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One Life to Live Character Descriptions
Rev. Andrew Carpenter
Played by Robert Wortham Krimmer (1991 - 2010)
The reverend came to Llanview in 1991 as the pastor at St. James’ church,
which the Buchanans and Lords attend.
Although a devout man of the cloth, Andrew is very human. He sometimes
felt anger and lust, which got him into trouble. He and his father, Sloan,
did not speak for years because Sloan had trouble dealing with the fact that
his other son had been gay and died of AIDS. They were finally reunited and
Andrew made Sloan face the truth and admit it to himself. They made a quilt
patch for William and added it to the AIDS quilt when it came to Llanview on
the Day of Compassion.
Andrew has always been a very compassionate person and had a special
place in his heart for teenagers. He counseled troubled teenagers in the
90's, including Viki's son Joey. Joey was the friend of a gay teen, Billy,
who was confused. Marty Saybrooke was another confused young woman. She was
bitter due to having a mixed-up family and having lupus. She made a pass at
Andrew and was not happy about his rejection. Andrew was attracted to Marty,
even though he was married to Cassie, Dorian's niece, at the time, but he
was very aware of his role as counselor and pastor. Marty took revenge on
Andrew by spreading gossip that Andrew was spending a lot of time with
Billy, implying that he was a sexual predator. Andrew barely survived the
scandal until Marty came clean. Marty was raped later on by frat boys and
Andrew, without holding a grudge, helped her through the ordeal.
Andrew and Cassie had problems because she miscarried and it seemed to
damage her mind. She found a baby, River, and started pretending it was her
own. It hurt her when she had to give the baby up. Eventually she and Andrew
were able to adopt River as their own. Later, Cassie had an affair with
Kevin, which ended her marriage to Andrew.
Andrew's sister Maggie came to town for a while. She was a nun but gave
up her vows to be with Max. Eventually their relationship ended and she left
town. Andrew continues to be a pastor at St. James’. Viki's son Joey took
over the duties there for a while but has since left town. Andrew's son
River is in town now. He briefly lived with his aunt Dorian, but now lives
at the rectory with Andrew. River was a troubled teen but seems to have
gotten past that now.
WORTHAM KRIMMER BIO by Candace
"Robert" is his given name. He changed it to "Wortham" when he
married his wife Mary Ellen almost 20 years ago. Their anniversary is
June 24. He took her maiden name as his first name and the rest is
history! They have a 9-year-old son named Max and a daughter Tess (who
should be 5 years old, I think. She was born in May). They live in
California but Bob visits them as often as his schedule permits.
He and Mary Ellen are devout environmentalists. Wortham had planned to
attend law school to become an environmental lawyer. He started working in
community theater and liked it so much he took a leave of absence!
Fortunately for his fans he never went back! Mary Ellen is a former marathon
runner and owner of a health-and-fitness company. She is now a photographer.
Creating the role of Andrew was the best thing former head writer Michael
Malone did for OLTL. I love the character of Reverend Andrew Carpenter
because of his kindness, understanding and depth of compassion. Next to
Viki, he is the Llanview community's best place to turn when they need
advice. He never claims to have ALL the answers--no one does. Wortham
Krimmer has imbued Andrew not only with a sense of decency but also,
sometimes, a volatile nature. He has a temper but it is seldom shown. On
those rare occasions when it does rise to the surface, Andrew is immediately
apologetic. When it comes to letting go of emotions, he is harder on himself
than on others. Ever since the homophobia storyline of 1992, Reverend Andrew
Carpenter has suffered many losses--Megan, a brother, a father, a son, and
now his wife (to another man)--but he still relies on his faith to pull him
through. Although a minister, he is also human and flawed just like the rest
of us. To me, that makes him the most real and complex character on OLTL.
Those OLTL fans who refuse to see past his collar, labeling him
"self-righteous", will never understand or appreciate the basic humanity and
complexity of this character.
Andrew has gone through a lot of ups and downs but Krimmer himself has
"kept the faith". He has stayed OLTL's ‘Revmeister’ while other actors
around him have left. That says a lot for his dedication, doesn't it?...Now
Wortham Krimmer is on recurring status with OLTL.
PS from Suzanne:
Wortham has also appeared in some of my favorite shows including Babylon 5,
Max Headroom, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. His recurring role on Babylon 5
as the mad Emperor Cartaga was about as far from Andrew as you can get. It
was a wonderful role and showed his true range as an actor.
Poor Andrew has had nothing but bad luck in the romance dept. on OLTL.
First he fell in love with dying Megan (who was already in love with Jake), then
had a passion for Marty, who kept tempting him even though he was married, then
has his wife Cassie taken away by Kevin, and then he fell for Tea, who dumped
him for a sick relationship with Todd!
It must be tough for the writers to make an interesting character out of such
a good guy, but if they wanted to bring him back into the show more, they could.
He had great story back when he was fighting with his dad and uncle and the
whole AIDS storyline.
Andrew is a great counterpoint to Todd's evil, and since Todd is back, why
not have the reverend around more? Bring back Andrew! And while
you're at it also bring back Cassie, Clint, Dorian, Mel, Ian, Marty, Patrick,
Tea, and Cord, and give Hank, R.J., and Carlota storylines as well.
Update: Wortham has changed his name back to Bob.
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