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Drew Garrett

The Grown-Up Michael Corinthos

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Drew Garrett

Drew Garrett (Michael Corinthos, Jr.)

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Drew Garrett was first seen by General Hospital audiences as the comatose Michael Corinthos in April 2009. When Michael finally woke up, the young actor proved his mettle as an actor, holding his own against strong performers like Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton.

Garrett was born in Jupiter, Florida, on April 21, 1989, and became interested in acting at an early age. Beginning in March 2005, he attended Dreyfoos High School for the Performing Arts in Palm Beach, Florida. Once he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, Garrett began attending the L.A. County School of the Arts.

Before joining General Hospital, he appeared on television in Criminal Minds and South O.C.  He was hired as Michael Corinthos in April of 2009, when he was just 20, replacing the 14-year-old Dylan Cash.  Michael's age was SORASed (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome) by six years after his year in a coma.  The character originally was born in 1997 but the year was changed to 1991, making Michael eighteen.

Though Garrett was well liked by the GH fans and did well as Michael, the writers decided they needed to go with a more mature actor and recast the role with Chad Duell.  Garrett was let go in April 2010, one year after taking over the part.  Fans were very upset as well as mystified, since he was leaving right after his character killed Claudia Zacchara Corinthos in order to protect his mother and baby sister.  It meant that Duell would have to come in playing a character at an extremely high emotional point in the story arc.  Given the subsequent storyline of Michael going to Pentonville prison and being raped, casting a older-appearing actor made more sense.

Now 24, Garrett has kept busy with television and film, appearing as Jesse Simms in several episodes of Never Fade Away, as well as guest-starring on The Mentalist and BlackBox TV.  His recent film work includes a short, Glassy, Divorce Invitation, and Fort Bliss, which will be released next year.

When he's not acting, Garrett surfs, skateboards, and does comedy improvisation.

 

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