‘General Hospital’: Why Kin Shriner Is ‘Embarrassed’ About Returning as Scotty Baldwin This Time Around

Kin Shriner is a longtime soap opera actor, mostly known for his role as Scott “Scotty” Baldwin on General Hospital. The actor, who is a recurring cast member on the soap, will be reappearing soon. But he isn’t mincing words about a qualm he seems to have with the ABC show.

Kin Shriner in a scene with Genie Francis on 'General Hospital' in 2016
Kin Shriner in a scene with Genie Francis on ‘General Hospital’ in 2016 | Michael Yada/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Kin Shriner is one of the most veteran actors in soaps

Not only is Shriner a veteran actor on General Hospital, he’s one of the longest-tenured actors in the genre in general.

He first debuted as the character in 1977 and has portrayed the character from 1977-19833, then again from 1987-1993.

He was one of the main anchors for the General Hospital spinoff, Port Charles, and portrayed the character for most of the series’ duration, which was 1997-2003. The actor also appeared on General Hospital from 2000-2004 and 2007-2008 before returning again in 2013. Shriner has been on-and-off on the soap since then.

Aside from General Hospital, he also portrayed Dr. Brian Carey on The Bold and the Beautiful from 1995-1996, Harrison Barlett on The Young and the Restless in 2004, and Keith Morrissey on As the World Turns from 2005-2006. He also briefly portrayed Jeffrey Bardwell on The Young and the Restless in 2011 as a temporary fill-in for Ted Shackleford.

The actor seems none too pleased with his upcoming return

Shriner announced last Wednesday on Twitter that he would be returning to ABC’s sole remaining daytime soap opera to reprise the role of Scotty.

However, in this announcement, Shriner made it clear that he was none too happy with the way the character, one of the oldest on the canvas, is being treated.

He said, “I have a couple of shows @GeneralHospital coming up but embarrassed to continue to promote a character I have played for over 42 years is now a day player. Thank u for your support over the years!”

Shriner one of the most senior members of the show right now. Jacklyn Zeman, Jane Elliot, Leslie Charleson, and Genie Francis, all of whom are on the show as a series regular or recurring cast member, debuted in 1977 around the same time as Shriner.

Still, Scotty Baldwin is the oldest real-time character on the show, as he was first introduced in the 1960s.

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC.