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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

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Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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Satan
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You heard it here first, from the Devil myself!! Truthfully, this is what they should have done with Howarth in the first place, since Valentini insisted on bringing him along for the ride when he and his former sidekick ReRon killed off OLTL. Bring him in as a new character. Revive a long lost branch of the Quartermaine family tree? Sure, why not? And with the rumors of Drew Cain’s impending return (albeit in a form that a lot of mortals ain’t going to like very much) it seems about the right time to throw in another battle over the… Read more »

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Steve

I’m all for giving the devil his due, even if your shtick is well past its prime. You did call this quite a while ago. Frank and Ron did not kill OLTL, that blame falls entirely on Brian Frons. Ratings for OLTL were up (and higher than GH) at time of cancellation. A stronger brand and LA production made GH to one to be saved. Interesting theory about Yuri. It’s been years since we last saw Alice, so having an employee in Monica’s house (that Alan gave to her) is refreshing. They’re playing a bit with timelines as Charity was… Read more »

JJ
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JJ

But remember, Jimmy Lee was only on the show for about 3 years, so he could have had children already that we didn’t know about or had them after he left.

I’m not sure why the show chose to make Charity the mother. That relationship never seemed right.

Satan
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Satan

It’s hard to keep ages straight with all the SORASing over the years. I think they have back-dated Jason’s birth to 1974 (believe I saw that on a headstone sometime when he was presumed “dead” between 2012 – 2014 when Drew showed up in his place)

So if you applied that same timetable to Jimmy Lee’s time in Port Charles, that would coincide about right with Austin’s age, presuming he would have been born within a year or so of Jimmy Lee & Charity moving to Pawtuck (where ever the Hell that is)

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I agree with most of what you said except I did like the tumorless Franco. No matter how he got that way, he turned into a wonderfull husband, step- father, son and friend. Austin will certainly be different and I hope he measures up to the Franco we loved and still miss .I read on another site the question of who might be Austin’s new love interest. My money is on Olivia. She sure is in no hurry to get back with Ned. Maybe swapping out one Q grandson for another will be the change she needs. As far as… Read more »

Carolyn Spoto
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Carolyn Spoto

I think Austin will be involved with Ava

Zenith
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Zenith

I hiope not. I absolutely love Ava & Nic and I can’t believe that the writers have already put them in a situation to divorce. Nic seems broken up about it; Ava just goes along her merry way. I love Ava but I’m not thrilled with the writing for her lately. She barely cried for Julian and now she’s kinda okay with Avery back at Carly’s and her and Nic’s split. What is up with that!!!! Nic & Ava were great yet had barely begun. I’m not so sure the writers are going to put them Humpty Dumpty back together… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Violet, let him get with ANYONE, even BrookLynn (though I suspect she & Chase will pair up since Willow has taken the “Michael Makes Me Stupid” pill that DOZENS of other gals have swallowed). ANYONE for Austin, that is, but Sam the Snooze. She and Dante belong together; they can take turns putting each other to sleep.

Rodd
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Rodd

I can live with him playing a Q, but I’d rather have Franco back. Maybe this Q will last longer than the others. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Carolyn Spoto
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Carolyn Spoto

Being a Q is a great story for Austin and Drew

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I’ll be giving this story a chance, as I like Roger Howarth’s acting. But that teenage skateboarder haircut has GOT TO GO!

Carolyn Spoto
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Carolyn Spoto

Love his look his is on style

JJ
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JJ

He looks like he lost about 20 pounds during his time away. He looks really good. I don’t even really mind the haircut, it kind of suits the personality they have shown thus far. Not all men in their 50’s can pull that off.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Roger looks great for close to 53.

Zenith
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Zenith

I love lean and sinewy but Roger looks too thin to me. And pale. I think he could do with a few pounds and some more energy. His mellow Franco and now mellow Austin is grating on my nerves. I need some Todd-esque fire back.

Satan
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Satan

Though you have to admit it’s not nearly as ridiculous as the horrible bleach job he had when he first showed up as Frodd.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
Ha, ha. Can just see him going up and down the halls of GH on his board.

