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Ryan Paevey On Departing General Hospital: "The Decision To Leave Was Mine"

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It’s a five-hankie day and more on General Hospital, as viewers had suspected Detective Nathan West has been written-off the show, thus signaling the departure of Ryan Paevey.

Paevey had played the part for the last four years.  During a live #AskGH tweet session with fans this afternoon, Ryan let them know that the decision to exit the long running ABC daytime drama series was his, not a decision by the powers-that-be.

In his tweets, Ryan revealed, “Okay guys, so to get this one out of the way early… for now, yes, Nathan West will be gone.  The decision to leave was mine. @valentinifrank and I sat down to talk as gentleman, and while he was disappointed, he gave me a better send-off than I ever could have asked for, and I will always be grateful. Cut the guy some slack, his job is hard, and thankless.”

Later he added about his final scenes on-camera with his co-stars, especially his on-screen lady love, Kirsten Storms (Maxie): “My death. We all cried….it really felt like a goodbye. After four plus years, your relationship with people goes beyond just dialogue on a set.”

So, what do you think about Ryan’s exit from GH as Nathan West? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Aria
Aria

Going to miss mr. fine as hell, and it will be sad if the character is killed off , they could’ve recast, take out the hankies I know I’ll be balling.

Kim
Kim

Just watching when Nathan flatlined…my heart is broken. I wish they just would have put him in a coma, but reading all the spoilers, I guess this is it for his character. So sad. I wish Ryan the best and look forward to seeing more of his work. I love his Hallmark movies. Good luck!

Jess
Jess

What Hallmark movies did I miss?!?!

rose
rose

Jess…Hallmark movie is “Unleashing Mr. Darcy.”

Rita
Rita

Ok Ryan will truly be missed on GH , I LOVED watching him with Maxie, and their love story. Wish he wouldn’t have left :(….. sad !!!!
Now Maxie with his baby NO NATHAN UGH don’t like this at all !!
Hoping that the WSB Just has people thinking he’s dead and he’s just hidden away for a bit and returning hmmmm would be nice ♡♡

Icolyn
Icolyn

I was sad when I watch GH and see Nathan’s dad shot him but he wasn’t dead at the time but when he died it was sad and especially with Maxi . Tonight at his funeral it was sad like it’s real and after everyone started to cry it makes me cry too like I’m at a real funeral I’m so sorry for Maxi and her unborn child I hope they could find someone to be with her as Nathan when her child is going to born

Lisa Mobasher
Lisa Mobasher

Another of his movies on Hallmark, Havest Love .. ❤️

I just watched it …

Danny Parker Jr.
Danny Parker Jr.

It’s A Very Sad Day For All Of Us GH Fans

Margaret
Margaret

I cried the day he was shot, I just knew he would pull through . When he died, my heart broke. I cried so hard, it scared me. The day of the funeral, I cried again! He was the best person on the show. I will miss him so much.

Linda
Linda

Omg I bawled my eyes out. I am going to miss him good luck to whatever you do Nathaniel.

Susan S. Baldwin
Susan S. Baldwin

I cried too! I will miss him too! Good luck in whatever you undertake!

Charlisa carson
Charlisa carson

I cried so bad like i really knew the man

Patsy
Patsy

GH will miss Nathan…. or does Cesar have him in some remote location already on ice only to return at a later date??? Ryan is soooo adorable and hot at the same time! I hope to see him starring in another evening show or on the big screen sooon. He has the talent and unlike other good actors he is a 10 plus to look at.. yummm

Brenda Carlisle
Brenda Carlisle

He is in the movies on the Hallmark channel

Sandi
Sandi

He was in a Lifetime Movie.

Rhonda
Rhonda

I watch GH after I get home from work each day. My sobbing has gotten progressively worse as the week as gone on. The last scene with Maxie & Nathan was so raw and beautiful. You felt as if you were with them. Great acting. I’ll truly miss Ryan. Great acting, seems to be a really great guy to men & women and just to mention the obvious; SO Hot. I know he has to look after his career and needs challenges, so I wish him well, but gads . . . His will truly be a tough act to follow. Bye Ryan. XO

Dede
Dede

I am so sick of these story lines. Killing off a character when the wife is pregnant. More depressing story lines. I’m done. Good bye year fan just lost. Maybe they should RIP for this soap also

Chris
Chris

I agree. I have watched GH for 50+ years and I am heartbroken to see Maxie expecting and now losing her husband. He will be missed

Marcia
Marcia

The whole show is getting out of hand. Loosing too many main characters. I am afraid this will be a rating loss. Sure hope they rethink some of the decisions they have made in the last year.

