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General Hospital's John J. York Chats On: If Mac Could Be Levi's Dad, Zachary Garred, Jon Lindstrom, & 23 Plus Years in Port Charles!

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Last week on General Hospital, perennial good guy Mac Scorpio (John J. York) was shot by none other than treacherous Levi Dunkleman (Zachary Garred), after Levi’s true colors were revealed!  As Mac stood there witnessing Maxie’s (Kirsten Storms) wedding by Felicia’s (Kristina Wagner) side, the camera panned to a hilarious shot of Mac crossing his fingers hoping that the wedding would be stopped.  Mac has never liked Levi, and always thought something was off about the guy, and that the professed self help guru was completely the wrong man for Maxie.

As the wedding played out, it was revealed that Levi was after Felicia’s Aztec jewels and had tied up our hero Nathan (Ryan Paevey) in the process.  When Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) found Nathan, the hot shot cop went to save Maxie from Dunkleman, only in the process, Maxie and Lulu (Emme Rylan) were taken hostage and Mac got shot! The story continues this week!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with one of our favorite all-time General Hospital stalwarts John J. York at the recent GHFCW 2014 to get his thoughts on: what if it turned out that Levi was Mac’s biological son … or if he thinks we are way off the mark?  Plus, John tells us if he is digging the current story involving “Dunkleman” and his on-screen family, and we take a moment to discuss the long time relationship between Mac and best bud, Kevin (Jon Lindstrom)!

I love the fact that Mac cannot stand Levi Dunkleman (Zachary Garred) which leads me to believe … he could possibly be his son?

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JOHN:  I don’t thinks so, but it would be crazy if he was. How ironic if Levi is a little mysterious rogue kind of pirate like Mac was when he first came on the show.

And Mac had an Australian accent when he first came on the show, too!

JOHN:  That’s right … Mac did too!  So there are a lot of things that are going to be surprises coming up!

Do you like the current story?  I always love checking in with you to get your thoughts on what’s unraveling on GH, since you always level with me and have great respect for fans of the show.

JOHN:  I love the story, and I love Zachary. He’s great!  You have to embrace the bad guy, and he got a lot of flack from fans at first.  Many people for hundreds of years have gone through that.  Some people didn’t like Susan Lucci when she played the more villainess side of Erica Kane on All My Children.  So there is that love/hate thing, but Zachary is awesome.

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I haven’t had the opportunity to tell you how much I liked the touching, albeit brief, moment between Mac and Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) at this years Nurses Ball when Kevin found out that Lucy (Lynn Herring) cheated on him with Scott (Kin Shriner). Kevin’s good bud Mac was there for him, as Kevin was walking out of the ball, and Mac walked out with him with his arm around his shoulder to support his friend.  I think longtime fans of GH really understood that moment.

JOHN:  Thank you very much.  You know how I feel about Jon.  I love him.  I love him as a brother. We have had some really great memorable times: shaving our legs, smoking cigars, playing Norma and Eve, oh, my gosh.  There has been so much great stuff.  I always like when Jon comes back on the show.  I really liked the scene after that, when it came out that Mac knew about the affair, and we had the fight. That was even more special to me, and then having a shot of whiskey and laughing about it afterwards.  It was like two young brothers getting pissed off at each other and hamming it up.

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It’s been 51 years of General Hospital and you are still here and beloved by the audience!

JOHN:  It’s been 23 and half years for me.  I am thrilled to still be a part of the show, I truly am.

So, do you think there is a chance that Mac and Levi are related?  What do you think will happen next in the story as Mac is shot?

Have you enjoyed John J. York’s performance as Mac Scorpio over the last few decades?  What do you think of the relationship between Mac and Kevin?  Weigh-in on John’s comments in the interview below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

It was good to see Mac and Felicia used more…if Levi is Mac’s son who is Levi’s mum…who was Mac involved with before Felicia and is this woman Levis mum…maybe she’s been angry at Mac for whatever reason, told Levi a whole bunch of untrue lies about his DunkleDaddy Mac who was honestly unware he had a son, then Levi did research on Mac and thinking this is his daddy and was very mean to his mummy, decided revenge and that would be to steal the jewels but i still think he could be Flukes or Victors…maybe Levis mum lied… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Levi could be Frisco’s kid Frankie. Frankie Jones could be the son of one of Frisco’s affairs while working at the WSB. He sent Frankie to steal the jewels off Felicia since she chose Mac over him?

Karen
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Karen

But that would mean that Levi slept with his own half sister.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yeah, I didnt think about the Maxi factor. That would be gross but so is Milo and Epiphany!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thats a good possibilty, Trimm…i like that one!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

But Karen is right…that would make Maxi and Levi half siblings but since someone blatantly pointed out recently a certain unrelated subject happen in relife…maybe it could still be Levi’s father is Frisco’s…this wouldnt be the first time on a soap for an almost bro and sis pairing!!!

