Thorsten Kaye

Full / Real Name: Thorsten Ernst Kieselbach
Born: 22 February 1966 (54 years old)
Gender: Male



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Thorsten Kaye is a German-born American actor best known for his role as Zach Slater in the television soap opera All My Children, from 2004-2011.

Thorsten moved to the USA in 1985 on a track (decathlon) scholarship to the United States International University in San Diego. Although he majored in physical education (and minored in drama), a serious motorcycle accident forced him to choose a different direction.

He played soccer for a while, but ultimately changed his major to drama and received his Bachelor's Degree in fine arts. After a rugby tour through Europe, Kaye enrolled in graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he earned his master's degree in theatre and theatre history.

Although he remembers his first professional role as that of the Wicked Witch of the West when he was 17 years old in England, Thorsten portrayed some of the most memorable characters in classical theatre, from Macbeth to Mark Antony, while a member of the Hilberry Repertory Theatre Company in Detroit.

Thorsten then moved to Los Angeles, where he garnered roles in various television projects, including the CBS mini-series Sidney Sheldon's Nothing Lasts Forever, before moving to New York to accept the role of Professer Patrick Thornhart on the daytime drama One Life to Live.

After leaving One life to Live, Thorsten starred in the 2000 film Shark Attack 2. Later in 2000, he returned to daytime television as Dr. Ian Thornhart (Patrick's older brother) on the soapie Port Charles. In 2004, he accepted the role of the mysterious Zach Slater on All My Children.

From 2012-2013 he had a recurring role on the musical drama series Smash.

Thorsten is the author of two books: From Timber Ridge to Daymer Gardens: A Journey in Words, co-written with the late Dorothy Bridges, and A Solid Wheel of Colored Ribbons, a book of children's poems with illustrations by Tami Evans Foster.

When not working, Thorsten enjoys music, literature, riding American motorcycles, hockey (following the Detroit Red Wings) and football (he is a Miami Dolphins fan).

Television Roles



Zach Slater


Nick Felder

Ridge Forrester


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