The Hortons

Mickey Horton

Portrayers: John Clarke 1965-Present
Date of Birth: January 19th, 1932
Parents: Tom and Alice Horton
Entrance onto Show: On from the begining
Marriages: Laura Spencer Horton- December 1968 (Divorced 1974) ;Maggie Simmons Horton-Jan 25 1975, (Divorced 1983) Feb 14, 1986
Romances: Had a romance with his client Diane Hunter in 66; Had an affair with Linda Patterson Anderson while married to Laura in 1970; Had a brief fling with Trish Clayton in 1975
Children: Mickey is sterile but is the adopted father of Melissa Anderson, Sarah Horton, Mike Horton , and Janice Barnes
Occupation: Lawyer
Crimes/Incarceration: Attempted to kill Bill Horton 1976, Attempted to strangle two nurses at Bayview Sanitarium in 1976
Other Interesting Facts: Went under the alias Marty Hansen
Date of Death: Still Living

Mickey Horton, born on January 19th 1932, is the third youngest of the Horton children. Mickey's siblings include Tommy Jr., Addie, Mickey, Bill, and Marie. Mickey has been a practicing lawyer since the show began. He began seeing Dianne Hunter, who hired Mickey to handle her divorce from Richard Hunter, but their relationship came to and end when Dianne and Richard remarried thanks to their daughter Susan Hunter. Mickey then became interested in Laura Spencer who was dating his brother Bill at the time, and the two clashed over her.

In the summer of 67 Mickey became Susan Martin's lawyer when she stood trial for killing her husband David. In the process Mickey would spend many days and nights working with Laura Horton to get Susan acquitted. Eventually the two would fall in love, and marry in December of 1968.

Later that year Mickey would take a test to see if he was sterile because he was concerned about the fact that he had not yet conceived a child. Tom Horton would learn Mickey was indeed sterile, but would keep that information from him upon learning from Laura she was pregnant as a result from being rapped by Bill.

Mickey and Laura's happiness would not last. When Bill returned home from Prison in 1970 Mickey accused Laura and Bill have having an affair. While Laura remained faithful to Mickey, Mickey cheated on Laura with his secretary Linda Patterson Anderson. Linda would become pregnant with what Mickey believed to be his child, but Mickey would eventually work his problems with Laura out by the end of the year.

In 1971 Mickey and Laura would again have troubles after his affair with Linda Patterson was made public after Linda's attempted suicide. Laura and Mickey would agree to remain married and try to make things work for Mike's sake.

In 1972 Mickey was diagnosed with a heart condition, and would have a massive coronary in 1973 after he learned that Michael had learned his "father" had had an affair with his secretary Linda Patterson. Mickey would survive his coronary thanks to his brother Bill, who performed a heart operation on Mickey.

Shortly after his heart surgery Mickey had a stroke which caused him to lose all his memory. Mickey gathered his things up and left town. Unsure of his name he called himself Marty Hanson because the initials on his belt read M.H. Eventually Mickey stumbled upon a farmhouse while searching for food and water and soon collapsed. He was taken care of by the farmhouse owner Maggie Simmons, who was alone and crippled.

Maggie and "Marty" continued to live on the farm, and in 1974 "Marty and Maggie" were married. Marty began reading about a treatment for injuries such as Maggie's being done at Salem University Hospital, and set up an appointment for Maggie to be checked out. Later, after his picture appeared in the paper, Mickey was reunited with the Hortons, though he had no memory of them. Bill offered to operate on Mickey in hopes of returning his memory, but Mickey refused.

When Bill Horton operated on Maggie Simmons in 1975 unsuccessfully Mickey blamed Bill for her inability to walk, though Laura told Mickey and Maggie the paralysis was mental now. Mickey promised Maggie she would walk again and her took her back home to her farm.

After Mickey divorced Laura, Mickey and Maggie were married on Jan 25, 1975.

Later Linda Patterson would return to Salem with her daughter Melissa. Once she heard Mickey had no memory she tried to re-kindle her relationship with Mickey by convincing Mickey that Melissa was his child. However, Maggie had received a letter from Linda's husband warning her of Linda, and her plans were thwarted.

In 1976 Mickey learned he was not Mike's biological father. After Mike suffered an accident on Maggie's farm Mickey and Laura donated blood, but when neither matched he realized he could not be Mike's father. Mickey looked through medical records, and when he found out his brother Bill was a match all of Mickey's memory came flooding back to him. Mickey then went to Linda Patterson and asked if Melissa could possibly be his child, and she told him no because he was sterile according to Laura Horton. Outraged at being lied to for years Mickey bought a gun and waited for Bill to return home. Mickey planned to murder Bill, and when the two fought over the gun it went off, shooting Bill in the arm. After the fight Mickey suffered a mental breakdown and was admitted to Bayview Sanitarium for one year. While there he tried to strangle two nurses he pictured to be Laura.

