Roger Howarth

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Roger Howarth
BornRoger Howarth
(1968-09-13) September 13, 1968 (age 45)
Known forOne Life to Live/General Hospital as Todd Manning
As the World Turns as Paul Ryan
General Hospital as Franco
Spouse(s)Cari Stahler
AwardsDaytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actor in a Drama Series 1994, One Life to Live
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Roger Howarth
BornRoger Howarth
(1968-09-13) September 13, 1968 (age 45)
Known forOne Life to Live/General Hospital as Todd Manning
As the World Turns as Paul Ryan
General Hospital as Franco
Spouse(s)Cari Stahler
AwardsDaytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actor in a Drama Series 1994, One Life to Live

Roger Howarth (born September 13, 1968) is an American actor. He portrayed character Todd Manning on the daytime drama One Life to Live, which became an iconic fixture in the genre's medium,[1] and earned Howarth a Daytime Emmy Award.[2] He left the series in 2003, but returned in May 2011, eventually deciding to continue the role on General Hospital in March 2012.[3] He currently portrays Franco on General Hospital, the character formerly created and portrayed by James Franco.

In addition to his work on One Life to Live and General Hospital, Howarth has guest starred in television shows such as Prey and Dawson's Creek, and starred on the daytime drama As the World Turns in the role of Paul Ryan.

Early life[edit]

Roger Howarth was born in Westchester County, New York.[2] His father was involved in theater and wrote plays.[2] Exposed to the arts at an early age, Howarth performed in the play The Grand Duke at the age of seven. He was active in his high school drama department, and performed in numerous plays at school. He played soccer from the time he was a small child up until 19 years of age.[4] He took the opportunity to play in other countries with the Puma Shoes U.S. National Soccer Team. In an interview, when asked if he was a professional soccer player, Howarth answered, "No! Heavens no."[4] He reiterated how he had played soccer as a child up to his late teenage years, and said he was on a team that played in Europe, Brazil, and other countries, but that it was an amateur team; he "never got paid" to play, he said.[4]

Howarth initially resisted acting as a profession, and studied political science at George Washington University. However, after one semester, he dropped out of college to join an intense acting program at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut.[2]


Howarth was discovered during a nationwide talent search, and was cast in the role of Kent Winslow on the ABC daytime drama Loving. The role was short-lived. It was shortly after this that he was cast on the fellow ABC daytime drama One Life to Live as Todd Manning, in what was supposed to be a day-player role but became one of the genre's most successful and enduring characters.[5] Howarth has portrayed Todd on-and-off since 1992. He was strongly praised for his work on the series,[6][7][8][9][10] and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1994.[2][11] Subsequent attempts to rehabilitate the rapist character of Todd, however, unnerved Howarth. After a female fan shouted "Rape me, Todd!" at a public appearance, his ambivalence about the role deepened.[12] After attempts were made to pair Todd and the woman he raped, Marty Saybrooke, as a romantic couple, Howarth quit the show in 1995.[13] He subsequently returned, but Todd was portrayed even more as a villain than a hero. His character's pairing with Kassie DePaiva's Blair Cramer won over fans and the two later became a supercouple.[14] While with the series, Howarth found time to extend his career to prime time, and was cast as the murderous Randall Lynch for 4 episodes of the sci-fi series Prey.

In 1998, Howarth departed One Life to Live for a second time. He looked to pursue other acting projects both on Broadway and in Hollywood. He made his first Broadway debut in The White Rose, but also did some theater work in Henry IV, Passions, You Touched Me, Mother Courage, and Orestes.[15] A prominent stage appearance for Howarth was in James Goldman's Broadway production of The Lion In Winter. The play officially opened on Broadway on March 11, 1999 and ended with "its final curtain" on May 30, 1999. During the play's run, Howarth appeared alongside Stockard Channing and Laurence Fishburne.[15]

In 2000, Howarth returned to One Life to Live. He portrayed Professor Greg Hetson on the series Dawson's Creek in 2003 during a brief break from the role of Todd. Later that year, he decided it was time for him to move on from the role of Todd, and he signed on with the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns, taking over the role of Paul Ryan in July 2003.

