Christopher Whitesell

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Christopher Whitesell
Born Iowa Falls, Iowa
Nationality United States
Parent(s) Patricia and John Patrick "Jack" Whitesell
Family Sean Whitesell (brother)
Patrick Whitesell (brother)
John Whitesell (brother)
Jim Whitesell (brother)
Tom Whitesell (brother)
Maria Quiban (sister-in-law)
Lauren Sánchez (sister-in-law)

Christopher Whitesell is an American television soap opera writer. He has served as either co-head writer, associate head writer, or a breakdown writer on the shows he has worked. In April 2012, he was named co-head writer of Days of Our Lives with Gary Tomlin, replacing Marlene Clark McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas who had been let go.[1]


He is the son of Patricia and John Patrick "Jack" Whitesell.[2][3] His brothers are the late film and television actor Sean Whitesell, Thomas Whitesell, talent agent Patrick Whitesell, college basketball coach James Whitesell, and director John Whitesell.[4][5][3]

Positions held[edit]

Another World

  • Associate head writer: 1988–1991, 1995–1996

As the World Turns

Days of Our Lives

  • Associate head writer: 2000–2001
  • Co-head writer: October 13, 2008 – June 13, 2011 (with Dena Higley, (hired by Gary Tomlin)
  • Co-headwriter: August 17, 2012 – August 18, 2015 (with Gary Tomlin, (hired by Ken Corday)

General Hospital

  • Co-head writer: May – December 5, 1997
  • Associate head writer: 1997
  • Breakdown writer: November 20, 2015 – present

Guiding Light

  • Associate head writer: 1984–1986

One Life to Live

  • Co-head writer: 2001 – January 31, 2003
  • Associate head writer: 1993–1995 (hired by Michael Malone)

Sunset Beach

The Young and the Restless

  • Breakdown writer: June 21, 2011 – June 11, 2012

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards


  • (2006; Best Writing; As the World Turns)
  • (1995 & 2002; Best Writing; One Life to Live)
  • (1989; Best Writing; Another World)
  • (1985; Best Writing; Guiding Light)


  • (2004–2005; Best Writing; As the World Turns)
  • (1994; Best Writing; One Life to Live)
  • (1986; Best Writing; Guiding Light)

Writers Guild of America Award


  • 2005 season; As the World Turns
  • 2001 season; Days of Our Lives
  • 1997 & 1998 season; General Hospital
  • 1997 season; Another World
  • 1994 season; One Life to Live
  • 1984 & 1985 season; Guiding Light

HW history[edit]

Preceded by
Richard Culliton and Karen Harris
Head writer of General Hospital (with Janet Iacobuzio)
May–December 5, 1997
Succeeded by
Robert Guza Jr.
Preceded by
Meg Bennett
Head writer of Sunset Beach (with Meg Bennett: January 8, 1998 - October 5, 1998)
(with Margaret DePriest: October 9, 1998 – December 31, 1999)

January 8, 1998 – December 31, 1999
Succeeded by
Show Canceled
Preceded by
Megan McTavish
Head writer of One Life to Live (with Lorraine Broderick)
January 2001 – January 31, 2003
Succeeded by
Josh Griffith
Preceded by
Hogan Sheffer
Jean Passanante
Head writer of As the World Turns (with Jean Passanante and Leah Laiman)
May 25, 2005 – October 17, 2007
Succeeded by
Jean Passanante
Leah Laiman
Preceded by
Dena Higley
Rick Draughon
Head writer of Days of Our Lives (with Dena Higley)
October 13, 2008 – June 13, 2011
Succeeded by
Dena Higley
Preceded by
Marlene Clark Poulter
Darrell Ray Thomas Jr.
Head writer of Days of Our Lives (with Gary Tomlin)
August 17, 2012 – August 18, 2015
Succeeded by
Josh Griffith
Dena Higley


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