Bo Brady

Bo Brady is a fictional character on the NBC soap opera, Days of Our Lives, the youngest of the series' Brady family.

Bo Brady
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Peter Reckell as Bo Brady
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed by
  • 1983–87
  • 1990–2012
  • 2015–16
First appearanceMay 3, 1983
Last appearanceJune 8, 2016
Created byMargaret DePriest and Sheri Anderson
Introduced by
ClassificationFormer; regular
Other namesBeauregard Aurelius Brady

Creation and CastingEdit

Created under head-writer Margaret DePriest, the role was originated by Peter Reckell on May 3, 1983.[1] Rebellious blue-collar Bo was paired with more upper-class Hope Williams (Kristian Alfonso), forming one of the show's first and most popular supercouples.[2] Reckell left the show alongside Alfonso on April 20, 1987.[3] Reckell returned from April 19, 1990, to January 17, 1992, until Robert Kelker-Kelly stepped into the role from March 13, 1992, to July 24, 1995.[4] Reckell returned to portray Bo on August 1, 1995.[1]

In June 2012, after much speculation, it was confirmed that Reckell would once again exit the soap.[5][6] Reckell filmed his final scenes for Days of our Lives on July 24, 2012, last airing on October 30.[7] On March 18, 2015, it was announced that Reckell has inked a deal to return for the show's fiftieth anniversary, airing on August 28, 2015.[8] In May 2016, it was announced that Reckell would return for a special episode centered around Hope, airing on June 7 and 8, 2016.[9]


Bo was born on November 5, 1963[10] and is the only son of Caroline Brady (Peggy McCay) and Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston).[11][12] However, Bo is raised as the youngest child of Caroline and her husband Shawn Brady (Frank Parker) until his paternity reveal in 1985. Bo returned to Salem in 1983 and married Hope Williams (Kristian Alfonso) shortly after. The couple later welcomed their son, Shawn-Douglas Brady. Bo later became a detective at the Salem Police Department.[13] In 2000, Bo and Hope welcomed another son, Zack. During the Salem Stalker storyline, Bo lost his mother and older brother Roman (Josh Taylor). He rejoined the police force to help solve the case and was forced to arrest his former sister-in-law, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). All the victims were discovered on a mysterious island and Bo was on the rescue team. He was also reunited with his ex-wife, Billie Reed (Julie Pinson). On New Year's Day in 2006, Zack was hit by a car driven by Bo and Billie's daughter, Chelsea (Rachel Melvin). To protect Chelsea, Bo hid the truth believing it would destroy his family. In 2008, Chelsea saved Bo's life by donating part of her pancreas when his began failing. Bo suffered a concussion and temporarily experienced psychic visions.[14] In 2012, Bo quit the force after budget cuts and accompanied Caroline to California for Alzheimer's treatment. Caroline eventually returns, but Bo decided to go sailing as it was a lifelong dream of his. Hope and their daughter went sailing with him for a brief vacation however all the boat scenes only include Hope and Ciara in the cabin by themselves.

In late 2013-early 2014, Hope revealed that Bo went to Europe to continue investigating the DiMeras on his own. However, as time went on and his investigation took on a wider scope (ostensibly as part of a larger ISA mission), so did his absence from home, and Hope.

In March 2014, John Black delivered a message to Hope that Bo's investigation had branched off into a larger, more powerful, and more dangerous criminal organization than even the DiMeras, and is working deep undercover in Europe to bring them down, and may not be back for another year or more. Bo's situation even precluded him from contacting friends and family, and a letter to Hope was the last known contact any Salemite had with him.

Beginning September 2015, Bo was seen being held captive and tortured in a dirty prison, later revealed to be in Mexico. When Steve, with John's help, began to track him down, he was moved to an equally filthy hospital-looking facility. Steve, John, and Victor uncover that Bo was working with Victor to help Dr. Salinas find a cure for Caroline's Alzheimer's-type condition. This may have also been at the same time that he was involved in an investigation that may or may not have involved the ISA which had taken him to northern Europe. He was then lured by a Britta Englund-lookalike to Mexico. In November 2015, Bo started to blackout and experienced headaches, Thanks to his sister, Kayla, he underwent testing and was diagnosed with an inoperable terminal brain tumor. In the location of their first kiss, Bo tells Hope of his condition. Bo and Hope passionately repeat their wedding vows to each other as Bo becomes extremely pale and weak. Hope told Bo that his niece Sami's son Will was murdered last month, at which he was devastated. Then Bo lost consciousness and died in Hope's arms, while snow started to fall on them.

In 2018, Will (who had not actually died) was told of his great-uncle's death by Gabi.


  1. ^ a b "Days of our Lives — Bios — Peter Reckell as Bo Brady". Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  2. ^ "Bo and Hope Timeline". Soap Opera Digest. 2004-03-05. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  3. ^ Newcomb, Roger (2013-04-20). "Today in Soap Opera History (April 20)". We Love Soaps. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Robert Kelker Kelly Bio". Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  5. ^ "DAYS: Peter Reckell Exit News". Soap Opera Digest. 2012-06-13. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Masters, Megan (2012-06-13). "TVLine Items: Days Vet Peter Reckell to Exit, Breaking Bad Star's New Gig and More!". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "Peter Reckell Exits Salem Today". Soap Opera Digest. 2012-07-24. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
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  9. ^ White-Nobles, Omar (May 28, 2016). "Days of our Lives Scoop: Who's Appearing in the Special Hope Episode? (Exclusive)". TVSource Magazine. United States: SoSource Media LLC. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  10. ^ Victor mentioned to Caroline that their son's birthdate was his passcode to his phone. September 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "DAYS Daily Recaps Archive: The week of October 29, 2007". Soap Central. SoapCentral. November 2, 2007. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "Soap Opera Scenes". Boca Raton News. South Florida Media Company. August 5, 1983. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  13. ^ "Days of our Lives — Bios — Peter Reckell as Bo Brady". Archived from the original on 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  14. ^ "Get Episode Recaps & Previews – Days of our Lives – NBC". NBC. Retrieved 27 October 2014.

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