Saturday, April 13, 2024

“General Hospital” About to Reveal a First: Double Amputee Marine War Veteran Joins Cast


Soap opera “General Hospital” is about to reveal a first. The actor who’s playing character Chet Driscoll, a patient in the hospital where most diseases have fake names and antidotes, has been covered by sheets so far in his hospital bed. But sooner or later, he will be revealed to be a double amputee. In real life, actor Chris van Etten (and this is weird because one of the show’s writers is named Chris van Etten) is a vet, a Marine who lost both legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan. He’s also a Jockey underwear model. There have been a few different actors over the years who’ve been bound to wheelchairs. But this will mark a first for soaps– and it’s about time. van Etten should become an overnight sensation on the show, and a role model.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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