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Why James Reynolds rules ‘Days of Our Lives’ and daytime TV

Most actors spend a lot of time looking for work. A movie wraps, a series folds, a play closes out its run. But not James Reynolds. Since 1981 the Kansas-born actor has played Abe Carver, once a cop and now the mayor of Salem, on the long-running NBC soap “Days Of Our Lives,” with short breaks for other projects. That’s almost as long as Susan Lucci played Erica Kane on “All My Children.” What’s really noteworthy about Reynolds’ tenure, though, is that he holds the record for an African American actor playing the same character on television. “I didn’t realize that daytime TV would be my mark in life. Here I am all these years later.” says Reynolds, 72. “There’s a great deal I like about it. We can do many asp ...