After spending a year in the sanitarium Mickey was released and he and Maggie adopted Janice Barnes. In 1978 Janice was taken away from Mickey and Maggie by her natural mother Joanna Barnes. Janice was eventually found and returned to Mickey in Maggie, but Joanna took a job in Salem and stayed close to her daughter. This relationship took it's toll on Maggie, who began to drink heavily. Eventually Mickey and Maggie would lose custody of Janice to her natural mother in 1979

In 1981 Maggie agreed to be a surrogate mother for an anonymous donner. Maggie went to Neil and agreed to be inseminated. Neil preformed the procedure, and Maggie soon became pregnant.

Mickey learned that the baby she was carrying was Evan Whyland's, and even when he told Maggie she wanted to keep the baby, so Mickey agreed to love it as it was his daughter. In late 1981 Sarah Horton was born, and after a custody battle with Evan Whyland Mickey and Maggie won custody of Sarah. Later Mickey and Maggie also got custody of Melissa Anderson.

When Evan Whyland died, and his last words were about Stefano. Mickey and Don began to investigate. They learned that Evan was blackmailing Stefano, and that Stefano was behind Maggie's car accident. Mickey got too close to finding out what was going on, and Stefano kidnapped him and held him prisoner on the DiMera Island, but made it look like he died in an auto accident.

In March 1983 Mickey escaped from Stefano, and when he returned he saw his wife and Don Craig tell each other they loved the other. Mickey had a heart attack but survived.

Maggie and Mickey divorced in 1983, and soon after Maggie stopped seeing Don, realizing her divorce from Mickey was a mistake. Mickey was accidentally shot during a gang rumble, and he recuperated at Maggie's house, and the two re-kindled their love. On February 14, 1986 Mickey and Maggie remarried in a double wedding with Melissa Anderson and Pete Jannings.

In 1988 Mickey ran for a seat in the Senate, and his opponent was Jack Devereaux. Jack was dating Mickey's adoptive daughter Melissa, and even proposed to her. However Melissa learned Jack was using her, and dumped him.

Maggie and Mickey's marriage was in trouble by 1990. Mickey was always at work and constantly let down Maggie and missed dinner dates and other important functions. Maggie ended up seeking solace in the arms of doctor Neil Curtis. Maggie's daughter, Sarah, caught Maggie and Neil and took pictures of them together in bed. Sarah was ready to expose them when Maggie and Neil revealed a shocking secret to her, Neil was Sarah's true father. Sarah still exposed them and the news devastated her adopted father, Mickey. Though Mickey was hurt, he felt he was partly to blame for Maggie's infidelity. Mickey and Maggie patched up their marriage and Dr. Neil Curtis left Salem.


Sarah Horton

Portrayers: Colin Lewis 1981, Anthony seaward 1981-82, Katie Krell 1982, Lisa Brinegar 1985-89, Shauna Lane-Block 1989, Aimee Brooks 1990, Alli Brown 1991
Date of Birth: Late 1981
Parents: Mickey (adopted father) & Maggie Horton, Neil Curtis (Real Father)
Entrance onto Show: Born in 1981
Marriages: none
Romances: none
Children: none
Occupation: candy-striper
Crimes/Incarcerations: Exposed her mother's affair with Neil to the papers
Other Interesting Facts: none
Date of Death: Still Alive

Sarah Horton was born in 1981 to Maggie Horton. Mickey Horton was her adopted father, and at the time of her birth father was believed to have been Evan Whyland, who's sperm was used to fertilize Maggie's egg. The process was done by Neil Curtis.

Maggie and Mickey's marriage was in trouble by 1990. Mickey was always at work and constantly let down Maggie and missed dinner dates and other important functions. Maggie ended up seeking solace in the arms of doctor Neil Curtis. Maggie's daughter, Sarah, caught Maggie and Neil and took pictures of them together in bed. Sarah was ready to expose them when Maggie and Neil revealed a shocking secret to her, Neil was Sarah's true father. Sarah still exposed them and the news devastated her adopted father, Mickey. Though Mickey was hurt, he felt he was partly to blame for Maggie's infidelity. Mickey and Maggie patched up their marriage and Dr. Neil Curtis left Salem.

Sarah, who was unhappy at home, left Salem in 1991 with her sister Melissa. Both now reside in Nasheville.


Sandy Horton

Portrayers: Astrid Warner 1967, Heather North 1967-71, Martha Smit 1982, Pamela Roylance 1983-84
Date of Birth: unknown
Parents: Kitty and Tommy Horton Jr.
Entrance onto Show: Returned in 1967 with her mother
Marriages: none
Romances: Had a boyfriend named Bruce at college, engaged to Evan Whyland in 1982
Children: none
Occupation: Unknown
Crimes/Incarceration: none
Other Interesting Facts: none
Date of Death: Still Alive/Dead

Sandy returned to Salem with her mother in 1967 and immediately began to develop a relationship with her grandparents Tom and Alice Horton. In 1968 when Mark Brooks was revealed to be her father Tommy Jr. she and her father struck up a relationship.

After her mother died Sandy resented the other Hortons for the way they treated her mother, and in 1970 Sandy moved into a dorm room at school.

