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Matt Cohen Exits General Hospital

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Dr. Griffin Munro, the former priest, is departing General Hospital as actor Matt Cohen made the decision to wrap his run on the ABC daytime drama series.

Cohen told TV Insider on his decision, “I did three years at the show. It was a great time and I had great fun playing the character, but I’m a guy who gets uncomfortable when he gets comfortable. I need to give Griffin a little rest right now. I talked to Frank (Valentini, executive producer). We’re leaving it very open-ended.”

The actor is now also focusing on directing and his first short film Mama Bear has been getting a solid response at film festivals

As to if he would return to his role as Griffin ever again, Matt teased: “Maybe I’ll pop into GH every once in a while? That’ll be up to Frank and the writers as to what we do.”

Matt came on to General Hospital back in 2016 and viewers learned that he was the son of Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan), and was put in the orbit and became dear friend of Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), Duke’s true love.  Later, Griffin became romantically involved with Ava Jerome (Maura West) and then her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin).

Look for Cohen to exit this Friday on the March 22nd episode of GH.

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Steve
Steve

The character truly ran its course. Likable, but never setting the world on fire.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I’m with you there, Steve.I felt like that for quite a while.

Charday
Charday

I agree 100 percent. I liked him a lot the first year, and his storyline, but it fizzled out. A real QT, too.

aria
aria

yes, I’m really sad, he’s my fave of the guys, I was hoping he would turn out to be Anna son. He’s just so beautiful to look at and talented, I knew he wouldn’t stick around forever, I’m so glad I have every episode of him on GH in my iTunes collection. and also glad the show isn’t killing him off. I’ll follow and watch anything he’s on. love you Matt.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

They never really knew what to do with him

Rodd
Rodd

Yeah, I am sad to see him go. I hope he comes back a lot.
Will he be considered recurring or is he gone for a long time?
I guess we’ll be looking for another hunky doctor to show up at GH or else one of the characters already on contract will decide to get their medical license in three months. Who knows?
Good luck to MR. Cohen!

Steve
Steve

Maybe just use Lucas more. A legacy character who’s also easy on the eyes.

Rodd
Rodd

I like that idea. Hope TPTB read it and use it.

Shay
Shay

Who? Oh, yeah, Lucas…now I remember!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

So sorry to see you go Matt. Loved having you and your good looks on the show, but did not like your relationship with Ava. One favor please. Kill Ryan before you leave, but then again, even though you’ve lost your faith a little, I think your love of God, might keep you from doing that. I hope you will come back from time to time.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey there, Violet! I see we agree again! 🙂

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Wow, they kept that quiet. So he gets a one-day exit story?

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

It was announced weeks ago, that he’d be leaving, soon after the Ryan thing was tied up.

mike
mike

Tomorrow? boy that was quick.

Kevin C
Kevin C

I am sad that Matt Cohen is leaving for I really liked him and in the role of Griffin…It does seem though that his character is kind of lost of a story line so I feel now is a good time since Kiki was killed…I wish Matt nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

su000
su000

Matt Cohen made one of the best decisions/move in his life to get out before it too late and he’d be stereotyped, that is career killer.

When they go into a soap, young, t 3 years they need to get out.

There are good soap actors that can not be cast as anything other than what they are, a/their soap characters.

There have been more than a few Young actors that did their 3ish years and got out, good for them.

Priscilla
Priscilla

I really liked this character but as of the last few months, he hasn’t had much story. I understand his leaving. Good luck Matt!

Satan
Satan

Well.. at least he didn’t get killed off by Ryan.

Worst thing about this character is that they brought him in too late. Would have worked better if he had shown up when Duke was still alive. Gotta wonder how Duke would have reacted to a son who was a priest and/or doctor, rather than carry on in the “family business”.

Jimh
Jimh

The character never caught on with me mainly because Duke wasnt there…but i wish Peter was leaving instead!!!

Patrick
Patrick

he was never given an identity. even knowing he was “Duke” son. just never fleshed out.. till he found his libido. ??? GOD how the fan base agonized that- HE – must be Anna’ son. I went for that ride… and it still is disappointing.. because it was Griffin ONE pairing that hit home run (s). whenever these two were together… they just sparked.. and you could truly see ANNA care for and about. tragic still

there was so much ooh la la , movement, when Claudette was on… PLUS that potential , that he was Charlotte father. DANG WOW WOAH – this is it !!!! lets go for it. NEVER panned out

so to give him something to do… @GH cheap writers RETREAD the mother/daughter liaison with the same man. Oy! I WILL ADD – as one audience member.. I truly felt bad for Griffin losing Kiki…. watching him .. or not.. trying to move on.

the one thing that I just lost … oy ! it was all for naught AND just reeked of prop. When Griffin still a man of the cloth… became Sonny confidante, private “communion AND confession” LOL . PUHLEASE !

alas, he never found his footing.. and or Shelly AND Chris weak writing skill just couldn’t take their minds outside of dire Sonny and Carly show.

which isn’t to say the same things are going on with : Finn / Franco / Jason / Michael etc. just present… no mindset for anything other than standing in the wings to STAR AGAIN for … the Sonny and Carly show. empty shell (s).

Matt Cohen deserves more

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I understand. TPTB really messed up the character’s motivation and took the “starch” out of the character. And he has had little to do in a while. (Putting him with the character of Ava sealed his doom, as far as motivation is concerned. He should have been Anna’s son; his was a character of substance. And he and Finola Hughes had good chemistry in their scenes. Too bad. Another promising and intriguing character corrupted by the writing. Alas and alack! Sigh!

M. B.
M. B.

Dang. He is super hot and a good actor. I hope Y&R or B&B snatches him up fast!

Laverne
Laverne

oh no he was one of my favorite characters

mfarris70
mfarris70

Add to the scrap heap of missed opportunity that is today’s General Hospital. I’m totally indifferent about the departure of Griffin because he was never really defined and his exit will leave virtually no impact. Cohen is a fine actor and could have done some great stuff.

rose
rose

Sad to see Griffin go. I liked him from the beginning, especially when he might have been Anna and Dukes son. But the writers dropped the ball, and never gave him a solid role on GH. Ava? Pleeese! Can’t blame him for leaving to see what else is out there. But not the Hallmark channel. I think Ryan Paevey’s got the main-good-looking-guy role on this channel. Do wonder why there was only a day’s notice for GH viewers.

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His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

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Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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