John Allen Nelson
Episode Tenure: 003-446
Airdates: August 1, 1984 to April 29, 1986
Episode Tenure: 621-675
Airdates: January 7 to March 24, 1987
Episode Tenure: 1746-2137
Airdates: July 6, 1991 to January 15, 1993
• Journalism professor
• Augusta Lockridge
• Unknown man (father)
• Laken Lockridge (half
• T. MacDonald Lockridge (grandfather;
• Minx Lockridge
• Julia Wainwright
• Jade Perkins (flirtation)
• Summer Blake (romance)
• Maggie Gillis
• Jane Wilson
• Cassandra Benedict
• Angela Raymond
• B.J. Walker (married her in 1993)
Hunky Warren Lockridge was introduced as the son of Lionel
and Augusta Lockridge. Much to his mother's dismay, he worked as a
lifeguard and nixed joining the family business. Following a brief
attraction to Jade Perkins, he fell in love with Summer Blake. He was
puzzled when Summer kept rebuffing his physical advances, unaware that she
had been a victim of sexual abuse. Eventually, she left town to get
therapy. Meanwhile, Warren was believed to be connected to the 1979 murder
of Channing Capwell Jr. Warren admitted to his father that he planned to
kill Channing back then to keep him from exposing Lionel's affair with Sophia
Capwell, but Channing had already been murdered when Warren found him.
Warren was grief-stricken after Summer was murdered by the Carnation
Killer (a.k.a. Peter Flint).
Still a suspect in Channing's murder, Warren eluded the police with the
help of Elizabeth (Liz) Peale. Liz continued to hide Warren from the
police until his name was finally cleared. Then, Warren fell in love with
policewoman Maggie Gillis, whose husband Ben was a mute invalid. Warren
began an affair with Maggie and helped her check out leads that would
hopefully prove Capwell Enterprises was negligent in Ben's accident case.
Warren and Maggie's romance didn't last long. Meanwhile, Warren became the
editor/owner of the Santa Barbara
Warren had difficulty adjusting to the discovery that Brick
Wallace was his half brother through Lionel's affair with Sophia. He
developed a gambling addiction and amassed a large debt at C.C.
Capwell's casino. In a desperate move to pay this debt, Warren robbed
the casino. To keep him out of jail for stealing the money, the Lockridges
turned over their property to C.C. Soon after, a remorseful Warren left
town to get therapy for his gambling addiction.
Warren returned to town and briefly dated Jane Wilson. After a few months,
he decided to leave Santa Barbara for San Francisco to make it on his own.
Cruz Castillo learned that
Warren (now played by Jack Wagner, pictured) was imprisoned in Bangkok on phony charges. He went there and
helped Warren escape. Then, in Singapore, Warren met Cassandra Benedict,
his former lover. Unfortunately, she told him that their romance was over
because they were related; she was his grandmother Minx's long-lost
daughter! Devastated, Warren returned to Santa Barbara, where he started
up a new newspaper called the Santa
Barbara Conscience. He also began a passionate affair with Angela
Mason Capwell, who loathed
Warren and was having an affair with Cassie, prepared to use Warren's
gambling IOUs against him. However, someone beat Mason's thug to it and
roughed Warren up. When Warren didn't pay his debt, his newspaper office
was bombed. Warren blamed Mason, but it looked like Craig
Hunt was guilty. Later, at Mason and Cassie's engagement party, a
bullet traveled through Mason and killed Amado
Gonzalez. Warren was tried for the shooting, but was acquitted. The
real killer turned out to be Craig Hunt. Meanwhile, Warren traveled to
Russia shortly after the fall of communism and interviewed citizens about
how their lives had changed.
Warren learned from Augusta that he was conceived in an extramarital
affair. Therefore, Lionel was not Warren's father and Warren was not
related to Cassie. Still, he chose to stay with Angela, which drove Cassie
over the deep end. Later on, Warren became a college journalism professor.
His students included B.J. Walker, who initially masqueraded as a boy
named Troy. Warren fell in love with B.J. and stood by her when she was
tried for the murder of Frank Goodman. In the final episode, Warren and B.J.
tied the knot.