Galen Laius Gering (born February 13, 1971) is an American actor most known for his portrayal of characters on daytime soap operas. He plays the role of Rafe Hernandez on the long-running NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. Prior to his current role, he acted on the NBC daytime soap opera Passions as Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald.

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Gering at the 8th Annual Hack n' Smack Celebrity Golf Tournament in 2011
Galen Laius Gering

(1971-02-13) February 13, 1971 (age 48)
Years active1999–present
Jenna Hudlett Gering (m. 2000)

Early lifeEdit

Galen Laius Gering was born in Los Angeles, California, to Alan Gering and Michele de Oñate, a renowned west coast artist. He is of Russian Jewish descent on his father's side, and of Spanish-Basque descent on his mother's (his great-grandfather was a Basque immigrant).[1][2] He has an older sister, Charissa. Gering was close to his grandmother, who was also an artist.

At the age of 18, Gering moved to New York City to start a modeling career and finished high school remotely. He traveled Europe as a model before attending New York University for a year. Gering finished college at the University of Miami where he studied creative writing and film.


In 1999, Gering learned of a role in an upcoming NBC daytime soap called Passions through Irene Marie Models. By the time Gering graduated from UM, he was already taping Passions, on which he had landed the role of Officer Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald.[3] Gering was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000, and remained with Passions until its cancellation in 2008.

On October 31, 2008, Gering debuted on another NBC soap, Days of Our Lives, as Rafe Hernandez, an FBI agent who is hired to guard Sami Brady while she is under witness protection. He has also appeared in over 50 national commercials.[4]

On September 25, 2011, Gering and his wife, Jenna, starred on the E! reality series Dirty Soap together with their kids.[5] The show ended on November 13, 2011, after only one season.[6]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2008 Passions Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald Main role
2003 Miss Match Adrian Episode: "Forgive and Forget"
2006 Mein Liebchen Bradley Short film
2008–present Days of Our Lives Rafe Hernandez Main role
2009 10 Items or Less Dale Episode: "Sesquicentennial"
2009–12 Venice: The Series Owen Brogno 36 episodes
2011 Dirty Soap Himself 5 episodes
2015 Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey Himself 1 episode
2017 Battle of the Network Stars Himself 1 episode

Personal lifeEdit

Gering eloped with long-time girlfriend Jenna Hudlett, a model and actress, on January 3, 2000. The two kept their marriage a secret until April 2000, when they had a wedding ceremony and then revealed they were already married at their reception. The couple's first child, son Dillon Phoenix, was born on August 3, 2006, and they welcomed their second son, Jensen, on July 17, 2008.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Interview: 'Days of our Lives' Galen Gering | TV Guide". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  2. ^ "Interview with Galen Gering". Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  3. ^ "Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald". Archived from the original on 2006-09-09. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  4. ^ "Days of our Lives - Bios - Galen Gering as Rafe Hernandez". Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  5. ^ "First Look at DIRTY SOAP". 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  6. ^ "No More Dirty Soap". Soap Opera Digest. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-03-20.

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