Vincent Irizarry recently completed his contract role as the manipulative and menacing Dr. David Hayward in the ABC daytime drama, All My Children. Vincent’s incredible performance of this complex role has earned him the Daytime Emmy Award for ‘Most Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series’ in August 2009. Vincent was initially cast in November 1997 on a short-term contract basis. Due to his incredible popularity with the fans, he returned to the role in June 1998, and received a Daytime Emmy nomination for ‘Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama’ in 2002.
As the middle of six children, Vincent grew up in Long Island, New York. Pursuing his love of arts, Vincent began studying both photography and classical piano at the age of 11. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he fell in love with acting while performing in numerous productions with a regional theater company. Vincent moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional actor, and soon won a full-time scholarship with the late Lee Strasberg at his Theater Institute.
Vincent’s first professional acting job was at the New York Shakespeare Festival, where he was directed by Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff in off-Broadway musical, “The Death of Von Richtoven.” Vincent’s other theater credits include portraying the role of Paul McCartney in “Lennon,” the title role of a tortured, gifted artist in “Modigliani,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Long Goodbye.” More recently, Vincent has performed in “Tuesdays with Morrie” (with Jerry Stiller), Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest” (with Stephanie Powers), “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine,” Mark Twain’s “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” (with Sherilyn Wolter), and Mary Chase’s “Harvey” (with Walt Willey).
In 1984, Vincent landed his first television role, playing the anti-hero Lujack on the daytime drama, Guiding Light, for which he received a Daytime Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Younger Actor’. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked opposite Nancy McKeon in the telefilm “Firefighter”, and with Treat Williams and Peter Coyote in Joseph Wambaugh’s “Echoes of Darkness”. Vincent also appeared in guest-starring roles in series such as “L.A. Law” and won critical acclaim in the starring role of Gino Santangelo in Jackie Collins’ miniseries “Lucky Chances” opposite Sandra Bullock and Nicolette Sheridan. In feature films, he played Sissy Spacek’s husband in “Marie: A True Story” and starred in Clint Eastwood’s “Heartbreak Ridge”.
Vincent moved back to the east coast when the producers of Guiding Light approached him to return to the show in the newly created role of Nick. While in New York, he returned to his musical roots and studied with premier vocal coach Tad Motyka to develop his voice to the level of legit tenor and performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de Lyon, France.
Previous to his return to “All My Children” in the Fall of 2008, Vincent joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in January 2007 as David Chow, a savvy political operative who arrived in Genoa City seeking to avenge the murder of his former fiancée, who then ultimately won the heart of Nikki Newman. Originally contracted for thirteen weeks, Vincent’s character proved popular and his stay on Y&R was extended.
Vincent’s other television credits include a recent guest-starring role in the primetime drama “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the starring role in the telefilm “Lying Eyes,” and a recurring role on “Beverly Hills 90210.” Vincent is currently in Bogota, Colombia filming a new Lifetime Television original feature “Left to Die” which is set for release in 2013.