Sean Kanan

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Sean Kanan
Born (1966-11-02) November 2, 1966 (age 55)
OccupationActor, producer, author, TV host
Years active1988–present
Known forThe Karate Kid Part III (1989)
General Hospital (1993–1997, 2012–2014)
The Bold and the Beautiful (2000–2005, 2012, 2014–2017, 2021–)
The Young and the Restless (2009–2012)
Studio City (2019–)
Athena Ubach
(m. 1999; div. 2001)

Michele Kanan
(m. 2012)

Sean Kanan (born November 2, 1966) is an American actor, producer, author and TV host, 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, Mike Barnes in The Karate Kid Part III, and Sam Stevens on Studio City.

Early life[edit]

Kanan was born 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.[3]


Kanan's first notable role was that of the tertiary antagonist, Mike Barnes 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 with rumors, sparked by his storyline, that he struggled with alcoholism.[4]

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,[5] playing a character that was originally conceived as a short-term villain.[6] In 2002, rumors surfaced that the actor had been fired, but he remained with the show until early 2005 when he opted to go on a recurring status, and he last appeared February 22, 2005.[6]

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.[7]

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,[8] Kanan reprised his role as Deacon Sharpe on The Bold and the Beautiful. He appeared on and off from May until September 2012.[9][10] Following his departure from the show, Kanan was reported to be returning to General Hospital. On October 29, 2012, Kanan returned to the role of A. J. Quartermaine on General Hospital after a 15-year absence.[11] The actor was excited to work with new leadership, Frank Valentini .[12] He left in early 2014, and expressed disappointment in what the writing team had come up with for his character since he was looking forward to a Quartermaine brother reunion with long-time friend Steve Burton.[13][14] The actor then returned to The Bold and the Beautiful as Deacon Sharpe, first airing June 13, 2014.[13] Upon being rehired, Kanan noted that Deacon is his favorite of all the characters he has played due to the writing of Bradley Bell.[14]

In 2016, Kanan received the 400th star on the Walk of Fame in Palm Springs.[15]

In 2019 Kanan created the Emmy-nominated series Studio City and contributed to the book Success Factor x, published by Plain Sight Publishing.[16]

Studio City[edit]

Kanan created the digital drama Studio City, directed by Timothy Woodward, Jr, as a somewhat autobiographical love letter to the Daytime Soaps. Kanan stars as Sam Stevens, who portrays Dr. Pierce Hartley on the show-with-in-a show “Hearts of Fire”, along with Soap veterans Tristan Rogers, Carolyn Hennesy, Sarah Joy Brown, Patrika Darbo, and Scott Turner Schofield, the first openly transgender actor on Daytime TV. The episodes, penned by Michele Kanan and Lauren de Normandie, explore issues like #meToo sexual harassment, ageism, gender identity and surprise paternity with enough levity to keep the story moving. Studio City was truly a family affair, with Kanan's Emmy-nominated wife Michele Kanan writing / producing and their daughter Juliet Vega starring as Sam's surprise love child. Studio City is streaming on Amazon Prime.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19] He suffered internal bleeding after doing 20 takes of being thrown out a door and landing on his stomach. Kanan collapsed at a Las Vegas hotel four days after shooting the scene and was discovered to have two quarts of blood pooled in his abdomen.[20]

Personal life and opinions[edit]

Sean Kanan spends his free time studying martial arts, writing scripts, cooking, performing his stand-up routine and further pursuing the study of Italian, French, Mandarin, Russian, and Japanese.[21] He and Michele Kanan married in July 2012. He has a daughter by his prior relationship and Michele has four children of her own.[22] Kanan is an active advocate for anti-bullying with organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League.[22]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Hide and Go Shriek John Robbins
1989 The Karate Kid Part III Mike Barnes
1991 Rich Girl Jeffrey
1991 Hot Shots! Barracks Man in Underwear Uncredited
1994 Oasis Cafe Actor
2000 The Chaos Factor Jay
2001 Extreme Limits Don Spengler
2001 10 Attitudes Craig
2001 March Julian March
2003 Chasing Holden Alex Patterson
2005 Carpool Guy Tom
2006 Sons of Italy Michele Morri
2007 Hack! Vincent King
2008 Jack Rio Adam McNeil
2010 Changing Hands Tom
2010 My Trip to the Dark Side David Prince Video
2014 My Trip Back to the Dark Side David Prince
2014 A Place Called Hollywood Gordon Plum
2015 The Hack Chad Cooper Pre-production
2019 Verotika Sgt. Anders Segment: "Change of Face"
2019 Beyond the Law
2021 Survive the Game Ed

