John Clarke, from Original ‘Days of Our Lives’ Cast, Dead at 88


John Clarke

He played Mickey Horton, one of the sons of Macdonald Carey’s character, on the NBC soap for 39 years.

John Clarke, the Days of Our Lives actor who portrayed lawyer Mickey Horton on the NBC soap opera for nearly four decades, right from the very beginning, died Wednesday in Laguna Beach, California. He was 88.

Clarke also appeared on the fourth Twilight Zone episode, “The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine,” which first aired in 1959, and played an LAPD cop opposite Leslie Nielsen and future General Hospital star John Beradino on the Quinn Martin/ABC drama The New Breed, which ran for a season (1961-62).

Clarke starred as one of the sons of Macdonald Carey’s Dr. Tom Horton on Days of Our Lives from the show’s debut in November 1965 until he retired in January 2004, when he received a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys. Clarke had only planned to stay with the show for a year.

He also was nominated for the Daytime Emmy outstanding actor award in 1979.

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