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Exited GH Star Jeffrey Vincent Parise Shares To Fans: "I'm Overwhelmed With Gratitude By The Outpouring Of Kind Words & Condolences. You've All Moved Me Deeply"

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Carlos Rivera took his final breathes on Friday’s General Hospital thus marking the end of the run for his portrayer, Jeffrey Vincent Parise.  The actor first appeared on the soap back in 2013.  This is the second time that Parise has been killed off during May Sweeps.  Last year, Carlos apparently met his maker via bullets from Anna (Finola Hughes), but Carlos survived and lived on!  The criminal has been on the run since causing havoc for many of the citizens of Port Charles.

Over the last few days, fans have taken to social media to show their support and their appreciation for the talents of Parise who made Carlos, a one of a kind bad guy.  On Saturday, now that GH viewers saw Carlos’ final demise, Parise took to Twitter to express publicly: “I’m overwhelmed w gratitude by the outpouring of kind words & condolences. You’ve all moved me deeply #GHbestFans”

In an interview in this week’s Soap Opera Digest, Parise spoke about his exit from the ABC daytime drama series for the second and final time.  Parise spoke of taping his death scenes where William deVry’s Julian Jerome stabs Carlos:  “As it was happening,  I felt the shock of it, as if somebody just turns off your lights or dimmed them almost to be off and you know they were going to get turned off. It was this just horrible feeling of, ‘Too soon, I’m not done yet, I’m not done.’  And then, being on the gurney and having doctors looking over me.  I just went there and it felt like I was dying in some sense.  And a part of me was dying, this part of me, this character, this person, Carlos, that I’ve developed for the past years and lived with and within, was dying.  And so it was a very profoundly emotional scene.”

Parise also went on to share about what went down after his final scenes were taped, when GH surprised him with an on set cake celebration and farewell: “It was funny because Carlos was stabbed with Helena’s dagger and Frank (Valentini) gave me the dagger to cut the cake with.”

The actor then shared Valentini’s speech in front of the on set cast and crew and his reaction to it.  Valentini said of Parise, “You know, you were supposed to come on for a few months, and three years later you’ve done over 150 episodes. You’ve come into our artistic community and touched each and every one of us. We’ve learned from you and I hope you’ve learned from us. We’re in a very busy week and we’ve been having 12-hur days, but I felt like we had to stop production for a few moments to acknowledge you.”   Parise was overcome stating: “I was fighting back tears.”

So, will you miss Jeffrey on GH?  What did you think of his work as Carlos Rivera over the past several years?  Will Carlos go down as one of soaps most memorable and unique bad guys?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Cat
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Cat

Jeffrey you are one of the most talented actors #GH has ever found. Really Carlos wasn’t a nice guy but you managed to make us like & care for him. That’s talent mister. Please keep us up to date on what you’re doing. Love forever!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

My sentiments exactly. I think GH really missed the boat, as I have said, by not making Parise a permanent fixture on GH. He has it all–talent, PASSION, and great, smoldering good looks–to say nothing of that sexy voice. He is an actor that the “classic” soap would have killed for. (Sigh!)

B.J.
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B.J.

I totally agree with everything you’ve said, and hope we will be seeing him again soon. Good luck Jeffrey!

Tatiana
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Tatiana

I loved Carlos from day one. Jeffrey is a great actor and very good looking but more important, has a ton of charisma. GH did miss the boat in keeping him on the canvas. I am sorry to see him go and hope that he shows up on another show soon.

aria
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aria

i never liked the character, i thought he was more weasel then bad ass, however, theres no denying the actor was very good at what he did, and its a testament to him as a person,that the shows ep/rank Valentini would give him a sendoff like that also showed how loved and respected he was by cast a crew.,this was a nice story sendoff to read about.

NancyH
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NancyH

Okay, so maybe Carlos has one of those twins somewhere. The good twin. Hate to lose such a good actor.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I see him coming now–and he is a priest–lol! To have two priests on GH at the same time–HEAVEN! 🙂

Walter
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Walter

Nah, priests are lame. It’s time we had God-oriented characters who are NOT priests. Don’t you think?

Robin From East Tennessee
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Robin From East Tennessee

Hey Jeffery V. Praise, I really hate that you are leaving the show, you are an awesome actor. Good Luck in all that is to come to a wonderful actor!

Robin <3

Emmy
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Emmy

Too much of a talent too lose. Maybe they can create another character for him loke Michael Easton. LISTEN UP POWERS TO BE!

Rose
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Rose

Emmy…Yes!!!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

JVP is a fantastic actor, and brought so many layers and depth to the role of Carlos. However, he never should have returned from the dead the first time around. He was shot several times by Anna, and his death at the pier seemed very final. I’m not sure what the purpose to his return was, but if any character should have been brought back from the dead, it’s Duke, not Carlos. Maybe now Y&R can scoop up JVP as a relative of Luca’s. It would be great to see him on another soap, since he’s such a talented actor,… Read more »

vinman
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vinman

Mr.Parise,you should return as Fr.Joseph Vincent Rivera….your death scenes were awesome.