Juls
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Juls

But if he Frisco son Frankie, why would he wan to marry his sister? unless Maxie is not Fricso daughter, but Mac is.

Tim
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Tim

Maxie was born Oct 31 1990,Mac didn’t come to PC untill 1991

MaxDaddee
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MaxDaddee

I totally love John J York’s performance and role as Mac. I would like to see him have some higher profile story lines like he did years ago. Such as him hunting down where Maxie and Felicia are. Alot of exciting things could come out of all that. Maybe Mac will be bandaged up quickly and go in pursuit of hunting them down!

Timmm
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Timmm

I cannot believe “Uncle Mac” has been on GH for over 23 years! This is a great character and a great guy. I only hope Levi is his son so Mac gets more air time. Him and Felicia kind of just hold up scenes with Maxi and Lucy right now and I would love it if Mac was back on the front burner again. The Aztec treasure could also bring back Frisco and Sean Donnely.

janet
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janet

Frisco and Sean wow ! no thanks really . All FrankenRon have done is ruin all the characters they brought back. Love Mac, and would love to see him and Kevin on more. Plus Lucy away from the garbage they have her in now. I loved the old stories. They could at least put these four on more when the kids come back. They need Parents. Right now I dvr the show but I have no desire to watch it. The boards tell me all I need to know. Levi Dunklebore can return as his twin only if it gives… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

You have a good idea Janet. Levi could have a twin and the actor recently cut his hair really short so who knows, maybe they are writing that very story?

Shay
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Shay

Timmm….Throughout this entire Dunkleman escapade, I have thought that the circumstances were screaming for Frisco to make an appearance. (In addition to other ongoing storylines that could easily and logically have featured his presence, too.) I love the idea of using legacy characters, but most of the ones currently on canvas simply bore me….they didn’t grab me the first time around, so to see them today really doesn’t gladden my heart, particularly when they are so spectacularly ridiculous in the storylines they are assigned. Lucy is a complete waste, as is Bobbie…their triangle with Scotty is ludicrous! As for Felicia,… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Excellent points Shay. Yes, why haven’t we seen or heard from Noah. Patrick has been through hell and back and this would actually give him a story line and not a stunt casting to satisfy us super fans like they have with Scotty, Lucy, and Bobbie. Plus, Bobbie and Noah have history. Lucy has been a bust since Alan died. Your right about Felicia. Frisco could have sang “Lady of my Heart” to anyone and they would have been a fixture as long as Frisco was around.

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm….Yes, Noah’s conspicuous absence is mystifying. All we have heard of him as of late is that he dumped Bobbie for former GH nurse Anne Logan. Of course, I never could figure out why they put him back with the abominable Bobbie to begin with, other than that they were both supposedly at the same Seattle hospital. He broke up with her the first time because her past as a hooker caught up with her when the original Dr. Drake’s blue-blooded senator uncle visited Port Charles and recognized Nurse Spencer from one of his assignations at her Aunt Ruby’s cathouse.… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

“Too Young” was his best song EVER! It only charted at 52. It should have been #1!

Wendelyn Sullivan
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Wendelyn Sullivan

I agree. All I Need was the wrong choice for Frisco to sing to Felicia, Too Young, would have been better. I think Anna should contact Frisco, his Daughter has been kidnapped, his ex-Wives jewels were stolen. It makes sense that He would make an appearance. Why bring up the Aztec Jewels. That is Felicia and Frisco’s storyline, not Mac’s. Spinelli too, should know what is going on with Maxie. She’s his Baby Mama.

Shay
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Shay

@Wendelyn Sullivan….So right on all points! It truly irks me that we currently have so many worthless and unnecessary filler characters on the GH canvas, while a great legacy role like Frisco Jones is overlooked and cast aside when it would be perfectly logical for him to be present and accounted for….ditto for Noah!!!

Shay
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Shay

Totally agree with you, Timmm! The BEST! : )

Kaleesi
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Kaleesi

I would like Levi to be related to Fluke. I think it fits!

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

He is as awesome off camera as he is on. As long as he is on screen, I will enjoy whatever they throw his way! He doesn’t strike me though, (as Mac) to have created such a vile child, or to have had a child that he was never told of. Mac would also never abandon his child if he did know of one.

umgirl2000
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umgirl2000

I have my own theory on how Levi and Mac could be father and son and rambled it on Tumblr: Take the time to read it- it makes sense and gives a theory on Levi’s mother- one with connections to Mac and the Jacks family.

Aria
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Aria

I’ve always been surprise that Mac didn’t have an offspring out there somewhere but I’m not sure I want it to be Levi although I no longer loath the character . I was a kid when Felicia first ce on but I remember all those adventures she had with frisco. Current fans might not know this but back in the days characters like Anna ,Felicia and Laura had stories that where fun and dangerous , today’s girls like Maxie n Sam have nothing on them one would think the daughters of Laura Anna and Felicia would be more kick ass… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

!!!!!

