James Reynolds, right, won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Sunday night for his work on the NBC television drama, “Days Of Our Lives.” Ken Corday, left, the show’s executive producer. Courtesy photo

South Pasadena’s own, James Reynolds, co-owner of the Fremont Centre Theatre, won a Daytime Emmy Award Sunday evening, earning outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

With the exception of a short stint on the daytime series “Generations,” for which he was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series in 1990, Reynolds has been playing the character Abe Carver on “Days of Our Lives” since 1981.

“Days of Our Lives,” which appears on NBC, also topped the Daytime Emmy Awards, capturing five trophies including best drama series along with lead actor honors for Reynolds.

Reynolds, who began playing Abe Carver on the drama in 1981, is the third African-American to win in the category, with more than 30 years separating him from Darnell Williams’ 1985 victory for “All My Children.” Al Freeman Jr. was the groundbreaker, winning for “One Life to Live” in 1979.

In the scene that Reynolds submitted for awards consideration, his character confronts an off-duty law enforcement officer who shot Carver’s son, wrongly believing he was armed, according to the Gold Derby awards website. “Days of Our Lives” also claimed trophies for its writing and directing teams and supporting actor Greg Vaughan at Sunday’s ceremony.

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