Brandane
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Brandane

You are totally right about the haircut. Does not do him any justice at all. One of the most clever actors around though. He can do it all. I am hoping that this character will show Rodger’s great sense of humour and timing.

lulu
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lulu

I saw Roger in a commercial a few yrs. ago (maybe a car commercial?) and his hair was so neat, it made him really attractive looking. This hair is just ruining him and hard to take his character seriously, with the young haircut that is awful at best.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

So right, Lulu. I remember even co-star Billy Miller (oh, how I miss him) saying that RH has incredible hair. Of course, Billy does, too. But Roger has an ample size face and head so he NEEDS his hair to balance his features. Does anyone remember him as Paul Ryan on ATWT? Talk about awesome hair…long and gorgeous. Rather like Chase has now.

rose
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rose

So far I way prefer Roger as Austin. And I like it when they shake up the Q’s. I never liked how GH writers kept trying to find a fit for Roger as Franco. Probably because I really disliked the original Franco character, as well as James Franco, the actor who played him. Maybe because he played him so convincingly creepy. And also because of things I have heard about him. Would be interesting if Austin ends up being the doctor who can help with Phylis’s hubby’s heart condition, thus possibly bringing “Mike” to Port Charles.

Billie Medlin
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Billie Medlin

It’s time for SONNY MAURICE to come back!!! A secret that nds to come out and this will b some DRAMA!!! I can’t wait!!!

Zenith
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Zenith

No. Please. GH has been so much better Sonny-free. If only he could remember and tell Carly they’re both moving to Nixon Falls…

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Why Austin? Then what was the reason they brought Terry back ? She is an oncologist

Satan
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Satan

You may be on to something…. why did Lenny’s health crisis suddenly change from a heart problem to cancer? Obviously he’s going to need a “world class oncologist” to help him out, and while conventional wisdom would suggest that NY Methodist might have such a person on staff, inevitably somebody is going to suggest that the best oncologist for the job is one Dr. Terry Randolph of Port Charles General Hospital.

Hey, as long as it gets Sonny back home, and Terry more screen time, it’s all good.

rose
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rose

Carolyn…Good point. But then bringing back Roger as Austin from being Franco was a real soap opera stretch as well.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Carolyn
I am so mixed up. Have they ever said what Austin’s specialty is? Iam not liking his interactions with Ava and also Britt the other day was weird.

Satan
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Satan

I do not believe that he (or anybody else) has mentioned exactly what type of doctor he is. If he was working as a “country doctor” in a small town, he was probably a general practitioner. But GH doesn’t hire a lot of GPs, so presumably he applied for a gig in one specialty. Since Monica was fired by Cyrus the Virus, and has since taken a new gig as the hospital CEO, I don’t think there’s been any cardiologists on staff. Aside from random day players, maybe?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
You are probably right. Terri is an Oncologist, Portia is Chief of Internal Med.,that leaves Austin as Cardiologist.Iam trying to figure out who’s hands Lenny will fall into when he finally arrives at GH, and I think we all know he will.
BTW, who do you think took Peter out of the freezer, dead or alive? Would love to hear your theories on this mystery.

K
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K

What’s so great about Michael Easton and Roger Howarth that you kill them off and bring them back as another character ? I guess I must be missing something just like Steve Burton character follows Sonny and Carly around like a little puppy dog.

Carolyn Spoto
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Carolyn Spoto

Obviously your not a fan of Michael or Roger I followed them from OLTL. As far as Jason he is a lost puppy whom will never be the big cheese on gh because Maurice will never leave. Too bad though

Pam
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Pam

I totally agree! You said that perfectly!

K
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K

Nope it has nothing to do with being a fan it is absolutely nothing against the actors . Soaps have always done oh gosh you have to be kidding but the same face for three characters for RH and how many for ME all I am saying is if you like the actor which obviously FV does then why kill them off and like whiplash bring them back? Don’t kill them off to begin with!