Lynn
Lynn

Dede, you are not alone. I watched my last GH episode that day. The show has become too dark and depressing to watch any longer!

P Jackson
P Jackson

Good luck young man! You will be missed.

Lavinia Redfearn
Lavinia Redfearn

It broke my heart to see him die…It was so unexpected…I wish him the best!!!

Theresa Simpson
Theresa Simpson

I am truly heartbroken over the departure of the sexy Nathan West why why now when he and Maxie we’re so in love and expecting the first child
The two of them was everybody’s fairytale come true what would a baby and Maxie do now without Nathan

Shelly Weldon
Shelly Weldon

He was such a kindred spirit and likeable guy. There was definite chemistry
With he and Maxi. It won’t be the same without him. I’m really kinda sad
And angry that they let him leave. Seriously, thinking it’s not worth watching when such a vital character like Nathan West leaves. You should do SLK
you can to bring him back. Maybe write the storyline
that in order to find out who the other son is of that crazy Cesar
that Nathan had to fake bring dead. Seriously bring him back soon or I will have to not watch it anymore!
Shelly

Iris
Iris

I too hope they decide that he is in hiding to help catch all of Cesar’s people. Still time to fix this mess.

Jamie L White
Jamie L White

I cried like a baby when Nathan died he should have never left the show that was actually May 1st guy that Maxi had been with for a long time Lulu and Dante Nathan and Maxie Carly and Sonny are my favorite couples it’s sad that Nathan left and he had a baby on the way I hope someday they bring him back like they do most of the characters

Juanita
Juanita

Just watched the funeral tears won’t stop
Going to miss him with Maxie

Adele
Adele

Going to miss him. He is so nice I liked him also in Hallmark movies.

Dede
Dede

Sorry but the show is going down hill. 41 yrs gone. Finally had a great story line, just because the other Jason is back does not make the soap batter. Shame on you writers for killing him off, something else could have been done to leave room for possible new story line or replacement. I’m finished. Thank you for 40 years, but maybe time to put this soap to rest.

Maria
Maria

🙁 I’m so sad its so sad! Unless you cast someone as kind or kinder to Maxie and yes, HOT there will always be a void. It seems most of the time love doesn’t last. Good luck!

Michelle
Michelle

Sad to see Nathan die. Hate to see them dragging out the Anna-Henrik-Drew-Jason-Valentin debacle. Glad to see Maxie’s sister comfort her. Touching scenes. With all of the real life police deaths it was truly emotional but nice tribute too see Final Watch Call. God bless our first responders serving and protecting with honor.

Natalie
Natalie

I am completely saddened to read and watch this! I love Ryan’s work and his character Nathan West! For me it is about legacy, and having married Frisco and Felicia’s daughter Maxie makes it extremely hard because I like to have family members of P.C.’s most important families in town. Nathan and Maxie were my daytime couple since Robin and Patrick left! I know that GH was Ryan’s first job, he is very talented, and like many actors want to try other things. I just wasn’t expecting it so soon! I have watched in two Hallmark movies and look forward to others. I am disappointed in some fans who have been rude to Ryan on his departure. I personally, do not want a recast and hope that by Ryan’s comment that Nathan is gone for now means he is open to returning!! Good Ryan, you will definitely be missed!

Jackie
Jackie

Nicely put. His Hallmark movies are awesome. I expect no less from a talent such as his. Ryan, goodbye, FOR NOW…….best of luck in all future endeavors, but PLEASE, reconsider and come back. Take it from a fan of GH since the beginning (thank you Grandma!!), if anyone can bring characters back to life believably, for the most part (look at Robin and Jason to name two), its Frank Valentini. God bless you whatever you decide.

Lydia
Lydia

Omg I’m so upset loved his role, i actually cried, it was horrible for Maxi! I agree please bring him back

Kimmy
Kimmy

I think it terrible he left. Maxie and Nathan were th best part of the show. There love story was the best

Maria
Maria

Yes as Jason did!

Donna
Donna

Wishing you good luck in your career move.. But honestly,I will miss you.. You have become part of my life everyday. It might just be an hour, the days your on,but after 4 yrs, you have become a part of my hourly family,lol..Who will ever take your place,like no one..Maxie will not truly love anyone else..You will always be her true love. You helped Maxie grow into a great person..I can’t see anyone else..Not even Spinelli, and I love him too.. Good Luck,Ryan! I’ll be watching Hallmark…. I’ll be seeing you!

