Eagle-eyed viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL who were also fans of ONE LIFE TO LIVE may have thought that the Raging Raccoon scout who discovered the shack where Peter was being held prisoner by Obrecht looked kind of familiar. Well, that’s because the character of young Wyatt Hoover is played by Patrick Gibbons, Jr., who used to play Sam Manning on OLTL!
Gibbons took over the role of Sam back in December of 2010 and played the character right up through the end of the ABC soap,even appearing in the short-lived online reboot. Sam’s parentage was a bit complicated, though. He was the son of Victor Lord, Jr. and Margaret Cochran, but was adopted by Blair and Todd Manning. Unfortunately, while Wyatt has only interacted with Peter on GH, there's still a chance that Gibbons might share some scenes with Roger Howarth (Franco), who played his adopted dad on OLTL!
Gibbons as Sam with Howarth’s Todd on OLTL in 2011. (Photo Credit: George De Sota/jpistudios.com)
Since taking over as executive producer of GH, Frank Valentini has tapped quite a few of the talented actors he worked with when he was running OLTL back in the day, including Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Ilene Kristen (Delia), Bree Williamson (Claudette), and James DePaiva (Dr. Bensch). Sometimes they reprise their OLTL roles, and other times play entirely new characters, like Gibbons is as Wyatt.
By the way, the name Wyatt could be a sly reference to the character of Wyatt Halliwell from the CW series CHARMED, a role played by none other than Wes Ramsey (Peter)! Hopefully Wyatt can work his magic and help Peter get free of Obrecht’s trap — the poor guy has been tied up forever!
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