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Baby Boom Scott Episode: "X-y-l-o-p-h-o-n-e"
1990 Who's the Boss? Charlie Episode: "Take Me Back to the Ballgame"
1990 The Outsiders Gregg Parker Recurring, 4 episodes
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster Jeff Sorrento TV movie
1991 Revenge of the Nerds Todd Channing TV movie
1993 Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss Mark Stratton TV movie
1993 Wild Palms Jacob Uncredited, Episode: "Everything Must Go"
1993 Step by Step Michael Episode: "Sister Act"
1993–97, 2012–14 General Hospital A.J. Quartermaine Main cast: February 16, 1993 – June 10, 1997; October 29, 2012 – April 29, 2014[11][12][13]
1994 Dead at 21 Unknown Episode: "Shock the Monkey"
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Steve Law Episode: "Super Mann"
1996 The Nanny Mike McMullen Episode: "The Cradle Robbers"
1998 Walker, Texas Ranger Brad Alt Episode: "Eyes of the Ranger"
1999 V.I.P. Stu Solomon Episode: "Three Days to a Kill"
1999 Sunset Beach Jude Cavanaugh Main cast: August 26 – December 31, 1999
2000–05, 2012, 2014–17, 2021- The Bold and the Beautiful Deacon Sharpe Main cast: November 1, 2000 – February 22, 2005;[5][6] June 13, 2014 – June 16, 2017 [13][14]
Recurring cast: May 24 – October 11, 2012[9][10]
2001 Rendez-View Unknown Episode: "Surf's Up, Thumbs Down"
2006 Freddie Steve Mulroy Episode: "Eligible Bachelor"
2009–12 The Young and the Restless Deacon Sharpe Recurring cast: July 10, 2009 – January 30, 2012[7][8]
2012 Happily Divorced Keith Episode: "Daddy's Girl"
2012 Desperate Housewives Jason Episode: "With So Little to Be Sure Of"
2014 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "Winner Chosen"; Guest for Season 12's final Service
2019 Studio City Sam Stevens and Dr. Pierce Hartley Episode: "Pilot"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
1994 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Male Newcomer General Hospital Nominated
1997 Online Film and Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Daytime Serial General Hospital Nominated [23]
2002 Daytime Emmy Award America's Favorite Couple (shared with Katherine Kelly Lang) The Bold and the Beautiful Nominated [24]
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Supporting Actor The Bold and the Beautiful Nominated


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  3. ^ Grosz, Cindy. "Sean Kanan Exclusive Interview With Cindy's Corners".
  4. ^ Soap Opera Weekly Magazine: Dated August 24, 1999
  5. ^ a b Dan J. Kroll (October 1, 2000). "Sean Kanan, GH's AJ, joins B&B". Retrieved August 1, 2014.
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  7. ^ a b Dan J. Kroll (June 26, 2009). "Sean Kanan to reprise B&B role on Y&R". Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Dan J. Kroll (December 13, 2011). "Sean Kanan out, in at The Young and the Restless". Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Michael Fairman (April 18, 2012). "Sean Kanan Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful! What trouble will Deacon Sharpe cause this time?". Retrieved August 1, 2014.
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  11. ^ a b Dan J. Kroll (September 17, 2012). "Soaps Shocker: General Hospital Brings Back Sean Kanan, But As Who? Dead A.J.? NuJason?". Retrieved August 1, 2014.
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  14. ^ a b c Michael Logan (March 17, 2014). "Exclusive: Sean Kanan Out at General Hospital, In at The Bold and the Beautiful". TV Guide. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  15. ^ "THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Sean Kanan Recieves [sic] a Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars!". Soaps In Depth. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  16. ^ Shapiro, Eileen (March 8, 2019). "Sean Kanan: "Success Factor X"".
  17. ^ "Watch Studio City | Prime Video".
  18. ^ Sean Kana profile [ Archived 2009-07-30 at the Wayback Machine; accessed February 6, 2010.
  19. ^ 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.
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  21. ^ "Study Languages". IMDb.
  22. ^ a b CBS (June 8, 2011). "Sean Kanan: Our Family Is A "Benevolent Dictatorship"". Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  23. ^ "The 1st Annual Online Film and Television Association Award Nominees and Winners". 1997. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  24. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards (2002)". IMDb. May 11, 2002. Retrieved August 1, 2014.

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