LEFT: The Grant Family: Michael Dwight Smith (Danny), Tina Andrews (Valerie), Ketty Lester (Helen) and Lawrence Cook (Paul).
CENTER: Bill Hayes (Doug) gets a big hug from his on-screen daughter, Natasha Ryan (Hope).
RIGHT: Brooke Bundy (Rebecca) and Tina Andrews (Valerie) promote the Daylight Savings time change on 10/31/76 in this "Days" publicity photo.


           

1976 Contract Changes:
 

Contract Arrivals: (3)

1/2- Barbara Stanger (Mary Anderson)
6/21- Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans)
8/24- Rosemary Forsyth (Laura Horton)

Contract Departures: (1)

6/9- Susan Oliver (Laura Horton)

1976 Episode Rankings. The following is a listing of how many episodes each actor appeared in on "Days of Our Lives" in 1976. Actors who have played characters that have appeared in at least five episodes total throughout the years are listed.

Rank. Actor (Character) # of Episodes
1. Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) 146
2. Jed Allan (Don Craig) 137
3. Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) 130
4. John Clarke (Mickey Horton) 124
5. Edward Mallory (Bill Horton) 122
6. Wesley Eure (Mike Horton) 117
7. Adrienne LaRussa (Brooke Hamilton) 116
8. Joseph Gallison (Neil Curtis) 114
9. Patty Weaver (Trish Clayton) 106
10. Macdonald Carey (Tom Horton) 105
11. Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton) 100
12. Robert Clary (Robert LeClair) 99
*. Mary Frann (Amanda Howard) 99
*. Frances Reid (Alice Horton) 99
15. Peter Brown (Greg Peters) 97
*. Corinne Conley (Phyllis Anderson) 97
17. Richard Guthrie (David Banning) 93
18. Margaret Mason (Linda Anderson) 90
19. Brooke Bundy (Rebecca North) 86
*. Barbara Stanger (Mary Anderson) 86
21. Mark Tapscott (Bob Anderson) 83
22. Tina Andrews (Valerie Grant) 68
23. Ben DiTosti (Ben) 64
24. Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) 63
25. Susan Oliver (Laura Horton) 57
26. Dee Carroll (Adele Winston Hamilton) 55
27. Helen Funai (Kim Douglas) 52
28. Lawrence Cook (Paul Grant) 46
29. Ketty Lester (Helen Grant) 42
30. Rosemary Forsyth (Laura Horton) 41
31. Paul Henry Itkin (Johnny Collins) 40
32. Ken Sansom (Dr. Frederick Powell) 37
33. Natasha Ryan (Hope Williams) 35
34. Kaye Stevens (Jeri Clayton) 34
35. Fran Ryan (Rosie Carlson) 29
36. Jack Denbo (Jack Clayton) 24
*. Maren Stephenson (Jennifer Horton) 24
38. Frederic Downs (Hank Wilson) 23
*. Bennye Gatteys (Susan Hunter) 23
*. William Traylor (James Stanhope) 23
41. John Lupton (Tommy Horton) 21
42. Sally Stark (Sharon Duval) 16
43. Martha Nix (Janice Barnes) 15
44. Michael Dwight Smith (Danny Grant) 14
45. Don Frabotta (Dave) 13
*. John Russon (Dougie LeClair) 13
47. Michael Grayson (George Owens) 11
48. Brodie Greer (Hospital Attendant) 9
*. Janet Wood (Ginny Stanhope) 9
50. Stanley Kamel (Eric Peters) 8
51. Ivan Bonar (Judge Gelson) 7
*. Tom Brown (Nathan Curtis) 7
*. Alejandro Rey (Karl Duval) 7
*. Fred Vincent (Allen Quinn) 7
55. William Keene (Doc Lubick) 5
*. Elizabeth MacRae (Barbara Randolph) 5
*. Mike Warren (Jerry Davis) 5
58. Kim Durso (Melissa Phillips) 4
*. Richard McMurray (Mel Bailey) 4
*. Doris Singleton (Kay Stanhope) 4
61. Larry Delaney (Jay Livingston) 3
*. Elizabeth Hoy (Annie Peters) 3
*. Mark Miller (J.R. Barnett) 3
*. Michael  Verona (Alberto) 3
*. UNKNOWN (Baby Nathan Curtis) 3
66. Sandy Balson (Kay Stanhope) 2
*. Mary Patton (Mrs. Nowlin) 2
68. Mimi Cozzens (Barbara Randolph) 1
*. Victor Holchak (Jim Phillips) 1
*. Hedley Mattingly (Smitty) 1