Jess
Jess

I feel the same way Donna!!!

Ryan( Nathan west
Ryan( Nathan west

Why did you have to go.

penny robinson
penny robinson

I agree with Donna also. You played an awesome part. Best of luck in what ever you do! You will be missed for sure!

Gram
Gram

Big mistake killing off Nathan; BIG
Spinelli not a match for Maxie, if that’s where they are
going with this. And no Nikolas, another huge mistake.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

A classy man.

A fine actor.

Definitely a looker.

Nathan and Maxie were a fun and interesting couple.

He will be missed.

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…very, very well said, Brother!!!!! Thank You.

Later.

Tammy Saunders
Tammy Saunders

It stink’s!!!!! VERY GREAT ACTOR, BUT IT WAS HIS DECISION!!

Patrick
Patrick

that really does make it easier…. THIS STINKS never the less…

Ryan Peavy – you were born gorgeous

you made more inroads than you know

this 4 year ride… The audience loved it… all that matters

you shared scenes with 3 of the best plus Dante

Michelle Stafford
Kathleen Gati
Kirsten Storms

how I wanted Ellie Trout (Emily Wilson) to be brought back… just for you

Darnella
Darnella

Please bring Nathan back!!!!!’

Lisa
Lisa

Plain and simple …kinda devastated.
I didn’t know he was leaving til I read it in spoilers last week.
But I wish Ryan well.

Mary SF
Mary SF

It took some time to warm up to him and the character Nathan, but over time he won me over and I will miss him on the show. His final scene was very touching– wish him the best–

Elaine hemenway
Elaine hemenway

I hated it. So sad. Best of luck on your next endeavor. See you on Hallmark channel.

Jessica
Jessica

I’m really sad to see Nathan go. I know nobody can ever replace him but why do that to make (Kristine storms) she doesn’t deserve that at all! Very sad…

Jill
Jill

It is a good send off, but I hate to see him off the show. The characters are great together. Lots of tissues the next few days. I do wish Ryan the best of luck in his future endeavors and hope to see him in more Hallmark movies, etc.

rpm
rpm

How long before he is on days!!!!!!!!!!Carlivati get it done

Steve
Steve

Ryan left to sew his oats outside of daytime.

And again, Ron doesn’t control hiring at DAYS, that’s Ken Corday, the EP.

Richard
Richard

We have enough shirtless men at DAYS. Ron C cant have them all. As much as he would love that tho! LOL 😉

Louise
Louise

Why why why – New Adventures, r u going to Europe what’s the story? So sad your such Eye

Mateo
Mateo

Ryan Paevey is a good guy. He has grown as an actor most definitely. I know it was his decision to leave but Frank Valentini is not really focused on saving actors such as Ryan. He is too busy trying to build up on his investment with the JM character. I wish Ryan much luck in whatever he does after GH. Watching him leave the show was hard. No he wasn’t a central legacy character but he fit a special place in the canvas of GH. I don’t care for the direction GH has gone in as of late but I still support them. Good luck Ryan.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Ryan’s acting has improved over the past six months. I am going to miss Naxie. I don’t want Nathan to die. Maybe TPTB will put him in a coma for at least a year.

Alan
Alan

Nathan’s exit today was rather meh. You could see it coming from a mile away with everyone going in to see him and tell him how much they loved him. And jeez — the show couldn’t afford to have Mac and Felicia there for their daughter?

On a side note, no matter how grave Faison’s injuries why weren’t there guards outside his room? Oh yeah, because then Jason couldn’t just walk in. Hey — I think I’m starting to get the hang of this “don’t ask logical questions when you watch GH” thing…

brian
brian

“don’t ask logical questions when you watch GH” too…that is the fun of watching a soap !

Timmm
Timmm

AND, with all the crime in PC, he should have never been on duty without a vest!

Dzzdee
Dzzdee

No! !!!!!!!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

It was a five-hankie day, certainly. An exceptional, emotionally charged episode of General Hospital. Ryan Paevey, to me, comes across as exceptionally kind, genuine, sweet, funny-and such a fine specimen of a man. I read his tweets and watched and cried and wished he were staying and Maxie was leaving. No idea he made jewelry, and he made some really kind statements regarding Frank-perhaps allowing people to see things from another perspective. I was not impressed with Maxie’s performance throughout this tragedy. Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford were exceptional. I get really angry with things they do on this show-then an episode like today comes along and knocks it out of the park.

