Reeves is best known for roles as Steven Webber on "GH" as well as Ryan McNeil on "The Young and the Restless." But his first TV appearance was in 1984 when he was on the game show "Press Your Luck." He was 18.
"I racked up 10 grand, then got a Whammy," he said during a telephone interview from his home outside of Nashville, Tenn. "To me, that was like a million bucks. Then it all crumbled."
Although he walked away empty-handed, Reeves credits a guy connected with the show for encouraging him to pursue entertainment. He took the man's advice and by 1987, Reeves made his first national commercial for Cherry Coke.
This weekend, Reeves will appear as the grand marshal for the Lions Club/Apple Harvest Festival Grand Feature Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The parade is part of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, which kicks off Thursday, Oct. 18, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 21.
Born in Delight, Ark., Reeves' family moved to California when he was 4. That's also about the same time he realized he liked to entertain people.
"I was the stereotypical middle child. I was always trying to be the center of attention," he said.
But he didn't get a taste of real acting until he was in high school and he took a drama class.
"I really enjoyed tapping into characters; bringing to life a character and losing myself into the story," he said.
After high school, Reeves admits that "I kind of floundered a bit." He had a fast food job and surfed, but eventually he enrolled in classes in Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School. His work there led to getting a commercial agent.
"I started working and making a living right off the bat," he said.
His first daytime drama appearance was in 1988 on "Days of Our Lives."
"I played the spiky-haired punk," he said.
On the set he met Steve Burton, with whom he would later costar with on "GH" (Burton just left the show).
There he would also meet his future wife. Melissa Reeves is best known for playing Jennifer Horton Deveraux on "Days." He said they didn't start dating until February of 1989. A month later, they were engaged. They married in 1990 and have two children, Emily, 20, and Larry, 15.
After "Days," Reeves worked on TV and film. In 1991, he found himself returning to daytime dramas when he joined the cast of "Young and the Restless." He played Ryan McNeil for 10 years.
But acting isn't Reeves' only talent. He is also a country music singer-songwriter.
"It's funny, the reason for country (music) was because that's what I grew up on," he said.
Both of his parents Reeves' parents were country fans. His mother was a pianist and was originally from Tennessee. His father was from Arkansas and was a friend of Glenn Campbell. So although he listened to rock, too, country was always a natural fit.