|James Read as Clyde Weston|
|Days of our Lives|
|Portrayed by||James Read|
|Current status||Former, Recurring|
|First appearance||June 27, 2014|
|Last appearance||October 13, 2016|
|Cause/reason||Sent back to Prison; Solitary Confinement|
|Created by||Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday, Greg Meng and Lisa de Cazotte|
|Nickname(s)|| Hill Billy (by most of Salem)|
The Deranged Weston (by Victor)
Hill Billy Simpleton (by Stefano)
|Residence|| Florida, United States (Maximum Security Prison)|
Salem, Illinois (formerly)
Poplar Bluff, Missouri (formerly)
Casting and Creation Edit
Created by head writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell, the character was introduced by co-executive producers Ken Corday, Greg Meng and Lisa de Cazotte in June 2014 as the estranged father of Ben Rogers and step-father of Jordan Ridgeway (Chrishell Stause).
The role was portrayed by James Read from June 27th, 2014 - October 20th, 2015.
Read returned to the series in September 6th, 2016 during a prison break storyline, and last aired in October 13th 2016.
Clyde Weston is the father of Ollie Weston and the step-father of Tammy-Sue. As a child Clyde was heavily abused by his father, a trait that he inherited from him since during his marriage, Clyde heavily abused his family, his own children. He would whip his son, Ben for countless unknown reasons. Years ago, he and his wife were going to have a child but Tammy-Sue, caused an accident that killed the baby and her own mother. Clyde covered up her crime. When she became fifteen he allowed his friends to molest his step-daughter, he at one time raped her while he was drunk.
This was the final straw for Jordan, both she and her brother stole some cash from Clyde and ran away from home in 2006. Both of them separated and went off to live different lives. Clyde has been searching for them for years as he wanted to mend the mistakes he had done to them and overtime he got close into finding them, but to no end his search failed miserably. During that time he had begun to visit a therapist in order to find a path into becoming a better father towards his children once he finds them. Furthermore, Clyde is the local drug lord in Poplar Bluff, he was never caught for illegal trafficking. His power and hold over Poplar Bluff was terrifying as everyone who lives there fear mentioning anything negative towards him. They try to avoid any subject connected to him as much as possible.
When Kate Roberts investigated Jordan Ridgeway's past she discovers multiple driver's licenses with different names in Jordan's apartment. Kate also finds Jordan has a connection to Salem newcomer Ben Rogers. The evidence leads Kate to Poplar Bluff, Missouri where she shows photos of Jordan and Ben and meets with Clyde Weston. Clyde reveals that Ben is his son Ollie Weston and Jordan is his stepdaughter, Tammy Sue.
He also reveals they ran away from home years ago and he failed to find them. Kate tells Clyde they are in Salem and Clyde comes to Salem for a reunion but tells Kate to keep their meeting secret. Ben and Jordan are furious when they see Clyde in Salem and its revealed that Clyde's alcoholism lead to verbal and physical abuse of Ben, Jordan, and their mother when they were kids. Clyde insisted they owed him and that he's changed and wanted an relationship with his son Ben and told Jordan not to interfere.
Clyde asks Kate for contacts she has from her past dealings with shady business in Salem. Kate referred him to people who arrange a meeting with EJ DiMera. EJ agrees to Clyde's requests to work for EJ's drug ring in Salem but Clyde and EJ soon argue over drug territory and the drugs that Clyde is bringing into Salem. During one argument in the park, EJ's disloyal bodyguard Miguel, who Clyde turned against EJ, shoots and kills EJ. Clyde and Miguel cover up the crime and make the scene look like EJ was robbed and killed by a low level drug addict. When Miguel begins to panic and fears EJ's father Stefano DiMera will uncover the truth Clyde tells his assistant Jeremiah to murder Miguel and bury the body on Jeremiah's grandfather's farm in Missouri.