Janet Byrnes
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Janet Byrnes

He actually made me root for a mobster. Something Sonny, Jason the unholy three have ever done before. I have now just shut the show off, Jeffrey we miss you. carlos was no worse than the midget mobster running around shooting characters in cold blood and putting hits on others.two gun stone cold left me cold. Carlos put a smile on my face quite a few times. Since the show is back to Jason and sonny can do no wrong I am gone.JEFFREY IS A VERY TALENTED ACTOR. Good luck to him, As soon as this show hires someone who… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

the truth: “…Since the show is back to Jason and sonny can do no wrong” dim king pin indeed…. Sonny, Jason, and Julian I was crying last night…. “don’t kill my husband” it was take my breath away… to see Carlos floundering in the water to stay afloat I have to rewatch Fridays ep’ – i’m hoping at the very minimum Carlos mentioned Sabrina and his son alas… another potential actor… has been let go it was a cold blooded murder… and it was chilling to watch ; both William DeVry and Jeffrey Vincent Parise… act this out it was… Read more »

Phyliss Wood
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Phyliss Wood

He is an phenomenol actor,and I loved every moment of his character..We saw the bad guy ,but also the warmer side of Carlos ..I will miss Carlos,and hoped to have saw more of the warmer side of him..he was amazing in scenes with Teresa,although I did not want them together as a couple..I enjoyed them together as friends.I DO WISH HE HAD NOT BEEN KILLED OFF SO THAT HE COULD DO RETURN VISITS…I wish him alll good things in the future.. wanted so much to chat when did the chat BECAUSE i wanted to know more about Jeffrey the artist..but… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Jeffrey Vincent Parise, my luved Carlos.
His death scenes, from his stabbing to his last breath was captivating, I was awestruck..
All I can say is; BRAVO Jeffrey Vincent Parise !

When any soap gets an actor of the caliber of Jeffery and lets him go, well they braindead Idiots.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Re JVP: su0000, we are simpatico again! 🙂

MARYANN
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MARYANN

We will miss u on GH…..u r an awesome actor…and maybe u never know someday Carlos will return!!!!! I SURE HOPE SO!!!

jeremy
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jeremy

Adios Carlos RIP!!! 😉

Patricia
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Patricia

I love Jeffrey so much, he gave real humanity to a very complex and destuctive character. I’m so sorry he’s gone, but I live in the hope that his twin brother/lookalike/cousin will appear in Port Charles. Just look at Michael Easton! He’s on #5! Frank, please find a way for Jeffrey to return. He is a truly gifted actor and GH is the better for him. In the meantime, I wish him much success in acting, in art, or whatever he turns his talents towards.

Jbj
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Jbj

I count Finn, Silas, John and Stephen…who’should the fifth?

Jbj
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Jbj

Ugh, autocorrect! Who’s the 5th?

KM
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KM

I expect the purpose was to redeem Anna from being a stone cold murderer as well as to have Julian face some consequences for settings up the hit on Duke as well as trying to pin the hit on an innocent Jason and set him up to be killed by Sonny in retribution. That was one of Ron Carlivati’s worst traits as a HW. He always seemed to rush for big plot points without really thinking through the aftermath. He mostly just swept the non existent fallout under the rug. I think the new writers are trying to resolve some… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Hmmm…We’ve seen a few doppelgängers in the soaps. Even on the news the other day they were seriously discussing that everybody has a twin somewhere. How about having Jeffrey V come back as a real priest this time. Port Charles could seriously use some type of spiritual help. 🙂

Jbj
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Jbj

They just had one priestly reveal and GH’s last priestly doppelganger was a flop. How about an artist or lawyer?

Rose
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Rose

Jbj…i don’t remember another priestly doppelgänger. YJeffrey being a priest was meant as a lighthearted suggestion. He’s just too “complicated” tlooking, and it would be a waste? Artist is taken by Franco. No more lawyers or doctors. A little dangerous but not necessarily a criminal. WSB agent?

Jbj
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Jbj

Off the top of my head, I can’t remember the characters’ or actor’s names, but the last recurring priest on GH was the identical twin of one of Sonny’s hitman enemies. He last appeared during the Metrocourt hostage crisis in 2007. I think the actor was also on Oz. He was popular enough to bring back after the hit man was killed off, but was underutilized as a priest.

Jbj
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Jbj

My artist suggestion came from what little I know about JVP. They’ve made a point that Franco has lapsed in his artistry, so it might be interesting to have a character who is non-villainous antagonize Franco into making art again.

Jbj
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Jbj

The villain was Carlos Ruiz!

Jbj
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Jbj

Robert LaSardo was the actor.

