‘General Hospital’ Star Johnny Wactor, 37, Lost His Life after Saving His Colleague

Johnny Wactor, known for his role on “General Hospital,” tragically lost his life early Saturday morning while trying to save his female co-worker. His family and friends are devastated by the loss and are hoping justice will be served.

Johnny Wactor, a beloved star of the soap opera “General Hospital,” was tragically killed in Los Angeles on Saturday after rescuing his female co-worker from armed car thieves.

Johnny had been working a side job at a rooftop bar and was leaving with his co-worker around 3:25 a.m. on West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street. When he saw three masked men near his vehicle, he initially thought his car was being towed.


He approached the men to ask what was happening but quickly realized the car was not being towed when one of the men pointed a gun at him. Acting heroically, Johnny positioned himself between the gunman and his colleague and was shot in the chest.

The suspects were reportedly attempting to steal the catalytic converter from Johnny’s vehicle. After shooting the actor, they fled the scene in another car. Johnny was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The suspects have not yet been arrested.


Johnny’s younger brother, Grant, confirmed the tragic news, stating that he was not surprised his brother died helping someone, as they were raised as “Southern gentlemen” who always put others first. “We’re Southern, born and raised, and we would never let a female walk to her car by herself,” Grant said.

Grant and their grandmother Barbara were unaware of which bar Johnny was working at but knew he often took side gigs as a bartender. Grant remembered his brother as a hard worker and a kind soul.

He reiterated, “My brother was probably the hardest-working person I’ve ever met in my life. He was a great brother and son. Anyone he touched, he made a great impact. He was as charismatic in real life as he was on camera. And he was always genuine, through and through.”

Johnny’s grandmother, Barbara, was distraught about the loss. She expressed. “We are completely devastated. He was just walking to his car. It’s senseless.”


The actor’s death has deeply affected many, including his “General Hospital” co-stars and fans of the show. Perry Shen, a fellow actor on the show, described Johnny as a “beautiful, beautiful soul.”

“Funny as all heck. Fit as all hell but also loved ice cream and ate all the junk I did as well. We all were cheated of many years with him,” Perry added.

Co-star Jon Lindstrom shared his sorrow, writing, “Johnny was one of those rare young men in this business who was kind, unassuming, humble, and always thought about other people. A talented young guy who just wanted to share that talent with the world.

“I wish I had enough love to fill the hole that his loved ones must feel right now, but I know that’s impossible. Johnny will be missed on this plane. For a long time to come. R.I.P.,” he added.

Wactor is survived by his mother, Scarlett, and his brothers, Lance and Grant. His family and fans are mourning the loss of a talented and kind-hearted individual whose life was tragically cut short.

Johnny’s mother remains hopeful that the suspects will be apprehended. His brother Grant also seeks justice, stating, . “I am glad in a way that this is getting the publicity so that it could shed some light that things need to change or find ways so that no one else has to experience this – whether it be a murder or being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Despite the tragic loss, Johnny’s legacy lives on through his remarkable acting career. He appeared in more than 160 episodes of “General Hospital” from 2020 to 2022. Besides his work on the medical drama, he boasted numerous other acting credits, including roles in “Siberia” (2013) and “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” (2016).

Moreover, he showcased his talents behind the camera by directing and writing the music video “There to Catch Me” for The Nashvillains. Throughout his career, he earned several accolades, including nominations for Favorite General Hospital Actor at the Annual Soap Hub Awards in both 2020 and 2021.

Johnny’s portrayal of Brando Corbin captivated audiences on “GH” until his character met a tragic end as the first victim of Port Charles’ serial killer, “The Hook.” He portrayed the role from 2020 to 2022.


Looking back on his tenure on the show, Johnny conveyed his appreciation to fans. In a now-deleted Instagram video, he expressed gratitude for their unwavering support, recognizing their loyalty and active involvement.

He lauded the fans as unparalleled, expressing thankfulness for their fervor and backing, regardless of whether they were thrilled or dismayed by his character’s demise.

Before his passing, Johnny discussed his departure from the medical series, stating that he harbored “no ill feelings” towards “GH” for writing off his character. He also reminisced about his final moments on set.

The late actor revealed that he delivered a heartfelt speech reflecting on his meaningful experiences and relationships with the cast and crew. He anticipated feeling the need to express himself due to his time there and admitted to being somewhat emotional during the speech.

Johnny became the latest “GH” star to pass away this year. Actress Robyn Bernard also tragically passed away last March. According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s police report, Robyn’s body was discovered in an open field behind a business block in San Jacinto.

She rose to prominence on “GH” for her portrayal of Terry Brock, featuring in approximately 145 episodes from 1984 to 1990. Her last credited role was in 2002, in the movie “Voices From the High School,” where she portrayed a psychologist. Following this, Robyn opted for a private life and remained out of the public eye until her passing at the age of 64.

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