Peter Reckell

Peter Paul Reckell (born May 7, 1955) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Bo Brady, a role he originated in 1983 on the NBC drama Days of Our Lives.

Peter Reckell
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Reckell and Kristian Alfonso at Fan Fest 04
Peter Paul Reckell

(1955-05-07) May 7, 1955 (age 65)
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Kelly Moneymaker

Reckell has played Bo Brady on Days of Our Lives from 1983 to 1987, 1990 to 1992, 1995 to 2012, and returned (with others) in fall 2015 as a lead up to the 50th anniversary (November 8, 1965) of the show.[1] Other notable credits include Eric Hollister on As the World Turns (1980–1982) and Johnny Rourke on Knots Landing (1988–1989).

Early yearsEdit

Reckell was born in Elkhart, Indiana, but grew up on a farm in Okemos, Michigan. The second oldest of six children, he has two brothers and three sisters. While in junior high school, Reckell built theater sets and performed in the chorus, and eventually became a theater technical director. He went on to appear in numerous plays throughout high school. Upon graduation, Reckell attended the prestigious Boston Conservatory, where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater with a minor in music and dance.[2]


Reckell made his network-television debut as Eric Hollister on As the World Turns. He then played Bo on Days of our Lives from 1983–87 and later from 1990-91. He returned to the role of the rugged cop for the third time in August 1995, but departed the role again in October 2012. During part of his absence from Days, Reckell appeared in the recurring role of Johnny Rourke on the primetime series Knots Landing. Among Reckell's stage credits are Moonchildren, The Fantasticks, The Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Love Letters and Deathtrap.

His feature film credits include Rustam Ibraguimbekov's Broken Bridges, which was filmed in Russia.

In 2010 Reckell joined the cast of the Emmy Award-winning web soap series Venice: The Series as Richard McAndrews. This venture soon became a family affair with wife Kelly Moneymaker coming on board in 2011 to coordinate music for the highly anticipated third season of the show.

On May 14, 2009, twenty-six years since his debut on Days of Our Lives, Reckell was nominated for his first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Personal lifeEdit

Reckell married Dale Kristien in December 1987. They divorced in 1991.

Reckell married Kelly Moneymaker on April 18, 1998. Their daughter, Loden Sloan, was born on October 25, 2007.[3]

Reckell enjoys practicing yoga, martial arts, swimming, horseback riding and mountain biking.


Year Film Role Other notes
2004 Broken Bridges Jeff
2009 Street Dreams Dan Reynolds
Year Title Role Notes
1980–1982 As the World Turns Eric Hollister
1982 The Facts of Life Alan Cooke Episode: The Affair
1983–1992, 1995-2012, 2015–2016 Days of Our Lives Bo Brady
1985 Circus of the Stars Himself Show #10
1987 The Law & Harry McGraw Packard Episode: State of Art
1988 Shades of Love: Moonlight Flight Tommy Rivers TV-Movie
1988–1989 Knots Landing Johnny Rourke 31 episodes
1991 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage Danny TV-Movie
1992 Days of our Lives: One Stormy Night Bo Brady NBC Television special
1993 Baywatch Jordan Stewart Episode: Tentacles (2)
1995 Women of the House Steve Briston Episode: North to Alaska
2000 Days of our Lives' 35th Anniversary Bo Brady NBC Television special
2001 Sheena
2004 1 Day With Himself 1 episode
2009 30 Rock Bo Brady Episode: Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001
Year Title Role Notes
2010–2012 Venice: The Series Richard
2013 The Grove: The Series Johnny Chava

Awards and nominationsEdit

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 2009: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" - Days of our Lives

Soap Opera Digest Awards

  • 1984: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera" - Days of our Lives
  • 1985: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera" - Days of our Lives
  • 1986: Nominated, "Favorite Daytime Super Couple on a Daytime Serial" - Days of our Lives (shared w/Kristian Alfonso)
  • 1986: Won, "Outstanding Young Leading Actor in a Daytime Serial" - Days of our Lives
  • 1996: Won, "Hottest Male Star" - Days of our Lives
  • 2001: Won, "Favorite Couple" - Days of our Lives (shared w/Kristian Alfonso)


  • 2002: Won, "America's Favorite Couple" - Days of our Lives (shared w/Kristian Alfonso)
  • 2005: Nominated, "Irresistible Combination" - Days of our Lives (shared w/Kristian Alfonso)


Year Album
2003 Peter Reckell
Appears On
Song Album
When Two Chevys Collide Days Of Our Lives: Love Songs

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Paula Hendrickson (2015-11-05). "'Days of Our Lives' Rings in 50th Anniversary". Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  2. ^ "Boston Conservatory". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Revel with a Cause". Soap Opera Digest. April 2012. p. 41.

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