Earlier this week, the show announced that it had also snagged star Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas, Transformers). He'll be back for at least one episode in August, reprising the role of Leo du Pres, who died in 2003. Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) and Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), both of whom play characters who are now deceased, will also return.
La Rue, who currently stars in CBS' CSI: Miami, will be back for several episodes beginning in July. The actress played Dr. Maria Santos Grey, who first turned up in Pine Valley in 1993, left in 1997 and returned again in 2002. Maria moved to California permanently in 2005 after she spun out of control following the death of her husband Edmund (John Callahan). La Rue was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and won two ALMA Awards for her role on the show.
Last year, she returned to All My Children in celebration of the show's 40th anniversary as part of a documentary-with-the-show shot by Maria's sister-in-law Hayley Vaughan (Kelly Ripa).
All My Children insiders say the show is fielding calls from many former cast members about potentially returning for its final days. (The daytime soap will be replaced this fall by The Chew, a one-hour talk show centered on food.) Other notable stars who got their start on All My Children include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Melissa Leo and Christian Slater.
Who else would you like to see return?