Stephen Nichols

Stephen Earl Nichols (born February 19, 1951) is an American actor, recognized for his roles on American daytime soap operas. He has portrayed the role of Steve Johnson on NBC's Days of Our Lives on and off since 1985. In 1996, he joined the cast of ABC's General Hospital as Stefan Cassadine; he exited the role in 2003. From 2009 to 2013, he portrayed the role of Tucker McCall on The Young and the Restless.

Stephen Nichols
Stephen Earl Nichols

(1951-02-19) February 19, 1951 (age 70)
Years active1978–present
Lisa Gordon
(m. 1984)


After turning down an art scholarship to Ohio State University, he traveled west, studied yoga and lived as a monk while preparing vegetarian meals for the monks and nuns in a Hollywood ashram.[1]

After three years of celibacy, a steady diet of ice cream and the films of Truffaut and Bergman, he landed at the Theater Academy of Los Angeles City College where he studied for two years. Nichols went on to study with Stella Adler, Jack Colvin and Harry Mastrorgeorge.[2]

For his stage work, Nichols has been honored with three Drama-Logue Awards and two LA Weekly Theater Awards[3] for his performances in such notable productions as Pieces of Time (for his portrayal of real-life killer, Donald Bashor), for Delirious (directed by Ron Link), and as Jim Morrison in the last thirty-six hours of his life in The Lizard King.[4] Nichols also appeared at LATC in Rick Clutchey's The Cage,[5] in the award-winning production of Michael Cristofer's The Shadow Box at Theater East and Love Letters, during its initial run at the Canon Theater.[6]

Most recently, Nichols appeared in He Hunts at the Geffen Playhouse and was seen in the U.S. première of Joe Pintaro's The Dead Boy,[7] for which Nichols received a Maddy Award.

Days of Our LivesEdit

Nichols as Steve "Patch" Johnson

His original portrayal of Steve "Patch" Johnson (1985–90) earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role and five Soap Opera Digest Best Actor Awards. Steve and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) remain one of the most popular couples, and the most-covered, on Days of our Lives ever.[8] Nichols talked about one of their favorite storylines and shared, “Mary Beth likes Emily and Gideon. It was a fantasy, it wasn’t really us, but we were reading this beautiful diary, in the old mansion, and then it would flash to the characters.” [9]

Nichols returned to the role of Steve (Patch) Johnson on Days of Our Lives in 2006, and played the role until 2009.

On April 17, 2015, it was reported that Nichols would return as reprise the role of Steve "Patch" Johnson of NBC's Days of Our Lives and Nichols second return air date on September 15.[10] He continues to play the role as of December 2020.

From December 2019-January 2020, Nichols played the role of Stefano DiMera[11] as part of a storyline where Dr. Wilhelm Rolf implanted a chip into Steve Johnson's brain that turned him into "the new Stefano DiMera".[12]

Other workEdit

Nichols also portrayed Stefan Cassadine on the soap General Hospital (1996–2003).[13] This role reunited him with Evans, while his character was later paired with Laura Spencer, played by Genie Francis.

Other TV appearances have included Matlock, L.A. Law, Diagnosis: Murder, The Nanny (with former Days of our Lives co-star Charles Shaughnessy), Second Chances, Sisters, a recurring role on Empty Nest, and playing Jesse James opposite Pierce Brosnan in the NBC mini-series Around the World in 80 Days.[14]

Nichols has appeared in several feature films, first co-starring with Demi Moore in Choices. He was also in Witchboard; Soapdish with Kevin Kline, Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Downey, Jr.; Heaven's Tears; Cover Me with Paul Sorvino; Phoenix with Brad Dourif and William Sanderson; and the Showtime short A Hard Rain with John Mahoney,[15] which earned best film honors at the British Film Festival for director Dennie Gordon.

Nichols has directed several stage productions, including Sixty Minutes from L.A., a presentation pilot for television, Wild Horses (co-director) and most recently, wrote and directed the dramatic short film Get the Dime starring Daniel Bess and Robert Picardo.[16] Get the Dime was a director's pick at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. Upcoming,[when?] Nichols will direct the feature films Eau de L.A. and Fear of Falling.