Satan
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Satan

Or more to the point, why not bring them in as the new character the first time, instead of trying to keep the zombie corpse of OLTL feeding off of General Hospital. Neither Todd Manning or John McBain had any business in being Port Charles. And rebranding Todd as Frodd was an even bigger mistake. Didn’t really mind Silas Clay all that much, but to kill off Silas and bring on Finn seems pointless, as the characters were basically the same.

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I just want to point out that if he is Charity and Jimmy Lee’s son he would be no more than 34 years old and Roger Howarth is 52! Of course there is SORASing, that could account for it! I originally thought he might be a resurrected A.J. or maybe Monica’s child who had died in childbirth (I think Monica and Rick Webber’s child?) in yet another the baby didn’t really die reveal. But eventually I figured out he must be Jimmy Lee Holt’s child, with some sort of claim on the Q’s fortune (the missing will maybe being in… Read more »

Carolyn Spoto
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Carolyn Spoto

I believe he is Alan’s Son and was raised by Jimmy Lee. Great part for Roger

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It really bothers me that characters are still mentioning Franco’s name and yet there’s a man walking around town with Franco’s face and no one even mentions it. I think GH missed a golden opportunity by playing the story out this way. My story idea: it would have made much more sense for the other characters to recognize Austin and think he was Franco. Then, the twist could have been that Austin is Franco’s twin, and Franco was in fact a Quartermaine after all. The story could have been that when Jimmy Lee Holt and Heather Webber were conspiring to… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Steve Bond aka Jimmy Lee Holt was HOT

Steve
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Steve

Agreed, Mark. In my burgeoning teenage years, I knew I was “different” when I was more into Jimmy Lee than Celia. I remember shopping with my mom and making her buy me a blue tartan like plaid shirt because it was similar to one Jimmy Lee wore in a few episodes.

Mark
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Mark

That’s so funny I liked Grant too!! My friend john and I literally had to run home to see it we didn’t have vcrs. He was really into Steve/Jimmy and also loved the Edge of Night which came on after. But then I got into Guiding Light which was on at the same time as GH and was hooked from then until GLs bitter end lol

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Mark
Being a long time viewer of both shows you mentioned, did you also watch ATWT where Roger Howarth was a star ? Loved all his interactions with family and the women in his life. I too miss GL, my all time favorite. As old as I am, I have to admit I listened to it from it’s start on the radio. Ed Bauer was in a playpen and called Billy, named after his dad Bill, Sr.

Mark
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Mark

Occasionally but I was never a big fan of ATWT although Roger is so talented. Wow that’s great you were such a fan of GL. I really loved that show. I loved GL Another World and Young and Restless. Now I mostly just watch Days and mainly because Jackeé is on!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Violet, I watched ATWT from 1968 until its demise. I thought Roger was so sexy as Paul Ryan. When Emily admitted a good deal of their relationship was “in the boudoir”, I believed her! And his sweet relationship with brother Will (Jesse Soffer from CHICAGO PD) in the later years was touching. That’s why this silly skater hairdo bothers me so much… it ruins one of his best features. Oh how I miss that show, especially Maura West as Carly, Cady McLain’s Rosanna and Colleen Zenk’s legendary Barbara Ryan. Those were great days.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
Next to GL, ATWT was a favorite too, from the beginning to the end.We got invested in so many characters, and another of mine was Hal Munson whose untimely death was so tragic. You mentioned Paul and his relationship to Will and that was as sweet as was Wil’s interaction with kid brother Parker, Hal and Carly’s son.
I really love watching Jesse Soffer on CPD, and oftimes think of him and Gwen. They sure had an unforgettable cast didn’t they?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You know, Violet, you got me thinking about the ATWT cast. Wow! Eileen Fulton as Lisa; Elizabeth Hubbard’s delicious Lucinda Walsh; Kathryn Hays’ stalwart Kim; Martha Byrne as Lily and Rose (whom I preferred); Jon Hensley’s gorgeous but clueless Holden; and the Luke / Noah coupling (I liked Noah). I remember from the 60s how I loved the comfort of Nancy’s kitchen which helped me deal with my own experiences of a violent home. I used to imagine magically living in the Hughes home, where people loved and cared for each other. I treasure those memories.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
Double wow! I loved Emma and her whole clan, Iva, etc. Sometimes I watch the old episodes on Utube.They bring back so many memories. At least we still have those.

