Missing in action from the Salem scene since 2016, when he slipped out of town after betraying his father, Victor (John Aniston), Philip Kiriakis is finally heading home to Days of our Lives.
And this time around, Jay Kenneth Johnson, the actor who brought the character to fame in 1999, will be back in the role. Need to brush up on all things Philip as he steps foot back inside the Kiriakis mansion? Here are seven key things to know about him.
Philip: Spoiled Little Rich Kid
The high school Philip first introduced to viewers was suave and spoiled, courtesy of his indulgent mom, Kate (Lauren Koslow). His dad, Victor (John Aniston), finally had to step in and cut off his son’s cash flow.
As a result, Philip took to gambling to make a quick buck but ended up owing a not-so-nice bookie, who had him roughed up. After Victor paid off Philip’s debt, the teenager learned his lesson and started walking the straight and narrow.
First Love Story
Although originally interested in Belle, Philip’s first love was actually Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin), the odd new girl in town and recipient of lots of taunting and teasing by the mean kids at school.
After losing a bet with Shawn, Philip was forced to take Chloe to the Last Blast Dance, where she, literally, let her hair down and emerged as a brunette bombshell. Philip was instantly smitten, and the pair became a couple. That is until Brady got into the mix, and a triangle developed.
After losing Chloe to Brady, Philip enlisted in the Marines and exited Salem. During one of his tours of duty, he ended up in a minefield explosion. As a result, Philip had to have part of one of his legs amputated. However, that aspect of the character’s past is rarely referred to, let alone even mentioned.
Philip has an intriguing past with Belle. In fact, the twosome ended up married, after Shawn was kidnapped by Jan, and Belle turned to Philip for comfort. And when Belle later turned up pregnant, Philip was initially believed to be the child’s father. Of course, he wasn’t and Shawn and Belle eventually reconciled. However, over the years, Philip and Belle have hit the sheets a few times, unable to deny their attraction for each other.
All the Girls Philip Has Loved Before
Chloe and Belle aren’t the only women handsome Philip has romanced over the years. For a while, he was hot and heavy with Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla’s (Mary Beth Evans) daughter, Stephanie (Shelley Hennig). And he was once married to Maggie’s (Suzanne Rogers) granddaughter, Melanie (Molly Burnett). Plus, he dated a girl named Cynthia in high school and had a brief relationship with a college girl named Morgan (Kristen Renton).
Who’s Your Daddy?
Philip actually has a son somewhere out there in the world, who’s the biological child of him and Mimi (Farah Fath), due to an in-vitro switch. A surrogate bore baby Tyler back in 2006. At one point, Philip tracked the child down and considered acquiring custody of him, but he quickly realized he wasn’t ready for fatherhood and selflessly gave the tyke up for adoption.
Betrayed and Bamboozled
During his last go-round on Days of our Lives, things were pretty dicey for Philip. First of all, he was being blackmailed by his devious uncle Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) to take down Victor. Then he got involved in Chloe’s wild scam to keep the baby she was carrying for Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Daniel (Shawn Christian), by pretending it was her own.
Chloe didn’t want Nicole and her new boyfriend, Deimos, raising the child. The whole mess resulted in Philip being kidnapped by Deimos and forced to reveal the truth about the infant. After the whole ordeal was over, Philip decided to leave town. Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.