Tribute: Mickey Horton DOOL’s John Clarke

We have compiled a Tribute to Mickey Horton on Days of our Lives played by John Clarke for  his birthday. John Clarke was born on April 14, 1932 in South Bend, Indiana.

Original Mickey Horton

Clarke is recognized for originating and portraying Mickey Horton on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives for 39 years.


He began on the show’s with the debut of the program in 1965.


He retired early in 2004 because of health concerns. The role was briefly played in 2004 by actor Richard Voigts, and later played by actor John Ingle from 2004 through 2006. Actor Kevin Dobson appeared as Mickey in the character’s final appearances in 2008.

Other Credits

In 1959, Clarke acted with Ida Lupino in an episode of CBS’s The Twilight Zone titled The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine. In the 1961-1962 television season, he was cast in 27 episodes as Patrolman Joe Huddleston in Leslie Nielsen’s ABC crime drama series, The New Breed.

His daughter

His daughter is actress Melinda Clarke, who started out on Days of our Lives and later played Julie Cooper-Nichol on the television series, The O.C..


In 2005, Clarke received the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award. He was nominated for the 1979 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for Days of Our Lives.


He was active as an actor from 1959 to 2004.

The First Year on Days of our Lives

Mickey is the middle son of Tom and Alice Horton, he has other siblings: Tommy, Addie, Marie and, possibly his biggest rival, Bill Horton. In the first episode in 1965, Mickey was a lawyer in Salem, his father, Tom Horton found out that his granddaughter, Julie Olson (Mickey’s niece) has stolen some fur from a clothes shop. Tom had to go to the police station and asked Mickey to go down with him to help with the legal side of things. Tom and Mickey did not inform Alice of where they were going. The women were busy discussing the wedding arrangements with Marie and Tony Merritt as they did not want to worry her. After a discussion at the police station with the police chief and Julie, they finally returned home.

The Death of Mickey Horton

Mickey died from a heart attack while packing to go on a cruise with Maggie on January 8, 2010. Maggie found Mickey’s body and came downstairs in shock. Hope came while Maggie was still in shock and noticed something was wrong, she went up stairs to check and called 911. The paramedic removed Mickey’s body from the house. On January 14, 2010, the Hortons celebrated Mickey’s life with a memorial service that brought together the entire family. His life and the love of his life, Maggie, were celebrated. His daughter, Melissa, returned to comfort her mother during this difficult time. In June, Mickey’s mother, Alice Horton, died of natural causes. Maggie and Julie celebrated Alice’s relationship with her son, Mickey.

Good Times With Cast Members

Happy Birthday in Heaven John Clarke

Days of Our Lives Fan Talk would like to wish a very Happy Birthday with this tribute to John Clarke and his family.  The beloved Mickey horton will live forever in our hearts.

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