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Jason Cook (Matt Hunter)

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Jason Cook (Matt Hunter)

Jason Cook (Dr. Matt Hunter)

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Jason Cook plays Dr. Matt Hunter, Patrick Drake's half-brother, on General Hospital. Cook brings a boyish presence and flip attitude to his General Hospital scenes. No stranger to soaps, before appearing on GH, he became known from his role as Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of Our Lives. There, Cook also costarred with actress Kirsten Storms, who now plays Maxie on GH.

Background

A New Jersey native, Jason Cook was born September 13, 1980, but while he was still a child, his family relocated to California. Cook's first love was piano, at which he became proficient, playing at weddings. When he was in high school, Cook was a last-minute replacement in the play Whodunit, and realized he had found his true calling.

Cook's first major role was as Shawn on Days of Our Lives, a role he played for seven years. He won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor in 2001, and in 2005, he was nominated for both a Soap Opera Digest Award and a Special Fan Award. When his contract expired in 2006, Cook left the show.

After that, he wrote, directed, and starred in the independent film Social Security Guard, starring John Ingle of General Hospital, various family members, and Days actor Matthew Ashford.

Jason Cook on General Hospital

Cook signed with General Hospital in 2008, and audiences were hoping that he would rekindle the chemistry he had with Kirsten Storms when she played Belle Black on Days. Now it looks as if it might happen at last.

When he's not on General Hospital, Cook is busy making movies. He has three completed: a 2010 TV film, Turbulent Skies, Son of an Afghan Farmer, and AmerAsian, both scheduled for release in 2011. Cook also has an improv comedy troupe he started with friends called "Severe Head Drama." He has written several scripts, and would like to do more directing. His non-show business endeavors include reading and playing basketball at charity events.

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