JANUARY 3, 1926-JANUARY 13, 2015

 "Days" Executive Producer/Director, 1967-1979

 H. Wesley Kenney, a director who would become an Executive Producer of "Days of Our Lives", passed away on January 13, 2015 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He was 89. Kenney had suffered a heart attack on Christmas Eve after a visit to his daughter's home.

 Harry Wesley Kenney Jr. was born on January 3, 1926 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Minnie and Harry Kenney Sr. He acted in high school and college, then had plans to become a drama teacher. However, after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering in 1951, Kenney began working as a director at the short-lived DuMont TV network, where he would direct up to 12 different live broadcasts per day. After DuMont stopped broadcasting in 1956, Kenney would go on to direct and produce soap operas. He joined "Days of Our Lives" as a producer/director from 1967-1974. He returned to "Days" in 1976 and was the show's Executive Producer (the first person besides a Corday to hold that title) from 1977-1979. He was later a Co-Executive Producer of "The Young and the Restless" from 1982-1987, and the Executive Producer of "General Hospital" from 1987-1989. While on a brief leave from "Days" from 1974-1976, Kenney directed the entire fifith season of the primetime hit "All in the Family", as well as the pilot episode of its hit spinoff, "The Jeffersons." In his later years, Kenney became a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

 During his career, Kenney was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and won 7, including two as a director for "Days of Our Lives" in 1974 and 1978, three as a producer for "The Young and the Restless" in 1983, 1985 and 1986, and two for directing an "ABC Afternoon Playbreak" special in 1974.

 In a 2008 interview, Kenney recalled "Days" Executive Producer Betty Corday: "She was a delightful lady and we worked very well." When asked how he'd like to be remembered, he stated this: "An average guy, who with great luck, was able to be successful."

 Kenney met his wife, actress Heather North when she joined the cast of "Days of Our Lives" as Sandy Horton in 1967. They were married in 1971. He is survived by his wife, Heather; four children, Nina, Wesley, Karen and Kevin; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


All-Time Episode Rankings: 1965-2014

December 2014 Episode Rankings 

December 2014 Daily Cast Chart

Director & Writer Database: December 2014 Update


Frances Reid was born 100 years ago this month, on December 9, 1914.
Each day, I'll be posting videos to celebrate the life of Frances and the legacy of Alice Horton. 
Click here for the tribute page

Jason47's Exclusive Interview with Flip Mark,
Played Steve Olson (Julie's Brother) on the first week of "Days" in 1965

Jason47's Exclusive Interview with Simone Gad,
Actress Who Spoke The First Words on "Days" in 1965 pilot episode

Jason47's From the Vault: The Birth of Jennifer Rose Horton
Episode # 2572...Jennifer Rose is named!


A History of "Days" Contract Renewals: 1980-Present

1996 soap article predicts Salem in 20 years...
See which predictions came true...and which didn't!

Click here to see all of the events leading up to the first "Days" murder

Jason47 joins Facebook
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Daily and yearly recaps since 1965!  "Days of Our Lives" Episode Summaries: 1965-Present
Keep up with all the latest happenings in Salem with these daily summaries: New Salem Daily Recaps

"Days" News Central. Updated 5/20.
Contract Status/Episode Firsts: In which episode did each actor debut? How long is your favorite actor signed for? Days Stats. Updated 10/30.
Current Cast List: Who plays who? Cast List. Updated 11/13.
Week-To-Week Guest Stars: Who's appearing each week as a guest? Updated 1/20.
Guest Star Gallery: Pictures of all credited guests from 2006-2015! Gallery of Guests Updated 1/20.
Current Cast Birthday List: Ages updated for 2015! Who shares your birthday? Birthday List. Updated 1/7.
Actor Stats: Middle names, married names and more! "Days" Actor Stats Updated 11/13.
How Do You Say That Name?: Learn how to correctly pronounce Gering, Zucker and more! Pronunciation Guide

Updated 11/13

Contract Actors:
Recurring Actors:
Underfive Actors:
Former Contract Castmembers, 1965-Present:
Non-Contract Castmembers (25 or more episodes), 1980-Present:

Marriages/Full Names/Birthdates/Parents: "Dates" of Our Lives Updated 10/30.
Character Portrayers: Other Hope's/Sami's/Will's and more: Others Updated 10/30.

Addresses/Longevity Chart/Spanish Days:  Show News
The Crew: Producers/Writers/Hair/Makeup...All here: Days Crew ..."Days" Current Staff Photos...Tenure List Updated 1/8.
Staff Biographies of Producers/Directors/Writers: Staff Biographies Updated 8/17.
Staff Database:
"Days" All-Time Staff Database
Head Writer Archive: An in-depth look at every head writer "Days" has had. Updated 8/17.
Head Writer Biographies: Complete info on all 29 head writers, plus pictures of them. Updated 8/17.
Episode Guide Index: Complete day-by-day guide to "Days."
Airdate Schedule:
When is the show
preempted next? Updated 7/17.
SoapNet Schedule: An archive of when "Days" aired on the former channel Updated 1/16.
Time Element: What exactly makes up an episode of Days?
Daily Rewards: Earn merchandise points each day by answering a "Days" question! Added 10/18/05.
Preemptions: The reasons "Days" has missed 330 airdates since 1965. Updated 1/1.
Nielsen Ratings: Weekly Nielsen Rating Charts Updated 1/18.
Ratings Spotlight: See some complete Nielsen ratings charts from various years!
Contracts Archive: Who's been signed to "Days"? 1965-Present Updated 10/30.
Non-Contract Archive: A date-by-date listing of every non-contract castmember to appear in at least 10 episodes since 1965! Updated 11/13.
Goodbye My Friend: Final contract airdates since 1965. Updated 10/30.
Longest Tenure: Who's been on "Days" the longest? Updated 11/1.
45 Years, 45 Faces: Pictures of the 45 longest-running "Days" actors. Updated 11/1.
Days Birthday Database:  1965-Present
Awards Central: All Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Emmy nominations/awards "Days" has received: "Days" Awards. Updated 6/16.  
Daytime Emmy Mania: Emmy trivia and an alphabetical index of every "Days" nominee in history! Click here for Emmy Mania. Updated 6/16.
Soap Opera Digest Archive: All the covers & interviews since 1975! Updated 1/12/15.
Advertisers: List of Advertisers : May 2011
Links Galore:
Actor Websites & Fan Websites:
Website Links Updated 7/31.

