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General Hospital Alum Joe Flanigan Celebrates His Birthday

It’s a great day to celebrate!

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While Neil didn’t survive a night with Alexis Davis (it was drugs, not Alexis), Joe Flanigan, is busy celebrating a very special milestone.

Happy Birthday, Joe Flanigan

That’s because he was born on January 5, 1967, in Los Angeles, California, which means that this talented actor is turning 56 years old today! After graduating from college, Flanigan took a number of jobs, including bartending, working as an advance man for the George Bush administration, and writing articles for prestigious New York magazines.

On the advice of his friends, Flanigan tried his hand at acting and eventually studied under Gerald Gordon, who taught classes at the New York City-based Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. In 1994, he headed west for California and landed his first on-camera role in the made-for-television film Family Album.

Subsequent gigs included Deadline for Murder, A Reason to Believe, and Tell Me No More Secrets. Flanigan also had a substantial number of recurring roles on some of the biggest primetime series of the 1990s and early 2000s. Chief among them were Sisters, Providence, and Profiler.

In 2002, he was selected to be one of the main characters in the television series First Monday, and two years later, he was cast in another program that would earn him legions of fans — Stargate: Atlantis.

Flanigan stayed with Atlantis for its entire 100-episode duration — two of which he personally wrote — and afterward, he made guest appearances on Warehouse 13, Fringe, Metal Hurlant Chronicles, and Major Crimes. In February of 2019, Flanigan joined the cast of General Hospital, and he recurred as Dr. Neil Byrne until the character’s untimely demise (so the actor could go to Canada for another role).

Soap Hub would like to wish Joe Flanigan a very happy birthday, and you can too by clicking on the Twitter link below.

General Hospital (GH) airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes. For more about what’s coming up in Port Charles, check out all the latest that’s been posted on GH spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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