Shay
Shay

Kathleen Gati never disappoints, Phyllis! She is the most phenomenal and sadly, under-utilized, talent on GH! More Dr. O…..STAT!

Lin Herz
Lin Herz

Much as I love Ryan, as Nathan, they should not have killed Nathan. Love the character and Ryan has done a wonderful job. But they should have had Nathan go on assignment, go get FBI training, WSB training, witness protection, whatever something instead of his. Then they should have replaced him (as used to be done all the time.( Then when Ryan was ready to come back, he could come back and it would not be a stupid back from the dead storyline.s Actors often decide after having a good role on a soap, that it was the best job they ever had, regardless the character ws wonderful and should not have been killed off. It used to be they routinely replaced actors when they left. I’m sure this was a wonderful send off for Ryan, and I’m glad he’s happy. He seems like a great guy, and boy is he the most handsome guy I’ve seen in years. I can think of only him, the actor who played Robin’s husband, Patrick, and the actor who played McDreamy who are that handsome. But by doing this so he couldn’t come back, or it was lazy writing. or a stupid idea. Between this and what they did to Genie, I’m about done.

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

Exactly, Ryan may have originated role and was good but not on that long or that big of a role that another actor could not take his place. If they could replace the actress that played Babe on All My Children and the actress who originated Lulu and many others on soaps then they could have gotten a different actor to play Nathan West.

Brenda Carlisle
Brenda Carlisle

I agree just say so and so is now playing the role of Nathan West. We know it’s not real life. Nathan needs to be there for his kids birth the character deserves that.

Natalie
Natalie

I commented on another page Lin that you had wonderful ideas for ways Nathan could’ve been written of for awhile! Why must it be a death? I would have even accepted Nathan trading places with Maxie and him going with Faison to only escape or be rescued later. Ryan loves action things and is always looking for more, so why not give it to him in storylines? I think Ryan wants to explore new avenues, but I just hope that he will return to GH sometime!

Patrick
Patrick

I – am – REALLY – hoping

his death was staged… for the protection of his wife and unborn child.

after all… they had tht intimate – beautiful -talk.. Nathan got to feel the baby move.

he said I love you … and seemed to drift off

heart pull and tug… maxie looks on .. “Nathan”

fade out

BEAUTIFULLY DONE

doesn’t matter how many times we’ve watched scenes like this. “Nathan”

I want that preventive measures are being taken… surprise even the audience and … he returns … for his wife and unborn. this would erupt the whole audience

Sue
Sue

I think with Nathan dying off GH will never bring him back. And then again it was his decision to leave. Now with Jason back I don’t think it would be a good idea. However, they never showed Jason dead. I wonder since Nicholas and Morgan’s body were never found if either one of them will return. Nathan will be missed. Please don’t let Maxi lose the baby!

Judi
Judi

Why can’t they recast? This stinks! I might quit watching GH. And why can’t Faison ever die? I’m sick, sick, sick, of him always coming back.

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

I completely agree. Exactly, Ryan may have originated the role and was good but not on that long or that big of a role that another actor could not take his place. If they could replace the actress that played Babe on All My Children and the actress who originated Lulu and many others on soaps then they could have gotten a different actor to play Nathan West.

Charday
Charday

Sorry to see him go, now maybe Maxie can leave, too. Her storylines have been pointless for years.

We’ll see Ryan over on Hallmark Channel (Home & Family making jewelry, tv movies, etc.).

Steve
Steve

Maxie isn’t going anywhere. Lots of story ahead this year.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, Kristen is sweet but she always gets lumped into silly stories with no juice! Time to go!

Brenda Carlisle
Brenda Carlisle

Good I love Kristen Storms and Maxie has grown up thanks to Nathan he has grounded her.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m going to be sick about this for a while

WHEN WRITERS STINK – when production value tank

what is the ONE key factor the audience always had, when all else failed.

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT – it was fun watching you make it on your own. LOVED IT

Patrick
Patrick

I – did not – see this coming

Nathan and Maxie with their child. WOW

this family was building… 3 generations of MUST HAVE

sorry to see you go

the excitement was swelling… seeing Aunt Nina, Aunt Britta, grandma Leisl. WHY ?

I am going to miss

MJ
MJ

Sad to see him go, but why kill him off? The odds are good the actor will eventually return and we have to sit through the same old storyline explaining how, why, and if the actor is playing the same character…which by the way usually lasts for months. Can’t the writers be creative and write the character out while he’s still breathing? Cheers!

