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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