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Sean Donely on General Hospital: Who played him and everything else you need to know

John Reilly as Sean Donely from General Hospital. Pic credit: ABC

General Hospital fans heard a name from the past this week, when Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) called former Port Charles police commissioner Sean Donely.

John Reilly brought the suave and handsome GH international man of intrigue to life from 1984 to 1995, and appeared a couple of times on the General Hospital soap spinoff, General Hospital: Night Shift.

Reilly kicked off his acting career on the Chicago theater scene and was a seasoned soap opera vet, starring in As the World Turns and Passions, as well as GH.

GH fans last saw Sean on the August 9, 2013, episode which commemorated the show’s 50th anniversary year.

WSB agent Sean and scandalous gossip maven Tiffany Hill were a constant on the Port Charles social scene. Sean also had a daughter named after close friend Anna Devane (Finola Hughes). Fun Fact: Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is now undercover with the WSB.

So, what has the super spy and lawman Sean been up to lately? Sadly, we weren’t filled in on the details, but the gist of Jordan’s inquiry didn’t sound good.

She called him to gets leads on the Ryan Chamberlain killing spree that occurred on his watch. Today Ryan is back at it, killing like a loon, but no one knows it’s him because he’s supposed to be dead and is actually masquerading as his good twin Kevin.

Jordan doesn’t speak with Sean. Apparently his wife tells her that he is experiencing serious memory issues. Oh my.

But, could this portend Sean’s return to GH? Currently Mike (Max Gail) is in the last cycles of Alzheimer’s and in a care facility. It would not be much of a soap stretch to find that Sean has been transferred there!

General Hospital airs weekdays during the day on ABC.

Tanya is a freelance writer, therapist and educator. The L.A. native was born at General Hospital, foreshadowing her obsession with writing about soaps, something that makes her... read more

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