Lamon Archey As Seen Like Never Before!

Lamon Archey plays the fictional character Eli Grant from the long-running NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. Created by head writers Dena Higley and Ryan Quan, the role was originated by actor Lamon Archey in 2017.

Eli came to Salem in February 2017 to confront his mother about his paternity. Eli explained that he had been curious about his dad’s family and had realized that Terrence Grant was not his biological father, as his mother had told him. Eli ran a DNA test and resources at the FBI led him to Salem and David Banning.

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Lamon Archey

Lamon Dezjon Archey is an American model and actor best known for his recurring role as Mason Wilder on The Young and the Restless. In 2017, Archey joined the cast of Days of Our Lives in the role of Eli Grant.

Birthday Suit

He was born April 9, 1981 in Daly City, CA.. And he STILL looks fine in his birthday suit!


Raised by his grandparents, Archey’s mother was around while he was growing up, but he barely knew or saw his father and he died when he was 20 or 21 and hadn’t seen him in years.

Acting Profession

Archey, after all, had truly stumbled into the acting profession. He was happily employed as a model when his future manager, Michael Bruno, spotted his photo on a wall at his San Francisco agency.


He was told that if he got into class and focused on acting, he could not only be on a soap, but also do nighttime TV and movies. He just had to put my head in the game and get some acting ability.


Archey had zero acting experience and was quite shy and kept to himself. He thought not only would it be fun but a good way to break out of his shell.


Lamon Archey enrolled in acting classes and the early reviews were not that great. He was usually told “his acting needed work.”

Long Road

“But I was horrible” Lamon Archey said. “I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. It was a long road before I even had a grasp on anything. I didn’t really learn how to act, honestly, until maybe a year or so after I left Y&R.

Pivotal Point

The turning point was joining Beverly Hills Playhouse. “That was a school that taught me how to delve into a character, break down a script, and really take everything line by line,” says Archey. “A light bulb went off, and I was like, ‘Ahhhh. Now I get it.’ ”

Eli Grant

So when the front-burner role of Eli came around, Archey knew he was up for the task. “I definitely felt ready. I knew I was at a point where I could take a character, make him my own, and give him some life.”

Perfect Job

Eli was also a great fit. “He’s a good guy; strong and confident, which I like,” notes Archey. Plus, playing an FBI agent is every man’s dream. “Any time I get to walk around with a gun or point a gun, that’s always fun. I’m waiting for that scene where I get to jump over a table, take down some bad guy, throw him up against the wall and arrest him. All that fun stuff.”

Inked Well

Lamon Archey is a man who loves tattoos. “I have a lot of them … about 11 or 12,” he says, noting that fans won’t ever get to see them all on DAYS, even when his character inevitably takes his shirt off. “Some of them have to get covered because I have my son’s name. I have my dog’s name. I have my middle son’s birthdate. I’ve got my nickname, Mone, too. Everyone calls me Mone back home. It’s short for Lamon.”

Other Tattoos

Archey’s other tattoos include a native American band and a dragon tattoo. “I’m an Aries, so I have a ram on my back,” he adds. “I have a tribal band around my waist. In my rebel days, I got the earth on fire. It says, ‘Hell on earth,’ on my shoulder. I also have the word ‘nine’ on my shoulder.”

The #9

Does the number hold great significance for him? “My fiancée’s birthday is June 9,” says Archey. “My birthday is April 9. My middle son’s birthday is July 9. My daughter’s birthday is May 29, and my oldest son’s birthday is in the ninth month.”

Family Life

Off-screen, Archey has a special lady in his life, too. He’s engaged to model/actress Mercedes Cornett. The couple, who met at a fashion show 14 years ago, shares two children: son Caden, 7, and daughter Gaia, 4. (Archey also has a son, Machiah, 14, from a previous relationship.)

Dead Head

“I’ve always been into the zombie genre. I love those types of movies and TV shows. I didn’t know much about THE WALKING DEAD the first time I watched it on Netflix. I was like, ‘Oh, it looks like there will be some zombies. Let me check it out.’ I ended up binge-watching six or seven episodes in one day.
I was off from there.”

In The Ring

“I’ve boxed for maybe seven years or so. Of course, I haven’t been able to do it since I started working on the show. I can’t take any chances of getting a black eye or anything like that. As soon as I started training, I developed a love for it. My grandfather was really into boxing and still is. I think that’s where I got it from.”

Family Jewels

“I have a couple of rings that were given to me by my late uncle Ellis. He died when I was about 5 or 6. I still have them to this day, in a box. They’re both gold rings with diamonds.

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