Jay Kenneth Johnson is a Springfield-born lead vocalist, co-songwriter and actor, who is probably known best for his appearance as Phillip Kiriakis in NBC’s “Day of Our Lives” soap opera.
Age, Zodiac Sign, and Education Background
Jay Kenneth was born under the Pisces zodiac sign on 24 Feb 1977, in Missouri, USA, which makes him 44 years old as of 2021. He was raised alongside his younger sister Jenna and his younger brother named Jeff, by Ken Johnson (father) and their mother Janice Johnson who are of Scottish and English roots. Jay grew up very religious, and according to sources, he would go to Baptist church every Sunday.
Jay went to Kickapoo High School (celebrated American actor Brad Pitt attended this high school too, and he also resides in Springfield) and completed his studies in 1995. While he was in high school, Jay aspired to become either a professional athlete or a famous actor. He matriculated to Missouri State University, where he majored in Theatre and Business. Upon his graduation, Jay relocated to Los Angeles, where landed a few roles in commercials as well as pursuing modelling, before he made his acting debut.
Favourite Things and Hobbies
Jay is physically active and participates in several sports such as skating. He also hits the gym from time to time.
He enjoys reading novels whenever he is not working.
The Missouri-born star finds listening to rock music very entertaining, and also loves singing – he’s a member (singer) of Solid Jones rock/funk fusion band.
As soon as he completed his education, Jay started his career in acting, and went for the “Day of Our Lives’ auditions, hoping to secure the role of Brady. However, instead he was assigned to portray Phillip Kiriakis, a role that had previously been assigned to Brandon Tylor – he made his debut in 1999. The show is about suspenseful adventures, love stories, and family troubles as well as lives, tragedies, and triumphs of the Brady, Horton, DiMera, Fernandez and Kiriakis families. After appearing for three years through 2002, Jay left the show and his character was assigned to Kyle Brandt who played Kiriakis from 2003-2007. Jay later rejoined the long-running show in 2007, leaving the show in 2011.
It wasn’t certain that Jay would be recast, as there was a rumour spreading that he was unable to continue because his contact had broken down, and that he had been unable to reach an agreement with the serie’s creators. He had made a strong connection with fans while portraying Kiriakis, and was actually recast shortly after John Paul Lavoisier left the show, after being assigned Jay’s previous role in 2015.
In 1999, Jay featured in another soap opera entitled “The Young and Restless,” that first aired in 1973, before he was even born, and is a major success having aired for 48 seasons now. He made an appearance in just one season though, and Jay was then assigned a recurring role in NBC’s “Scrubs,” in which he played Dr Matthews in 2001, before making an appearance in 2003’s “Hotel,” which gave him the opportunity of interacting with some of America’s most popular actors, such as Aaron Spelling.
He next featured in Fox’s “North Shore” (2004,) in which he portrayed Chris Remsen, then landed several roles in 2005, including in “Grand Murder at Central Station,” “The Lost Picture Show” and “Charmed” among others. In 2006, he was assigned a guest starring role in “CSI: Miami”, before he landed another role as Jason in 2006’s “If Looks Could Kill.” In the same year, he portrayed Dr. Matthews in “Her Story II”, and later had the role as Chip in the Hallmark film “Undercover Bridesmaid” in 2012.
Apart from acting, Jay is a co-songwriter and the lead singer for Solid Jones Band. The band has Kelvin Houston, Rick Steff, ‘Dirty’ Dave Harp, Dave Green, and Bryan Powers as the members.
Jay has kept his romantic life away from the limelight, as many celebrities try to do. However, he was in at least one previous relationship with American actress and model Shelley Hennig. The duo began dating in 2007 and caught the public eye as they were frequently seen on DOOL and their fans thought that they looked perfect for each other. Although the duo didn’t describe how they first met, it’s highly speculated that they were shooting “Days of Our Lives” when their affair began. Shelley played a co-starring role in the show as Stephanie Johnson, and was even nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy Award. She later on made appearances in TV shows “Unfriended” (2014), and “Ouija ” since 2014.
The duo parted ways after around five years of being together, for reasons that are unknown. Since then, Kenneth hasn’t been romantically involved publicly with anyone else.
Jay resides in Los Angeles as of 2021, and is reportedly very close to his sister and brother. According to sources, he is currently single and doesn’t have children.
Jay’s friends describe him as a very nice person, who is a polar opposite of the character Phillip in “Days of Our Lives.”
Jay has made a name for himself in the music and showbiz industry, which has earned him an impressive net worth authoritatively estimated at around $2 million as of 2021. He collects a decent sum from the “Days of Our Lives” long-running NBC soap opera.
Kenneth is 6ft (1. 83m) tall, weighs around 160lbs (72kgs), and has green eyes and straight light brown hair. His vital statistics, biceps and shoe sizes are not yet known.
Who Is Jay’s Ex-Girlfriend Shelley Hennig
Shelley Catherine Henning is an award-winning American actress, who was born under the Capricorn zodiac sign on 2 January 1987, in Louisiana, USA, making her 34 years old as of 2021. She was born to Glenn Henning Sr. and Cathy D. Gosset, who are of the Italian, German, English and Scottish ancestries. She was raised together with her two elder brothers Glenn and Brad Joseph.
Shelley has been charismatic and pretty since she was young, and as a teenager took part in various beauty contests, being crowned 2004’s Miss Teen USA, making her the first Louisianan winner. The victory laid the foundation for Henning’s future career as a model, for various high-end brands and companies including Trump Modeling Management.
Henning has made appearances in several films and TV shows, including “Days of Our Lives” (2007), “Secret Circle” (2011) and “Teen Wolf” (2011), among others. She advocates against drink-driving and underage drinking, very personal to her as her elder brother, Brad, was killed in an accident as he was driving while drunk, aged just 18.