Clyde tells Jordan not to interfere with his reconciliation with Ben and if she does then Clyde will reveal to Ben that Jordan caused the car wreck that killed their mother. Jordan backs away when Clyde and Ben become closer but warns her boyfriend Rafe Hernandez, a detective for the Salem Police, that Clyde is dangerous. Rafe becomes suspicious of Clyde and begins investigating him. Clyde begins dating Kate and moves his trucking business, his cover for his drug business, to Salem.
Clyde is confronted by Victor Kiriakis and told that the Kiriakis family runs all trucking operations in Salem but Clyde refuses to back down seeing himself as "the future" and Victor as "the past" and so a war ensues. Victor investigates Clyde's background and uncovers his trucking company and other front businesses are used to launder drug money. Victor also discovers Clyde has managed to seize control of most of the drug business in the Ozarks, and he has begun to bring in more addictive and more dangerous drugs to Salem.
In January, Clyde is shot by Victor's hitman Damon and is thought to be dead. Later in February, Sonny Kiriakis is stabbed in the park and Clyde reveals himself to Victor in the hospital and admits he stabbed Sonny in retaliation. Clyde promised Victor that if he tried to put out another hit on him he will have his own men go after other members of his family. Concerned about the welfare of his family and that he almost lost Sonny Victor decided to call a truce with Clyde when Victor agrees to back off and let Clyde takeover his territory in Salem.
Clyde's relationships with Ben and Kate improve but when he donates a large sum of money to the local hospital to fund Jordan's project she leaves town and moves to New York. Clyde continues to advise Ben on his relationship with Abigail Deveraux and plots against Ben's new rival Chad DiMera. Kate fails in her scheme to permanently takeover DiMera Enterprises from Stefano and seeks comfort from Clyde.
Clyde dismisses Stefano saying he defeated Victor Kiriakis and he can defeat the DiMeras. Kate warns Clyde that Stefano has endless amount of patience and cunning for revenge and that the DiMeras are very different from Victor and are beyond cruel and ruthless with their enemies. Stefano uncovers Ben's past activities with illegal gambling in Florida and ensures the club manager testifies against Ben. Clyde uses his contacts in the drug business to have the manager killed in prison before he can testify against Ben.
When Stefano returns to Salem Clyde visits him to make things clear with him about his own business matters in Salem, he suggests that he contacts Victor Kiriakis to know about his past dealings with him. Also he secretly places a bug in the DiMera house but Stefano tells him that he knows everything that he needs to know about him and orders him to leave and Stefano's henchman take Clyde out.
The bug reveals Abby is due to inherit a valuable land in Ireland that the DiMeras desperately want but Chad refuses to go along with Stefano's plan to reconcile with Abby and thus get the land. Clyde begins to think Ben and he will benefit from Abby's inheritance. Clyde finds out Abby cheated on Ben with Chad and discovers she is pregnant. Clyde forces a lab technician to make the tests say Ben is the father to get access to her inheritance. Stefano meets with Victor about Clyde. Victor reveals to Stefano his past dealings with Clyde and assures Stefano that Clyde is a serious threat to both of them and their families. Stefano and Victor agree to work together to end Clyde.
Clyde hired Aiden to become his lawyer, there business went smoothly, as he believed he had complete control over Aiden. However, in August, Clyde found out that Aiden had been investigating him concerning the murder of his son's old manager that happened in Florida. To his horror, he learned that Aiden was able to gather enough evidence to have him arrested and extradited out of Salem. In a panic, Clyde broke in to Aiden and Hope's suite, and attacked Aiden. During the assault he claimed to have enough evidence against him to put him in a hole so deep that he will forget how day light looks like. Clyde warned Aiden that if he had him arrested then he will have his son Chase, Ciara and Hope killed. Aiden agreed not to give the evidence to the police...for now.
Kate breaks up with Clyde when he comes controlling with her time and devotion to her work. She tells him that his confidence was attractive at first but he is arrogant. Clyde is revealed to be local drug dealer Kyle Southern's boss. Kyle, who is dating Paige Larson, hires Paige's ex-boyfriend JJ Deveraux unaware that JJ is secretly working with the DEA and Salem police commissioner Roman Brady.