Zenith
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Zenith

Israeli actor with not a trace of an accent…

Stevano
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Stevano

Nice debut, But I rather have Todd Manning back.

Carolyn Spoto
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Carolyn Spoto

I don’t think Roger wanted to rehash Todd Manning again. Then he would have been a bad character again. This way being a Q with Drew will be great for the family

Michaela
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Michaela

I love this new character and love RH portrayal today with the Qs.

Carolyn Spoto
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Carolyn Spoto

Excellent idea to make Roger a q

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Michaela,
I have good feelings about R.H’s new character. The only role I have not seen him play is Todd Manning and from everything I hear, I don’t think I would have liked him. I think he just wants to be in the Q family to more or less honor his father who was ostrisized from the family. I bet the money is not that important.

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I so want Austin to be a good guy!

Carolyn Spoto
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Carolyn Spoto

He is a good guy

Satan
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Satan

Well.. you really don’t know that yet. But, considering he was previously a rapist & a serial killer, there’s really only one direction to go from there. So even a “gray” character with an underhanded agenda as far as ELQ goes, really wouldn’t compare to the depravity of his previous characters. Though let’s be completely fair here…. it’s still a little bit odd that he just happened to be the owner of that house where Heiny’s psycho fake nurse was holding Maxie prisoner. And since Anna found a photo album & other personal items there, he wasn’t merely the absentee… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
You make some very good points, as usual. I remember when Peter was talking on the phone to someone about hiring this nurse. Who better to be getting a referral or info about a nurse , fake or otherwise, than a Dr. right? About that house, it was more than a little odd as you put it , or a coincidence, that Peter would just happen to have Maxi taken to that location. Uh, oh the plot thickens.

Carolyn Spoto
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Carolyn Spoto

Roger Howarth is such a phonomenial actor. One thing about him he owns his character , he never phones it in. Being a Quartermaine is the best!

Margeaux
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Margeaux

I agree. Let Austin be a good guy.
On a different note, what happened to talks of bringing Morgan back. We need some new blood.

Steve
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Steve

Let Morgan stay dead. There’s enough Corinthos on the canvas as is.

With the recent additions of Shawn and Spencer, the contract cast is well above 30.

To paraphrase Edward’s thanksgiving phrase… “first we trim, then we hire”.

JJ
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JJ

This is SO funny because back in 2013, when all the OLTL actors needed a new identity, I said they should have made Roger come back as Jimmy Lee’s son, and made him a real redneck cowboy, and they should have cast Maura West as his trashy, trailer park girlfriend (think Jaime Pressly from My Name is Earl). I thought it would be hysterical having two country bumpkins barging around the Quartermaine mansion. I just hope Austin doesn’t turn out to be just another Franco / Todd tortured soul kind of guy. Let him be light and fun. And now… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

JJ
Yes, between Alan and his father who had the morals of Tom cats, you never know who’s out there wanting some of the Q’s riches.You are right on!

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I’d like to see a certified martial arts-karate- instructor bring in some karate classes and make it the real stuff, there’s a lot of stuff on YouTube, you need a mix of shaolindo kungfu/wing chung/taekwondo and WEAPONRY, try and fit a real karate class dojo, no show boating, look for some real black belt people, ,,,,, get some of those dam couch potatoes off the f——,physical health is more important than sitting on their asses all the time, learning martial arts is unlimited in its rewards, they might even find a real school around their own area, and a good… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

How ironic that they are taking Lenny to Llanview for his exploritory surgery. I am speculating will the Dr. recommend sending him to GH to see Terry? How interesting is the possibility of how Portia will figure in their lives.