Autographs: Tons of cast signatures: "Days" Autographs. Updated 4/18.
Fun Stuff: Deidre Hall Trade Ad  Days Trading Cards  Christmas Card  2001 Emmys Peggy McCay's earliest promotional photo    Frances Reid's 1930 census image  Drake Hogestyn's baseball statistics  Census images from 1930 for various castmembers  1950 Frances Reid article   Four Decades of Salem's Couples  Drake Hogestyn milestone  The Ladies of Days   Frank Parker 25-Year Tribute  Hall Twins  A Letter from Bill & Susan Hayes  John & Marlena Through The Years  Tony & Anna Through the Years  Same-Digit Episode Stats (from episode # 11-episode # 11,111) Irna Phillips/GL Tribute  John Aniston: 2000 Episodes as Victor Kiriakis Tribute  A Tribute to Mickey Horton   Shane & Kimberly: Together Again  Jason47 Meets Ken Corday  Bo & Hope: The Beginning  Horton Town Square Dedication  The More Things Change...   Lexie Carver Tribute  Random "Days" Tidbits  Who's Who in Daytime TV...1967, 1968, 1969, 1973
First Days Award  Deidre Hall Tribute: 4,000 Episodes as Marlena  Peter Reckell Says Goodbye to Days  Classic Days: June 1997 repeat  Betty White on Days  Alison Sweeney: 20 Years as Sami Brady Tribute  Anniversary Tributes to Kristian Alfonso & Bryan Dattilo  Suzanne Rogers: Four Decades of "Days"  Farewell Montages to Sami, EJ, Johnny & Allie
First Time Around: First-Year "Days" Interviews:
Crystal Chappell & Wally Kurth...Michael Sabatino & Louise Sorel...plus watch their original debut scenes here
Interviews: Barry Cutler (Parrot Man, 1995-1996)...Don Frabotta (Dave, 1974-1993, 2000-2004)...Elaine Bromka & Mark Drexler (Stella & Roger Lombard, 1992)  Tammy Taylor (Hope Williams, 1981-1982)  Regina Gleason (Kitty Horton, 1967-1969)  Patsy Pease (Kimberly Brady)
1940 Census Images: Part 1, Part 2

1965 Tribute: A very special tribute for the year "Days" began.
"Days of 1965": An historic look at the year that started it all.
Way Back When: Articles on long-time castmembers: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4
40-Year Club: A special tribute to the 10 series that have reached this milestone.
Alice's Family Tree: An official tribute from NBC.
NBC's Tribute: Another official tribute from NBC.
"Like Sands Through the Hourglass": Purchase the Bill & Susan Hayes book here.
40-Year Days Quiz: See who the winners & what the answers were.
Days Theme Song: Read all about how the "Days" theme was written and watch videos of the different openings through the years.
Days Expands To An Hour
: Read about "Days" journey from 30 to 60 minutes.
Cast & Crew Memorial Tributes: Obituaries of long-time "Days" cast & crew.   
Memorial List:
A list of over 230 "Days" cast and crew members who have passed away.
Christmas Retrospective: "Days" Christmas Retrospective
Christmas Archive
Complete info on all the Horton family Christmases since 1983. Plus, a Christmas card from Macdonald Carey!
Christmas Episodes: Year-By-Year lookback: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970  Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
Christmas Story: A complete list of who has read the story since 1983.
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: The Early Years:  1965-1975
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings Index: 1965-Present
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 1965-1969: 1965  1966 1967 1968 1969 
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 1970-1979:
1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 1980-1989:
1980  1981 1982 1983 1984
 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 1990-1999: 1990  1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 2000-2009: 2000  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 2010-Present:
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Updated 1/1.
Monthly Episode Leaders:
1965-Present  Updated 1/1.
All-Time Episode Rankings: 1965-2014: 5+ episodes Updated 1/1/15.
Decade-By-Decade Rankings: 1965-1969  1970-1979   1980-1989   1990-1999   2000-2009  2010-2014
Top 15 Rankings:
1965-2014 Updated 1/1.
Days Music CD: See what music is on the Soundtrack
"Survivor" Winner: Brian Heidik wins the game!
Olympics 2006: Read all about the "Days" appearance on NBC's Olympics coverage.
SoapStar 2007: Read all about the "Days" season of this SoapNet series.
10,000th Episode Actor Trivia: How many episodes were aired since each actor joined the show?  
10,000th Episode Actor Trivia  Added 1/20/05.
Susan's Debut: Read Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie)'s
first-ever episode script from 1968!
Bill's Debut: Read Bill Hayes (Doug)'s
first-ever episode script from 1970!
Suzanne's Debut: Read Suzanne Rogers (Maggie)'s
first-ever episode script from 1973!
Deidre's Debut: Read Deidre Hall (Marlena)'s first-ever episode script from 1976!
Jim's Debut: Read James Reynolds (Abe)'s first-ever episode script from 1981!
1965-Present Cast List: All principal roles listed. As actors appear for the first time in 2015, their status will be updated. Updated 1/20.

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