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Marcus Coloma On COVID-19 Struggles Towards Final Days as GH’s Nikolas : “I Felt That I Couldn’t Memorize My Lines Towards the End”

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As the world has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic, in soap opera land, many times actors were taken ill by the virus, which often times found them to having to be replaced in their respective roles for a short time. As daytime drama fans know, there is no stoppage of work in your favorite soap towns, as episode after episode needs to be churned out.

Marcus Coloma, the former Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital, had to exit the series a few times due to Covid-19, or an exposure to it, during his run on the series. Being sidelined brought in Adam Huss to take on the role. Huss is currently the most recent actor to continue the story of the dark prince of the Cassadine clan.

Now in an interview with, Coloma is opening up about his health struggles with Covid-19, which kept him from filming his final scenes in the part.

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Coloma shared, “I got this brain fog and fatigue. That lasted a while to the point that I felt that I couldn’t memorize my lines towards the end, which thankfully, it’s gone.”

The actor noted that it’s just been recently that he has been able to feel like his old self: “I’m really back to 100 percent. And I’m exercising again. But I was surprised at the length of the after effects of it for me. It seems to hit everybody differently.”

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Saying goodbye to the role he played for over three years was difficult for Coloma, because he had to sit out his final scenes: “It was disappointing, because I don’t feel like I got to wrap up. It’s kind of like letting somebody else finish a puzzle that you’ve been working on for a while. But I think it was mitigated by the fact that it had happened before.”

COVID-19 had affected so many people, in so many ways.  Let us know in the comment section below, if you had a battle with it, or what you thought of Marcus detailing what he endured that caused him to miss taping his final scenes on General Hospital.

In case you missed, Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) and Marcus appeared on a livestream interview on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel talking about their side projects and time on GH. You can check it out below.



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Glad marcus is feeling better! Loved him in the role – the charming dark prince with humor and of course amazing chemistry in his Nava pairing – sorry he was ill but as a Nava fan I was glad he wasn’t in that terribly written vile Nik threatening Avery scene- ending his Nik with the scene where he hopes Ava he can earn ava back fit his character as an ‘exit’- we could tell the writers were out to destroy the Nikolas any – probably to prop nonsense. When this GH writing team gaslight a character, it’s brutal to watch and hear about! I miss watching GH but it was a fun Nava ride and nik return ride UNTIL Esme…

DId he get jabbed and boosted?! That caused MANY ill effects.

Oh for Hell’s sake….. is this Q-Anus vaccine conspiracy dragonshit still a thing?

He would have been required to in order to keep his job. ABC Disney mandated it back in 2021 I think. That is why Burton and Ingo were fired.

That’s correct. And Steve Burton thought he didn’t need a vaccine because he had already had COVID previously… Which he actually caught on the GH set!

The “natural immunity ‘ argument may have SOME truth to it. You aren’t likely to get the same strain of the virus more than once. Of course COVID mutates and evolves constantly.. I don’t even remember which letter of the Greek alphabet they’re using for the most recent variant.

Fortunately I am immortal so I don’t have to worry about keeping up with it. But I can sympathize with you mortals as a new surge has kicked in up there. Poor Stephen Colbert got in about one week of shows after the writers strike ended and then he was forced to stay home sick.

This has nothing to do with COVID, but know you’ll know the answer. Is Victor Cassadine dead or alive? They say his body was recovered in Greenland, but Laura and Valentin act like he’s still alive. Is he there with you, or still out there ready to muck up someone else’s life?

Victor is definitely down here, and we plan on keeping him! Yes, Cassadines have been known to escape once in a while (same with the DiMeras) but we have tightened up security down here in the last couple of years. So don’t look for Victor… or Stavros or Helena up there any time soon. And Mikkos wouldn’t even want to leave… he’s making good money down here installing air conditioning systems, based on his “weather machine” technology.

Laura & Valentin are concerned that Victor is controlling Charlotte, and technically he is, even though he is in Hell and not currently communicating with his granddaughter. You may have noticed Charlotte playing with tarot cards recently and a flashback scene of her wearing a school uniform when she got those cards, and a letter from Victor. You might also remember when Drew was held prisoner on Cassadine island two years ago, there was one tarot card that activated his brainwashing, and another card that turned it off. Of course the “off switch” card was still in Jason’s pocket when he disappeared in the collapsing tunnel, so I’m not sure how Drew was ever deprogrammed. So Charlotte may have been brainwashed in much the same way, when Victor had her locked up in that boarding school. I’m thinking her deck of tarot cards probably has a card “missing” and that would be the one that breaks her programming, just as it was with Drew.

Oh, thank you for all the information I had totally forgotten as I bet others have about the cards with Drew and Jason, but recall it now. I also think you are exactly right about Charlotte and HER Tarot cards, and now I want to know where or who has that missing card.Why didn’t Val get a clue when she was spreading them out before him the other day?

I had covid fog was crazy put deisel gas I n my new car had to have it flushed your not always your self with covid crap .Man I was sick with it in late Summer 2020

I don’t believe he got fired because of long covid while GH brought back Emma Samms… I think the writers wanted to pair Roger and Maura so they fired MC. Too bad because Nava was hot while Ava and Austin aren’t great.

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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

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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