On December 17, 2009, it was reported on and that he had joined the cast of CBS's The Young and the Restless as Tucker McCall, replacing William Russ. Nichols's first air date was January 27, 2010. On Y&R, he would later be reunited with General Hospital counterpart Genie Francis, who played Genevieve Atkinson on the show. Nichols's last day on Y&R was January 29, 2013.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Stephen Nichols’ has three children: Vanessa, Aaron, and Dylan. Nichols married Lisa Gordon in 1984 All three children have had small parts on Days of Our Lives. Nichols’ son, Aaron, played young Steve Johnson. Nichols’ daughter, Dylan, has a burgeoning music career. Nichols has two grandchildren.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 A Different Story Man at Bath
1981 Choices Chris
1984 Killing Time Jim
1985 House Scott
1986 Witchboard Brandon Sinclair
1991 Soapdish Self
1994 A Hard Rain Munson
1995 Cover Me Dimitri
1995 Phoenix Tyler McClain
1995 Heaven's Tears Peter Steiner
1995 The Glass Cage Renzi
1997 Deep Cover Dutch Leonard
1998 Merchants of Venus The Stud
2009 Get The Dime (Short Film) Director, Editor, Writer
2014 I See (Short Film) Director, Editor
2019 A Beauty & The Beast Christmas Howard


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Dynasty Flight Attendant Episode: "Oil: Part 1" (uncredited)
1983 Wizards and Warriors Ogden
1982–1983 Dallas Paramedic 2 episodes
1985 T.J. Hooker Tony Perino Episode: "Street Bait"
Crazy Like a Fox Croiser Episode: "The Geronimo Machine"
1985–present Days of Our Lives Steve Johnson Contract role: 1985–90; 2006–09; 2015–present
2019–2020 Stefano DiMera Guest role, 4 episodes
1989 Around the World in 80 Days Jesse James Episode 3
1990 Matlock Cliff Lockwood Episode: "The Biker"
1991 L.A. Law Corrinne's Lawyer Episode: "He's a Crowd"
Shades of LA Walt Canton Episode: 'Burial Ground"
1992 Murder, She Wrote Barry Carroll Episode: "Danse Diabolique"
FBI: The Untold Stories William Timothy Kirk
2000 Malibu Road Brad Dimitri 4 episodes
Santa Barbara Dr. Skyler Gates Recurring role, 24 episodes
1993 Renegade Carl Canin Episode: "Endless Summer"
Melrose Place Steve Harris Episode: "Collision Course"
The Nanny Brock Storm Episode: "Personal Business"
1993–1994 Second Chances Tommy Simmons 5 episodes
1994 In the Heat of the Night Chuck Booker Episode: "Conspiracy of One"
Sisters Steve Episode: "Heroes"
Diagnosis Murder Miles Archer Episode: "Georgia on My Mind"
1995 Empty Nest Matt Kane 3 episodes
1997–2003 General Hospital Stefan Cassidine Guest role: 1997–1999
Contract role: 2002–2003
Port Charles Contract role
2002 She Spies Kurt Maxim
2009 Crash Thigpen's Client Episode: "You, I'll Be Following"
2010–2013 The Young and the Restless Tucker McCall Contract role

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jewell, Zoey. "Five Fast Facts About Veteran Soap Star Stephen Nichols". SoapHub. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Stephen Nichols Archives". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  3. ^ Brounstein, Diane. "Stephen Nichols Celebrates Amazing Milestone!". Soap Hub. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  4. ^ "#TBT - STEPHEN NICHOLS". Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  5. ^ "#TBT - STEPHEN NICHOLS". Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Stephen Nichols biography". Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Stephen Nichols Biography". IMDb, Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Stephen Nichols Archives". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  9. ^ Cushman, Dustin (February 14, 2017). "Interview: Mary Beth Evans, Stephen Nichols talk Steve & Kayla's wedding". SheKnows Soaps. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Hughes, Heather (April 17, 2015). "'Days Of Our Lives' Spoilers: Stephen Nichols Return Date Confirmed – Patch Will Be Back In Salem On September 14". Soap Opera Spy. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  11. ^ Barnet, R.J. "'Days Of Our Lives' Spoilers: Here's The Real Reason Why Stefano DiMera Chose Steve 'Patch' Johnson As His Successor!". Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  12. ^ Deese, Hollie. "Honoring the Nine Lives of Stefano DiMera As Days Brings Stefano Back". SheKnows Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Stephen Nichols"., Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Stephen Nichols". IMDb, Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Stephen Nichols". IMDb, Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  16. ^ Brounstein, Diane. "Stephen Nichols Celebrates Amazing Milestone!". Soap Hub. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  17. ^ Kroll, Dan J. "Stephen Nichols tapes final Y&R scenes". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Stephen Nichols Biography". Soap Hub. Retrieved 19 January 2020.

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