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TIME hasn’t run out for iconic US day­time soap Days of our Lives (DOOL), which notches up 50 years of sand trick­ling through the hour­glass this week.

And an Aussie will en­ter the hot­bed of di­vorce, in­trigue, dou­ble-deal­ing and drama as part of the 50-year cel­e­bra­tions. He is Alexan­der Bruszt, 32, a former Home and Away ac­tor who won the right to join DOOL as part of Foxtel’s Search for a Star com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this year.

Bruszt headed to Los An­ge­les in May to

shoot his scenes as Flynn, an Aus­tralian doc­tor who ar­rives at Salem Univer­sity Hospi­tal to com­plete his res­i­dency and per­fect his surgery skills un­der old friend Dr Daniel Jonas (Shawn Chris­tian).

His first scenes will air on Fri­day – five days af­ter the show notches up its 50 years.

The Syd­ney ac­tor was one of more than 300 who en­tered an on­line com­pe­ti­tion for the role, and won af­ter he was flown to LA for a screen test.

Bruszt started acted briefly at 16 on Home and Away, and his movie cred­its in­clude short films Over­drawn, The Brother, Room With View and Lit­tle Black Dress.

Days of Our Lives’ orig­i­nal episode aired on Novem­ber 8, 1965, and for five decades has charted the ad­ven­tures of the fam­ily, friends, en­e­mies and un­heard-of-rel­a­tives of the Hor­ton, Brady and DiMera fam­i­lies in Salem.

DOOL first aired on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion in 1968, left our free-to-air com­mer­cial screens in 2013, and was given a re­prieve by Foxtel, where it is now fast-tracked and broad­cast on Arena.

The 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions will see the re­turn of some old DOOL stars – in­clud­ing Ali­son Sweeney, who played Sami Brady, and Deirdre Hall (who plays Mar­lena Evans).


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