DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ executive producer, Ken Corday, gets recognized on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
to hear him tell it, Ken Corday would have been absolutely fine with just writing the music for DAYS OF OUR LIVES, the soap opera created by his parents, television pioneers Ted and Betty Corday. But he recalls that his perspective changed after Betty asked him to come to the set for a summer to “answer fan mail, get coffee for the producers, watch dress rehearsals and just see what it was about.” As the show’s current executive producer was honored with a star on the historic Hollywood Walk Of Fame last month, even he couldn’t believe what a turn his life had taken in the 37 years since. “As the Chamber Of Commerce president [Leron Gubler, who host- ed the day] noted,” Corday laughed, “I guess I’m the longest-running producer in television in Hollywood. The simple reason for that success is because I never fired myself!” With friends, family, network execs and DAYS cast members looking on, Corday was lauded for his many achievements in television, music composition, philanthropy and more. However, he credited them all — and especially his parents — for inspiring him to take risks and follow his dreams. “I am the fortunate son,” he concluded. “It is only because of the people that I’m able to surround myself with that I’m able to stand here today.”
“Soap operas, besides sex and suffering, are about family,” offered Corday, who counts longtime cast members Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope) among his.
“My wife [Sherry] and I were here as they poured the star,” revealed Corday, with his missus and son Teddy. “It was an interesting experience.”