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Joe Perkins, 1984

Dane Witherspoon was born on December 27, 1957 in Denton, Texas. At 19, he was the youngest student ever accepted by the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, appearing in productions from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams. He performed one season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

After getting his acting degree from ACT, Dane went to Hollywood in 1980 where he landed small roles in The Waltons and Eight Is Enough. In 1984, he made his soap opera debut as the original Joe Perkins on Santa Barbara. Three months later, Dane was replaced by Mark Arnold because the SB producers decided he wasn't right for the role.

This decision left fans bewildered, but Dane soon returned to daytime as Tyler McCandless on Capitol. He played this part from 1985 to 1986. Though he continued to work as an actor for a few more years, Dane eventually retired from the profession and started making gourmet ice cream Liks in Denver, Colorado.

Dane met his ex-wife, Robin Wright, when they auditioned for their Santa Barbara roles. They were wed from 1986 to 1988. Dane has two sons with his second ex-wife, Tracy Shaffer.

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