About Thorsten


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Vital Statistics: 

  • Birthdate: February 22
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Eyes: Hazel
  • Hair: Brown 

Above: Thorsten signs copies of A Solid Wheel of Colored Ribbons.

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With Susan Haskell and their daughters McKenna and Marlowe

Thorsten Kaye came to the United States from England on a track (decathlon) scholarship to the United States International University in San Diego, CA. Although Thorsten majored in physical education (and minored in drama), a serious motorcycle accident forced him to choose a different direction. He played soccer for awhile, but ultimately changed his major to drama and received his bachelor's degree in fine arts.

After a rugby tour through Europe, Kaye enrolled in graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he earned his master's degree in theater and theater history, performing in many productions of its Hilberry repertory theatre, and by which he was honored with a 2008 Ovation Award as a Distinguished Alumni in the Department of Theatre.

Although he fondly remembers his first professional role as that of the "Wicked Witch of the West" when he was 17 years old in England, Thorsten portrayed some of the most memorable characters in classical theater, from Macbeth to Mark Antony, while a member of the Hilberry Repertory Theatre Company in Detroit.

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With Arion Alston, right, in the
Hilberry Theatre production of The Front Page

Thorsten then moved to Los Angeles, where he garnered roles in various television projects, including the CBS mini-series: Sidney Sheldon's Nothing Lasts Forever, before moving to New York to accept the role of romantic Irish poet Patrick Thornhart on the ABC Daytime drama series One Life to Live. The popularity of the Patrick Thornhart character led to the publication of the Hyperion book, Patrick's Notebook, with an accompanying audiocassette tape of classic poems recited by Thorsten.

After completing his two-year stint on One Life to Live in August 1997, Thorsten next appeared in various television and movie projects, including the Sci-Fi Channel series, Sliders, the syndicated series, Air America, the CBS series, Falcone, the Dennis Hopper film The Prophet's Game, and Shark Attack II, which was filmed on location in South Africa.

In April 2000, Thorsten accepted the role of dedicated physician Ian Thornhart (Patrick's older brother) on the ABC Daytme drama series, Port Charles, on which he appeared until its run ended in October 2003. Thorsten was honored to receive two successive Daytime Emmy Award Nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor for the role of Ian Thornhart in 2003 and 2004.

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At the Detroit Red Wings Vs. Dallas Stars
Playoff Game, May 8, 2008

In April 2004, Thorsten returned to New York to join the cast of the ABC Daytime drama series All My Children in the role of the enigmatic casino owner, Zachery Slater, for which he received two additional Outstanding Lead Actor Daytime Emmy Award Nominations for 2006 and 2009. Thorsten portrayed the character of Zach Slater through December 2009, returned to All My Children three times in 2010, and again in 2011, to bring Zach's storyline to a close when All My Children's 41-year run ended in September 2011.

In 2012 and 2013, Thorsten appeared in the recurring role of Nick Felder on the NBC prime time television series SMASH. Also in 2013, Thorsten returned to the role of All My Children's Zach Slater when production company Prospect Park revived the iconic series for airing on Hulu and iTunes.

In October 2013, Thorsten joined the cast of the CBS Daytime drama series The Bold and the Beautiful, in the leading role of Ridge Forrester at the personal request of executive producer Bradley Bell.  

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From Timber Ridge
to Daymer Gardens

A writer as well as an actor, Thorsten in 1999 published his first book of original poetry, From Timber Ridge to Daymer Gardens, and released an accompanying CD of the same name, both of which also featured poems written by his dear friend, the late Dorothy Bridges, the late wife of late actor Lloyd Bridges

In 2009, Thorsten published a second book of original poetry, A Solid Wheel of Colored Ribbons, illustrated by his friend Tami Evans Foster, and featuring poems for children, which may be ordered from the Giftshop section of this web site. As a firm believer in "giving back," Thorsten donates all proceeds from his books and CD to the cause of  pediatric cancer research.

In addition to writing, Thorsten enjoys music, literature, classic American motorcycles, sports - including ice hockey (he roots for the Detroit Red Wings, which featured his blog on their official web site during their Stanley Cup winning 2008 season) and football - he is also a Miami Dolphins fan. 

Thorsten and his wife Susan Haskell are the parents to two beautiful daughters: McKenna (who was born on February 7, 2003) and Marlowe Marann (who was born on January 28, 2007).