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

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The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Chats On Mia St. John’s Powerful Interview on ‘State of Mind’, Winning the Daytime Emmy & Sonny’s Future If Carly & Jason Get Hitched

Since the launch of Maurice Benard’s You Tube series, State of Mind, he has welcomed numerous guests who have opened up and shared their struggles with different aspects of mental health.  But this Sunday, July 11th, Maurice will share for the first time his powerful and emotional sit-down interview with Mia St. John; one that he reveals was one of the most moving of his series thus far.

With Maurice being a huge boxing enthusiast throughout his life, having St. John, who is a boxer, herself, on as a guest was, of course, special. However, as soap fans know, Mia is also the former wife of the late Kristoff St. John (Ex-Neil Winters, Y&R) and they shared a son, Julian.  Both men died, tragically. Julian, suffered from a long-history of mental illness, and his death was ruled a suicide, and Kristoff was consumed with grief following his son’s death which ultimately set him on a downward spiral.  Kristoff’s death was ruled accidental caused by hypertrophic heart disease; which was exacerbated by alcohol use.  In the conversation with Benard, Mia opens about her own personal struggle with addiction and how she coped with these two devastating losses. (See an exclusive preview clip below within this interview)

It’s also been a whirlwind year for Maurice. He just took home his third Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series during the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards for his moving portrayal as GH’s Sonny Corinthos, as he goes through all the stages of a child watching his father, Mike Corbin (played by Emmy-winner Max Gail) slip away due to the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Since the Emmy broadcast was pre-taped due to Covid restrictions, except for revealing who the winners actually were, Benard shares what went down when his name was called watching the show from home with his family.

 

And … things are heating up on General Hospital!  For months, Benard has been playing an amnesiac Sonny aka “Mike” who has become taken with deceitful Nina (Cynthia Watros), who knows he is alive and well and living in Nixon Falls, but fails to tell her nemesis Carly (Laura Wright), or anyone else in Port Charles.  With everyone believing Sonny is dead after his showdown with Julian Jerome, Carly and Jason (Steve Burton) find themselves having to save Sonny’s territory and go up against the five families.  So, what are the besties deciding to do? Get married! And as viewers saw, Carly recently removed her wedding rings to Sonny.  So, now the question on GH fans inquiry minds is; will Sonny get his memory back in time, and stop Jason and Carly from tying the knot?

Benard weighs-in on what the future may hold for Sonny, the difficulties he faced during the Covid-19 lockdown with his mental health, his conversation with Mia, and much more.  Here’s what Maurice shared.

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Having Mia St. John on as your guest on the upcoming episode of State of Mind was quite emotional for you. What can you preview? 

MAURICE:  I can say that during last ten minutes, there’s a lot of spiritual stuff going on.  I felt it.  She’s very tough.  You can tell that she doesn’t want to hurt anymore, and with me, I don’t know for sure, but I think she felt safe and protected.  We got into Julian and Kristoff and what happened.  I’m pretty sure I asked her and said, “I’d like to get into something.  You could say ‘no’ to me.  It’s fine,” and she told me the whole story.  Michael, I know you were friends with Kristoff, you’re going to really be moved because I was extremely moved.  It really, really hit me hard, because of what I’ve just been through during the pandemic. I just felt the need to be there for her.  I mean, I have that in me anyway, but with her, I did because it seemed like a lot for someone to go through.  I didn’t know Kristoff.  I met him once, and we talked for a bit.  He seemed like a great guy.  I knew he was a great actor because I watched his work.  I do know that everybody seemed to love him, but through State of Mind, it seemed like I got to know him a little better through Mia.  I was looking in her eyes, and taking it all in, and she was telling me everything.

Throughout your series, you seemed to have become more comfortable in the role of the interviewer.  It’s quite the switch isn’t it from always being on the other end as the interviewee.

MAURICE:  Yeah, I’ve gotten better.  You know what it is with me, and somebody said it, I’ve got a curiosity that I love to hear people’s stories, and I have a way to make people comfortable.

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Does it help you in listening to what other people have gone through in dealing with your own struggles with mental illness?