Timmm
Timmm

The death will be fake and the WSB will have him in hiding until the baby is born.

Gigi
Gigi

I hope so!

Chris
Chris

Please do not kill off Fason, even though I like Heinrich….I want Jason and Drew to find out the truth. I will miss Ryan, us women have crushes on him, love watching him on the movie channels…

Chris
Chris

Sorry my reply to Timmm was not suppose to be there, my computer does what it wants, I hadn’t finished my reply and was reading your response. I guess my computer got tired of waiting.

Toni
Toni

Devastated! Will miss him,

Barbara
Barbara

Ryan aka Nathan I have watched you from your first day on GH. I loved you immediately your presence, personality, so handsome and with each passing day your acting was so real and believable! I said …this guy is amazing! Then, when you and Maxie fell in love that sealed the deal. Watching you both together, it really felt that you weren’t acting and you were a couple! That’s because your acting is phenomenal!! My heart breaks for Maxie and your baby that will never know their loving, loyal and dedicated Dad. I will be so upset tomorrow along with all your fans and your family on GH! Ryan, I wish you much luck in your future endeavors and I know you will land a part in a movie or movies with your talent. I’m sorry to see you go, but you will never be forgotten by your loyal fans !! It won’t be the same without you by Dante’s side! I think of your Mom and Nina so sad! Well good luck Ryan!! GH won’t be the same without you!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I’m not really torn up about this. Nathan was never one of my favourite characters, and while Ryan’s acting has improved slightly since he first joined GH, he was still very stiff and awkward, and failed to bring the character to life for me.

This entire last year did absolutely no service to the character, with the ridiculous and very annoying Ask Man Landers story. Hopefully this means we won’t see Amy ever again, since she only seems to be on screen whenever Nathan is involved.

And maybe Ryan’s exit will also signal Michelle Stafford’s exit, and they can use the additional money to bring back Genie Francis. Total mistake letting her go, especially when Laura is a legacy character, a daytime icon, and was in the middle of a major story. I hated the about-face they did with Alexis suddenly taking her place.

Shay
Shay

Great points, Jimmy! You have managed to cover my three least favorite characters on the current GH canvas…all of whom are quite unnecessary and easily dispensible with no genuine attachment to the true roots of Port Charles…Amy has been a complete annoyance whose storyline was beyond ludicrous, Nina has never fit-in anywhere no matter how many efforts to shoehorn her into other people’s business and Alexis is, well, Alexis! To sacrifice Genie’s beloved, top-notch Laura in order to hand this—-at best—— third-rate character an even higher profile than she has ever deserved is an absurdly ridiculous and massively insulting decision.

Steve
Steve

The Man Landers storyline was bad, but only existed because of Kirsten’s leave of absence. It wrapped up rather quickly once she returned to a full time schedule (and Jean P retired).

fginaspy
fginaspy

First GF and now RP. Still not watching since hearing of GF departure.

Shay
Shay

At least, Ryan chose to leave….unlike Genie!

Little Sage Flower
Little Sage Flower

This is a very bad idea on General Hospital writers. They need to regroup and rewrite the scripts. At times these writers and producers can come up with some dumb plots. WE ALL LOVE NATHAN WEST, can you somehow resurrect Officer Nathan West??? I know you can, so put on your thinking caps and start thinking of a way.

Patrick
Patrick

he was neither near the top echelon… nor – NOR – did he spiral.

He stood among the cast relevant.

WHEN – this stupid show – focus’ on the Corinthos Clan.. Yeah, he chose to leave… he was SUCH a welcome respite.. when the show DID DOLE out the rest of the cast. the rest of the cast is a dream.

I will focus on Frank Valentini agenda to continually feature :

Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Drew / Michael / Nelle /Finn / Franco. JUST 9 actors out of… the cast as a whole… are missed…. we are given the Corinthos clan who are not good actors.. with any depth or meaning…

so yes… Nathan and Ryan meant a great deal. A great deal of zeal zest and meant something.

Nathan – AND – Laura impact the show that much more.. because we see so little of them in comparison

this show is leaking and is severed to a great degree… that , TPTB MUST be DEALT

Natalie
Natalie

I too, am tired of the mob and Corinthos family taking up a lot of time in PC. The Corinthos family is not a legacy family. The Quartermaines, Spencers, and Scorpios are. For me personally, Maxie and the Jones family are extension of the Scorpios. I loved Frisco and Felicia in the 80s and was upset they killed Georgie off. GH was Ryan’s first acting job and I think in his mind he was going to pursue other endeavors once his contract was up, but the Ask Man Landers could have pushed him further. It was a ridiculous storyline and I am sure they needed to use Nathan somewhere with Maxie in Seattle. Ryan wants to try some action roles, and I just imagine he would have loved being on GH when adventure was really high!
Best wishes Ryan, but please be open to a return!

