Josh Duhamel returns to 'All My Children' -- EXCLUSIVE

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In a classy show of gratitude for the show that helped to jump start his career, Josh Duhamel has agreed to perform a cameo on the soon-to-be shuttered All My Children.

Duhamel will reprise his role as con artist Leo du Pres on the ABC soap, which is set to air its final episode in September. The film actor, who went on to star in NBC’s Las Vegas before appearing in flicks like Transformers and Life as We Know It, will appear in an August episode (or two?) of AMC.

De Pres supposedly died in 2003 when trying to save Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) in a waterfall accident. His body, however, was never found — which left open the possibility that his character would return to Pine Valley.

Duhamel was nominated for four Daytime Emmy awards for his time on AMC; he won for outstanding supporting actor in 2002.

Occasionally, the daytime soaps are successful in recruiting famous alums to perform cameos before they go off the air. In April 2010, Julianne Moore (A Single Man) reprised her role as Frannie Hughes on As the World Turns before it ended last fall. The Oscar-nominated actress got her start on ATWT in 1985 by playing half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina – a depiction that earned her a Daytime Emmy in 1988, the year she left the show.

There are plenty of other exciting alums that AMC could lure, if the timing (or money) is right. Besides Duhamel, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christian Slater also got their start on AMC, as did Kelly Ripa and Kim Delaney. The list of graduates of One Life to Life, which goes off the air in January 2012, is equally fun and impressive. Former stars of that soap include Tommy Lee Jones, Blair Underwood, Hayden Panettiere and Yasmin Bleeth.

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  • Captain

    Good for him. It’s always nice to see someone who hasn’t forgotten where he came from. A lot of stars who made it big after soaps, try to distance themselves from the genre but I admire people who aren’t afraid to embrace it. Sarah Michelle Gellar would be a great catch but she’s got a new show and her character is played by another actress now.

    • Morgan

      SMG mentioned that she would cameo as someone other than Kendall. Since it’s the end, I’d be all for seeing SMG and Eden Riegel just walk past Alicia Minshew and Christina Bennett Lind in a park or something.

      • TV Gord

        Great idea, Morgan!

      • KJR

        That’s an awesome idea

    • dee dee1

      I would love to see him come back. I was bummed when he left the show. It would be great for him to leave with Greenlee.

  • sunoverla

    judith light oltl
    judith light oltl
    judith light oltl
    judith light oltl

    • Dee Jones

      I don`t watch OLTL, but I have seen Judith Light`s character Karen Wolek on you tube from years ago and she was outstanding, it was the courtroom scene. For those who have`t seen it go to you tube, she`s incredible in that scene. EMMY WELL DESERVED!

      • Tivochick

        I was watching OLTL at that time and saw Judith Light’s performance. Devastating. Could be considered the signature moment of the entire show’s run.

      • Chris

        More like overacting.

      • Dana

        Oh that was the best performance Judith Light ever gave on the show. I know its the one that made me stop and watch OLTL!

      • SueN

        Yep, that story line got me hooked on the show.

  • TIna

    Please.. He said so on ELLEN WEEKS ago.

    • BeBe

      That’s what I was going to say! However he didnt really say it but rather hinted to it.

    • TV Gord

      This is confirmation that the deal is done. Stop being such a spoilsport (and you’re not the only one who watches Ellen, so you’re not telling most of us anything we don’t already know).

      • LOL

        No matter if you use your tv gord name or your other ones that you used to use on tvguide.com, you are always a prick

  • poppy

    YES! Finally! It was always about Leo & Greenlee NOT Ryan and Greenlee. Kudos to Josh. You’re fans appreciate you!

    • cattyfan

      I had the pleasure of meeting him years ago. He is a truly nice guy, and was so patient with fans.

      • Chris

        Just don’t be on the same plane as him.

      • Rob

        Chris,

        Very funny!!!!!!! Josh comes across as such a nice guy…he comes across so naturally nice when he’s on Ellen. I just was very surprised over that whole plane incident…with him not turning off his electronic device and getting into an argument with the flight attendants. Glad he’s back though. Screw you Brian Frons!

    • Carrie

      I agree. I always thought Greenlee belonged with Leo and Ryan belonged with Gillian. I’ve been waiting all these years for Leo to return. It was so obvious that he didn’t die in that waterfall. Didn’t they show him climbing onto a log or a tree branch in the river?

  • ugh

    nice. all my children is why i am a fan of his. i grew up watching AMC with my mom and the summer he showed up i got sucked back in.

  • TK

    Full agree with you Captain. Its great to see actors and actresses who remember their roots and are willing to pay homage to the shows and community’s that gave them their start.

  • CW

    This is wonderful news. I’ll be estatic if Greenlee and Leo can ride off into the sunset when AMC ends. The cherry on the sundae would be Nathan coming back to OLTL as Joey (I can dream right).

    • Tracy

      yes, that would be so cool.

    • Pamela

      @CW- I would totally love to see Nathan Fillion back on OLTL before goes off of ABC!!!

  • Pav

    He’s been on the ABC FB page for weeks. Teaser!!! I’m looking forward to seeing him.

  • Morgan

    Greenlee hasn’t had even a halfway decent love interest since Josh left. So glad he’s coming back for the end!

  • franny

    I’ll be thrilled to see Josh on the show. What I don’t like is how everyone keeps talking about the end of the show. There are several events going on with fans fighting to save the soaps so I’m very hopeful that the shows will continue on another network. Keep the faith!

    • Chris

      Delusional much?

    • Ms. Dipesto

      As much as I’d like to see the show saved, I doubt it will happen. I’ve been a fan since I was 7 years old, and I’ll be 39 in September. It’s the end of an era, there’s not enough Kleenex in the world that will hold my tears when the final episode airs!

  • Deanna

    As much as I like Ryan and Greenlee, I LOVED Leo and Greenlee more. Team Leo!!!!!!!!!

  • AMB

    You forgot the best OLTL alum of all, Nathan Fillion!

    • Brit

      No kidding! And he’s the type of guy who would totally do it!

      • scott

        And did … Nathan reprised his Joey Buchanan role when that ol’ cornpone Asa died a couple years ago!

  • s

    That sucks. He’ll most likely be a dream or ghost of some sort. Too bad he wasn’t returning to take Greens off into the sunset from Ryan. I HATE Rylee.

  • s

    AMC/OLTL are a both goners deal with it and accept. Its over. GH is next and will probably be gone within a year.

    • Pratik

      Frons thought he was god ,and he detoysred the soaps. he can watch whatever he likes.I will never watch abc during the day. I am home all day and the types of shows they replaced my soaps with do not intrest me at all. Spew,and revelotion,no thanks.Frons can say what he likes but I think he got fired ,same as all the actors and crew on these shows.Oh well what goes around ,comes around.

  • Jacob L

    Yasmine who?

    • Alan

      Bleeth.

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