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Grant Aleksander

Grant Aleksander

The veteran actor rejoined the cast of CBS's soap opera "Guiding Light" in April 1996 as Phillip Spaulding, a role he previously portrayed with great popularity from December 1982 to December 1984 and from December 1986 to February 1991. In 2003 and 2004, he received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor. Grant was introduced to acting in prep school, where a supportive drama teacher, John van Meter, encouraged him to try out for a school production. He then attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia, and became heavily involved in the theater program. He appeared in such diverse plays as The Crucible, The Owl and the Pussycat and The Glass Menagerie, and played the title roles in both Manson and Hamlet. He has also been seen on stage in Baltimore in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Grant next went to New York City to pursue his professional acting career, attending classes at New York University and the Circle in the Square School. He worked for a year as a model before he began to land acting jobs. Grant has spent time in Los Angeles, where he has had guest roles on such primetime series as Hardcastle and McCormick, Who’s the Boss? and The Fall Guy. He was also featured in the television film, Dark Mansions, and had a short-term role on the daytime drama, Capitol. He was seen in the afternoon special, A Very Delicate Matter, prior to joining GL. Grant and his wife, Sherry Ramsey, were married on September 19, 1987. Known for taking in stray or unwanted pets, they live with an assortment of cats and dogs. They spend much of their free time working for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Grant also likes to collect classic old watches.

Grant Aleksander ( given name Grant Aleksander Kunkowski) was born on August 6, 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Grant Aleksander is Outstanding Lead Actor Nominee in 2004

CBS.com Congratulations!
GRANT ALEKSANDER: Thank you. My little daughter just came in [to my dressing room]. Crystal [Hunt, Lizzie] just brought me a little present to congratulate me! Thank you, honey.
CBS.com Where were you when you found out about your nomination?
GRANT ALEKSANDER: I was at home. I was hiding in the other room and my wife had [the TV] on.
CBS.com What do you plan to do to celebrate your nomination?
GRANT ALEKSANDER: Actually, my wife is being sworn into the bar of the Supreme Court down in Washington [D.C.] on Monday. So, we have something really big to celebrate and I'm really proud of her. We'll throw this in with that and we'll open a bottle of champagne and I'll probably have a cigar.
CBS.com What scenes do you plan to submit for consideration?
GRANT ALEKSANDER: I don't know. I really can't stand watching myself, so the [GL production] office will put a bunch of shows on a tape and I'll give it to my wife and she'll figure out a couple of days to submit.
CBS.com You were nominated last year as well. Do you have a good luck charm or Emmy night ritual?
GRANT ALEKSANDER: You know, the only good luck charm I have is my wife. Win, lose or draw, she's always been my good luck charm. Last year we got together with Ron Raines [Alan], his wife Donna and their daughter Charlotte and Marj Dusay [Alex] and we all took the car down [to the Emmys] together because we all come from the same area [in New York City] and we're all friends. We'll probably do something like that again.

 

Will Grant Aleksander Return to GL?

Emmy nominated and long-running Guiding Light star Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding) has now taped his final episode with the CBS soap.

As previously reported by SoapCentral.com, Aleksander was told in late-August that his contract with the show would not be renewed. The announcement, which was said to have come as a major surprise to Aleksander and his co-stars, set off a wave of Internet scuttlebutt. Among the rumors batted around was that Aleksander had been let go because he was "difficult to work with" and that many of his female co-stars didn't want to share on-screen time with him. The rumors were quickly disputed by other Guiding Light cast members.
Aleksander joined the cast of Guiding Light in December 1982. With the exception of two two-year breaks in 1984 and 1991 and a three-year stint as Alec McIntyre on All My Children, Aleksander has been a part of the Guiding Light cast ever since. His most recent Guiding Light engagement started in 1996.

Aleksander taped his final Guiding Light appearance on October 13th. The episode will air sometime during the November Sweeps period. When a final airdate is released, it will be provided here. The role of Phillip Spaulding will not be recast.

Lights Out for GL's Grant Aleksander

A spokesperson for Guiding Light has confirmed what Internet rumors have hinted at for a week now - Emmy-nominated Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding) has been let go from Guiding Light.

"For the next few months, Grant will be featured in a riveting story line that will keep the Cooper and Spaulding families in the forefront well into the new year," said Mary Dwyer-Dobbin, executive in charge of production for Procter & Gamble Productions. "Grant's gifted portrayal of this complex character is guaranteed to entertain our audience, as Grant has done for many years on Guiding Light."

Aleksander joined the cast of Guiding Light in December 1982. With the exception of two two-year breaks in 1984 and 1991 and a three-year stint as Alec McIntyre on All My Children, Aleksander has been a part of the Guiding Light cast ever since. His most recent Guiding Light engagement started in 1996.

Aleksander's work on Guiding Light has earned him three Daytime Emmy nominations. In 1998 he earned his first nomination, a nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category. In 2003 and 2004, Aleksander earned back-to-back Outstanding Lead Actor nods.