Long live da`Dunkleman !!!!

mfarris70
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mfarris70

I’m thinking Levi is either part of Victor’s WSB or Fluke’s plan– or maybe both! Still hoping that if Fluke is Bill Eckert, then Levi is his son Sly Eckert who we last saw as Lucky’s best friend/cousin. Which would also relate him to Lulu.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I love John York’s Mac. He has always been the epitome of paternal love, as well as friend, husband. He has never veered off course. Good looking, responsible…yet never boring. It’s not so much that he has exciting story lines…but there’s something about his demeanor that draws you in. Soaps are divided between good vs. evil. For those that enjoy the family/friend/homey sort of feel…that’s the embodiment of Mac. He held the fort down when Felicia left…he raised Maxie, Georgie and Robin as his own…he participated in their girly antics…while all the while being a strong leader in the police… Read more »

Lin
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Lin

I totally agree. There is no reason for Mac not to have good story lines. He did at one time. And I’m sick of Sonny and Carly. I don’t know why Sonny always has such big story lines. And felicia always seems to stupid, but that was not always true.

I have been saying (to myself) for years that John York deserves a front and center storyline.

Lynn Wells
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Lynn Wells

Good grief I hope Levi is not Mac’s soon. Why would he be ? I can’t stand Levi since day one. As far as Kevin and Mac’s friendship, everyone should have one like that.

Rodd
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Rodd

I love John J. York/Mac but I really hope Levi is not his son. Too many surprise children in too few months.

Omar
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Omar

I like the actor the plays Mac..But his character has become sooooo stale and boring for the last few years and it needs to be changed up a bit..After the shooting why not make Mac a little bit more of a gerk..Give him a little bit of an edgier storyline..Not like Fluke, but something to bring him a little to the wildside!

Omar
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Omar

And making him Levi’s dad is stupid at best!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Omar…dude…AGREED!!!!! I mean…the possibility of Mac being Levi’s dad…AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!! Anyway, Mac and Levi as father and son??? Big help…as in N-O-T!!!!! Man…if this is GH’s attempt to make Levi more likable, sorry but this ain’t the way to do it. No. It’s only gonna make me dislike that loony-tune Levi EVEN MORE!!!!! Bottom Line Here: GH had better N-O-T go there with this sudden lunacy!!!!! No.

Take care, Omar. A-C-E-S!!!!!

Charday
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Charday

That is true about the stale and boring. Sadly, GH does this to the older, classic characters. They don’t have their own storyline, but only incidentally support the young/newer stories. Still, I do like Mac and Felicia and hope to see more of them with this Aztec/Levi storyline.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I’m with you, Charday (love the name, btw), bore is the key word. But, I still love GH. It just irks me to have recycled storylines resurface….such as Carly and Sonny. Again? Somebody…..gimme a break. Yuck.

Engrady Pind
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Engrady Pind

If Levi has to be related to someone in Port Charles, let him be a son of Jimmy Lee Holt and thus a Quartermaine. We know Levi is NOT Australian so let’s immediately eliminate the possibility of him being Mac’s son — Heaven Forbid.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

But why would you want to tie such a terrible person to the Q family? I know the Q-count has been running low on GH for a while now, but I don’t think this would be the way to expand the family, considering the character Levi is universally hated. Plus, it would work better if Jimmy Lee Holt was actually on the show now. To be honest, when ABC announced Michael Easton, Kris Alderson and Roger Howarth were returning as new characters, I was hoping Roger would play Jimmy Lee or another member of the Q family – him playing… Read more »

Guest
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Guest

@Engrady Pind- Think you are forgetting that Robin has NO accent- her Mom, Anna is British and her Dad, Robert, is Australian. Same with Ethan- he is Australian- his Mom, Holly is British and his Dad,Luke is American. ACCENTS do not matter !! Levi COULD be just about ANYONE’s son. Think with Mac’s shady past and when Mac first arrived to Port Charles he was not well liked either. Heck, Robert could not stand Mac- they were estranged for YEARS!! Could be that Robert’s fiance, Lilly, back before coming to Port Charles had an affair with Mac- maybe that added… Read more »

C
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C

Ugh, Levi better not be Mac’s son.

steve
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steve

Hmmmm…I don’t know if I buy that it’s Mac’s son because then it’s almost an element of incest. The actor’s good I sjut don’t want no offense to the actor the character around anymore. I know Im not alone on this.

Guest
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Guest

Steve, Mac and Frisco are NOT related. Mac’s brother is Robert. Frisco’s brother is Tony!! Levi and Maxie would not be related at all if Mac was Levi’s biological brother.

Steve
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Steve

Yes but Mac has always considered himself Maxie’s father which we all know so therefore even though not reallly..whihc is why I put down almost a form of…….

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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.

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