Paige's mother Eve Donovan discovers JJ's secret and tells Kyle that JJ is working with the DEA. Kyle calls Clyde saying he needs to personally deal with the situation. Clyde arrives at Kyle's apartment and Kyle knocks JJ unconscious. JJ awakens to find that Clyde has killed Kyle and Clyde asks if JJ is working with the police. JJ tells Clyde that he had an affair with Eve which caused Paige to disown Eve and in revenge Eve made up the story and told Kyle. Clyde believes JJ and hires him to replace Kyle. Clyde threatens to kill JJ's mother Jennifer Horton, sister Abigail, and ex-girlfriend Paige if he tells Clyde's son Ben about their drug deals. Later Paige is found dead in her dorm and JJ confronts Clyde accusing him of murdering Paige.
A secret investigation of Clyde leads to a sting operation involving JJ, Roman Brady, and DEA agent Watts leads to Clyde's arrest for drug trafficking and the murder of EJ. A furious Clyde discovers during his arrest that JJ was secretly an informant and that Clyde's drug ring has been exposed to the Salem Police and DEA. Clyde calls his son Ben and claims to be set up by JJ. Soon afterwards Aiden took his arrest as an opportunity to get back at Clyde and so he handed Roman the evidence he gathered against him concerning the murder in Florida. Later Roman revealed that Clyde is being extradited to Florida for a murder charge there.
In October 20, 2015, Ben is brought to a meeting at the police station with Clyde who tells Ben he is being extradited to Florida that day. Ben reveals to Clyde that he is the "necktie killer". He promised his son that he will take his secret to his grave. In October 23, Roman revealed that Clyde is on a plane headed to Florida with handcuffs. He was eventually found guilty for his crime there and sentenced to twenty-five years to life with no possibility of parole, soon after in early 2016 his drug ring and power in Salem ended.
In December 8, his son Ben was arrested by Officer Lani Price with the help of J.J Deveraux for the four accounts of murder he committed: Serena Mason, Paige Larson, Will Horton, and Wendy Taylor. As well as the three attempted murder on Marlena Evans, Chad and Abigail in addition to kidnapping Abigail, holding her hostage and then kidnapping her son. He was sentenced to a mental institution where he remained there till he escaped in late February and headed straight to Salem for Abigail and his "son".
In March 3, 2016, it was assumed by JJ that Clyde helped him make his escape, but Chad revealed that Clyde was imprisoned in a federal penitentiary to twenty-five years to life in prison for the murder in Florida. So he could not have helped Ben escape. Furthermore, Ben kept stalking and tormenting Abby all March. And on April 7, he arrived at the DiMera mansion, where he claimed he wanted to get Abigail and his "son" back, Abigail tricked him and seduced him straight up to her bed where she stabbed him with scissors and knocked him out with a lamp. Instead of calling the cops, she had to decided to deal with Ben herself and so she tied him up to the bed, and woke him up to taunt him. She humiliated Ben and tormented him when she dug her wedding ring into his stab wound. Then she poured oil on him, without hesitation she set him on fire. Chad arrived to stop the fire from killing him. Ben tried to make his escape after he got loose from the bed, but Chad knocked him out causing a busted lip.
The police arrived, along with the ambulance. They strapped Ben to the stretcher as JJ ordered the other cops to follow in a squad car and to shoot Ben if he makes a move. As they take him out, Ben tries to speak about what happened but JJ told his fellow officers to ignore him as he is a psycho so it doesn't matter what he says. JJ revealed to Chad that Ben has second and third degree burns. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his burns and his stab wound. Later that night, Chad met with Rafe to ask him if has any info on whether Ben will be put back in the mental institution from which he escaped from or be sentenced to a maximum security prison, Rafe assured Chad that despite his minimal knowledge on the matter, the District Attorney will be able to convince the courts that Ben was sane enough to execute his escape, which is enough to have him sentenced to prison. On April 19, JJ revealed that instead of being sent back to the mental institution from which he escaped from, Ben was condemned by the District Attorney Justin Kiriakis to be sane enough to be sent to a Maximum Security Prison and he is most likely sentenced to life.
