Shiloh had GENERAL HOSPITAL fans buzzing from his very first appearance. Especially since he originally introduced himself as Hank, and his real name is actually David! While the character is new, the actor may look familiar to viewers since Coby Ryan McLaughlin has appeared in numerous primetime series over the years as well as another soap.
Hank first appeared in the Dec. 27 episode of GH when he saw Jason Morgan shooting pool at The Floating Rib and assumed he was Drew Cain. Jason explained to the stranger that he is actually Drew’s twin brother and Hank admitted that Drew had never mentioned he had a brother before. Hank said he was a friend of Drew’s from Afghanistan, and learning that he was now living in Port Charles, asked Jason for his information. Naturally suspicious, Jason hedged his bets and instead offered to take Hank’s information to give to Drew to contact him.
Jason then located Drew and passed along the info, suspecting Hank has an agenda because he was a little too eager to tell his story to a complete stranger. Drew ran into his “old friend” at the hospital, and admitted he doesn’t remember anything about him, so Hank revealed that he’d saved his life after an explosion and was happy to finally be able to say thank you.
But things took an even more interesting turn when Sam and Jason went to visit the new place Kristina had moved into and discovered that the leader of Dawn of Day, Shiloh, was none other than Hank himself! The guy insisted that he changed his name to Shiloh when he changed his life, and that his group does charity and volunteer work. But as Jason and Sam continued to dig, they discovered that his real name is David Henry Archer and Sam realized he was the estranged son of Henry Archer, one of the former husbands she conned. Naturally, Jason and Sam suspected Shiloh of being behind the threatening E-mails Sam had been receiving, and when Spinelli traced them back to the Dawn of Day compound, they confronted him. However, Daisy took the blame, and Shiloh easily got Kristina back on his side.
As Sam infiltrated the cult, Jason investigated and encountered Harmony, who later assured Shiloh she'd kept his secrets. Kristina's family grew more and more concerned as she fell deeper and deeper into Shiloh's clutches, and he continued to lure Sam into the group. Meanwhile, it was later revealed that Willow Tait also used to be a member of Dawn of Day, and Shiloh is the father of the baby she gave up for adoption! Shiloh got Kristina to divulge a family secret to become part of the trust, but before he could drug her and sleep with her to make it official, Jason abducted her. Kristina finally seemed to have come to her senses about the group, so the cult leader turned his attention to Sam and tried to "initiate" her instead. But again, Jason saved her and beat Shiloh to a pulp. Could this really be the end of Dawn of Day's influence over Port Charles?
Shiloh/Hank isn’t actually McLaughlin’s first daytime role. The actor appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in a handful of episodes in September of 2018 playing Andrew Lynford, the man Ashley used to fake a DNA test to make her brother think he wasn’t really a member of the Abbott family. McLaughlin has also had recurring roles on primetime shows like PARENTHOOD, GRACELAND, and WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB in addition to guest appearances on series including TWO AND A HALF MEN, THE CROSSING, NCIS, and CASTLE.
Stay tuned to see what happened next to Shiloh, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
Love GH? Be sure to join our We Love General Hospital Facebook group to chat about all the latest storylines and juicy gossip!