Dear Soaps, Please settle a bet...
Please settle a bet between my niece and I. She says Austin Peck is the original Austin Reed and Lisa Rinna was not the original Billie on Days. I say she is totally mistaken, as I have been watching Days for at least 30 years. — Anxious Auntie
Dear Anxious Auntie,
Looks like your niece owes you a fancy dinner, because you're right on both counts. Peck is not the first actor to play Austin Reed on Days. Introduced as a love interest for Carrie, Patrick Muldoon originated the role in 1992. He stayed for 3 years, then left to pursue a film career, starring in Starship Troopers with fellow soap alum, Casper Van Dien (ex-Ty, OLTL) and Dina Meyer (ex-Lucinda, 90210). Peck took over the role in 1995, and has happily been making it his own ever since. Turning over the cards, Lisa Rinna was indeed the original actress to play Billie Reed, the cocaine-addicted sister of Austin who became romantically linked with Bo. After a two-year stint on the show Rinna left, but Krista Allen-Moritt assumed the role in 1996 and stayed until last year. (Delaina Dixon)