MAURICE:  Yeah, I’ve said it before.  It’s like therapy for me.  After Mia, I was drained, but in a good way.  In the beginning of doing “State of Mind’, I was just learning.  I wish I was more well-rounded in my intelligence.  I barely graduated out of high school, but as far as what it is with me, if I know something like acting or mental health, I really completely know it.  I’m into it.

How did the interview with Mia come about?  Did you ask her to come on State of Mind?

MAURICE:  I know who is involved with mental health.  I know who would be interesting to interview, and then I reach out, and I have people coming who are not in the soap world.  I have a WWE person; I have a TV critic, etc.  So, I asked her, and Mia said ‘yes’, and then we did the interview.  I’m a huge boxing fan.  So, to be able to talk to her about boxing and things that happened to her right before her fights, I was just really fascinated.

That is right in your wheelhouse!

MAURICE:  Way up my alley!  If I could have more boxers on, I would love that.  I love sports, but boxing is my one sport, so I was like a kid in a candy store talking to Mia.

How do you feel Mia is doing as she has been very open about her battle with alcoholism?

MAURICE: Any time you’ve been through that much, I think it’s a daily struggle for anyone. In addition, there is a really great organization she works with that I hope people will check out as she is trying to help others.

In terms of all of your State of Mind’s, did this one impact you in a different way?

MAURICE:  The good thing for me about State of Mind is that I learn from each person about things that I didn’t know.  For instance, coming up I have: Linsey Godfrey (Ex-Sarah, DAYS) who got hit by a car.  I mean, you could read about it, but when you’re talking to someone, things come out.  That’s what I love about doing this show.  Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R) didn’t know anything about mental illness, personally, but he talked about mental illness more than anyone!  I said to him on the episode, “For somebody who doesn’t know anything about mental illness or didn’t have someone with it, you talk more about it,” because he had a curiosity on the subject.  Mia’s was a little more because of the boxing and how deep we went with her talking about death.  In an upcoming episode with Ken Shriner (Scott, GH), he teaches me a lot about death.  When your parents die at 16, I don’t know how you could keep going.  He taught me how.  It was beautiful.

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Let’s go back to a few weeks ago on June 25th and you win the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  How did you find out you took home the gold?

MAURICE:  I was at my place in LA with my son, Joshua and my wife, Paula and we were watching the show.  When they called my name, I was very moved to watch my wife and my son get so excited, it really was sweet.  I liked my speech even though people had a problem with it, which is fine.  It’s always great if Max Gail wins or I get a win, because it’s the Alzheimer’s storyline that gets the attention.  And as I told you already, my dad has Alzheimer’s so it makes it even more personal.

And as you know, my mom had Alzheimer’s and died.  That’s why what you and Max did together on-screen together felt so real and raw and touched so many people – especially those who have a loved one going through this now, or that has passed.

MAURICE:  Yeah, it’s tough. I truly believe with this Emmy win, that it is the Alzheimer’s that really pushed it over the edge because it was a real story, greatly written, everybody deals with it, including you, including me, and you just can’t help but have a feeling about it.  You know, if I have a reel that shows me as Sonny yelling at people, beating people up, it’s not going to give you the impact.

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Was it weird coming to the stage and doing a pre-taped Emmy acceptance speech knowing that everybody else that was nominated had to do one too?

MAURICE:  Well, thank, God I didn’t have to do it in front of actors; I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it.  It’s weird, right?  I knew I had to adjust.  When I’ve won before, it’s in front of a lot of people, or semi-in front in a lot of people.  So, with this year, your energy is different.  So, you can’t act in a speech like that, because then it would seem kind of over the top, maybe.  So, I just made a speech that I thought would work for what I was doing; which is kind of acting because I didn’t want to come out and say, “Oh, my God!  I can’t believe it!”  So, I said, “Okay, I’ll thank the actors, I’ll thank Frank, and I’ll make it about Alzheimer’s.”

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I know some fans on social media jumped on the comment you made within the speech about ‘being the star of the show’ and you did tweet out that you went to Genie Francis (Laura, GH) to make sure there were no ruffled feathers there.