Credited Guests In Less Than 5 Episodes:
George Furlong (Richard Wells) 4
Ken Tobey (Dr. Parker) 4
UNKNOWN (Brookville Desk Nurse) 3
Karen Carr (Nurse Judy Carter) 2
Morgan Jones (Dr. Manley/Ship Doctor) 2
David Knapp (Frank Walker) 2
David Lewis (Minister) 2
UNKNOWN (Brookville Lab Technician # 1) 2
UNKNOWN (Brookville Lab Technician # 2) 2
UNKNOWN (Sanitarium Nurse) 2
UNKNOWN (Organist) 2
UNKNOWN (Truck Driver) 2
Dick Contino (Gondolier) 1
David Cryer (Dr. Walters) 1
John Dennis (Mr. Larson) 1
John Dennis (Apartment Manager) 1
John Dennis (Investigator) 1  
James Doughton (Harry Carpenter) 1
Del Hinkley (Man in Nursery) 1
Harry Holcombe (Minister) 1
Sylvia Jackson (Miss Jackson) 1
Judith Jett (Nurse) 1
Raymond Kasperry (Organist) 1
S. John Launer (Justice of the Peace) 1
Len Lawson (Justice of the Peace) 1
John Lombardo (Jewelry Store Clerk) 1
Macon McCalman (Freddie) 1
Royce Murray (Organist) 1
Jack Stauffer (Leo Rogers) 1
Ashley Wells (Elaine Forrest) 1
UNKNOWN (Frank Edwards) 1
UNKNOWN (Mrs. Clavett) 1
UNKNOWN (Reverend Hackett) 1
UNKNOWN (Minister) 1
UNKNOWN (Nurse) 1
UNKNOWN (Attendant # 1) 1
UNKNOWN (Attendant # 2) 1
UNKNOWN (Surgeon) 1
UNKNOWN (Workman # 1) 1
UNKNOWN (Workman # 2) 1
UNKNOWN (Paramedic # 1) 1
UNKNOWN (Paramedic # 2) 1
UNKNOWN (Mexican Violinist) 1
UNKNOWN (Orderly # 1) 1
UNKNOWN (Orderly # 2) 1
UNKNOWN (Nurse # 1) 1
UNKNOWN (Nurse # 2) 1

Preemptions: (4)
Thu . 1/1/76      TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE & COMEDY: FULL HOUSE
Tue. 1/20/76     DRAMA: FIRST LADIES' DIARIES: EDITH BOLLING WILSON
Thu. 7/15/76     DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION: FOURTH SESSION
Thu. 11/25/76   NFL FOOTBALL: BUFFALO VS. DETROIT

"Days" Cast Birthdays (including the "Days" episode aired that day):
3/26/76- Natalia Livingston (Taylor Walker) Episode # 2606
7/3/76- Andrea Barber (Carrie Brady) Episode # 2677
7/17/76- Eric Winter (Rex DiMera) Episode # 2686
9/19/76- Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) Episode # 2731

                                                                                             Cast Yearbook: 1976 Debuts 

              
                Sandy Balson                         Ivan Bonar                          Mimi Cozzens                    Rosemary Forsyth                       Brodie Greer
               (Kay Stanhope)                     (Judge Gelson)                  (Barbara Randolph)                  (Laura Horton)                     (Hospital Attendant) 

                                               
                                                   Deidre Hall                    Elizabeth MacRae                  Alejandro Rey                       Fran Ryan
                                                (Marlena Evans)              (Barbara Randolph)                   (Karl Duval)                     (Rosie Carlson)

                         
                          Ken Sansom                       Doris Singleton                   Barbara Stanger                       Sally Stark                        William Traylor
                   (Dr. Frederick Powell)                (Kay Stanhope)                   (Mary Anderson)                    (Sharon Duval)                   (James Stanhope)

                                               
                                                 Michael Verona                     Fred Vincent                       Mike Warren                       Janet Wood
                                                      (Alberto)                            (Allen Quinn)                      (Jerry Davis)                   (Ginny Stanhope)

                                 Camera Shy: Michael Grayson (George Owens), John Russon (Dougie LeClair), Maren Stephenson (Jennifer Horton).



  
11th Anniversary, 1976.
LEFT: Macdonald Carey (Tom) gives a speech in front of the anniversary banner. RIGHT: Brooke Bundy (Rebecca), Robert Clary (Robert), Rosemary Forsyth (Laura), and producer Jack Herzberg with the newest "Days" castmember, Deidre Hall (Marlena).