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Vince Wolek

Vince Wolek
Antony Ponzini as Vince Wolek
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
Duration 1968–81, 1987
First appearance July 15, 1968 (July 15, 1968)
Last appearance April 1987 (April 1987)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases Vinny Wolek
Occupation
  • Auto mechanic
  • Detective for the Llanview Police Department
Residence Llanview, Pennsylvania

Vincent "Vince" Wolek is a fictional character on the American soap opera One Life to Live. The character was originated and most notably played by Antony Ponzini, who portrayed the role continuously from the debut episode in 1968[1] through 1975, and reappeared in the role in spring 1987.[2]

Contents

  • Casting 1
  • Storylines 2
    • Enter Vinny 2.1
    • Later life and Wanda 2.2
  • References 3

Casting

Vincent was created by series creator Agnes Nixon, who cast Antony Ponzini in the role which debuted on the first episode of the serial July 15, 1968. Ponzini went on to play the role for over seven years, leaving the role in November 1975. Upon Ponzini's exit, executive producer Doris Quinlan recast Vincent to Jordan Charney, who played the role from November 1975 through 1977. Michael Ingram became the third actor to play Vincent, from 1977 through 1981. Ponzini returned to the role briefly during a storyline involving Viki having a near-death experience of going to Heaven in 1987.[3][4]

Storylines

Enter Vinny

Viki (Slezak) and Vince (Ponzini), 1972

In 1968, Vince (Ponzini) falls in love with fun-loving party girl Niki Smith (Gillian Spencer); little does he know that "Niki" was a symptom of the multiple personality disorder suffered by media heiress Victoria "Viki" Lord—the girlfriend of Vince's best friend and reporter Joe Riley (Lee Patterson).[5][6][7] Eventually Vince learns the truth and, though heartbroken, tells Viki about her alter ego. Viki seeks medical treatment and proceeds to marry Joe in June 1969. During the wedding in June 1969, Niki reemerges and flees the ceremony with an ecstatic Vince. When Vince urges Niki to marry him, Niki's panic results in Viki regaining control and marries Joe.[8]

In 1970, Vince unwittingly becomes involved with the Llanview drug trade, becoming soon implicated in a drug-related murder. He is eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but not before Joe, investigating Llanview's increasing drug problem for The Banner, is presumed dead after apparently driving off a cliff in California.[9] Vince and Joe's sister Eileen (Patricia Roe) refuse to give up the hope Joe is alive, and are were upset when Viki (Erika Slezak onward) signs papers declaring Joe dead in 1972 to marry Steve Burke (Bernie Grant).[10] Vince and Eileen (Alice Hirson onward) are both vindicated when Joe reappears before Viki's wedding to Steve.

Later life and Wanda

After leaving briefly, Vince returns to Llanview ill and is nursed back to health by sassy tell-it-like-it-is waitress Wanda Webb (Marilyn Chris). By the time Joe and Viki reunite in 1973, Vince becomes a police officer for the Llanview Police Department; that year during an investigation with Lt. Ed Hall (Al Freeman, Jr.), Vince and sister-in-law Meredith Lord Wolek (Lynn Benesch) are held hostage at Llanfair carriage house for the prized art collection of Victor Lord (Ernest Graves). Meredith dies after suffering a concussion while she and Vince attempted an escape.[11] Vince soon falls in love Wanda, and the two marry later marry Valentine's Day 1975.[12][13]

Ponzini soon departs the series, with Vince to actor Jordan Charney assuming the part and character becoming more of a canvas, supporting role. Vince (Ingram) is later poisoned by the adoptive father of Tina Lord, Ted Clayton (Mark Goddard), July 9, 1981.[14][15]

Vince (Ponzini) last appears when Viki visits Heaven in April 1987.

References

  1. ^ "Clip-Out Directory: One Life to Live, ABC-TV". Daytime TV ( 
  2. ^ Waggett, Gerry (2008). The One Life to Live 40th Anniversary Trivia Book: A Fun, Fact-Filled, Everything-You-Want-to-Know-Guide to Your Favorite Soap!. New York City:  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ "The Wolek Family Tree". SoapCentral.com. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Behind the Scenes: ABC's One Life to Live".  
  6. ^ recap (1968)"One Life to Live".  
  7. ^ (in English) One Life to Live. Season 1. 1968. American Broadcasting Company.
  8. ^ recap (1969)"One Life to Live".  
  9. ^ recap (1970)"One Life to Live".  
  10. ^ recap (1972)"One Life to Live".  
  11. ^ recap (1973)"One Life to Live".  
  12. ^ recap (1975)"One Life to Live".  
  13. ^ (in English) One Life to Live. Season 7. February 14, 1975. American Broadcasting Company.
  14. ^ recap (1981)"One Life to Live".  
  15. ^ (in English) One Life to Live. Season 13. July 9, 1981. American Broadcasting Company.
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