News of Ben's imprisonment in a federal prison reached Clyde in his own prison in Florida. He continued to blame Chad DiMera and Abigail Deveraux for all that happened to his son seeing them as responsible for his son's down spiral into madness. In September, Clyde calls Marlena and asks her to come and visit him in prison. Marlena goes to see Clyde, and he asks her to evaluate him. Marlena says she could, but there is no guarantee things will go the way he wants them to. She says Clyde has no control in prison and that must be frustrating. She also adds that he must be feeling jealous of people who have there freedom. Clyde says he would rather be stuck in prison than deal with the good people of Salem. Marlena says she will make sure to put that in his evaluation before leaving.
Another man comes in, and asks if that was Marlena. Clyde says it was, and adds that he can tell he has some history with her, and doesn't like her. Clyde asks his name, and he says he is Milo Harp, but used to be called Orpheus. Clyde and Orpheus bond over their mutual dislike of the people of Salem, and plot a breakout. Clyde uses what little pull he has to get him transferred into Orpheus's cell. Clyde also recruits Xander Cook, who is Victor's nephew, to there little group. During a transfer, Eduardo Hernandez kills an inmate, believing he was responsible for threatening his family. Orpheus knocks the driver unconscious and the prison van crashes.
Clyde eventually makes his way to Kate Roberts house and pulls a gun on her. He revealed to Kate that he had come back to kidnap Thomas Deveraux, who in his deluded mind believed should be Ben's son, and reunite him with his son believing it will redeem him for the abuse that he had done to Ben as a child. He reveals to Kate that he had tampered with the paternity tests last year to ensure Ben was the father, this makes Kate disgusted at him, scolding him for being the reason Ben is the way he is now, just as he began to blame Chad and Abigail for his son's madness. Few moments later, Clyde begins to manhandle her and about to kill her but Chad arrives just in time and fights Clyde for the gun. Clyde punches Chad and manages to get away before the police arrived. Clyde, Xander, and Orpheus regroup in a small shack on the pier and they decide to work together against their enemies.
Clyde has some of his old contacts provide them with new clothes and weapons to help them take their revenge. The trio hit the Johnson house where they kidnap Kayla Brady and Joey Johnson. Steve attempts to cause some dissent among the ranks by rattling Clyde and Xander's faith in Orpheus. Steve and Orpheus get into a fight, and the villainous trio once again get away.
Clyde and Orpheus corner Kate in the pier, Orpheus helps him in having his revenge on her but Kate continued to beg in which prolonged his intent on killing her, irritating Orpheus. Marlena and Claire arrive and Orpheus captures them while he lets Clyde deal with Kate on his own. Right before Orpheus and Clyde kill Marlena, Claire and Kate John shows up and struggles with Clyde over his gun in the process Orpheus is shot in the struggle. Clyde takes Orpheus back to their hideout where he attends to his wound. Orpheus blames Clyde for not eliminating Kate Roberts when he had the change.
Clyde also expresses dissatisfaction with Orpheus leadership and he suggests that they should get another hostage in which Orpheus agreed. Clyde and Orpheus kidnapped Claire. Soon after, the trio decide to publicly make their demands known, and then flee to the Kiriakis compound. Clyde finds a case full of weaponry that Jeremiah arranged for him. Getting a good vantage point, Clyde waited for Orpheus to make their demands known before he attempted to shoot Aiden for having him extradited to Florida, but he shot Abe Carver instead and fled before the Salem PD could retaliate. Orpheus expressed his rage as to Clyde's incompetence in shooting the wrong man and yet he was satisfied with the result as it ensured that the people of Salem will deliver their demands much sooner than he expected, though Orpheus and Xander agreed not to tell Clyde that.
Wracked with guilt over shooting a man who did nothing to him, Clyde started drinking and told Orpheus his entire life's story: Clyde was abused by his father and realized that he treated Ben and Jordan the way his father treated him. He also expressed regret that Jordan didn't want anything to do with him. But he vowed to himself and to Orpheus that he plans to correct all the mistakes that he had done to his son, and become a better parent for his son than his own father ever was by getting his son out of prison and to reunite him with Thomas. In another place, Marlena visited Kate and Chad to get Intel on Clyde's current psychosis, after Chad and Kate inform her about his plans in kidnapping Thomas and reuniting him with Ben, Kate shares her belief that Clyde is completely delusional now, for he believes that by reuniting his son with Thomas will redeem him.