In 1982 Sandy Horton became a doctor at University Hospital, and later became engaged to Evan Whyland. However, when she learned Evan had been cheating on her she broke off the engagement and told Maggie she could kill Evan for what he did. Later Evan was admitted for emergency surgery, and Sandy had to perform it. When Alex Marshall switched Evan's medical records Sandy gave him the wrong penicillin, and as a result Evan died. Sandy was suspended, but was later reinstated when she was cleared of any wrong doing.

In 1983 Marlena and Sandy Horton witnessed Roman Brady kill Daisy ??? on the docks. They were shocked, and even though Marlena was married to Roman she reported the crime and Roman was arrested for the murders.


Tom Horton

Portrayers: MacDonald Carey 1965-1994
Date of Birth: 1910
Parents: Unknown
Entrance onto Show: On from the begining
Marriages: Alice Horton-March 7,1930 and October 17,1991
Romances: Faithful husband
Children: Tom Horton Jr., Addie Horton, Mickey Horton, Bill Horton, Marie Horton
Occupation: Doctor at Salem University Hospital, Chief of Staff
Crimes/Incarceration: none
Other Interesting Facts: Always read "The Christmas Story" from the Bible for the children at the hospital on Dec 24, Read poetry at Calliope's nightclub
Date of Death: June 21, 1994

Tom Horton was born in 1910 married his wife Alice on March 7, 1930. Tom was a prominent doctor at Salem University Hospital and fathered five children, Tom Horton Jr., Addie Horton, Mickey Horton, Bill Horton, and Marie Horton.

In 1968 Tom would learn that his son Mickey was sterile, and when he confronted Laura Horton (Mickey's current wife) about her pregnancy she told Tom that Bill had raped her. The two agreed to keep their secrets from Mickey to spare his feelings.

In 1977, Tom had a heart attack and remained in the hospital for several months.

In 1978, Tom was promoted to Chief of Staff at University Hospital.

Tom Horton read poetry, which he wrote himself, under the name Norm De Plume. He also wore a disguise so Alice wouldn't know what he was up to.

In 1993, Alice and Tom founded the Horton Center, which ran out of their home. The Horton Center provided shelter and help to run-away teens or families in need.

When it was discovered their first marriage was invalid they married again on October 17, 1991. Tom an Alice had a long and happy marriage until his passing on June 21, 1994.


Tom Horton Jr.

Portrayers: John Lupton-1967-72;1975-79
Date of Birth: 1931
Parents: Tom and Alice Horton
Entrance onto Show: Arrived in Salem in 67 as Dr. Mark Brooks with Bill Horton
Marriages: Kitty Horton (divorced in 69),
Romances: Linda Patterson 1977
Children: Sandy Horton,
Occupation: Korean War Veteran, Doctor
Crimes/Incarceration:
Other Interesting Facts: Returned as Dr. Mark Brook with Bill Horton in 1967
Date of Death: Believed to have died in war in 1953

Tom Horton is the eldest son of Tom and Alice and was born in 1931 along with his twin sister Addie Horton. His other siblings include Mickey, Bill, and Marie Horton. Tommy Jr. originally married a woman named Kitty and had a daughter Susan, but was believed to have been killed in Korea in 1953.

In 1967 Tommy Jr. returned to Salem with Bill Horton. Tommy believed his name to be Dr. Mark Brooks and was a veteran from the Korean War. He had no memory to his prior life and had undergone plastic surgery to reconstruct his disfigured face. Mark helped Bill through therapy with his hand and encouraged him to return to his career as a surgeon.

Upon arriving in Salem as Dr. Mark Brooks, Tommy got a position practicing medicine at Salem University Hospital where Marie Horton became his research assistant, and the two fell in love.

Mark's presence in Salem affected the Horton's greatly, and Tom and Alice began to notice his similarities to Tommy Jr. When Tom Sr. and Mickey investigated they did in fact find proof that Mark Brooks was Tommy Jr. Tom had suffered cruelly as a POW in Korea, and after escaping and saving the life of a Soviet soldier Tommy Jr.'s face was reconstructed as a reward.

With his identity revealed Mark had to admit to who he was, and that he was in love with his sister. Tommy and Marie broke off their relationship, and Marie was so devastated she ran off and became a nun. Tommy would then come to know his daughter Sandy, and try to work out things with his wife Kitty. However, Kitty continued to lust after Dr. Elliot Kincaid, and after hiring a private detective Tommy confronted Kitty at Elliot's apartment. Kitty used her heart condition and faked chest pains to get out of the bind she was in. She was taken to the hospital, but checked out fine. Later upon learning Kitty had numerous affairs in the past Tommy could no longer trust Kitty and he divorced her in 1969.

In 1977 Tommy began to date Linda Patterson and eventually proposed marriage. Linda accepted, but later broke off the engagement to marry Bob Anderson, who had just promoted her to head of his company.

In 1979 Tommy Horton Jr. left Salem.


Back to the Character Guide Index

SheKnows Entertainment
AdChoices