Tom Horton
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MacDonald Carey As Tom Horton
Days of our Lives
Portrayed by MacDonald Carey
Current status Former; Regular
Duration 1965–94
First appearance November 8, 1965
Last appearance February 9, 1994
Cause/reason Died from a heart attack in his sleep
Created by Peggy Phillips And Kenneth Rosen
Introduced by Ted Corday
Fullname Dr. Thomas Horton
Nickname(s) Dr. H
Alias(es) Norm de Plume
Gender Male
Born March 15,1910
Died June 21,1994
Age 84
Occupation Chief of Staff of Salem University Hospital
Residence Formerly Salem
Family Horton Family
Parents William Horton †
Adelaide Horton †
Spouses Alice Horton † (1930–88, 1988–94)
Children Tommy Horton
Addie Horton
Mickey Horton
Bill Horton
Marie Horton
Grandchildren Julie Olson Williams
Steve Olson
Sandy Horton
Jessica Blake
Mike Horton
Hope Brady
Jennifer Horton
Melissa Horton (adoptive)
Sarah Horton (legal)
Lucas Horton
Great-grandchildren David Banning
Spencer Olson
Robert Anderson Jr †
Shawn Douglas Brady
Zack Brady
Ciara Brady
Jeremy Horton
Abigail Deveraux
J.J. Deveraux
Will Horton
Allie Horton
Nick Fallon
Nathan Horton
Scott Banning
Other relatives Claire Brady
Arianna Horton
Thomas Deveraux
Eli Grant

Dr. Thomas "Tom" Horton is a fictional character and patriarch of the Horton family on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. He was played by Macdonald Carey from 1965 until his death in 1994.


Tom Horton was born in 1910, married his wife Alice Grayson on March 7, 1930. Tom was a prominent doctor at Salem University Hospital and fathered five children, Tommy, Addie, Mickey, Bill, and Marie. 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. When it was discovered their first marriage was invalid they married again on October 17, 1989. 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. Tom last appeared onscreen on February 9, 1994 due to Carey's failing health. Following Carey's death in March 1994, the character of Tom dies off screen on June 21, 1994. In December 2015, his great-great grandson Thomas Jack Deveraux was named after him.