Gigi
Gigi

Agree! He is the hottest actor on daytime! I will miss watching him every day. I hope he will be in movies, but it isn’t the same! Best of luck to him!

k/kay
k/kay

Good luck god bless and if Frank had set down with Genie and told her this is why we think everybody would have said ok ? Best to you

Jimh
Jimh

he can come back in the future and do the two Nathan’s story-lol

Tonia bowen
Tonia bowen

It sad I feel for Maxie .. I’m hoping that they bring Nathan back maybe he’d just gonna be in a long come or in rehab. Wishing you all the best you are a great actor. I’ve watched a few shows w u in them and you rock it. Hurry back..

Sally
Sally

I don’t want to see Nathan’s character to die, we have too few good upstanding characters, and he was it. What a fine specimen of a man! Nice job on building your character, and best of luck in your future. I will miss Maxie & Nathan.

hwnmana
hwnmana

Guess I’ve been so caught up with school, did not notice things like Maxie’s parents not being there. Just a mention from Bobbie. Yeah, shame on show for not having them there. But the cast looked genuinely sad, I thought they were all vieing for Emmy’s, I can believe their tears may have been for real. It’s hard to say goodbye to a coworker you admire, even when it means better things for the person.

rebecca1
rebecca1

First…I have a total crush on Ryan Paevey. LOL; me and almost anyone who’s ever laid eyes on him. I “fell” for him the same time Maxi did…when he first walked into her apartment a few years ago. As for his acting? I enjoyed him right from the beginning. Though it was somewhat “clipped”yet there was just something genuine (a word I’ve used repeatedly regarding him) that came across the screen to me. There have been other good-looking actors…of course…who isn’t in this industry, but Ryan just really hit a chord with me.

Through the years that clipped delivery smoothed out and his manner, demeanor, warm look, sweet smile just emanated goodness. I know the Man Landers story wasn’t appreciated by many on this site (not sure about the general consensus) but one of the reasons it worked for me was BECAUSE of Ryan. His portrayal of the handsome, humble guy with a heart of gold just made that story incredibly endearing.

I was so disappointed when I heard people say he was leaving; seriously thought they’d put Nathan in an endless coma until/if Ryan wanted to come back. Perhaps they still will? Perhaps he didn’t die and is in a coma? Is it a ruse to keep Nathan out of harm’s way until Faison is truly dead? Still hoping until the definitive word comes in. Even then, if he is really dead, I’d welcome a “soap resurrection” should Ryan ever want to resume the role.

Definitely effected me. I thought they’d end today’s episode as they did…that emotional wallop when an unresponsive patient revives long enough to say I love you and then…

Broke my heart. Loved Nathan. And, to you, Ryan, thank you for bringing Nathan to life and making me care what happened to him.

Patrick
Patrick

three upheavel of my senses

1 warm look, sweet smile just emanated
2 Definitely effected me
3 Broke my heart. Loved Nathan

he stood out and brought all the recipe for heart beat
yeah, I’m emotional again

rebecca1
rebecca1

pass the tissues…big hug. 😉

Natalie
Natalie

I agree with you Rebecca! Crush at first sight!! I agree with you saying the Ask Man Landers story showed the kindness and genuineness of the character, but I think overall it was just a story to give him because Maxie was gone. No real meat to it. And from all my years watching soaps, the “meat” is what the actors are after. Ryan is looking to challenge himself.

I was hoping the rumors weren’t true. Ryan was quoted as saying, “Nathan West is, yes, gone for now.” The tweet is now unavailable. So I hope and pray that means he is open to a return! Could also mean a possible recast.

I am truly heartbroken, but think this storyline has given Kirsten an opportunity with her acting. Some may not like it, while others think she knocking it out of the park and heading to a possible Emmy nomination.

Nathan is definitely one of the good guys. I was actually hoping he would be in a coma for an indefinite amount of time. Another thought I had was he would trade places with Maxie to save her and the baby and go with Faison. Nathan then could escape or be rescued. The latter would bring some action in.

Ryan, thank you for making so many of us fans care so strongly about our soap!

