Jake Kositchek was a relatively short-lived character on “Days of Our Lives,” but he left a big impact on the show. Jake came to Salem and fell in love with Jessica Blake’s (Jean Bruce Scott’s) alternate personality, Angel. They planned to marry, but when they got to the altar, Jessica’s personality reappeared and she rejected him. The rejection led to Jake having a mental break and he became the Salem Strangler, killing multiple women in Salem. He strangled Mary Anderson (Melinda O. Fee) and Marlena Evans’ (Deidre Hall’s) twin sister, Samantha Evans (Andrea Hall). Jake almost killed Renee DuMonde (Philece Sampler) as well, but she managed to escape. The role would have brought young actor Kevin Costner to the forefront of the show, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out.
Coster auditioned for the part in the 1980s, and while he was a serious candidate, he was eventually rejected in favor of Jack Coleman. Coleman went on to star as Steve Carrington in “Dynasty” and Noah Bennet in “Heroes.” The rejection for Costner doesn’t seem to have hindered the trajectory of his career as he’s built an impressive resume since not landing the part of Jake Kositchek.
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