Unless appearances can indeed be deceiving, General Hospital’s Franco has gotten himself into quite the pickle thanks to his kiss with Ava Jerome. What’s not in question, are the kudos earned by Franco’s portrayer, Roger Howarth.
Happy Birthday, Roger Howarth
And that’s because he was born on September 13, 1968, which means that this talented, fan-favorite actor is turning 52 years old today! Howarth made his stage debut at the age of seven, and he continued to pursue his love of performing well into his high school years.
However, he initially resisted acting as a profession. But after spending a semester studying political science at George Washington University, Howarth dropped out and enrolled in an intense acting program at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center in Connecticut.
Afterward, he obtained work on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light. Then, he entered a nationwide talent search and won a role on Loving, a competing soap on the ABC network.
Howarth’s work as Kurt Winslow netted him the part of One Life to Live’s Todd Manning. Though initially a day-player, Howarth was eventually signed to a full-time contract and he remained at the soap (off-and-on) from 1992 to 2003.
Between 2003 and 2010, Howarth played legacy character Paul Ryan on As the World Turns. Subsequent to that, he returned to One Life to Live and reprised the Todd Manning part.
When OLTL was canceled, Howarth was hired to play Todd on sister serial General Hospital. After one year, a lawsuit forced Howarth to momentarily decamp from the show only to return as a new character: Franco Baldwin.
Outside of daytime dramas, Howarth is known for his work on series such as Diagnosis: Murder, Dawson’s Creek, Prey, and The Flash as well as feature films like Dream of Live and Destruction Los Angeles.
Howarth has been married to actress Cari Stahler since 1992. Together the couple has two children: Julian (a son, born in July 1992) and Langston (a daughter, born April 2002).
Soap Hub would like to wish Roger Howarth a very happy birthday and many more. General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.