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April 18, 1964 |
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Kansas (did not graduate)|
|Known for||Bo Brady in Days of Our Lives|
|Spouse(s)||Miriam Parrish (m. 1997–2011; divorced)
Linda Rattner (m.1988–92; divorced)
Robert Kelker-Kelly (born April 18, 1964) is an American soap opera actor and pilot, best known for playing Bo Brady on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1992 to 1995. He is also known for his portrayals of Sam Fowler (originating the role) on Another World from 1987 to 1990, and for the role of Stavros Cassadine on General Hospital from 2001 to 2003, and again in 2013 and 2014.
He was born to Jonetta Kelker, a nurse, and Robert Kelly, a pathologist. He has 3 sisters. His parents divorced when he was 7 years old, and he moved in with his dad. At 11, when his father remarried, Kelker-Kelly, "jealous" of this new love, moved back with his mother. Three months later his dad died at 42 from a heart attack.
Kelker-Kelly attended Wichita Collegiate School in Wichita, Kansas from 1977–80, where he was active in the theatre and had major roles in several plays, including Rusty in Guys and Dolls, Bill Sikes in Oliver! and Sir Lionel in Camelot. He briefly attended the University of Kansas but decided to forgo college in favor of pursuing his acting career. In 1988, he married Linda Rattner; the couple divorced in 1992.
After dating actress Miriam Parrish for years, the couple married in 1997. The same year he left Los Angeles and his acting career briefly behind. He earned a certification in airframe and powerplant mechanics. From 2002-03 he was an acting teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Kelker-Kelly became a professional pilot, working in that field from 2003-15. He is type rated in the GIV, LR60, LR45, CE560 and CE500. He is still an active pilot and teaches people how to fly.
Kelker made his acting debut in 1987 as Sam Fowler on the soap opera Another World, a role he originally played from 1987-90. The character of Sam was involved in a front-burner story with socialite Amanda Cory.
In 1992, Kelker-Kelly was chosen to portray Bo Brady, an established role on Days of Our Lives that was being vacated by the creator of the role, actor Peter Reckell. Although Kelker-Kelly was a recast, fans accepted his portrayal of Bo. The character's pairing with Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) and reformed bad girl Billie Reed (Lisa Rinna) was a popular storyline and garnered Kelker-Kelly his widest audience. He was replaced by Peter Reckell in May 1995. In 1996 he returned to Another World playing a new role, that of professional race car driver Bobby Reno, who was later discovered to actually be Dr. Shane Roberts. He played the dual roles until 1998.
- 2001–03, 2013–14: General Hospital as Stavros Cassadine/Stavros Cassadine #2
- 1999: Rescue 77 (episode "Career Day"; 1999)
- 1996: Dream for an Insomniac as Trent
- 1995: Maybe This Time (episode "Julia's Day Off; 1995)
- 1995: Touched by an Angel as Matt Duncan
- 1992-95: Days of Our Lives as Bo Brady/Mitch/Bo Brady #2
- 1992: Jack's Place (episode "I See Cupid, I See France"; 1992)
- 1987-1990: Another World as Sam Fowler #1
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- Newcomb, Roger (September 10, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Catching Up With Robert Kelker-Kelly". We Love Soaps. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
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