Sources say that Aleksander found out about his impending exit last week.

The role of Phillip will not be recast. Aleksander will last air sometime in November.

Grant Aleksander Supports for Humane Standards

Dear Sir,

My name is Grant Aleksander and I am a long-time actor on the Daytime Drama, The Guiding Light. Although I work in New York City, my home is in Freehold, New Jersey. I am writing to you to encourage you to draft humane standards for treatment of farm animals. I understand that New Jersey law requires your agency to produce standards for the "humane raising, keeping, care, treatment, marketing, and sale of domestic livestock." I think many compassionate individuals are troubled by the intensive confinement suffered by animals through devices such as veal crates, gestation crates for pigs, and battery cages for egg-laying hens. There is no need for such inhumane treatment of animals in our society.

I am proud to make my home in New Jersey because it has proven itself to be a state that often leads the way in progressive laws and compassionate standards. I hope you will continue that idea by enforcing the law as it is currently written, drafting humane standards and thereby ensuring that the animals raised in New Jersey are kept as humanely as possible and free from unnecessary cruelty. I would also urge you to work with Farm Sanctuary to accomplish this goal.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,
Grant Aleksander

Grant Aleksander is a Maryland Man!

Grant Aleksander (Phillip) arrives in Baltimore to make an exciting announcement about GL's upcoming, sizzling hot Summer! If you're in the area, search your local newspapers, magazines, and television stations for Grant's interviews!
If not, check out our exclusive, SoapCity sit-down below, for some hints about future storylines!

SoapCityAlina: What is your connection to Baltimore?

Grant Aleksander I grew up in a community in Baltimore County called Spring Lake. I lived there until I was 18. (On this trip), I'm going to try to look up a few friends. Any time I get through, I try to look up some old friends from Madonna High School.

SCA You're traveling to Baltimore to promote GL. Why is now a good time for new and lapsed viewers to tune into the show?

GA: We're getting back to doing what we do best in daytime. We're going back to the more established format of telling broader arc stories involving families and interpersonal relationships. For a while, we got away from storytelling the way we've always done it, and I think it's what people tune in for. I think we lost some viewers because they weren't crazy about the changes we'd made, and I think they'll be happy to see us going back to stories that involve families they're familiar with and characters that they know.

SCA: So what does that mean for Phillip?

GA: Phillip is in a period of transition. In the next year, he'll be different than he was in the past. The audience will see parts of him that are recognizable, but they'll also see parts of him that are very different now. Phillip is a very complicated character. That's one of the things I've always liked about him. He's not easy to put into a nutshell. For most of his life, he's had relatively high ideals that he has, in his own mind, failed to live up to. He suffers from a Hamlet complex. Never being able to get out of his own way. He has the best intentions, but he just creates more trouble trying to solve a problem. Now, he's become somebody who has different objectives than he's ever had before.

SCA: Why should we be rooting for Phillip to achieve his objectives?

GA: I never think about that. I'm never that concerned about whether someone is rooting for him, as long as they're interested in what he's doing. Phillip is somebody that half the time the audience really loves him, and half the time they want to hit him in the face with a baseball bat. And I love that.

SCA: So how do you keep him interesting?

GA: I pray for good writing. That's the most important thing by far. Although, Anthony Hopkins once said, "Sometimes the thing to do is play the opposite of what's on a page." I try to do that. And I just try to find ways to make him human.

Grant Aleksander Speaks Out Against "Unbearable" Hunt in Maryland

Radio Ads Opposing First Bear Hunt in Fifty Years Feature Award-Winning Actor and Baltimore Native Grant Aleksander
With only two days remaining to submit comments on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) draft management plan for black bears, The Fund for Animals is urging citizens to voice their opposition to the plan which calls for Maryland's first bear hunt in fifty years. DNR has announced dates for the bear hunt to begin this October.

The Fund for Animals also began running radio ads today featuring Baltimore native and soap star Grant Aleksander of CBS's "Guiding Light," urging Maryland citizens to call Governor Ehrlich to protest the cruel and unnecessary trophy hunt of black bears. The 60-second radio ad can be heard at www.fund.org/uploads/md_bears.mp3

"Maryland's small black bear population has come back from the brink of extinction, and we must retain the half century of protection for these majestic animals," said Michael Markarian, President of The Fund for Animals and a member of the DNR's 2002 Black Bear Task Force. "Maryland citizens who submitted comments last year on the Black Bear Task Force report opposed bear hunting by a 5-to-1 margin, and we need Maryland citizens who care about the future of our bears to continue speaking out against this imminent trophy hunt."

The Fund for Animals is also urging residents to visit its web site at www.MarylandBears.com, where they can find questions and answers about black bears, tips on solving bear problems, and information on contacting Governor Ehrlich and their state legislators. Broadcast quality B-roll footage of black bear hunting is also available from The Fund upon request.

 

 


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