MAURICE:  I went to Genie because I thought, I don’t want her to take what I said personally, and she’s like, “What are you talking about?”  Sometimes I respond to a negative comment on Twitter with an emoji which can incite people.  So, I decided, “I’m not going to do that anymore. No more responding.”  Like I always say, you want to be loved and you want to be hated.  You just want to be loved a little more. So, I stopped with the child’s play.  I’m cool with it.

It seemed that things got twisted up, because you had related in the speech, that Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came over to you and said you have to do the storyline, because you are the star of the show, when you were overcome in the screen-test with Max Gail. 

MAURICE:  Sometimes people love to change the narrative.  If you watch everything … they say what I said, but they don’t say that I also said ‘Alzheimer’s’ was the star, but I’ll take the hit.

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I recently posted a clip of my interview with Cynthia Watros from the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys saying how she is so thrilled and honored to work with you.  How is it working with Cynthia?

MAURICE:  Let me tell you about Cynthia, and this is just my experience because I don’t know her that well.  We hadn’t worked together before. First of all, we tend to overlook, because of her character and the story, or whatnot, is that she is a real actress.  Let’s not forget that, I know she did Lost, and I didn’t watch her on another soap.  I know from working with her.  She can act She makes adjustments, and she listens, and I’m really happy to be working with her.  She is just stuck in a circumstance that is not her fault, but you know what, like I said today I think on Twitter to somebody, ‘but wait’.  I’ve been working this last month doing some scenes with her, and when you see that, there’s a little bit of magic in there!  I’m not saying it’s the greatest thing in the world, I’m just saying there’s a little magic!

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Have you liked being “Mike “and not having Sonny’s memory because it opened up the story?

MAURICE:  I know people think this story is my idea, like I needed a break or something.  It has nothing to do with me needing a break.  They came to me and said they were going to do this story.  I said, “Let’s do this!”  I’ve been enjoying this.  It’s a different energy.  The energy that Sonny has is dark.  It’s like in third gear.  Mike is like in first gear, calm, relaxed, happy.

You’re just realizing that now?

MAURICE:  (Laughs) Well, I guess until you’ve gone somewhere else you really don’t know.  Often times, when I do movies and other projects, it’s often the same kind of energy that Sonny has. I’ve never played a character like “Mike” where it’s a whole other feeling!

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Is it more challenging to play a character like Mike?

MAURICE:  No, easier!  Sonny can be difficult to play.  But guess what?  The audience – at least my fans – they don’t care how happy I am or whatever, they are screaming “Go back to fricken Sonny!”  I like that in a way, but I didn’t know that it was going to be this vocal from people.  It’s not that they hate Mike, they just want Sonny, and Cynthia is put in a tough situation because of her history in that character.

So, now everyone saw last week that Jason and Carly have decided they have to get married for the sake of the business with Sonny believed-to-be-dead.  What did you think when you heard that they were going in that direction with the story?

MAURICE:  Well, I was the last one to know.  I didn’t know they were going to get married until I heard about it in the makeup room.  I think the first thing I thought of was … we are all going to be having some great scenes coming up, like, “Alright.  Let’s rock and roll!  Let’s do it!  I’ll get into this character of Sonny when called upon.”  It might be and dark and the whole thing, but once I’m in there, I’m fine.

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It would seem if Carly and Jason do actually get married, it’s not going to be an easy road to reconciliation for Carly and Sonny down the line.

MAURICE:  No.  I would say not.  The thing about Sonny is that it’s what Sonny does best, or what I do playing him best, is betrayal.  So, for him, this is not a good thing.  I would assume he’s just going to go, “What the…” and all hell is going to break loose.

Sonny’s body washed ashore and he was very much alive, while the search and rescue mission quickly became a recovery.  Once again, law enforcement in Port Charles isn’t very good! (Laughs)

MAURICE:  So, there you go.  It’s going to be a bigger fight.  It’s going to be a great fight when Sonny does return.

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Fans are predicting that Jason and Carly are going to be at the altar, and Sonny is going to walk in alive and well with his memory back to the nuptials!