Orpheus ordered Clyde and Xander to watch Joey while he went to get their money and kill John. Clyde stood guard of Joey on the pier as Orpheus and John are making the deal in the park. Abe's son Theo confronted him with a gun wanting revenge for what he did to his father. He hesitated, and Clyde took advantage of the opportunity took his gun from him and began mocking his stammer. Steve and J.J. revealed themselves, and Clyde fled while sending a text message to Orpheus, telling him to "abort".
Irritated with their lack of success, Clyde decided to go kidnap Thomas and kill Chad, even though Orpheus mocked Clyde's deluded vision of a better life for his son given he's in a federal penitentiary for a string of murders among other things. After stealing some baby clothes for Thomas, Clyde encountered Andre DiMera, and was shocked that Stefano had another son. After briefly mocking Andre over Stefano's death, Clyde threatened to kill Andre, but Andre offered to help him get into the DiMera mansion, and steal Thomas. Andre said he wanted control of the family business, and was willing to take down Chad to get it.
With Andre's help, Clyde got into the mansion through the secret tunnels and held Chad at gunpoint. After Andre left the room, Chad and Clyde had it out over Ben until Andre returned to the room with Lucas and Adrienne tied up. Clyde tried to threaten them into telling him where Thomas was, but then Andre shot Chad. Clyde asked Andre to hold Lucas and Adrienne while he went to go look for Thomas. Clyde heard a baby crying, and followed the sound into the panic room where he found it was a trap, and the door closed and trapped him inside until the cops came to arrest him.
Clyde was brought into the main room where he learned Chad was fine. He warned Chad to watch his back around Andre, but Chad was confident he didn't have anything to worry about. Gabi Hernandez brought Thomas into the room, and Clyde raged that the baby belonged to Ben. In response Chad briefly mocked Clyde about his failure as a father as he made it clear to him that his son went crazy because of him, Clyde raged at him not to say a word about his family and Chad gladly stopped silencing Clyde before being dragged out of the mansion by JJ and his fellow officers.
Once at the Salem PD, Aiden was very happy to book Clyde and make sure that not only would be to back in prison, but he would also be held in solitary confinement for along time. Clyde only shrugged Aiden's promise and told him not to be too confident that his plan will work. In October 13, John revealed Clyde is sentenced back to twenty-five years to life in prison, a long with a couple of new charges from the Prison Break. In November 1, Clyde was mentioned during a conversation between Andre and Steve; Steve was tracking Orpheus who kidnapped Marlena and Kayla, Andre offered his assistance in finding him just like how he found Clyde. But Steve reminded him that "Clyde Weston is not Orpheus", Andre concurred as he shared the same belief that Orpheus is a far more superior criminal than Clyde ever was.
Today, he is back in a Maximum Security Prison and most likely in solitary confinement. Clyde is alone and defeated and his reign of terror in Salem has ended once and for all.
