Though it’s been a few years since Ric has been seen on General Hospital screens, Rick Hearst, the actor who portrays him, has been a busy bee and he has a big milestone to celebrate.
Happy Birthday, Rick Hearst
That’s because he was born on January 4, 1965, in Howard Beach, New York, which means that this talented performer is turning 56 years old today! Born Richard Charles Herbst, Hearst shortened his first name, changed his last, and hit the audition circuit.
His very first acting credit was the lead role in Frank Henenlotter’s Brain Damage. In 1989, he joined the cast of Days of Our Lives where he played Scotty Banning. A year later, he could be seen on Guiding Light as Alan-Michael Spaulding.
Hearst remained at GL for six years and his performance earned him the Outstanding Younger Actor statuette at the 1991 Daytime Emmy’s. After abdicating the part of Alan-Michael, Hearst appeared in a number of popular primetime programs including Beverly Hills 90210, Pacific Blues, and Charmed.
He returned to soaps in 2001 when he agreed to play Matt Clark on The Young and the Restless. The role proved short-lived and so did his stint at The Bold and the Beautiful where he was Whipple “Whip” Jones.
After exiting BB, Hearst accepted an offer to join General Hospital and he made his debut as Ric Lansing on November 8, 2002. He was there until June 25, 2009, at which time he was out and back at BB – where he stayed until 2011.
On February 24, 2014, Hearst reprised Ric on General Hospital and he stayed — on and off — for two years. For his work as on GH, Hearst received two Daytime Emmy awards, both in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category (2004 and 2007).
Hearst’s other work includes guest appearances on Castle, Daytime Divas, and Dynasty. Outside of his acting profession, Hearst is the proud father of two sons he shares with Donna Smoot, his wife of 29 years.
Soap Hub would like to wish Rick Hearst a very happy birthday and you can too by clicking on the Twitter link below. General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.