The character of Brick continues to pop up on GENERAL HOSPITAL and the guy might also look familiar to some sports fans out there, because portrayer Stephen A. Smith is a sports reporter who appears on ESPN2’s FIRST TAKE and hosts his own SirusXM radio show. However, he is also a huge GH fan. “I have four older sisters, and when we came home from school, all the TV’s in the house were on GH,” Smith told ESPN Front Row. “Since I wasn’t allowed outside until I finished my homework, I watched the soap every day.”
When Benard was a guest on FIRST TAKE in 2015, he recognized Smith’s love for the soap and arranged for him to have a role as Brick, a surveillance expert for the mob. And while the reporter is a huge fan of GH, he was able to contain his nerves. “Since I have watched the show for so long, I know Sonny and his mannerisms,” Smith confided. “So the scene was like talking to a long-lost friend. I knew him and how he goes about things. I imagined all that and it helped relax me.”
Smith made his first appearance as Brick back on March 31 and April 1 of 2016, and popped back into Port Charles again in August of the same year. In 2017, he returned at the beginning of February for another brief visit. And now he’s made a couple more appearances this fall helping Sonny trace the mysterious call from Russia that was part of the storyline where Patient Six was revealed to be Jason Morgan back from the dead. As a tech expert, he also popped up in 2018 to help fix up the cell phone of Sonny's dad, Mike Corbin, whose Alzheimer's was worsening.
Brick returned in February of 2019 to offer Sonny some help in tracking down a missing Dante, and then again in July to help forge records to indicate that Turkish teen Dev was actually a distant member of Sonny's family. Sonny will always be in need of Brick's help, so you can expect him to continue making the occasional appearance in Port Charles.
Check out some of the fun selfies Smith has taken with the stars of GH during his visits to the soap in the gallery below!
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