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October 9, 2012

Soap secret: Return of New Castle native Sean Kanan to ‘General Hospital’ is shrouded in mystery



The GH role arose as Kanan was wrapping up a storyline on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” where he interfered in the wedding of his estranged on-screen daughter, Hope Logan.

It was around that time that Valentini approached Kanan about rejoining the longest-running American soap opera in production.

“It all happened so fast,” Kanan said. “It was a bit of a tough decision for me because I have always had such a great relationship with the Bells and Bell-Phillip Television Productions (who produce ‘The Bold and the Beautiful.’)

“I knew ‘Bold’ has been concentrating on a lot of its younger cast members, so I talked with Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer) and he agreed that ‘General Hospital’ was just a great opportunity for me, too good of one to pass up.”

Valentini made Kanan’s decision a bit easier when he assured him that the role would not be a quick one, but that there were major long-term stories in the works for him.

Kanan says he was glad that while Sharpe was known for his unsavory ways on both “The Young and the Restless” and “the Bold and the Beautiful,” he went out as a bit of a good guy when he made peace with Logan after years of bad blood.

“Deacon was always fighting the battle of right and wrong and wrong usually won out, but he sometimes showed signs of being a decent guy,” he said.

While many of his former castmates no longer are on “General Hospital,” Kanan has kept in touch with a few, including Burton and Maurice Benard, who plays romantic mobster Michael “Sonny” Corinthos.


Kanan got his big break in 1989, when he appeared on “The Karate Kid, Part III.” He also appeared on Italy’s version of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2006.

But these past months have been perhaps the biggest of his life. Late last year, he wrote a cookbook, “The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan,” and in July, he married his girlfriend, Michele Vega, in Italy. His family now includes an 11-year-old daughter and four stepchildren.

“This is a great time in my life,” Kanan said. “I have a great wife and kids and I am really looking forward to this new opportunity with ‘General Hospital.’ I was scheduled to shoot seven shows in my first week, so I will be busier than ever before.

“I’ve had a lot of different life experiences,” he added. “It’s nice to feel like things have come together in your life and you’re in a really good place.”



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