As Billy Lewis on Guiding Light, Jordan Clarke has been coming into the homes of viewers on and off for the past fifteen years. He originated Billy in May 1983 and continued playing the maverick businessman until January 1987. He then returned to the show in June 1989 until 1994. Most recently, he rejoined the cast in 1997.
Clarke actually began his work with Guiding Light in November 1974, when he joined the CBS daytime drama in the role of Dr. Tim Ryan.
Born in Rochester, NY, Clarke attended Cornell University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and an MFA degree in acting in 1971. He continued his theatrical training at the New York University School of the Arts, where he studied with John Heffernan and Peter Kass.
He has been active in regional theater with the Ithaca Repertory Theatre, the Olney Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre. He was a co-founder of the off-Broadway Shaliko Co., and acted there in Shadow of a Gunman and Children of the Gods.
Clarke has appeared in numerous nighttime series including Three’s Company, Knight Rider, The Tony Randall Show, Fantasy Island, M*A*S*H and Law and Order. He has had featured roles in the television miniseries The Executioner’s Song and Testimony of Two Men, and was also seen in the television movies Charleston, Forever, Jacob, Have I Loved and Ridley Scott’s White Squall.
He plays the guitar and trumpet and writes fiction, poetry and film scripts. He has previously been involved in such diverse businesses as running a construction company and raising purebred quarter horses.
In 2006, Jordan won his first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a drama series.
The actor has a daughter Chelsea (b. 1983) and lives in New York City.