November 2, 1966
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Known for||The Karate Kid Part III (1989)|
General Hospital (1993–1997, 2012–2014)
The Bold and the Beautiful (2000–2005, 2012, 2014–2017)
The Young and the Restless (2009–2012)
|Height||6 ft (180 cm)|
(m. 1999; div. 2001)
Michele Vega (m. 2012)
Sean Kanan (born November 2, 1966) is an American actor 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, 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 abruptly in 1997 following his struggle with alcoholism.
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, playing a character that was originally conceived as a short-term villain. In 2002, rumors surfaced that the actor was 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.
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. 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. The actor was convinced that his past issues with alcohol abuse would be the reason he would never return to the soap. He was let go in early 2014, and expressed disappointment in what the writing team had come up for his character. The actor then returned to The Bold and the Beautiful as Deacon Sharpe, first airing June 13, 2014. Upon being rehired, Kanan noted that Deacon is the favorite of all the characters he played.
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. 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.
Personal life and opinions
Sean Kanan spends his free time studying martial arts, writing scripts, cooking, performing his stand-up routine and further pursuing the study of the Italian, French, Mandarin, Russian and Japanese language. He and Michele Kanan married in July 2012. He has a daughter by his prior relationship and Michele has four children of her own. Politically Kanan is involved with the Anti-Defamation League. In May 2016 Kanan said that he supported Donald Trump for President of the United States.
|1988||Hide and Go Shriek||John Robbins|
|1989||The Karate Kid Part III||Mike Barnes|
|1991||Hot Shots!||Barracks Man in Underwear||Uncredited|
|2000||The Chaos Factor||Jay|
|2001||Extreme Limits||Don Spengler|
|2003||Chasing Holden||Alex Patterson|
|2006||Sons of Italy||Michele Morri|
|2008||Jack Rio||Adam McNeil|
|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|
|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|
|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||The Bold and the Beautiful||Deacon Sharpe||Main cast: November 1, 2000 – February 22, 2005;  June 13, 2014 – June 16, 2017 |
Recurring cast: May 24 – October 11, 2012
|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|
|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|
Awards and nominations
|Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer||General Hospital||Nominated|
|Online Film and Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Daytime Serial||General Hospital||Nominated|
|Daytime Emmy Award America's Favorite Couple (shared with Katherine Kelly Lang)||The Bold and the Beautiful||Nominated|
|Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor||The Bold and the Beautiful||Nominated|
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