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'Santa Barbara' Cast Now, 35 Years after 1st Episode of the Classic Soap Opera Aired

Bettina Dizon
Nov 15, 2019
10:05 A.M.
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For almost a decade, “Santa Barbara” entertained its viewers by showing glimpses of the exciting and tumultuous everyday lives of the wealthy Capwells and the people around them.


“Santa Barbara” had its avid viewers in a series of shocks at the twist and turns of events following the lives of the Capwells os Santa Barbara, California.

The television soap opera aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992 in America and 40 other countries across the globe.

Thanks to a good storyline and a stellar cast, the show won 24 Daytime Emmy Awards and had 30 nominations for the same award. They also won 18 Soap Opera Digest Awards, among many others.


It has been 35 years since the first episode of the show aired, making fans miss the cast even more. Here’s a look at how they’ve been through the years.


Marcy Walker, although having a few on-screen appearances here and there, focused a lot on her family and relationships through the years.

The actress was married five times and divorced four times, three of which happened before she turned 30-years-old. 


Before the show began, Walker married Stephen A. Ferrera in 1983 and divorced him in the same year, without having kids.

During the show, Walker married “Days of Our Lives” alum, Billy Warlock, whom she divorced within a few years.

After her relationship, she found herself in love with cameraman Stephen Collins, whom she had a child with in 1989 and decided to marry the following year.


However, their marriage ended in divorce, which left her single for a while. At that time, she spoke about her marital record:

“I think everybody loves to be in love, but now I’ve come to the point where I can say if I don’t know what marriage is, I shouldn’t be married.”

However, in less than a year, she married her next husband, Robert Drew Primrose, whom she also divorced later on.


In 1999, the actress tied the knot with her fifth husband, Doug Smith, whom she is still currently married to.


A Martinez played Cruz on the show and was recognized for his incredible portrayal with a daytime Emmy Award.

After “Santa Barbara” aired, Martinex continued his career as an actor and writer, appearing in 1989s “Powwow highway” and 2012s “Longmire.”


He was married to Mare Winningham before the show began and divorced her within a year. In 1982, he married Leslie Bryans and has been with her and their three children since. 


Texas-born Dane Witherspoon was an actor long before “Santa Barbara” aired, with appearances in 1971s “The Waltons” and 1992s “Seedpeople.”

Witherspoon wed Robin Wright in 1986 and divorced two years later. He then married Tracy K. Shaffer, whom he had two children with. However, their marriage didn’t last and also ended in separation. He passed away on March 29, 2014.



Wright began her professional modeling career at the age of 14 in both Paris and Japan before moving into the film and television industry after high school.

Her role in “Santa Barbara” gained her recognition as she was thrice nominated for a Daytime Emmy. Witherspoon fell in love with her colleague in the show and married him in 1986.

Robin Wright and Dylan Penn arrive at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. | Getty Images


While the show aired, Wright also starred in “The Princess Bride,” “Denial,” and “State of Grace,” where she met actor Sean Penn and had two kids with, Dylan Frances and Hopper Jack.

After the show, she appeared in films alongside award-winning stars: in “Toys,” with the late actor Robin Williams, and “Forrest Gump” with Tom Hanks.

Robin Wright arrives at the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018. | Source: Getty Images


In 1995, she was given a small role in “The Crossing Guard,” “Moll Flanders,” and “Loved.” Wright was twice divorced to Dane Witherspoon and Sean Penn, before marrying her current spouse, Clerment Giraudet.


After the show ended, Paul Johnasson focused on his career as an actor and director, with projects such as “One Tree Hill,” “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day,” and “Atlas Shrugged: Part I.”

Paul Johansson Stars In "Highlander: The Raven." | Source: Getty Images



Like Johansson, Brooklyn-born Jack Carter focused on his acting and directing career before, during, and after the show.

Publicity photo of comedian Jack Carter. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

He is most known for the 1970s “McCloud,” 1981s “History of the World: Part I,” and 1985s “Amazing Stories. He died in 2015 due to respiratory failure and is succeeded by his kids, Chase and Wendy, from his first wife and Michael from his second wife.