Marlena ended up shot by the police while trying to escape, and died in John's arms. Hence, John's origins are once more in doubt. DAYS, Y&R alum Justin Gaston releases new song for Christmas film, DAYS #TBT RECAPS: What was happening the Week of December 17, 2018, THE SCOOP! » Subscribe for More: http://bit.ly/DaysOfOurLivesSub » Watch Days of our Lives Weekdays, 1/12c on NBC! "That added a nice, little touch to our romance." His past has been the driving force of many stories. It is "the perfect relationship" he said. That same year, Wayne Northrop was recast as Roman Brady and the character that Hogestyn had been portraying for five years was retconned to be a soldier of Stefano DiMera who was brainwashed into believing he was Roman. Though the two tried to ignore them, John and Marlena gave into their feelings, embarking on a passionate affair. Ava, eager to keep the "new John," protested. Still unable to work things out with Marlena and Brady, John travelled to Europe to look for answers. Frustrated with being caught in the middle, Paul set John's warehouse, where the police were storing the drug evidence, on fire. In a rather short, but sweet ceremony John and Marlena once again became husband and wife. He steeped himself in the martial arts, Eastern philosophy, and Communist revolutionary ideology, and adopted a new identity, Yo Ling, a Chinese word meaning "Phantom". Sadly, Isabella died of cancer soon after. In March of 2015, John was thrilled to meet baseball star, Paul Narita, who was in town for rotator cuff surgery. At one point, it was believed he had been a priest. John believed this until 2008 when a dying Colleen Brady claimed John was her son with Santo DiMera, making him a half-brother to his arch-nemesis Stefano DiMera. John tried to get Paul to turn on Phillip for planting the drugs and the fire, but Paul refused. John/Roman was next paired with Diana Colville played by General Hospital superstar, Genie Francis. Then, John began to have severe headaches and seizures. When asked about the possibility of being Roman again if/when Northrop inevitably vacated the role -- as the return was expected to be short term -- Hogestyn said "I think I'd like to stay John Black because I've already been Roman and I wasn't him." In 2014, John returned to Salem, concerned about Brady's drug use and relationship with Theresa Donovan. So, he went to Lugano, Switzerland, where he was a priest. Marlena's daughter, Sami, caught them in their affair. 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Yo Ling was later killed during the men's rescue of John's son Paul Narita. There are few heroes like John Black. While researching the DiMeras in Italy, John and Marlena were married in a beautiful ceremony, but didn't have long to enjoy themselves--John was shot by E.J. In 1992 Roman's presumed dead wife Marlena returned after a five-year absence, while the real Roman escaped his jungle prison. His relationship with Greta, Gina's daughter, who was also Swamp Girl, had affected his relationship with Marlena. On January 24, 1986, daytime new comer and former minor league baseball player, Drake Hogestyn joined (step)the cast as The Pawn without his bandages, who would later assume the alias John Black. When he learns Theresa lied and claimed Brady attacked John, he also confirms the lie so Brady won't get back together with Kristen. This has been ordered directly by Pamela Van Damme, the Director of the ISA, under implied threats to John's family. "The Pawn" soon named himself "John Black" (after seeing the name on a war memorial) and met Dr. Marlena Evans. John resolved to regain his memories, and he and Stefano started to form a bond. In early 1990, Hogestyn was informed that his character's next great love story was in the works. He wants to … In September 2011, John and Marlena returned to Salem for the dedication of the Horton Square. He was able to save Marlena, who eventually got her memory back. "She was very conscientious about wanting to work... working scenes out. Paul decided to move to Salem to get to know his new family. About The Actor: Learn more about Drake Hogestyn. John married his “Days of Our Lives” co-star Eva LaRue, but the pair separated in 2005, and have an 18-year-old daughter, Kaya. to rejoin the I.S.A. Still suffering from a lack of memories, the character returned to the "John Black" name that he first used. Wells, and fell into a coma. 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