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Jason Thompson and Doug Davidson Pay Tribute To Rick Springfield At His Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony!

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This morning in ceremonies in Hollywood, General Hospital icon and pop star, Rick Springfield (Noah Drake) was honored with his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

Springfield, who just released his first novel this week Magnificent Vibration and continues to record and perform music worldwide, and guest star on television shows including an appearance now and then on GH, was saluted by three friends of his within the industry – Jason Thompson (Patrick) who plays Springfield’s on-screen son, long time pal, Doug Davidson of The Young and the Restless and singer/songwriter, Richard Marx.

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Jason Thompson was the first to pay tribute to Rick in front of the crowd in Hollywood, and the live stream of the event expressing:  “I did not know I was going to play Rick’s son until two minutes before my audition.  Our GH casting director Mark Teschner told me right before I went to stage before my final test told me, ‘You know, you are playing Rick Springfield’s son, right?’   If I wasn’t nervous, I was then, because obviously I knew Rick … And of course, the relationship that we have playing father and son obviously has the inevitable coming and going when your on-screen dad is rock star.  But what I have with this guy is a relationship that is so clean, and so pure, and he has such an open heart, that every time that door opens and we’re there to work, it’s an instant thing where we just look at each other and we don’t have to do anything else.  It is something that I do not take lightly, and I appreciate it every single time we work together. I have to say being a guy in this industry; I have the best person to look up to, because as you can tell from that introduction, he does whatever he wants.   He wants to be a rock star, he goes and does that.  He want to be an actor, you probably saw him on Californication where he plays a much tamer version of himself. And he is amazing at all things and now he is selling books like crazy. The one thing I look up to the most is that he is a family man. He loves his wife and his family more than anything.  It just goes to show that you can be an artist and be a man that is a loving person at all times, especially to his family. Congratulations sir, it’s an honor.”

Doug Davidson was next and shared these sentiments:  “This was a day Rick and I both knew was going to happen.  He was so driven the entire time.  He is the hardest working person I have ever known.  When I got here and was standing here waiting for the festivities to begin, I was awash with so much emotion knowing that there are some people that aren’t here that I wish were here today to honor him. I am sure they are from above –My mom and you’re dad.  Truly, there is no other man on the planet that I love more, and I am so very proud of you.”

Rick Springfield acknowledged his beloved fans:  “I want to thank my fans and anyone who has ever bought my book, or my music, or watched any television show I have been on. You own this star as much as I do. You’re the reason that this is here, because little Ricky Springthorpe (Springfield’s real name) wouldn’t get a star with out you guys!”

Watch the live stream of the event featuring Rick, Jason and Doug below where the festivities begin at around 30:00 minutes into the video! Then, let us know what you thought of Jason’s and Doug’s speeches to Rick?

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Great for Rick Springfield – have loved him since his first appearance on GH and as a little girl listening to him on the radio! Well deserved.

I’m happy that Rick Springfield got a star on Hollywwod Walk of Fame.I’m sure it was well deserved.

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Elizabeth MacRae, ‘General Hospital’s’ Meg Baldwin, Passes Away at 88

Veteran actress, Elizabeth MacRae best-known as the third Meg Baldwin on General Hospital and as Gomer Pyle’s girlfriend, Lou-An Ann Poovie, in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C has died at the age of 88. MacRae passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she grew up.

On General Hospital, Elizabeth played Meg Baldwin who had a young son, Scott (Kin Shriner) from a previous relationship and who married Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). The role was originated by Patricia Breslin from 1965-1969. Breslin was temporarily replaced by Jan Shepherd for three weeks in the summer of 1967. MacRae took over the part from Breslin full time from 1969-70 and again from 1972-73.

In story, the character of Meg suffered a nervous breakdown and Lee had her committed to an institution. In 1971, Meg was released and came home, but suffered from severe hypertension. In 1973, Dr Lesley Webber was assigned to her case. Meg became jealous of Lesley and began to think that she was trying to get to have sex with Lee. During an argument with Lee, Meg died of a stroke and soon after Lee adopted Scott.

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MacRae also appeared on other notable soaps, having roles on Another WorldDays of Our LivesGuiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  Elizabeth’s career spanned over two and half decades having also appeared in classic TV shows and countless movies such as: Route 66Surfside 6RendezvousThe FugitiveJudd for the DefenseGunsmokeBonanzaI Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show.

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She is survived by five stepchildren, Terry Halsey, Peter Halsey, Hugh Halsey, Cate Halsey, and Alex Halsey Topper.

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LAPD Continue to Seek Johnny Wactor’s Killers Who Remain At Large; Asks Public for Tips and Leads

The Los Angeles police department is ramping up its search for to the whereabouts of the three thieves, who got away after one fatally shot former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26th in downtown Los Angeles.

Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that police are trying to pull fingerprints from Wactor’s vehicle and are looking for video from the area. They also are checking to see whether there are any connections to other nearby catalytic converter thefts.

The thieves were attempting to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s car at the time of his death. Sadly, the LAPD investigators shared they have seen an uptick in violence when these types of thieves are confronted.

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Catalytic converters contain precious metals in which thieves can make hundreds of dollars selling them to auto parts suppliers or scrap yards, where they can be melted down and the valuable metals extracted.

In addition, on Tuesday May 28th, the LAPD shared more on the incident that took Wactor’s life, stating, “Without provocation, the victim was shot by one of the individuals. The three suspects involved were wearing all dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspects fled northbound on Hope Street. Central Bureau Homicide is investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help.”

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If you have tip: y0u are urged to call LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide, at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

In addition, Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Wactor played General Hospital’s Brando Corbin from 2020 to 2022. According to the LA Times, “Wactor recently had been exploring opportunities in screenwriting while working as a bartender.”

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Nicholas Chavez Speaks Out on the Death of Friend and Former GH Castmate Johnny Wactor: “I’m Beside Myself with Sadness”

It has been another rough go for the General Hospital family following the news surrounding the shooting that killed beloved former cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) over the weekend.

Since that time, there has been an outpouring of grief, shock and sadness, and remembrances for the actor who died at 37-years-old.  Many of Johnny’s castmates have spoken out about the loss and shared heartbreaking tributes.

Now, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer Cassadine) who is soon-to-be-seen in Ryan Murphy’s limited series on Netflix, Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story, has also shared his sentiments. With heartfelt words, along with a photo of himself and Johnny, and another former GH co-star, Marcus Coloma (ex-Nikolas), Chavez explained the difficulty he is having processing Johnny’s death and the unbreakable bond they shared.

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Nick began, “Johnny — I’m beside myself with sadness. The last time I saw you, we ran into each other by accident in Los Angeles. When we recognized each other your face lit up and you ran essentially across the room to give me a big and tight hug. You were a strong and kind person”

He went on to say, these heartfelt words to Johnny, “You were a phenomenal friend and you always made me feel welcomed and loved. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been a part of your life and I’m praying for you and your family. I will miss you very much.”

Johnny Wactor run on GH lasted from 2020-2022, while Nicholas Chavez appeared from 2021 till early in 2024.

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