Guest Author - Alice Rienzo
Born Tommy Tim Taylor in Princeton, Illinois, Josh was considered an All-American Athlete and scholar. Despite his good-ol'-boy reputation, Josh holds and impressive Juris Doctorate in Law. When asked why he pursued law school, he said, “Because I knew I wasn't a corporate guy and law school gave me three more years of respectability before having to go to work. I got a full ride offer from the University of Denver law school, which was a very progressive school so it was a lot of fun.”
Following college, Taylor headed for the Alaskan Pipeline but ended up in Los Angeles. Armed with a swagger and laid-back grin, the handsome soap actor was first noticed in 1973 tending bar at Westwood Village Bratskeller near the popular Burbank Studios. Soon after, he won the role of working class Chris Kositchek and caused the hearts of many women to skip a beat all over the world.
Following his daytime fame in the mid-80s, Josh was successful in crossing over to prime time television with the sitcom The Hogan Family as series star Valerie Harper's husband, Michael Hogan. In 1988, squabbles between the title star and the network led to Harper's abrupt dismissal. The program continued for another three seasons after Sandy Duncan took over a role as Valerie's sister and household help.
Brief forays into mini-movies and episodics ("Murder, She Wrote and "Matlock") and a recurring role as Luke Perry's ne'er-do-well father on Beverly Hills, 90210, failed to keep up a steady pace so Josh returned to the daytime fold in the mid-1990s with brief stints on The Young and the Restless and The Guiding Light. In 1997 he finally returned to NBC and Days of Our Lives. This time, he was cast in the role as Roman Brady, previously portrayed by Wayne Northrop, and stayed with the show until 2004 when his character fell victim to a serial killer. Josh’s character as Roman Brady has not had a lead storyline for many years.
Divorced from film action bombshell Sandahl Bergman of Red Sonja fame, Josh remarried and lives with wife Lisa in Burbank. Josh and Sandahl have a daughter Tristen.
Taylor met his current wife, Lisa Tremblay, while she was a flight attendant for American Airlines in 1995. After dating for several years, they married on November 7, 1999. The wedding was fun and unique, just like the bride and groom. Amusingly, ex-Jesuit priest Father Terrance Sweeney, who served as technical advisor on The Thorn Birds, officiated at Josh and Lisa Taylor's wedding.
Taylor won the Sexiest Man of the Year award by Afternoon TV and Best Newcomer of the Year by a soap opera magazine during the late 70s. He has the unique distinction of having been in two different long-term roles on the same show. From 1976 to 1987, Taylor portrayed Chris Kositchek. In 1997, exactly one decade later, the actor returned to the fictional town of Salem to tackle the role of Roman Brady.