Eric Martsolf

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Eric Martsolf
Martsolf in November 2008
Born (1971-07-27) July 27, 1971 (age 47)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Singer
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Kouchak (2003–present; 2 children)

Eric Martsolf (born July 27, 1971) is an American television actor and singer best known for his role as Ethan Winthrop in the NBC soap opera Passions from 2002 to 2008.[1] Since November 2008, he has played the role of Brady Black on NBC's Days of Our Lives for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2014.

He appeared in Season 10, Episode 18 of Smallville in 2011, playing the character 'Booster Gold'.[2]


Martsolf sang on a Hawaiian cruise ship for a year and has modeled for over 50 designers, companies, and businesses. He was a radio broadcaster for WDCV 88.3 FM and was a singer/dancer at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania for four years and also performed at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He has a degree in Political Science from Dickinson College. He has been an Assistant Director and a Guest Artist for Children's Theatre Experience.



Martsolf portrayed Ethan Winthrop on NBC's Passions from July 2002 (succeeding original portrayer Travis Schuldt) until the series' cancellation in August 2008. Martsolf had auditioned for the role of Ethan before the show began. And, before he was Ethan, he was on the show for one episode as a Cop. He was voted favorite actor on Passions for more than 80 weeks in a row in Soap Opera Digest.[citation needed]

Days of Our Lives[edit]

Martsolf made his first appearance in the role of Brady Black on Days of Our Lives on November 13, 2008. The character had previously been portrayed by Kyle Lowder until 2005. In 2014, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Brady.

Miss Behave[edit]

Between 2010 and 2012, Martsolf made three appearances as Marcus Dunne on the teen drama web series Miss Behave, which also featured former Days of Our Lives performers Jillian Clare, Darin Brooks and Patrika Darbo.

Personal life[edit]

Martsolf and Lisa Kouchak met doing musical theater together, and married on October 10, 2003.[3] His twin sons, Mason Alan and Chase Evan, were born on April 7, 2006.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Cheater Brad
2002–2008 Passions Ethan Winthrop July 8, 2002—August 7, 2008
2002 The Other Half Himself Episode date: September 10, 2002
2003 Spanish Fly Brick Hauser
2003–2004 SoapTalk Himself Episode dates: December 23, 2003 and April 21–22, 2004
2004 Street Smarts Episode date: November 23, 2004
2005 Starting Over Episode: "Passion for the Game"
Diva Dog: Pit Bull on Wheels Guest star
2007 Passions Live!
2008– Days of Our Lives Brady Black November 13, 2008–present
2008 NCIS Paul Harris Episode: "Collateral Damage"
2009 Four Steps Clive
2010–2012 Miss Behave Marcus Dunne
2011 Smallville Michael Jon Carter/Booster Gold
2014 Extant B.E.N. Voice only

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Newcomer Passions Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Won
2016 Indie Series Award Best Guest Actor — Drama The Bay Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Culture Club". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 15. 
  2. ^ "Passions Men joining Days! Eric Martsolf and Galen Gering " Entertainment Hotline". 2008-11-12. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Y&R SUMMER'S FATHER REVEALED!" Soap Opera Digest June 17, 2013 (Vol. 38, No. 24). p. 43.
  4. ^ "The 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Winners". New York: and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. June 16, 2013. Archived from the original on June 23, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nominations Announced For 7th Annual ISAs". February 3, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 

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