing for custody of Theo. However, Abe continued his investigation of the gloved hand crimes, and evidence started to point to Lexie as the culprit. At Roman's request, Abe mended fences with Lexie, pretending he wanted to reconcile - when really, he was just investigating her. Tek learned that the reconciliation was just a setup and reported this to Lexie, but by that time, Abe had come to realize he really did want a future with his wife.
The black glove crime investigation now pointed at EJ Wells, who promptly sued Abe and the police department for harassment. Abe had no choice, but to end their surveillance of him.
At the same time, Abe learned that his eyes were rejecting the corneal transplants. Lexie claimed to have seen her half-brother EJ shoot John Black, who now lay in a coma. When Abe learned Lexie was lying about what she saw in order to cover up the fact that she was with Tek, he said their relationship was over and threw her out. Shortly thereafter, Abe learned that Lexie and Tek were in a serious car accident, and were missing and presumed dead.
Abe was overwhelmed by grief and the stress of his failing eyesight. Celeste moved in to help him care for Theo, and he underwent surgery to restore his sight. Months later, Abe learned that Lexie was alive and had been held prisoner in the tunnels under the city. He was hurt that she had not come to see him, but when he ran into her at the Brady Pub, she confessed she was afraid to face him. Abe stunned her with the news that he could see again, and that he wanted to reconcile and start over.
As the couple slowly put their life back together, Abe was busier than ever with work. He led investigations into the hit-and-run of John Black, the shooting of EJ Wells, and the kidnapping of Claire Brady.
Lately, Abe's caseload shows no sign of slowing, especially as the tension at the shipyards increases. Lexie is back at the hospital - now as the chief of staff, and dealing with major time demands, too. Will they ever find the time to fully heal their relationship or will the stress drive them apart?
James Reynolds plays Abe Carver
It's not many acting hopefuls who get the chance to personally quiz the likes of Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas and Peter Fonda on how to make it "big" in Hollywood, so when a young James Reynolds got the opportunity, he grabbed it. Having studied journalism in college, Reynolds spent time as a film reviewer for the "Topeka Daily Capitol" and, as a part of his duties, interviewed a number of filmdom's brightest talents. Reynolds' research has paid off as viewers who have seen him regularly on NBC's "Days of Our Lives" and "Generations" will attest.
Reynolds made his first appearance as stalwart police captain Abe Carver on "Days of Our Lives" in 1981. After nine years, Reynolds moved to the new daytime series "Generations," where he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. With the subsequent demise of that series, Reynolds returned to "Days of Our Lives" in 1991.
In 2004, Reynolds received a NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor in a Daytime Drama for his role on "Days of Our Lives," followed by a 2004 Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.
In addition to starring on "Days," Reynolds and his wife, actress Lissa Layng, own and operate the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena where the couple co-starred in Oliver Hailey's "And Where She Stops Nobody Knows." The Reynolds were named Business Persons of the Year by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and one of Pasadena Weekly's One Hundred Most Influential Couples in Pasadena. Reynolds has also turned his talents to directing. His productions of "The Tangled Snarl" and "Murder Me Once" were named "Critic's Choice" by the Los Angeles Times and Backstage West in 2004.
Reynolds was raised in the small farming community of Oskaloosa, Kansas. Reynolds enrolled in Topeka's Washburn University, majoring in pre-law and journalism.
When he moved to Los Angeles, Reynolds quickly amassed an impressive list of primetime television and motion picture credits as well as becoming one of the foundation blocks of "Days of Our Lives." In addition to guest spots on such series as "Seinfeld," "Highway to Heaven," "227" and "Hart to Hart," he co-starred with Vincent Price in CBS's "Time Express" and appeared in such films as "The Magic of Lassie," "The Foundation" and "Hotline." Continuing his interest in theatre, he organized and ran the Los Angeles Repertory Theatre for seven years.
Despite his heavy schedule on the series, Reynolds still finds time to head Free State Productions, a film and TV production company involved with documentaries, movies and music videos, as well as making occasional appearances on stage in Los Angeles. He starred in "Buffalo Soldier" at Theatre/Theater in a taut drama about black U.S. Army troops in the American West following the Civil War for which he was nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award. He also starred with other Vietnam veterans in the acclaimed drama "Tracers," which was conceived by John DiFusco and created by a group of actor/veterans in 1980. When time permits, Reynolds tours colleges in his one-man show, "I, Too, Am America." The show, written and performed by Reynolds, is a commentary on the African-American experience from the time the first slaves were brought to this country up to the present day.
Deeply committed to his charitable work, Reynolds hosts an annual celebrity basketball game that raises money for South Pasadena's High School basketball team and/or the Pasadena chapter of Ronald McDonald's House. Reynolds has also toured with the USO to the Mediterranean, Kuwait and Afghanistan to meet and show support for our troops overseas. He also participated in the first USO Celebrity Education Program, traveling to Kaiserslautern, Germany and Iceland where he spoke with students regarding the importance of staying in school.
One of Reynolds' greatest honors was being added to the Kansas Historical Society's list of famous Kansans. The list includes such notables as President Dwight Eisenhower, Amelia Earhart, Langston Hughes, Barry Sanders and many others. Another honor came in 2003 when Reynolds was awarded the Heroes and Legends TV/Film Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made in the entertainment industry.
Reynolds is still an active sportsman, enjoying basketball and racquetball on his days off. The Reynolds make their home in suburban Los Angeles. His birthday is August 10.
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