Sonny thought he knew who Leo was on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but he had no idea! And for viewers who thought Leo looked familiar, it’s probably because Greg Rikaart starred on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Kevin Fisher for years!
After finding himself alone when Will and Paul ended up together, Sonny decided to check out a dating app on his phone and began exchanging messages with a guy named Leo. And while things were going great, it turned out that it was really Vivian Alamain on the other end of the phone! But in the March 27 episode, Leo showed up in the flesh to meet Sonny face to face. The only problem was that he was actually working for Vivian to help her steal Titan Industries. (And later Kate, when she found out about the scheme and disposed of Vivian to take over!)
Leo was originally on Vivian's payroll until Kate took over for a while! (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
After getting close to Sonny, Leo slapped him with a sexual harassment lawsuit threatening to destroy him and the company if he didn't pay up. Although urged to settle out of court, Sonny insisted on fighting back against the charges, and enlisted Will and Paul to dig up some dirt on the guy. With John's help they discovered Leo's real name was Matthew Cooper, and that he was a prostitute with a criminal record. Insisting that he really did love him, Leo urged Sonny to marry him in order to keep him quiet and save the company. But when Will interrupted and exposed his true identity, Leo attacked him. Pulling Leo off, Sonny sent him falling into the fireplace where he hit his head and fell down dead! Sonny and Will scrambled to cover up their crime, but things began going wrong right from the start!
Things did not end well for Leo! (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
Back on Y&R, Rikaart played Kevin, who was a pretty awful character when first introduced, but was quickly redeemed by the writers so he could stick around for over a decade. (Earning Rikaart five Daytime Emmy Award nominations and one win in the process!) Unfortunately that kind of redemption didn't happen for Leo.
Fans might also recognize Rikaart from his guest-starring roles in primetime series like CSI: MIAMI, BONES, and THE CLOSER. In 2015, he had a recurring role for some episodes of MAJOR CRIMES. In real life, Rikaart has been happily married to writer Robert Sudduth since May 9, 2015. The couple welcomed a beautiful baby boy named Montgomery Argo on June 12, 2016, via a surrogate.
We fight hate, fear, bigotry, homophobia and injustice in the world with love, intellect and enlightenment. In the truest and most pure definitions of the latter words, it is with full hearts that Rob and I take great pride in introducing our son, Montgomery Argo Rikaart-Sudduth. He was born in Roseville, CA at 5:01pm on 6/12/16. He is light and love and magic. Monte, Rob, myself and Marcela, our trooper of a surrogate, are all doing fantastic.
Rikaart continued to make appearances on Y&R even as he was taping episodes of DAYS, so perhaps now that his time in Salem has come to an end, he can return to Genoa City for another visit? Stay tuned to find out!
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