Today’s birthday May 7: American daytime TV actor Peter Reckell (1955 -)
Peter Reckell’s fans know him as motorcycle riding rebel Bo Brady from the daytime US soap Days of Our Lives.
Born on May 7, 1955 in Indiana, Reckell grew up with his five siblings on a farm in Michigan.
In high school Reckell was a keen member of the theatre community; he built sets and went on to perform in chorus lines.
Reckell attended the Boston Conservatory, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre with a minor in music and dance.
He made his television debut on As The World Turns in 1980 as Eric Hollister.
Bo Brady first appeared on Days of Our Lives in 1983, and he stayed as a regular character until 1987.
Reckell left Days of Our Lives to play Johnny Rourke in Knots Landing, a night time soap opera about five Californian families.
Hunky Bo Brady returned to Days of Our Lives in 1990 but only for one year when Reckell again left to take small roles in other popular shows including Baywatch.
In 1995, Reckell donned his leather jacket for the third time and returned to Days of Our Lives.
He also tried his hand at acting on the big screen, in the 2004 film Broken Bridges.
Reckell has won five Soap Opera Digest awards and was nominated for one Daytime Emmy for his most famous role.
He retired from the Days of Our Lives in 2012 after 30 years on screen.
Reckell’s career has been quiet since.
Apart from acting, Reckell enjoys carpentry, martial arts and yoga.
He is a keen environmentalist who cycles to work and drives an electric car.