Sean Kanan

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Sean Kanan
Born Sean Perelman
(1966-11-02) November 2, 1966 (age 47)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active 1988-present
Spouse(s) Athena Ubach (1999–2001; divorced)
Michele Vega (2012–present)
Website
http://www.seankananent.com
http://www.seankananthemoderngentleman.com

Sean Kanan (born November 2, 1966) is an American actor, best known for his portrayals of A. J. Quartermaine on General Hospital, Deacon Sharpe on The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless, and Mike Barnes in The Karate Kid, Part III.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Kanan was born Sean Perelman to Dale and Michele Perelman in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] His family later relocated to New Castle, Pennsylvania.[2] He attended Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, Boston University and UCLA where he earned a degree in political science.

Career[edit]

Kanan received his big break working for Academy Award-winning director John Avildsen in the 1989 film The Karate Kid, Part III. The following year, he starred on the Fox television series The Outsiders. In 1993, Kanan joined the ABC soap opera General Hospital as A. J. Quartermaine and was nominated for an award in the Outstanding Newcomer category by Soap Opera Digest. He left the series in 1997.

In 1999, Kanan joined the cast of the NBC soap opera Sunset Beach as Jude Cavanaugh and remained with the show until its cancellation later that year. He wrote and executive-produced Chasing Holden, distributed by Lionsgate, which starred DJ Qualls. In November 2000, he joined the cast of the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful as Deacon Sharpe, appearing until February 2005. Upon his departure from The Bold and the Beautiful, Kanan starred in several feature films and competed in the third season of the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars in 2006. On July 10, 2009, Kanan reprised his role as Deacon Sharpe on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.

While appearing on The Young and the Restless, he starred in the 2009 Indie film Abracadabra, which was directed by Julie Pacino (Al Pacino's daughter) and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. In May 2010, Kanan appeared in My Trip to the Dark Side, written and directed by Shane Stanley. He later starred in the 2011 sequel My Trip Back to the Dark Side. That same year, Kanan wrote "The Modern Gentleman; Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan", published by Dunham Books. Upon leaving The Young and the Restless in January 2012, Kanan reprised his role as Deacon Sharpe on The Bold and the Beautiful. He appeared on and off from May until September 2012.

On October 26, 2012, Kanan returned to the role of A. J. Quartermaine on General Hospital after a 15-year absence.

The Karate Kid, Part III[edit]

As a teenager, years prior to his role in The Karate Kid, Part III, Kanan trained in boxing before switching to Shotokan Karate and kickboxing at age 13.[3] During the filming of the movie he trained in Shitō-ryū at a school run by Karate master Fumio Demura, and with stunt coordinator and Tang Soo Do master Pat E. Johnson.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sean and Michele Kanan married in July 2012. He has an 11-year-old daughter by a prior relationship and she has four children of her own.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role
1988 Hide and Go Shriek John Robbins
1989 The Karate Kid, Part III Mike Barnes
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster Jeff Sorrento
Rich Girl Jeffrey
1993 Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss Mark Stratton
1991 Extreme Limits Don Spengler
The Chaos Factor Jay
2001 10 Attitudes Craig
March Julian March
Chasing Holden Alex Patterson
2005 Carpool Guy Tom
2006 Sons of Italy Michele Morri
2007 Hack! Vincent King
2008 Jack Rio Adam McNeil
2010 My Trip to the Dark Side David Prince
2011 My Trip Back to the Dark Side David Prince
Television
Year Title Role
1989 Baby Boom Scott
1990 Who's the Boss? Charlie
The Outsiders Gregg Parker
1993 Wild Palms Jacob (uncredited)
Step by Step Michael
1993–97, 2012—2014 General Hospital A. J. Quartermaine
1994 Dead at 21
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Steve Law
1996 The Nanny Mike McMullen
1998 Walker, Texas Ranger Brad Alt
1999 V.I.P. Stu Solomon
Sunset Beach Jude Cavanaugh
2000–05, 2012, 2014-present The Bold and the Beautiful Deacon Sharpe
2002 Rendez-View
2006 Freddie Steve Mulroy
2009–12 The Young and the Restless Deacon Sharpe
2012 Desperate Housewives Jason
Happily Divorced Keith

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