Best known for his iconic portrayal as Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC series “Full House” (and later its Netflix reboot, “Fuller House”), actor John Stamos is probably best known to soap fans for his 1982-1984 run as Blackie Parrish on “General Hospital.” In honor of the ABC primetime special “The Story of Soaps,” airing tonight, May 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on the network, Stamos says he’d still be flipping burgers if it wasn’t for his landing the role on the daytime drama series.
“Without ‘General Hospital’ I’d still be flipping burgers at my dad’s burger joint,” Stamos said on Twitter yesterday. “I am eternally grateful to ‘GH’ and all the folks I learned so much from on that show.” He used the hashtags #StoryofSoaps and #BlackieParrish while also letting his followers know to watch the two-hour primetime special on ABC.
Back in 2013, Stamos appeared on “The Jeff Probst Show” and said he’d definitely be interested in reprising his role on the series, which at the time was celebrating its 50th-anniversary. “Why don’t we pull Blackie out of jail [where he’s been for 30 years] and he has to reacclimate to life?” Stamos said. “He’s never been with a girl! I would like to go on [‘GH’] and do some acting.”
In addition to his Twitter comments, Stamos also shared a PEOPLE magazine photo gallery featuring the names of several well-known celebrities whose careers got started from their time on a daytime soap opera. Names include Bryan Cranston, Brad Pitt, Demi Moore, and Meg Ryan, among countless others. Cranston appears in the primetime special fondly discussing his time working in the daypart as Douglas Donovan on “Loving” and Dean Stella on “One Life to Live.”
Make sure to watch “The Story of Soaps” on Tuesday, May 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and use the hashtag #StoryofSoaps or #TheStoryofSoaps if you plan to live-tweet, share your memes or react to what you see and hear from those behind the daytime soaps and more.