Carlo Hesser in the 90's
1992-1993: The early years
-- 1996-1997: Carlo's return
-- 1998: Carlo in Hell -- Storyline links
In the 90's,
Carlo Hesser was the crime
lord of Llanview; a classic villain with style. According to many
viewers, the 'new' Carlo of 2005 is not even a shadow
of his former self... So let's briefly summarize what 'classic' Carlo
to be up to!
The early years
In 1990, Carlo Hesser first appeared as a drug trafficker in Llanview.
He had a son Johnny and a daughter Charlotte. When Johnny was killed
(as it later turned out, by the alter-ego of Viki Lord) this started
Carlo's ever-lasting feud against the leading family of Llanview, the
In 1992, Carlo reluctantly married Alex Olanov
to keep her from testifying against him in court. However they soon
became lovers, engaging in kinky sex games and having
a very stormy relationship. According to some, they were one of the
hottest couples in OLTL history. All the while, however, Carlo kept a
weak spot for his old flame Renee Divine, now the wife of Asa Buchanan,
the patriarch of the Buchanan family.
As these things go on soap operas, Carlo Hesser was killed several
times on the show. The first time was in 1992, when his niece Stephanie
shot him after she found out he had killed her father (Carlo's
Carlo was soon replaced by a look-a-like: the nerdy Egyptiologist
Bern (see picture on the left), who later turned out to be Carlo's twin
brother. Carlo's widow Alex succesfully managed to transform the kind
Mortimer into a new Carlo, but after a visit from his mother Mortimer
came to his senses and disappeared from Llanview.
In 1996, Carlo Hesser returned from the dead. Asa Buchanan (now married
to Carlo Hesser's widow Alex Olanov) entered into a business venture
with the mysterious "Poseidon" who later turned out to be none other
than Carlo Hesser! The bullets fired by Stephanie had been blanks and a
body had been switched for his at the morgue. Looking for a new heir to
his crime empire, Carlo made Antonio Vega his surrogate son.
Alex left Asa and got together with Carlo again. She made Carlo think
she was pregnant, but at Carlo and Alex second wedding she was exposed
by Asa. (Click here to see a transcript -- with lots of pictures! -- of
a Carlo Hesser / Todd and Blair
scene where Todd is teasing Carlo with his "baby".)
Carlo managed to make everybody in Llanview hate him (again). So when
at a gala on board a yacht, he was found floating in the water with
a bullet in his head, there were numerous suspects for his murder. In
end, it turned out that it was Alex who shot Carlo. Mortimer Bern was
in as a witness, only to disappear with $30 million that was originally
stolen from Asa Buchanan by Poseidon. Later, he came back for Alex and
together they sailed off into the sunset.
Since then, rumour has it that the person whom Alex killed was really
Mortimer Bern and not Carlo... which leaves the way open for yet
another reappearance of Carlo!
In 1998 Thom Christopher briefly returned to OLTL, for a dream scene
in which Carlo Hesser gave Dorian a tour of Hell while she was in a
Watch on YouTube
For more detailed descriptions of Carlo's classic storylines, use the
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