MAURICE:  Well, however it goes, I would say, just let them just watch the fireworks as they unfold.

But you’re enjoying this story?

MAURICE:  I’m cool, man.  I will say this, I’m glad that I have been given this last month playing Mike, and the Nixon Falls story.   I don’t know how much more we have ahead.  I just know that what we’ve taped has been really cool, and I’m glad that they gave me that.

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I know that the coronavirus pandemic and its isolation was rough for you.  What can you share, and how did you find your way out of a downward spiral?

MAURICE:  Yeah, Covid was just one of those things where I was hit with a lot of different things all at once, which was …  GH shutting down production, my book tour not being in New York (although the book ended up probably doing better because of the pandemic, which was interesting) … my mom and dad moved out …  and I thought it was the end of the world.  We all did at some point, and it all hit me with a rush of anxiety that I had never felt before in my entire life, and it was four months of terror … way too long. I was shaking like a leaf, not sleeping, it was tough.  What I tell people is that when you go through these things, it will pass.  I know, for me, four months was too long, but it did pass.  You’re better because of it.  You can take one of either two roads.  You can get worse, and you can say, “I’m a victim, I’m a victim,” or you can take the other road and say, “I’m stronger now.  Look at what I’ve been through,” and then, look at what happens … a year and a half later, look at what my life is.  I have a pond here at home, and I used to run around this pond crying my eyes out, every morning crying, like I couldn’t do it anymore, and a year later, I walk around the pond like it’s the greatest thing in the world, but that’s what this is, this mental health.  You can think you can’t go on, but then it rewards you with a better life.

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I was going to say, that’s pretty profound.  When you were going through the four months, did you think you were going to come out of it okay?

MAURICE:  No,   I’m going to be honest.  I finally got on Lexapro after three months.  If Lexapro didn’t work, I can’t say positively what would have happened.  It gradually made me feel better.  Like I have said, if GH had called me a month before, I wouldn’t have been able to finish the storyline.  It would have been the end.  I wouldn’t have been able to go back to work, because I was in that state of mind.  So, they called at the right time.  I went back to work and I was on Lexapro.  The thing about Lexapro is – and we always tell people to get professional help. There are a lot of people like me, and I’ve got to say, first you get professional help because you’re on the brink of whatever.  So the first five days of taking Lexapro, you feel worse than you did just before you started taking it, and that is scary because you’re like, “I can’t take this.  This is horrible,” and then I stayed on it.  It got gradually better, and just a month and a half ago or so, I weaned myself off.

How are you feeling now?

MAURICE:  Oh, let me tell you, the day that I weaned off, was a Thursday, and I wasn’t going to take it, and I was on my bed, and I felt the greatest I felt maybe, ever.  Now, I’m not saying people should go off it, whatever, because I was on it for like 8 months or something, but it saved my life like lithium for my bipolar disorder, and that’s an amazing thing that these pills could do.  What happened with me with the pandemic is that I had never really taken anything for anxiety.  I had only taken lithium, and I’d been on lithium for 30 years, but for anxiety, I never wanted to take anything, but if you’re bad, if you’re like (you know those gears I’ve been talking about) in 4th and I was like in 5th gear, you’d better get some help, man, because you can’t get off it on your own.

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I want to conclude checking in on your dad, Humberto.  When did you learn he had Alzheimer’s, and how is he doing now?  

MAURICE: It’s been a while since I found out.  I didn’t really want to talk about it, and then I did something in People magazine with the book, and I asked him if I could talk about it, and he said “yeah”.  So, it gave me the green light, and that was maybe 10 months ago.  He’s actually doing good.  It’s slowly kind of happening but that is how the disease works.  This has been a really great conversation, man!

So, what do you think will happen with Sonny aka “Mike”? Will he return to Port Charles before Carly and Jason tie the knot?  Have you been watching Maurice’s State of Mind series, and has it helped you with any of your mental health issues or concerns? Were you happy that Maurice took home the gold this year for his portrayal in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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