Jay Kenneth Johnson

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Jay Johnson
Jay Kenneth Johnson

(1977-02-24) February 24, 1977 (age 42)
Alma materMissouri State University
Years active1999–2015. 2019-present
Known forPhilip Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives

Jay Kenneth Johnson (born February 24, 1977) is an American actor from Springfield, Missouri.[1] He is best known for portraying Philip Kiriakis on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.[2]

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born to parents Janice and Ken Johnson on February 24, 1977 in Missouri. He graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1995. He attended the Missouri State University, where he majored in Business and theatre. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.[3][4] He has two younger siblings, Jeff and Jenna.


He has had roles on The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, and North Shore and won a role in the Aaron Spelling pilot Hotel.[5] Johnson is also the lead singer of the band Solid Jones. He has had guest appearances on The OC and the show Miami 7.

In 2005, Johnson was offered a role on the new ABC sitcom Hot Properties but was unable to take it. He guest-starred on CSI: NY and will be starring in his first feature film titled HACK!. He went on to play "JD", a trapped soul who came back to life 50 years later, on Charmed. In 2006, he was a guest star on CSI: Miami. In 2007, after a 5-year absence, Johnson returned to Days of our Lives as Philip Kiriakis. He has also had a recurring guest role on Scrubs as Dr. Matthews. In 2011, Jay left Days of our Lives for the second time. In 2019, he returned for the digital series "Last Blast Reunion" as Philip Kiriakis.[6]



  1. ^ Heim, Michael. Exploring Missouri Highways: Trip Trivia, p. 64 (2007)
  2. ^ "Jay Kenneth Johnson". TV.com. January 1, 2008.
  3. ^ "Jay Kenneth Johnson 411". Soap Opera Digest. September 8, 2014. Archived from the original on September 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Jay Kenneth Johnson Biography". BuddyTV. September 8, 2014.
  5. ^ (17 November 2002). `DAYS' END FOR J.K. JOHNSON, Orlando Sentinel
  6. ^ "Days of Our Lives Star Jay Johnson Returning as Philip Kiriakis in New Digital Series". PEOPLE. November 25, 2019.

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