This was the first daytime serial to premiere as an hour lengthed show. All of the earlier shows which were an hour in lenth had begun as either thirty-minute shows or fifteen-minuters.
The hour long shows had larger cast and more storylines, and I suspect that the producers wanted a lot of storylines to fill the full hour.
Mr. Barrow played two roles on The Secret Storm.
I do not know the name of his first character, but he was a college president. Later, he returned to the show to play a man who eventually became a candidate for Governor, Dan Kincaid. Dan was the son of Kevin Kincaid. He marreid Belle Clemons Britton. Dan also had another son (race driver Robert Landers), and I am pretty sure that Dan had not known about Robert. (Robert and Belle later had an affair, but Robert actually loved Joanna, the ward of Belle).
I (and probably many others) consider Dan the signature role of Bernard Barrow. Dan was significantly different from Johnny on Ryan's Hope.
Mr. Barrow (in between these roles) played District Attorney Ira Gideon on The Edge of Night. And that role too was significantly different from Johnny. He also played roles on Where the Heart Is and I think Love of Life. I also saw him on The Doctors when the reruns first began. (He was a television news reporter.)