After joining the cast of “General Hospital” in January, it looks Rif Hutton’s run as Lenny Caulfield has come to an end after the character died in his sleep on the Friday, August 13 episode of the daytime drama series. Lenny had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer.
“Thank You So Much @rifhutton!!” wrote co-star Joyce Guy who portrayed Phyllis, Lenny’s wife, on Instagram. “It was such a complete joy and pleasure to work with you on ‘GH.’ Your ‘Lenny’ was the perfect ‘husband’! It’s been a wonderful run. Wishing you all best until we meet again.”
Guy’s post included several photos from Hutton’s last day on set as the actor posed with co-stars Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos/Mike), Guy and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.
On Benard’s Instagram, the actor shared a message he had for Hutton while standing next to his co-star, saying, “Okay, here we are. This guy [pointing to Hutton] right here, he’s an incredible actor and I’ve learned a lot from him, and I love this guy a lot. I really do. The little moments that I’ve known him.” Benard broke off into emotion before the conclusion of the video while tapping his hand on Hutton’s heart.
“As an actor sometimes you work with people who you connect with right away,” Benard said in the caption for the video. “@rifhutton Is one of those actors, it is his soul and his history that speak to me.” He concluded the post with the “performing arts” emoji, referencing professional actors with theatre backgrounds.
Hutton’s career has spanned five decades, beginning in 1983 when he portrayed an officer in the Air Force in the film “Wavelength.” He also appeared in such shows as “Night Court,” “Married… with Children,” “Dark Shadows” and “Dragnet,” just to name a few. He had starring roles in such shows as “Tribes,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” and “JAG.” He also appeared in a 1989 episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and a 1990 episode of “Days of our Lives.” Following his departure from “GH,” Hutton can next be seen in the movie “Rattled” which is currently filming.