Patrick
Patrick

I am still floored and bowled over on how Kirsten STorms brought a whole new level of maturity and reigned in emotions…

she stunned me.

Hello KIrsten
emmy nomination absolute

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Natalie…

Yes; I read that tweet as well. Not sure if he inadvertently gave away what’s to come…that yes he WILL be back at some point or there will be a recast…or if the character is dead and he was told not to give misleading info.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Ugh. Really moved me. So well done and yet it made me incredibly sad. I still marvel that our emotions can be so effected by fiction. But I guess that’s the whole point! 😉

Patrick
Patrick

I thought about this – again, last night.

outside of the fab 4 plus Drew. and a few more. who are featured so often.

the rest of us, the audience . LOST 3 beloved couples.

Maxie and – Nathan –
Kevin and – Laura –
Kiki and – Dillon –

for comparative measure – Frank continues to feature : for wasteland

Sonny and Carly
Drew and Sam
Michael and Nelle
Finn
Jason

they ^^^ have no depth or meaning. sure pull out Drew… otherwise… these characters will always REEL empty

I am going to miss seeing Nathan
I am going to miss watching less of Kevin
I am MISSING dearly Kiki and Dillon

I don’t know… when people ask to trim the cast… it’s not going my way

which only adds to my ire over his focus and lack of direction

Gigi
Gigi

Agree Rebecca! Very well said! He will be missed!

Gigi
Gigi

I meant Natalie! Sorry!

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

I have been watching soaps for most of my life. Most of the time I can predict what is going to happen. Example, I guessed who Hendric was about 2 weeks before it was revealed. The departure of Nathan I did not guess however. I am so disappointed. Well here is my pitch that can bring him back from the dead in the future if the powers that be and the actor have a change of heart. The death is faked to fool Phason and keep Nathan safe from him and his jealous brother!! Either Maxi knows or doesn’t for her own safety. I think it’s doable. Soaps have brought characters back from the dead with worse explanations than that. I always joke with my mom whom I watch soaps with that after all these years I can practically write them myself, LOL!!
Well I will cry even though it is only a show. I wish Ryan Paevey well in all his future endeavors. Never say never—-he can be brought back!!!

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

Now are they going to wind up making Anna Heinric’s mother some how??

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

Additionally, I hope they do not make Maxi lose the baby. And once Phason is gone, either by death, jail or escape then Frank Valentini can bring back Genie Frances. The exits will free up the money needed to pay her salary. I believe she is gone to free up the money to pay the actor who plays Phason. When he is gone and the departure of Nathan West that will free up the MONEY!!!

Crystal
Crystal

Very sad don’t think i will continue to watch you could have replaced him rather then killing him off very very disappointed

CHERYL SIMPSON
CHERYL SIMPSON

I KNOW ITS TERRIBLE THEY KILLED NATHAN,PLEASE KEEP WATCHING,GH AND DAYS ARE BOTH THE BEST 2 SOAPS OUT THERE. B AND B NEEDS TO BE CALLED THE LIAM AND STEFFY SHOW

Vicki
Vicki

That is what I said today Crystal ! As I was crying my eyes out and yelling at the TV … NOOOO Don’t let him die ! Bring him back alive !!! I can’t believe they let him die ! Poor Maxie ! I was also so upset that they brought Jason back only to have Sam stay with Drew ! Jason & Sam loved each other so much, now she’s moved on and doesn’t seem to care how much he is hurting !!! They keep getting ride of the good characters and keep the bad ones like Scotty, Franco ( I am so tired of he and Elizabeth’s story line ( you know it’s not going to last ) They should have gotten ride of the character Amy instead of Laura again !!! ( Amy’s always whining when she talks ! ) There story lines are tiring ! I loved Nathan and Maxie’s she finally gets pregnant and they have him die ! Really ? Can’t they ever let anyone be happy ? !!! I have watching GH since the day it started ( shows my age ! LOL But l’m done ! I wish Ryan the best and look forward to seeing him in more Hallmark movies, but wish he wouldn’t have chosen to leave GH. Poor Maxie ( Kristen )

dolores
dolores

Wishing him well as he moves on to explore other venues, however, would have been nice to keep the character role open – perhaps just having him disappear for long term rehabilitation in another country would be more acceptable than death by Faison. Hopefully, we will not bring him back to show as another character BUT would be nice if they had to fake his death until Faison and Hendrik is dealt with to keep Maxie safe – BUT I don’t write the scripts— if I did – would have left the opportunity open— just in case – there would have been no harm or foul in doing that.

Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie

Ryan Peavy. You are amazing. I am so sad to see you leave. I have watched you since the day you came on the show. Maxie has had it rough for years. She finally has a man she really loves and a baby on the way, and you get killed off. What is up with these writers. I have been watching GH for 50 years. I cried watching the episode today. I wish you well in your future endeavors but they could have just put you in a coma. Go do some movies, then come back and wake up. Lol Good Luck. I will love you forever and see you on the Hallmark Channel.

CHERYL SIMPSON
CHERYL SIMPSON

I AGREE WITH YOU,I WANTED THEM TO BE HAPPY,KIRSTEN ALREADY HAS PROBLEMS WITH D

CHERYL SIMPSON
CHERYL SIMPSON

HER HEALTH AND ITS NOT FAIR TO MAKE HER CHARACTER GO THRU GRIEVING.I’VE LOST TOO MANY FAMILY AND FRIENDS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YRS. GRIEVING TAKES ALL YOUR ENERGY AND LIFE AWAY FROM YOU,I WANT MY STORIES AS AN ESCAPE,NOT AS A REMINDER

Tivette
Tivette

NOOOOOOO…..RP you cannot just die…TPTB have to leave you in a long coma and recast you with another actor because Maxie HAS to have a father for her baby.

You will he sorely missed, but maybe you, like Burton, will one day come back!? One can dream! You are an amazing guy who really did grow the part and will be greatly missed!

Brandy Merkel
Brandy Merkel

Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Nathan has to come back he fought so hard for him and Maxi. He has definitely made the show better. Please have Ryan Paevey come back.

su0000
su0000

All actors– when written out or leaving by choice want the most coveted exit to go out in a BANG and not in a WHIMPER.
Ryan got the BAMG exit 🙂 happy for him..

Debra m
Debra m

I will miss him. It took awhile but the character of Nathan grew on me. Ryan has grown as an actor and he sure was nice to look at. Wishing him all the best in his future career endeavors. Today will be a very sad episode. Maxie, Dr. O, and Nina, have all been stand outs.

Fanny
Fanny

U can tell Ryan is a walking billboard that reads kind & genuine….

Jeanne Osbahr
Jeanne Osbahr

Wish him the best. Great actor.

Pg
Pg

This soap opera will be very boring without Nathan. He’s my very favorite and plays a vital role. Don’t know how much longer I will continue to watch without him on there. Why didn’t you kill off Fasion instead. Time for him to go bye bye for good.

Pg
Pg

Nathan was my favorite person on the show. The show will totally be lacking without him. Sorry he decided to leave. You should have killed off Fasion instead. Its time for him to go bye bye for good. Not sure if I will continue to watch anymore without him on there. The plots are quite boring lately.

dmr
dmr

A classy, and fine actor. I enjoyed Detective Nathan West. His character actually had character. I didn’t care for the pairing of Nathan and Maxie; however, I always liked Nathan, he was a standpoint guy and I think TPTB did a great job with his send-off. Unfortunately, many fans have boycotted the show due to the Genie Francis debacle, “parking lot Pete” (Wes Ramsey) being given a front burner storyline over many vets, and a host of other issues. It’s too bad that the mob continues to run amok in Port Charles, nepotism ranks higher than longevity and legacy, and the viewers are dealt a bloated cast (who can’t act) with boring storylines.

Christine
Christine

Did anyone else catch this….quote from above….for NOW, Nathan West will be gone….I am focusing on the now part….maybe he will be back….GH does tend to do this with popular characters

Patrick
Patrick

“the SHOCK” is still ON

it’s their : “…for now, yes …” etc

it’s still shock obsorbers for Maxie

that child w/Nathan.

I was ready… w/Aunt Nina; Aunt Britta ; grandma Leisl.

Rodd
Rodd

I’m very saddened by this. I liked Nathan and Maxie together, the friendship between those two, Dante and Lulu, and his relationship with Dr. O, Nina and Amy. It will definitely leave a hole on the canvas.

Of course, it’s even more jarring because of the debacle with Genie being disrespected.

Diana Petersen
Diana Petersen

I am Very Sad to see Ryan leave the show. I wish he hadn’t died right in front of Maxi. I understand he wants to move on to bigger things but he could have left in a way to make it possible for him to return. Maxi hasn’t had the best of luck with men, and now this. Very Sad to see him leave. I Wish Balentine would Disapear, not Nathan. You will be missed!!

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Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

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Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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