November 2, 1966
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Athena Ubach (1999–2001; divorced)
Michele Vega (2012–present)
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.
Kanan was born Sean Perelman to Dale and Michele Perelman in Cleveland, Ohio. His family later relocated to New Castle, Pennsylvania. He attended Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, Boston University and UCLA where he earned a degree in political science.
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
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. 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.
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.
|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|
|1993||Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss||Mark Stratton|
|1991||Extreme Limits||Don Spengler|
|The Chaos Factor||Jay|
|Chasing Holden||Alex Patterson|
|2006||Sons of Italy||Michele Morri|
|2008||Jack Rio||Adam McNeil|
|2010||My Trip to the Dark Side||David Prince|
|2011||My Trip Back to the Dark Side||David Prince|
|1990||Who's the Boss?||Charlie|
|The Outsiders||Gregg Parker|
|1993||Wild Palms||Jacob (uncredited)|
|Step by Step||Michael|
|1993–97, 2012—||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|
|Sunset Beach||Jude Cavanaugh|
|2000–05, 2012||The Bold and the Beautiful||Deacon Sharpe|
|2009–12||The Young and the Restless||Deacon Sharpe|
- "Sean Kanan profile at". Filmreference.com. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
- Cubbal, Kayleen (October 9, 2012). "Soap secret: Return of New Castle native Sean Kanan to General Hospital is shrouded in mystery". New Castle News. Max Thomson. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
- Sean Kana profile; accessed February 6, 2010.
- Kessler, S.E: "Meet The Bad Boy From Karate III: Sean Kanan Was Ralph Machio's Worst Nightmare", page 60. Black Belt Maganzine, February 1995; accessed February 6, 2010.
- Official website
- Sean Kanan at the Internet Movie Database
- Sean Kanan at Yahoo! TV
- Sean Kanan Talks About His Restless Role