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Nicolas Bechtel Says Farewell to the role of GH’s Spencer Cassadine: “It’s Been a Great Run … Thank You For All Your Love and Support”

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As General Hospital viewers this week become familiar with a new actor (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and a new take on the character of Spencer Cassadine, former GH star, Nicolas Bechtel (Ex-Spencer) took to Twitter to extend his heartfelt thanks to all of his legions of fans and followers.

To say that Bechtel warmed our hearts in the role of the dark prince’s son is an understatement.  He was a scene-stealing favorite who could hold his own with all the big name talent of General Hospital.  Nicolas’ great sense of comedic timing and the dramatic made him a very sought after young actor in Hollywood.  So much so, that he appeared in Disney Channel sitcom Stuck in the Middle, had a recurring role on the Red Band Society on Fox, and has even played young Rob Kardashian in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

In a tweet on Monday, Bechtel shared about his whirlwind run as Spencer: “Spencer suffered third degree burns at his own birthday party, spent time with the spirit of his Mother, ran away, was kidnapped, tampered with an election and broke his legs skiing in the Swiss Alps. It’s been a great run…thank you for all your love and support.”  He said in a previous tweet this morning, “grateful everyday no matter what.”

Throughout his run on GH, Nicolas received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his work as Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series back in 2016.

Share your well-wishes and kudos to Nicolas for a job well-done in the comment section below.

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James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Still don’t get the reasoning behind recasting the character. Especially since he was so well loved by the viewers.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I think the other young people he will be interacting with have kind of outgrown him and look much older.

Dennis
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Dennis

Exactly, they need to bring him back as Brenda’s son!

David
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David

That would be fantastic

Phil
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Phil

Because he is supposed to be the same age as Joss, Trina and Cameron and clearly the actor is younger.

Steve
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Steve

To keep Bechtel, they would’ve had to rewrite a little history. Spencer would have to be a few years younger than Joss and Cam – more the same as Jake.

Once Joss and Cam were SORASed with Eden McCoy and William Lipton, there was little choice but to eventually slightly age Spencer, whose long been positioned as a rival for the “townie” Cameron.

Satan
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Satan

Irony there is that Joss & Cam shouldn’t be remotely the same age. Hell, never mind Cam… his little brother Jake should be older than Joss!!

Jake was 4 years old when he supposedly died & his kidney was given to Joss who was still in diapers at the time. Apparently Jake didn’t age at all when he was held hostage on Cassadine island?

Carol Wood
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Carol Wood

Then I guess you haven’t watched soaps much. It was the same when Michael was aged and recast. Everyone loved Dylan Cash who had played Michael for six years, from early school age to early teens. Nicholas Bechtel only played Spencer steadily for a couple of years and then went to recurring status only appearing for very short stints for the next few years. He was excellent as the spoiled entitled prince. But the show wants to bring Spencer back to the canvas and since he’s supposed to be the same age as those in the current teen scene, they… Read more »

Dennis
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Dennis

Well, for one, Bechtel is actually only a couple of years younger so its not a major age difference and two, they didn’t have to bring him back to interact with the teens. When he was brought back before, they didn’t interact so why now? This new guy could have easily played a classmate of theirs.

Steve
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Steve

Characters typically need to interact with multiple other characters in order for them to be both interesting for viewers and cost effective for the production. If Spencer only had scenes with Nik, Ava and Laura, he’d be a one-note character.

Had they brought NuSpencer in as a different character, they’d have to create backstory and take time to build up authenticity – something they never achieved with Dev.

Linda B
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Linda B

I wonder that maybe he has grown to want to go forward in a different direction. In or out of entertainment. I personally think he may need to stretch his leg either on stage or in movies. Look around you can see all kinds of actors that have been very helpful successful after GH.

Truly Lightfoot
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Truly Lightfoot

I totally agree with u‍♀️

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Nickolas Bechtel will always be Spencer to me. Always sweet and loving and now that they are turning his character into a little s–t, I’am glad they are having someone else play the part who will be a different person to me, not Spencer.

Francis
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Francis

Come on! Bechtel as Spencer was beyond a little shit! Always in the adult’s business and screwing with Cam over Joss. Not the sweet little Angel that lived in your own mind.

Bren
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Bren

Why in the world would they recast the role…..there’s only ONE Spencer….I hate when they do this. The only recast that has worked in my opinion is Laura Wright as Carly

Steve
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Steve

Other recasts that have definitely “worked”:
Genie Francis as Laura
Kim Shriner as Scotty
Leslie Charleson as Monica
Wally Kurth as Ned
Kirsten Storms as Maxie
William Lipton as Cameron

And that’s just listing active cast members.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Steve, I’m sure you’re providing new (and accurate) information for many readers. I am old enough to vividly remember the first Laura, Scotty, Monica, and, later, Ned (original actor, Kurt McKinney), whose debut in a hot tub was memorable and who went on to star in other soaps. Thank you for providing this perspective!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jamesj75
Do you mean the same hot, adorable Kurt McKinny that played Matt on GL? Be still my heart.Crazy old lady!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Yes, Violet! That same actor. It sounds like your heart’s in the right place. Nothing crazy (or old) about that!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Violet and Jamesj75, how clearly I remember when Kurt McKinney started on GL as Matt, romancing Vanessa — usually while wet and with his shirt off. Dreamy smile, kind eyes, lush hair…now that was a love story! Not these “jump into bed” even BEFORE the first date tawdry tales.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
Remember how he built that house for her, with help from friends, way out in the woods where they had been staying? That was one of their best SLs.