- Drug Trafficking. [Life business; pre-2015-2015]
- Heavily abused his family; whipped Ben with a belt. [1990s-2006]
- Let his friends molest his stepdaughter Jordan Ridgeway. [pre-2006]
- Raped his stepdaughter Jordan Ridgeway. [pre-2006]
- Covered up Jordan's crime in killing her mother. [pre-2006-onwards]
- Broke into Jordan's apartment and stole her fake IDs. [Jul 2014]
- Had his Drug business expand in Salem; through employees like Kyle Southern. [Oct 2014-Oct 2015]
- Got in an altercation with EJ DiMera, resulting in one of Clyde's henchmen shooting and killing E.J. [Oct 9, 2014]
- Covered up EJ DiMera's death. [Oct 10, 2014]
- Killed Miguel and made it look like a suicide. [Oct 2014]
- Blackmailed Jordan into letting Clyde reconnect with Ben by threatening to tell Ben that Jordan killed their mother. [Nov 2014]
- Assaulted Jordan Ridgeway. [Jan 15, 2015]
- Abusively forced Jordan into remembering that she killed her own mother. [Jan 15, 2015]
- Had his men beat up one of Victor's truck drivers near death. [Jan 2015]
- Had Victor Kiriakis hitman, Damon killed. [Feb 2015]
- Had Sonny Kiriakis stabbed in the back. [Feb 4, 2015]
- Threatened Victor Kiriakis. [Feb 11, 2015]
- Had Ben's former manager in illegal gambling killed in a prison in Florida. [Apr 21, 2015; convicted, Oct 2015]
- Planted a bug in the DiMera Mansion. [Jul 2, 2015]
- Listened on Stefano and Chad's conversation through the bug he planted in the DiMera Mansion. [Jul 17, 2015]
- Plotted to steal Abigail's inheritance. [Jul-Oct 2015; failed]
- Clyde threatens a lab technician and his family, and forced him to make the tests say Ben is the father. [Jul 30-Aug 8, 2015]
- Had his men spy on Aiden Jennings. [Aug 12, 2015]
- Attacked Aiden Jennings. [Aug 18-19, 2015]
- Threatened Aiden Jennings, Chase Jennings, Ciara Brady, and Hope Brady. [Aug 18-19, 2015]
- Had his man, Kyle Southern knock J.J. Deveraux out. [Sep 1, 2015]
- Killed his man, Kyle Southern. [Sep 2, 2015]
- Threatened J.J. Deveraux. [Sep 2-Oct 7, 2015]
- Attacked J.J. Deveraux. [Oct 7, 2015]
- Withheld the truth that his son Ben Weston is the Necktie Killer. [Oct 20-Dec 8, 2015]
- Had his little resources in prison to get him transferred into Orpheus's cell. [Sep 7, 2016]
- Plotted to escape prison with Orpheus and Xander. [Sep 6-12, 2016]
- Escaped from a prison van with Orpheus and Xander. [Sep 12, 2016]
- Broke into the Martin House. [Sep 15-16, 2016]
- Held a gun on Kate Roberts and tried to kill her a number of times during his prison escape. [Sep 15-16, 2016]
- Manhandled Kate Roberts. [Sep 15-16, 2016]
- Punched Chad DiMera. [Sep 16, 2016]
- Had his man Jeremiah deliver him and his allies; guns, amos, bombs, etc. [Sep 21, 2016]
- Plotted in kidnapping Thomas from Chad. [Sep 12-Oct 13, 2016; failed]
- Plotted in breaking out his son, Ben out of prison. [Sep 12-Oct 13, 2016; failed]
- Assisted in holding Kayla Brady and Joey Johnson hostage. [Sep 22, 2016]
- Held Claire Brady against her will.
- Had his man Jeremiah deliver him a sniper. [Sep 16, 2016]
- Tried to shoot Aiden Jennings, but shot Abe Carver accidentally. [Sep 17, 2016]
- Held Joey at gun point. [Oct 7, 2016]
- Held Andre DiMera at gunpoint. [Oct 11, 2016]
- Conspired with Andre to kidnap Thomas and kill Chad (faked by Andre). [Oct 11-13, 2016; failed]
- Broke into the DiMera Mansion. [Oct 11-13, 2016]
- Hit Chad with his gun. [Oct 12, 2016]
- Held Chad, Adrienne and Lucas at gunpoint. [Oct 12-13, 2016]
- Tried to take Thomas from Gabi after seeing him while under arrest. [Oct 12-13, 2016]
Maladies and InjuriesEdit
- Has Serious Life Long Mental Illness.
- Abused by his father; most likely whipped with a belt. [pre-1990s]
- Punched by EJ DiMera. [Oct 10, 2014]
- Nearly killed by Victor Kiriakis's hitman, Damon. [Jan 27, 2015]
- Held at gun point by Theo Carver. [Oct 7, 2016]
- Absolute Isolation In Prison. [Oct 13, 2016-onwards]