|Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis|
|Days of our Lives character|
|Portrayed by||Wally Kurth|
|First appearance||February 3, 1987|
|Created by||Leah Laiman|
|Introduced by||Betty Corday
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Justin Alexander Kiriakis is a fictional character on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of our Lives. Created by head writer Leah Laiman, he is portrayed by actor Wally Kurth from February 3, 1987 to February 5, 1991. From 2007–2008, Justin was mentioned but not seen on screen. Kurth reprised the role since August 10, 2009. Justin is the nephew of Greek tycoon Victor Kiriakis. Justin married Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis, and together they have three sons while Justin has one by a past romance.
Casting and characterization
Wally Kurth joined DAYS in 1987 and was successfully paired with Judi Evans, who played his wife Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis. After having studied music atal theater at Loretto Heights College in Denver and theater arts at UCLA, Kurth spent a number of years working as a horse ranger, meat packer, telemarketer and appeared in several theater productions before landing his first daytime role on the NBC soap opera. Kurth was also nominated for "Hottest Male Star" at the 1996 Soap Opera Digest Awards. He remained with the show until 1991 and soon joined ABC's General Hospital as Ned Ashton that same year. He found great success in the role and remained on the show until 2007, later accepting the short-term role of Sam Hutchins on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns from 2007-2008. Outside of acting, Kurth ventured into hosting duties with his reality show 1 Day With on SOAPnet from 2004-2005, which feature him documenting the daily lives of soap stars. Kurth most recently appeared on NBC's primetime drama Law & Order: Los Angeles on April 11, 2011, which coincided with the final episode starring Skeet Ulrich. Kurth has also made a name for himself in music as the lead singer and guitarist of "Kurth & Taylor." He also won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for his song "Barefoot Ballet" on GH in 2002, which he shared with his bandmate Christian Taylor and lyricist Debi Cochran.
Justin Kiriakis arrived in town to become reacquainted with his uncle Victor Kiriakis, whom he had a distant relationship with since the death of his parents. He became accustomed to the family's questionable conduct as he ran his construction company but soon met the love of his life Adrienne Johnson. Adrienne was unlike Justin had predicted because she did not grow up in a privileged family and instead was raised very poorly. Victor objected to their relationship but they eventually married. They had their share of issues including Justin's affair with Angelica Deveraux and her giving birth to his son Alexander Kiriakis. Adrienne also had a relationship with Emilio Ramirez, whom Justin tried to have killed before being paralyzed in his legs from his own trap. Justin and Adrienne divorced and she soon opened a rival construction company before they remarried. The couple soon had trouble conceiving a child. Their housekeeper JJ Bagwood allowed them to adopt her twins and they were named Victor and Joseph. Following a custody trial with the biological father Stanley, Justin and Adrienne were livid when JJ kidnapped the twins. After they were found, Adrienne learned she was pregnant and so she, Justin and their three children left town before the birth of their son Jackson.
Justin returned to town after he became a lawyer and told his cousin Bo Brady and his wife Hope Williams Brady that he and Adrienne were on the brink of divorce. Bo and Hope were also not getting along and so Justin and Hope soon developed feelings for one another until ending any possibility for a relationship. Adrienne soon returned to town and after they struggle with their divorce the couple found their way back to another and remarried. The couple soon welcomed their son Jackson "Sonny" Kiriakis back to town and it is revealed that he is gay. They support him as he comes out to his uncle Victor and as he makes a home for himself with his new life with will Horton as his boyfriend..
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- "Days of our Lives - Bios - Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis". Nbc.com. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- Ken Corday (2010). The Days of our Lives: The True Story of One Family's Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives. Sourcebooks. p. 272. ISBN 1402242220.
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- Lorraine Zenka (1999). Days of Our Lives: A Tour Through Salem. Dutton Adult. p. 288. ISBN 0786401125.
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