Satan
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Satan

You’re technically correct, of course. But Kin Shriner is the only “adult” Scotty (just rarely seen child actors before him) and nobody remembers the first Laura or Monica,

Though I do remember the first Ned… who hooked up with Monica before he realized she was married to his uncle!

Cyndi
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Cyndi

Eden M as josselyn

whynot
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whynot

GH was on before the year 2015 you know.

Gena
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Gena

You’re wrong!! Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun were AWESOME AS CARLY!!!

RB
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RB

Laura Wright will be the only Carly I will ever remember! It is time for Ava, Nicholas, spencer and the Nelle replacement to be put on a boat a never return.

Conni
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Conni

He will be missed for sure …. Wish he had returned ….

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I thought for sure this talented young actor would play Spencer and age normally as done with Kimberly McCullough as Robin.

Dennis
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Dennis

Exactly, Robin seems like the only child character that wasn’t aged.

Steve
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Steve

What happened with Kimberly is exceptionally rare. For a child actor to segue into the same role as an adult at least 3 things have to happen: 1. Acting quality continues to grow 2. Appearance doesn’t change dramatically 3. The actor must want to continue to act While Kimberly successfully made the transition, eventually #3 came into play as her career ambitions point to directing. The character of Robin also had the benefit of GH not having many child characters in the mid/late 80s. AJ and Jason had been sent to boarding school so they never played into story until… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve
They seem to be keeping the little twins that play Avery. Iam pretty sure they have used them since birth and letting Avery mature normally. I wonder how old the latest child Donna will be if we ever see her again.

Steve
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Steve

Hey Violet
Some of the younger performers (including Avery) might stick around for a while until a new teen grouping is needed. Although rarely seen, Aiden has been played by the same boy for years. However, none of the current child characters are featured as much as Robin was in the 80s.

Donna is definitely one of head scratchers as to why the character was added (especially since LW wasn’t pregnant IRL).

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve
Thanks for reply.Yes, the Donna thing is really a mystery.Maybey they just wanted another kid in reserve in case they need one in a hurry.

Susan
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Susan

She looks older than the current and gorgeous “Avery’s”

Mary Constant
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Mary Constant

Just bring him back!! He MADE the character of Spencer come to life and was a fun character. You have ruined it.

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

For me Nicolas Bechtel was simply the best child actor ever on daytime dramas! While I would have loved for him to continue with the role I am looking forward to seeing what Nicholas Alexander Chavez does with the role.

Aurora
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Aurora

It is sad to see you being replaced as Spencer. You played him (Spencer) superbly. I wish you much success and hope to see you in other shows/films etc. Know that you are irreplaceable. Lots of love.

Rose
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Rose

The show should recast him as Brenda’s son Alec.

Celia
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Celia

That’s a shame—-he is an outstanding character and played Spencer to the letter—-so believable was he. Spencer has been aged—-I suppose he needs to be en par with the rest of PC’s youth. Spencer needs to “look” the part within that age group—Nicolas would be sort of an outsider looking in……Too young to hook him up with romantically. It looks as though Trina and nuSpencer are bein manipulated into a liaison? But, what a way to introduce him!! I don’t like him already—-sneaky and malicious…..Could have introduced him in a sunnier light. I bet the character has turned off a… Read more »

Robin A Guzy
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Robin A Guzy

Please bring back nickolas bethel.GH Always takes away really good characters

aria
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aria

They need to bring back Emma as well, she has family in town, and is of college age, so she could go to PC university along with Cameron, Joslyn and now nuspencer. But please don’t recast Emma, bring back Brooklyn Silzer.

M. M.
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M. M.

Well, I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that hates this recast. Nicholas Bechtel made Spencer a Great character and I always looked forward to his scenes.

Pmccoy
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Pmccoy

Great job, much success

Cat lady
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Cat lady

This recast is horrible. Either bring back Nicholas or recast again asap

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Nicolas, just know, the more we see the new guy, the more we want you back!

Philomena Trapani
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Philomena Trapani

Please bring him back

Valeria Jorn
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Valeria Jorn

No one can replace you Nicholas. Good luck with all that life sends your way.

Cynthia
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Cynthia

Why is Nicholas so hard on spencer choosing Ava over his son

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Make sure to read the entire excerpt.  Noe let us know, are you looking forward to what Nancy will share in her upcoming memoir? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Lastly, Johnny added, “I’ll miss ya, and you enjoy the rest of the week.”

Watch Wactor’s heartfelt message below.

So, where do you stand with the decision to kill off Brando? Glad the character is off the canvas, or sad to see him go? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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