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|Guiding Light character|
|Portrayed by||Paul Anthony Stewart|
|First appearance||November 11, 1998|
|Last appearance||September 18, 2009|
|Created by||James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten|
|Introduced by||Paul Rauch (1998)
Ellen Wheeler (2009)
|Other names||Father Daniel|
Partner in the Tower Club
Worked in The "Family Business"
Danny Santos is a fictional character on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light. He has been portrayed by Paul Anthony Stewart from November 11, 1998 to November 22, 2005. He briefly returned on July 2, 2009 and appeared on a recurring basis until the series finale on September 18, 2009.
Daniel "Danny" Santos is the second child of Miguel Santos Sr. and Carmen Santos. The Santos family is heavy into the mob life and Danny often spent much of his time trying to get away from that life. Danny has three siblings: his late older brother Mick Santos (accidentally killed by Michelle Bauer when he was trying to rape her), a younger sister named Pilar Santos, and a younger half-brother named Miguel Santos Jr.
Danny arrived in town in search of his brother's killer. He crossed paths with Michelle Bauer, Michelle's boyfriend, Jesse Blue and friend, Drew Jacobs. Danny soon discovered that Michelle killed Mick and confronted her. Danny learned the truth and decided that he needed to protect Michelle from his family who wanted her killed. The only way that they could do that was get married because Danny's mother wouldn't kill family. Michelle hated him, but married him to protect her family. Michelle and Danny begun spending more time together. Michelle pretended to grow close to Danny in order to get information to give to the FBI and turn in the Santos family, but she began to have genuine feelings for Danny.
Meanwhile, at Carmen’s urging, Danny set a trap for Michelle to see if she was working with the FBI by telling her that he was overseeing an illegal shipment of cigars coming into Springfield. At first, Michelle fell for it and had Drew call the Feds. Later, back at the Santos house, she heard Danny admit to his grandmother, Maria that he was in love with her. Touched by his admission and falling in love with him at the same time, Michelle tried to get Drew to call off the Feds but it was too late.
To keep Danny from getting arrested, she faked going blind again so that he would go with her to the hospital. Later, Carmen's employee, Dietz, informed Danny that the FBI had shown up at the docks for the arrival of the "shipment". Believing that Michelle had deceived him, Danny prepared to punish her but then found out that Carmen had actually called the FBI. Angry, Danny vowed never to forgive his mother and left the family business.
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