Brandon Barash confirmed on Twitter that he has filmed his last scenes for General Hospital. He is one of several actors to recently leave General Hospital. Other actors to depart from the soap opera recently include: Steve Burton (ex-Jason Morgan), Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu Spencer), and Scott Reeves (ex-Steve Webber). Only one member of the Port Chuck cover band remains on General Hospital.
Brandon Barash first came on General Hospital as Johnny Zacchara in 2007. He auditioned for the role by running lines with Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu), which was appropriate since their two characters formed a relationship not long after he joined the show. Their characters’ personalities fit well together. It’s interesting that both of these actors departed General Hospital at the same time.
Johnny Zacchara played the son (later to be discovered was really grandson) of Anthony Zacchara. The Zaccharas were a rival mob family to everyone’s favorite mob boss Sonny Corinthos. It was also discovered in later years that Johnny’s sister Claudia was actually his mother; however, this wasn’t found out until after her death. Claudia would have done anything to protect Johnny, including committing perjury in court. Johnny and Claudia shared a very close relationship that viewers could identify with.
Brandon Barash wanted it to be known that it was completely his decision to leave, that he was not fired. At one time in the past there was a rumor that he had been fired, which led to a petition being started to keep him on the show. This time, however, it’s no rumor that he is leaving. However, at least it was his own decision to depart from the soap opera.
Brandon Barash’s portrayal of Johnny will be greatly missed. He brought the character of Johnny to life, making viewers love him even when he done something illegal or immoral. Considering his character is currently serving a 20 year sentence for the murder of his grandfather and for the deaths of Cole Thornhart and Cole’s daughter Hope, it’s no surprise that Johnny is going off the canvas. As to if the character will be recast is unknown at this time.
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