Interview: Kin Shriner on General Hospital Heyday, Maura West and Cast
General Hospital star takes a walk down soap opera memory lane.
Kin Shriner has been playing Scott Baldwin on and off since the 70s, but his career expands beyond Port Charles. Shriner recounted his many years on General Hospital with Soap Opera Digest, as well as his other soap opera roles, which Soaps.com has highlighted below.
Before landing the gig at General Hospital, Shriner was under contract with Universal Studios, which meant he received a weekly salary to appear as needed in any project the studio was producing. Those “fun jobs” included working with actors like Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Shriner’s idol Raymond Burr (Perry Mason). When he won the role of Scotty Baldwin in 1977, it was originally for two shows, while they decided what to do with the character moving forward. That turned out to be working more with Genie Francis (Laura Webber) and the two took off in popularity. As Shriner recalled, he and Francis didn’t realize the impact they were having until they went to a Fort Lauderdale restaurant and people came up to their table asking for autographs. “And then we looked and there was a line of people all the way out the restaurant, down the block, and it was like, ‘Whoa, we must be doing something right!'”
Shriner went on to discuss leaving General Hospital to appear on the primetime soap Texas from 1980 – 1981, but he felt the show never really found itself. He also recalled not really getting along with a new producer who came to the series. Feeling he never should have left General Hospital in the first place, he returned to daytime but noticed a change in his character. First reappearing in the iconic scene of Scotty catching the bouquet at Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura’s wedding, Shriner joked that now Luke was winning the fights against Scotty when it used to be the other way around. “But I was back in the game, back on General Hospital, and the Scotty character became more fun to play because now he had a bit of [an edge].'”
The soap star also touched on his time on Rituals from 1984 – 1985, which co-starred Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady, Days of our Lives) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin Collins/Ryan Chamberlain, General Hospital), and The Bold and the Beautiful where he played prison doctor Brian Carey who schemed with Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown). Calling the latter a “very pleasant experience,” he pointed out that “there’s nobody funnier” than Ian Buchanan (ex-James Warwick).
Next was the General Hospital spinoff Port Charles and then a stint on As the World Turns where he first worked with Maura West (Ava Jerome, GH; Carly Tenney Snyder, ATWT). Shriner called his year of playing Keith Morrissey a lot of work, but a lot of fun, as he got to work with West, “the great Michael Park” (Jack Snyder) and Martha Byrne (Lily Walsh Snyder), who he is still in contact with.
Shriner eventually came back to General Hospital in 2013 and expressed his pleasure at still getting to work with Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer). Not to mention Maura West, who when she was brought on the canvas, Shriner said, “I hightailed it up to the Frank’s [Valentini, executive producer] office and said, ‘If you don’t know what to do with her, you could throw her my way.'” The powers that be had other plans for her, “But, I managed to be that guy – Scotty will do anything he can for Ava Jerome.”