Former “General Hospital” star Johnny Wactor shot and killed in downtown LA, family says

Previous “General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor shot and killed in downtown LA

Previous “General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor shot and killed in downtown LA


Performer Johnny Wactor, known for his role as Brando Corbin on the ABC daytime series “General Hospital,” was fatally shot in downtown Los Angeles, confirmed by his sibling. Grant, Wactor’s brother, stated that Johnny was shot on Saturday. 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL – “Episode 14811” – “General Hospital” airs Monday-Friday, on ABC (check local listings). (Scott Kirkland/ABC via Getty Images) JOHNNY WACTOR

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In the early hours of Saturday, the LAPD reported a shooting incident on Hope Street and Pico Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers discovered a man with several gunshot wounds.

As stated by the police, the victim confronted three individuals engaged in stealing a catalytic converter. One of the suspects pulled a gun and fired. At 37, Wactor was taken to the hospital, where he later passed away.

“He, I suppose, saw them in the act and stood up for what he saw as right, protecting his vehicle and being courageous,” mentioned Tessa Farrell, Wactor’s former fiancée. “It’s unimaginable that someone would resort to taking a life for such a reason.” The coroner has yet to officially disclose the victim’s identity, and the LAPD has not yet named the victim. Inquiries with the coroner’s office for more information remain unanswered.

Johnny Wactor attends the red carpet premiere of “Silent River” at Laemmle Glendale on October 13, 2022, in Glendale, California.

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Besides “General Hospital,” Wactor featured in other notable TV shows like “Westworld,” “Criminal Minds,” “The OA,” and “NCIS.” He is remembered by his mother and two brothers.

A representative from his talent agency, BRS/Gage, provided a statement on Sunday. “Johnny Wactor was an exceptional individual. Not only a gifted actor dedicated to his passion but a genuine moral role model to everyone who met him. Representing hard work, perseverance, and a never-give-up mindset. Through the challenges of a tough career, he always remained hopeful and kept pushing to be his best,” their statement read. “Sharing our lives with Johnny was something we wished for everyone. His generosity knew no bounds. Over a decade together, his absence will forever leave a void in our hearts.” Late Sunday, Wactor’s manager, Marco Cuadrados of Immortal Artists, released a personal statement regarding Wactor’s passing. “It was incredibly tough to comment earlier because, like numerous others, I am still coming to terms with this devastating and pointless loss,” remarked the statement. “Johnny Wactor was a kind-hearted person, a talented performer, and an inspiration to many. His commitment, enthusiasm, and love for acting were contagious and made him a joy to collaborate with. He chased his dreams and attained them, all while remaining a compassionate person. I am proud to have been Johnny’s manager and friend. His memory will forever be treasured.” The proprietors of Level 8 Nightclub, where Wactor was employed before the incident, also issued their sentiments, stating: “We are deeply saddened and mourn the unforeseen loss of a valued and beloved team member. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this exceptionally challenging time.”

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