In August 2010, it was reported that Howarth would be returning to One Life to Live some time in January 2011, though other sources disputed this.[16] On April 4, 2011, it was confirmed that Howarth would be returning to the series. Before reclaiming his previous role, it was initially unknown if he would be returning as Todd or someone connecting him to the character. "I am looking forward to returning to One Life to Live," stated Howarth. "We are going to have a lot of fun telling this story, and I am excited to see how it will unfold."[17] Howarth made his onscreen return on May 13, 2011.

Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson appeared on General Hospital from 2012-2013. Their characters of Todd Manning, John McBain and Starr Manning will return to One Life to Live and likely be recast with new actors with the current actors receiving new characters once they return to General Hospital. Prospect Park currently owns the rights to all One Life to Live characters; TV Guide reported that because ABC does not want to risk any further legal disputes with Prospect Park concerning the characters, the only way to avoid such disputes may be to have the former One Life to Live actors portray "characters that in no way resemble the current ones" in order to stay on General Hospital.[18] ABC announced that the actors would be returning to General Hospital on May 13, 2013, but without naming the characters they will portray. Howarth will also continue to portray Todd Manning on Prospect Park's online version of One Life to Live.

On May 29, 2013, Howarth's new character on General Hospital was revealed; he was cast as Franco, essentially recasting James Franco's original character. Howarth is listed as a full-time contract cast member.

Personal life[edit]

Howarth met actress Cari Stahler in New York City, when he lived above the café where she worked. She asked him out on a date, which took place at Coney Island. The two later fell in love and married. Howarth and Stahler have a son, Julian (born July 1992), and a daughter.[2]


Awards and nominations[edit]

1994Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesWon[2][19]One Life to Live
1994Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Villain/VillainessNominated
1995Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated[20]
1995Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Younger Lead ActorWon[2][21]
1998Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding VillainWon[2][22]
2001Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Lead ActorNominated
2002Daytime Emmy AwardAmerica's Favorite Villain (Special Fan Award)Nominated
2003Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Lead ActorNominated
2004Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated[23]As the World Turns
2005Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated[24]
2005Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Lead ActorNominated

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ a b c "Male Soap Opera Stars". Phil Donahue Show. 1994-05-17. 
  5. ^ Gail. Dines, Jean McMahon Humez (2003). Gender, Race, and Class in Media: A Text-reader. Sage Publications Inc. pp. 516 to 519. ISBN 0-7619-2261-X. 
  6. ^ "Performer of the week, July 1998". Soap Opera Digest. 
  7. ^ "Performer of the week, December 1998". Soap Opera Digest. 
  8. ^ "Performer of the week, March 2000". Soap Opera Digest. 
  9. ^ "Performer of the week, October 2000". Soap Opera Digest. 
  10. ^ "Performer of the week, March 2001". Soap Opera Digest. 
  11. ^ "About the Actors: Roger Howarth". Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  12. ^ Scodari, Christine (2002). "Soap Operas". St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture. 
  13. ^ Branco, Nelson (September 29, 2008). "FF: Soap Malfunction Currently in Progress OLTL: Raping Marty softly with his kiss". TV Guide. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ "'One Life to Live' Star Proud of Son, Sounds Off on Blair and Todd's Romance". Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  15. ^ a b "prince of darkness returns". 2000-06-01. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  16. ^ Kroll, Dan J (2010-08-26). "OLTL fans abuzz with talk of Roger Howarth's return". Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  17. ^ Kroll, Dan J (2011-04-04). "Roger Howarth returning to One Life to Live". Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  18. ^ Logan, Michael (March 25, 2013). "Breaking News: One Life to Live Stars Head Back to General Hospital". TV Guide. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1994". Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1995". Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  21. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1995". Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  22. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1998". Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 2004". Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 2005". Retrieved February 13, 2009. 

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