For nearly a decade fans have wondered which soap might go next after the departures of “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live” and “Passions,” but no matter what happens in the future, “General Hospital” star Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) plans to stick with his soap until the end, or as long as they’ll have him.
On Wednesday, August 2, Shriner will celebrate his 40th anniversary at “GH.” And in the newest issue of TV Guide Magazine, on sale now, Shriner talks about what it means to be portraying the longest-running character on American TV, officially clocked at 52 years when adding in time when the character was played by child actors. The actor also revealed plans to stick with the show for as long as it’ll have him.
When asked if he plans to continue playing Scott Baldwin until the day he drops, Shriner says, “Did you watch ‘Feud’? Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were exactly like us soap actors. They wouldn’t let go! I’m not happy with just 40 years. I want 40 more! But every time there’s a new writer or producer regime at ‘GH,’ I have to start over and sell ’em on Scotty.” Shriner added, “My first job as a kid in Texas was going house to house as a Fuller Brush man. And now here I am — all these years later — still trying to stick my foot in the door so they can’t get rid of me!”
For Shriner’s thoughts on fan reaction to some of Scotty’s most recent actions, what it’s like playing a “sleazy lawyer,” where things stand between Scotty and Laura Spencer (Genie Francis), lack of a Daytime Emmy Award, and more, pick up your copy of TV Guide Magazine today, or visit TVInsider.com.