NAME: Darnell Williams
SOAP ROLES: Jesse Hubbard, ALL MY CHILDREN (1981-1988, 1994, 2001, 2008-present); Griggs, GUIDING LIGHT (2007); Jacob Foster, THE CITY (1995-97); Jacob Foster, LOVING (1995); Jack Durbin, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1994)
2003 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
1996 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
1996 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor
1994 Golden Globe Special Award win for Best Ensemble Cast
1993 Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup Award win for Best Ensemble Cast
1985 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1983 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Drama Series
1982 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Drama Series
COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Roger Newcomb: Out of all the wonderful actors in the countdown, there is one I can say is a personal friend, Darnell Williams. I grew up as a fan of Darnell and Jesse Hubbard was one of the great soap opera characters of his time, of all time. The Jesse/Angie coupling was historic and even if they had never returned to ALL MY CHILDREN, would still be remembered fondly. So when I got to meet him and work with him on my film, Manhattanites, finding out he's one of the classiest people I've ever met was just a bonus. Aside from being able to elevate any scene he's in, Darnell Williams makes it look effortless. The best thing ALL MY CHILDREN did in the past decade is bring Darnell and Debbi Morgan back to the show.
Alan Carter: One half of the first black superstar couple....still going strong nearly 30 years later.