Sonny Kiriakis has been through a lot on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but even when he’s down, he’s never out. Every time things get rough and Sonny chooses to run away, he doesn’t stay gone for very long. The character was born off-screen in 1991 and made his adult debut in June of 2011 when Freddie Smith joined the cast of DAYS in the role.
The son of Justin and Adrienne Kiriakis, Sonny arrived in Salem in 2011 to come out to his family. He befriended Will Horton, Chad DiMera, and Gabi Hernandez, and launched a sports website with Chad and Will that had to be shut down when it was used for illegal gambling. The criminals kidnapped Gabi, Chad, Melanie Jonas, and Abigail Deveraux, forcing Sonny, Will, and Austin, to come to their rescue. Next, Sonny and Chad opened a coffee shop, Common Grounds. Sonny suspected Will was keeping his distance because he was questioning his feelings, and when Will finally found the courage to come out, they began dating.
Sonny was hurt when he learned that Will was the father of Gabi’s baby, but they worked through it and Sonny actually helped deliver Arianna when Gabi went into labor in an abandoned shack. Will and Sonny invited Gabi to live with them so they can all raise the baby together, but her constant involvement with Nick caused trouble.
Eventually, Sonny popped the question and he and Will were married by Marlena Evans in April of 2014. The drama with Nick reached a tipping point when he was shot dead and Will confessed believing Sonny was guilty. However, it turned out Gabi had done it to protect them, and when she went to jail, Will and Sonny raised Arianna.
Sonny helped get Will a job as a reporter for True Vista magazine, but the new job kept Will so busy that he began neglecting Sonny. When Paul Narita arrived in Salem, the closeted baseball player wanted to reunite with his ex, but Sonny had to inform him he was now a married man. Unfortunately, Will began working on a story about Paul and got him to open up about his sexuality and the two ended up having an affair! Upon learning about it, Sonny went to confront Will only to be stabbed by one of Victor’s enemies. After recovering from his injuries, Sonny decided to separate from Will and went to Arizona to visit his brother followed by France to do some work for Victor.
After Will was murdered by Ben Weston, Sonny returned home to Salem for the funeral, but haunted by his memories, returned to Paris. But he soon came back again and rekindled his relationship with Paul. Sonny was named CEO of Titan Industries and planned to marry Paul but Ben showed up at the wedding to reveal that Will was still alive! After tracking Will down in Nashville, Sonny’s joy at seeing him again was tempered by the fact that Will had no memories of his life, including their love.
Sonny watched as Will began a relationship with Paul, and met a guy named Leo through a dating app on his phone. Leo began working for Titan and seeing Sonny, but then slapped him with a sexual harassment suit because he was working with Vivian to destroy the company. Sonny asked Will and Paul to dig up dirt on Leo and they learned he was a prostitute with a criminal record. Exposed, Leo flew into a rage and tried to strangle Will. Sonny intervened and sent Leo falling into the fireplace, killing him.
Sonny and Will grew closer as they covered up Leo’s death, but everything changed forever at John and Marlena’s wedding when Will’s memories came flooding back. Unfortunately, the couple had to put their reunion on hold when Paul was seriously injured and left paralyzed and Will couldn’t bring himself to leave him. Devastated, Sonny once again decided to leave town.
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