Who is Xander Cook on ‘Days of Our Lives’ & How’s He a Kiriakis?

Who is Xander Cook on Days of Our Lives and how is Paul Telfer’s character related to the Kiriakis clan? The hunky bad boy lives in the family mansion and is CEO of Titan Industries. But, his background is much sketchier than you’d imagine. Take a look at the background of the sort-of reformed Xander Cook on DOOL.

Days of Our Lives Resident Naughty Boy – Xander Cook

While he hit the DOOL scene as Xander Cook, his real name is Alexander Kiriakis. His dad is Titus Kiriakis – brother to Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston). That’s how he’s related to the Salem power family and explains that he’s Victor’s nephew.

Pre-Salem, he was a diamond smuggler who knew Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) during shady overseas adventures not seen on Days of Our Lives. Back then, Xander was a low sort of person. Using a pharmacy corporation front, he carried out dirty business for Victor.

He met Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker), fell for her, then tried to kill her. When Xander put Titan at risk with sloppy criminal ways, his Uncle Victor punished him. That led to his next Days of Our Lives character arc on the NBC sudser.

Alexander Kiriakis – Salem’s Sexiest Gardener

After his uncle took away his money and illegal income, Days of Our Lives saw Xander Cook toiling in the Kiriakis gardens. Then, Theresa Donovan falsely accused Xander of rape. That sent him to prison. But he escaped, along with Clyde Weston (James Read).

Then, it was Xander Cook’s revenge time. He shot Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and kidnapped Nicole and her daughter on Days of Our Lives. And, he fell back into his dirty dealing ways. Next, Xander Cook returned and blackmailed Nicole into a loveless (and sexless) marriage.

When the warehouse he used with Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) and Dr Rolf (William Utay) burned down, he was believed dead. Days of Our Lives spoilers remind helping Kristen got him info to get back in Victor’s good graces. And that led him to true love.

Sarah Inspired Xander to be a Better Man on Days of Our Lives

DOOL spoilers had Xander Cook still in some trouble when he returned to Salem. But, then Sarah Horton (Linsey Godfrey) got drunk and fell into his bed. And Xander fell hard for her. Then, he started cleaning up his act. He divorced Nicole and behaved better every day.

Then, he refused to kill for both Kristen and Victor. So, Days of Our Lives spoilers had Xander Cook clean up his act to be worthy of Sarah. Next, he protected Sarah and played daddy to her daughter Mickey Horton (May Twins). And Sarah’s heart finally opened.

But, just as “Xarah” got their moment, Eric learned the truth and docs diagnosed Mickey. Now, Xander Cook Kiriakis is a reformed villain hoping the woman he loves finally loves him back — and that little Mickey’s cured. Watch DOOL on NBC to see what’s next for Xander Kiriakis.

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