Jbj
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Jbj

Oops, the characters were named Manny and Mateo Ruiz. And while the actor has been in many, many things, Oz was not one of them.

Charday
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Charday

Sorry to see him go.

Sheryl FIscher
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Sheryl FIscher

Hi Jeffrey, I must say you definitely are one of the best actors that was ever on General Hospital! I loved it every time you were on! I really hate it that they killed you! Hope somehow they can find a way to bring your character back, or just give you a new character to play! Please let us know if you plan to act on any show, movie, or whatever!!!!!! Good luck & many new blessings to you in the future! I, for one, have been truly smitten by you!!!!!!!!!!!

su0000
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su0000

I need to give the ”Director” of Carlos’s death scenes from first stab to last breath a BRAVO!..
The directing was above the norm, by far..
It was the director (not the writing) that gave us the intense life, emotions (and of course Jeffer’s superb acting..
We never give the Directors the huge credit they deserve..
It is the directer that gives the words life, that gives the scene the depth and emotions.

Whomever the Director for Friday’s eppi .. BRAVO!

su0000
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su0000

To add about –Directors —
Steven Spielberg; — Director –
His films include
Close Encounters of the Third Kind,
the Indiana Jones film series,
A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Schindler’s List ,
Saving Private Ryan .
Jaws
E.T.
Jurassic Park

Spielberg ”wrote” only 5 (and directed)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Amblin
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Firelight
Poltergeist

Spellberg was foremost a Director..
So– when there is a great scene in a soap, give a huge applause to the director..
just mentioning, that..

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

But what’s a director to do, su0000, if he has no words to give life to?? 🙁

su0000
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su0000

hi nancy..
Whomever the director was friday for the whole of Carlos’s death, well that director brought it home!!.. I was jaw dropped .. lol
Even if bad dialogue the director brought amazing life to the scene..
And Jeffrey/Carlos was absolutely riveting !!

Beth CP
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Beth CP

Despite the mob orientation, if there was ever the possibility of bringing back the character of Lorenzo Alcazar and Ted King were not available to reprise the role, Mr. Parise would be a fine choice to take over the role. He has the dark, good looks and considerable range to pull off the requisite menace along with the softer aspects of a romantic. While I’m not a fan of TeCa’s Sabrina, he was very convincing in their scenes together as a man sincerely in love with her.

Shell
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Shell

Best wishes to a very talented actor who can play anything.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’m with everybody else…I want GH to create another character for him or for another soap to pick him up. He really was alot of fun to watch as Carlos. i will miss Carlos though. I will also be looking for whatever Jeffrey lands because whatever it is, it will be good.

Marc
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Marc

I for one can never watch this show again. Carlos was THE most unique and interesting character since Todd Manning . JVP’s performances had me only watching the show thru Carlos’ eyes and only rooting about what would be best for Carlos. Carlos and Sabrina had the most beautiful love story that never really got told. What a shame . Adios GH 🙁

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m with you, Mark–Sabrina only came alive with Carlos (as all of us would do–lol!

Rodd
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Rodd

JP always had me fascinated every time he was on. He layered his performances and was always able to pull this through-line into everything he did.

I’ll miss seeing his powerful performances. Any number of actors could learn from him. Hope they did.

Best wishes in his future endeavors!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

This means sobbing Sabrina returns and Micheal will be there for her-they will marry too-sigh!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

More’s the pity!

Shay
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Shay

I hear you, jimh…..that’s certainly the downside to Carlos FINALLY taking his last breath! Personally, I couldn’t stand this mangy miscreant from the first moment I saw him, and giving him more lives than some filthy alley cat only made things worse…..he was like the “Energizer Bunny,” he just kept on going and going….turning up over and over again most as surely as a bad penny! Hence whilst I’m thrilled to be free of this maniacal mook of a deviant, it’s tempered by the knowledge that Sabs shall soon be back to once again unnecessarily impose herself upon the good… Read more »

Ellen Guardiano
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Ellen Guardiano

Excellent actor.

Great stage presence.

Lisa
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Lisa

I never liked Carlos ,but I will say Jeffrey did a fantastic job portraying him.
I wish him the best of luck what ever comes next.

Jbj
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Jbj

From what I’ve seen of JVP’s paintings, he is an abstract artist, so I’ll reserve judgment. But as an actor, he reminds me of Miguel Pinero, and that entirely questionable and certainly dangerous male sexuality of the 70s. Carlos was a throwback that simultaneously reminded me of how great contemporary men are and what I am missing.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I’m going to miss him. Great actor and interesting character.

Timmm
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Timmm

I hope Y&R scoops JVP and signs him to play Luca Santelli’s father. Oh could you imagine JVP and Eric Braeden’s scenes!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

That’s a great idea. He just might make Luca interesting.

Timmm
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Timmm

Thats what they did with Steve Burton, they linked him with main characters and he is LESS Dullan! Jeffrey would be great with Luca and Victor!

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