Ingo Rademacher

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Ingo Rademacher
Born (1971-04-22) 22 April 1971 (age 48)
Years active1993–present
Ehiku Rademacher
(m. 2009)

Ingo Rademacher (born 22 April 1971) is a West German-born, Australian television actor, perhaps best known for his role of Jasper "Jax" Jacks on the American daytime soap opera General Hospital, which he has played almost continuously since the role's inception in 1996. In 2012, he played Officer Sacks in the film Alex Cross. Rademacher placed 5th on the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars.

Early life[edit]

Rademacher was born in Iserlohn, West Germany, the son of Roswitha and Arndt Rademacher. He has a sister named Anne. His parents moved the family to Australia when Ingo was 10.

He dropped out of the University of Queensland (Brisbane) after six months and began to model. After the modelling stint, he entered the acting profession. His first role was the character of surfer Sean Hayden in the Australian soap opera Paradise Beach. After that show was canceled, he moved to Los Angeles in 1994. His former Paradise Beach co-star Jaason Simmons, who had appeared on Baywatch, arranged a place for him to stay in Los Angeles.[citation needed]


General Hospital producer Wendy Riche saw his (unsuccessful) audition tape for the soap opera The City and immediately cast him as Jasper "Jax" Jacks. The character, a suave tycoon, has been involved with a succession of General Hospital characters, most notably Brenda Barrett (played by Vanessa Marcil), who was also a love interest of Sonny Corinthos (played by Maurice Benard). However, Jax may have met his match – or his soulmate – when he romanced and then married Carly Corinthos (played by Laura Wright), Sonny's ex and the mother of two of Sonny's children. Jax and Carly's relationship has been a passionate and tempestuous one, marked by separations and reunions. Carly's relationship with her ex-husband and his henchman, Jason Morgan, has been the cause of many of hers and Jax's problems; Jax despises Sonny and feels that he and Sonny have put Carly and the children in danger. Jax came close to legally adopting Carly's younger son, Morgan. Together, Jax and Carly have a teenage daughter, Josslyn.

During a one-year break from General Hospital, Rademacher appeared on the short-lived primetime soap opera Titans. Jax reappeared on General Hospital on 23 August 2012. He returned to the show for a several-week-long story arc in 2016. That same year, he also had a recurring role as Robert Coughlin on Hawaii Five-0.

Rademacher was a contestant on the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars and was partnered with two-time champion Kym Johnson.[1][2]

In September 2017, it was announced that Rademacher had joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful in the role of Thorne Forrester.[3] He made his first appearance on 27 November 2017.[4] In December 2018, Rademacher announced he had chosen to not renew his deal with the soap and would vacate the role.[5] On 14 February 2019, he announced he was returning to General Hospital.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Rademacher previously dated then-General Hospital co-star Rebecca Herbst in the late 1990s.[7] In 2008, Rademacher and his then girlfriend Ehiku had a son.[8] In 2009, Rademacher and Ehiku married, and they had another son together born in 2012.[9]

Rademacher and his wife Ehiku own Mahiku, an activewear store in Hawaii.[10]


Rademacher sits on the board of Heal the Bay, a Santa Monica-based environmental organization.[11]


Year Title Role Other notes
1993–94 Paradise Beach Sean Hayden Unknown episodes
1995 Echo Point Unknown Unknown episodes
General Hospital Jasper Jacks Series regular
1996 Clueless Kip Killmore Episode: "Kiss Me Kip"
1997 Veronica's Closet Reg Episode: Pilot
2000–01 Titans David O'Connor 11 episodes
2003 Intimate Portrait Himself Episode: "Vanessa Marcil"
2004 According to Jim Ted Episodes: "When You Wish to Be a Star: Parts 1 & 2"
2004 1 Day With... Himself Episode #1.1
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Malcolm Schafer Episode: "Kiʻilua (Deceiver)"
2012 Alex Cross Officer Sacks Film
2013 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant on season 16 (5th place)
2016 Hawaii Five-0 Robert Coughlin 3 episodes
2017–19 The Bold and the Beautiful Thorne Forrester Series regular
Role from: November 27, 2017 to February 14, 2019
2017 A Royal Christmas Ball King Charles of Baltamia Film

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dorothy Hamill and Andy Dick among 'Dancing' stars". New York Post. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  2. ^ "'Dancing With The Stars' Season 16: New Celebrity Cast Announced".
  3. ^ Various citations concerning the cast of Rademacher in the role of Thorne Forrester:
  4. ^ SOD (2 October 2017). "B&B Announces Ingo Rademacher's First Air Date". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Archived from the original on 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  5. ^ Soaps SheKnows (22 December 2018). "Ingo Rademacher Ends B&B Contract as Thorne". United States: SheKnows Media. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  6. ^ SOD (14 February 2019). "Ingo Rademacher Back to GH!". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  7. ^ Gallagher, Kristin (5 April 2018). "#TBT - Rebecca Herbst". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  8. ^ "General Hospital Star Explains Naming Son 'Peanut'".
  9. ^ "Rademacher's a Dad Again".
  10. ^ education, Kelly Roell Kelly Roell is the author of "Ace the ACT " She has a master's degree in secondary English; teacher, has worked as a high school English. "How to Encourage Your Child on Test Days". ThoughtCo.
  11. ^ "Official website: Events".

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