Vincent Irizarry

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Vincent Irizarry
Born (1959-11-12) November 12, 1959 (age 55)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985-present

Vincent Michael Irizarry (born November 12, 1959 in Queens, New York) is an American actor. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1985 and 2002, and won in 2009.

Early life[edit]

Moving to Lake Grove, NY early on, Irizarry at the age of 11, began to study piano, becoming classically trained, then continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was there that he fell in love with acting while performing in numerous productions with a regional theater company. He decided to move back to New York to sow the seeds for a career as a professional actor, soon winning a full-time scholarship with Lee Strasberg at his Theater Institute.[1]


Vincent Irizarry got his start in daytime television in 1983 as Brandon/Lujack Luvonaczek Spaulding on Guiding Light. His character was paired up with Beth Raines (then Judi Evans Luciano) and they were considered a "supercouple." He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1985, but lost to future All My Children co-star Michael E. Knight. He then moved on to play Dr. Scott Clark from 1987 to 1989 on Santa Barbara. He also portrayed the role of Lujack Spaulding's twin brother, Nick McHenry Spaulding on Guiding Light from July 1991 to February 26, 1996. Irizarry returned for a cameo guest appearance in late-December 1996.

Later, Irizarry was cast in the role of Dr. David Hayward on the soap opera All My Children, a role he originated in 1997. Irizarry also crossed over to One Life to Live, during the infamous baby-swap storyline in 2005. In September 2006, after almost ten years as David, Irizarry was fired from AMC due to a lack of storyline. He portrayed David until November 28, 2006.

However, Irizarry was briefly brought back to Guiding Light as Nick Spaulding in a brief cameo guest appearance in the Fall of 2006, which aired in December 2006. In November 2006, Irizarry joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as the character David Chow, first airing in the U.S. on January 9, 2007. David Chow was romantically involved with Carmen Mesta, played by Marisa Ramirez, who was murdered soon afterward. Originally contracted for thirteen weeks, Irizarry's character proved popular and his stay on Y&R was extended. He went on later to a romantic relationship with Nikki Newman while she was separated from husband Victor, but eventually decided to break up his relationship with Nikki due to his difficulties with gambling. Chow was then killed in a car accident on August 1, 2008.

On August 17, 2008, a spokesperson for All My Children confirmed that Irizarry would reprise the role of David Hayward. Irizarry returned to the studio in September and first appeared on-screen in October, continuing in the role until September 13, 2010, and returning full-time on November 22, 2010.

In 2010, Irizarry will be guest starring in a role on NCIS: Los Angeles.

On November 22, 2010, Irizarry returned to his role on All My Children as David Hayward.

He also played Cpl. Fragetti in the movie "Heartbreak Ridge."

In December of 2012, Irizarry announced on his Facebook page that he would be joining Prospect Park's online reboot of "All My Children" scheduled for spring of 2013. He will reprise his Emmy award-winning role of "Dr. David Hayward" that he originated in 1997.

Personal life[edit]

Irizarry has a son, Ash (b. May 1989).[2]

He is in a relationship with clothing designer Donna Petracca.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Heartbreak Ridge Fragetti Film
1990 Lucky/Chances Gino Santangelo Television miniseries
1996 Lying Eyes Derek Bradshaw Television film
Year Title Role Notes
1983–1985, 1989, 1991–1996 Guiding Light Brandon "Lujack" Luvonaczek and Nick McHenry Spaulding Role held (Lujack): November 28, 1983 – December 6, 1985; 1989, 1991, 1993
Role held (Nick): July 16, 1991 – February 26, 1996; December 27 – 30, 1996
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
1987–1989 Santa Barbara Scott Clark Role held: November 9, 1987 – October 18, 1989
1991 Murder, She Wrote Michael Abruzzi Episode: "Family Doctor"
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Riggs 3 episodes
1997–2006, 2008–2011, 2013 All My Children David Hayward Role held: November 27, 1997 – March 2, 1998; July 8, 1998 – November 28, 2006; October 23, 2008 – September 23, 2011; April 29, 2013 – September 2, 2013
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villain
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (tied with Jeff Branson)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2005 One Life to Live David Hayward 3 episodes
2007–2008 The Young and the Restless David Chow Role held: January 9, 2007 – August 1, 2008


  • Daytime Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Younger Man- GL (1985)
  • Daytime Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor- AMC (2002)
  • Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor- AMC (2003, 2004)
  • Soap Opera Digest Outstanding Villain- AMC (1999)
  • Winner- Best Supporting Actor (tied with Jeff Branson)-AMC (2009)

Dankies award winner,Outstanding lead actor-amc(2012)


  1. ^ Soap Opera Digest
  2. ^ a b "the doctor is in". Soap Opera Digest. August 5, 2013. p. 43

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