Jay Kenneth Johnson: Five Questions About The Star Answered

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Jay Kenneth Johnson

Fans of celebrities can do crazy things just to show support or sometimes just for fun. Jay Kenneth Johnson is one of those actors whose fans can go the extra mile just to prove how much they love him. When he announced his exit from the famous show, Days of Our Lives (DOOL) in 2002, some of his fans flew a plane they hired over the NBC studio in Manhattan, carrying a banner wishing him good luck. That’s leaving with style.

The year 2002, we can both agree, is a long time ago, a whole lot has happened since then and people are asking questions about their star. We have answered five of them below.

Who old is Jay Kenneth Johson?

Johnson is an American actor from Springfield Missouri. He was born on the 24th of February 1977. He is the first child of his parents among two other siblings, Jeff and Jenna, born to Janice and Ken Johnson.

Johnson went on to attend Missouri State University after he graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1995. He studied business and theatre, after his graduation he moved to the city of Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

Jay Kenneth Johnson is 44 years old.

What was his career like?

He is popularly known for playing Philip Kiriakis on the American daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.

The first time Jay appeared on Screen was in 1999. Although this was the same year he first featured in the American daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives”, he had previously appeared as Brendon in another American television soap opera “The Young and the Restless”. A series, which first aired in 1973, before Jay was even born, and presently running with over 12,000 episodes.

Although Jay only appears in one episode it still counts as his first appearance on Television.

Why did Jay keep leaving Days of Our Lives?

Before Jay joined the American soap opera, “Days of our Lives”, on the NBC network, the character Philip Kiriakis was played by Brandon Tyler. Jay played the role of Philip Kiriakis from 1999 till 2002, his character was then taken over and played by Kyle Brandt from May 2003 until October 2006.

Jay was recast for the role in January 2007 which he played until April 2011. John Pual Lavoisier picked it up in 2015 but was dropped the following year. Jay was called back to repeat the role on the last blast reunion series before he returned to the original series in August last year.

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The first time Jay left the show, it was uncertain why he didn’t continue but rumor had it that his contract broke down and they were unable to come to an agreement. In 2016 the character, Philip Kiriakis, was absent from several scenes after he betrayed his father and ran out of town. From a sentimental point of view, it is arguable to say that the fans had more connection with him than the other actors hence, the reason why he is still in the show or should I say steal-ing the show?

Is Jay Kenneth Johnson married?

Jay’s glorious return to the show “Days of Our Lives” in 2007 definitely brought joy to the hearts of his fans and probably tears to their eyes as well.

It turns out to be just the start of something new as Shelley Katherine Henning, an American actress, and model, joined the show that same year. Henning won Miss Teen USA 2004 and later won two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her performance as Stephanie Johnson in Days of Our Lives.

Jay and Henning started dating that same year, unfortunately to their fans, it only lasted for five years. They finally separated in 2012 and Jay is said to have not been in a relationship since then. What did you do to him, Henning?

Despite their love affair gone cold, they both worked together on set, on and off, until 2017 when Henning finally left the show. So, Jay Kenneth Johnson has never been married and has no kids.

How much is his net worth?

Aside from being a star in the world of TV shows, Jay Kenneth Johnson has featured in several movies in the industry.

In 2003 he played Ethan Cox in Hotel, in 2007 he took on the lead role of Johnny in the movie Hack, in 2015 he played Gabe in Runaway Hearts. He accepted a voice role in 2019’s Wonder Pets as Dag the Dragon.

Jay Kenneth Johnson is worth two million dollars.

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