James DePaiva switched from acting to becoming a director after years of doing so, and besides a brief but important…
James DePaiva spent decades acting before switching to a career in filmmaking. Aside from a brief but significant appearance on General Hospital, he hasn’t made a comeback to the performing arts. He does, however, have good reason to rejoice.
Happy Birthday, James DePaiva
That’s because this gifted performer is celebrating his 65th birthday today! He was born on October 8, 1957, in Livermore, California. DePaiva decided to pursue acting after spending several years as a professional musician, playing bass in numerous bands, including Livewire.
He joined a repertory theatrical company in Solvang, California, and after working there for a while, he found a representative and relocated to Los Angeles. He was cast as a waiter in a small role on General Hospital in 1984, but the job was later expanded, and he appeared in scenes alongside Emma Samms (ex-Holly).
DePaiva was cast as the roguish Max Holden in the 1987 ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Although Max was later partnered successfully in two additional love stories—first with Gabrielle Medina and then Luna Moody—the character was initially presented as a spoiler for beloved supercouple Tina and Cord.
DePaiva worked at the soap opera till he left in 1990, but he then returned for another run that lasted from 1991 to 2003. His final appearance was a 2007 guest role. After leaving OLTL, DePaiva came back to direct next episodes, and he also did the same for CBS’ As the World Turns.
DePaiva made a comeback to acting in 2017 when he joined the cast of General Hospital in the recurring character of Dr. David Bensch, who would be prosecuted for sexually abusing a student in a plot that was “ripped from the news.”
DePaiva is wed to Kassie Wesley DePaiva, another OLTL alum (ex-Blair Cramer, now Eve, Days of our Lives). James Quentin (J.Q. ), who was born with hearing loss and afterwards equipped with a cochlear implant, is the couple’s only child. J.Q. joined the ABC serial series All My Children, although for a brief guest appearance, following in his parents’ footsteps.
Happy birthday to the seasoned soap actor and many more happy birthdays from Soap Hub. ABC broadcasts General Hospital (GH) during the week. For airtimes, check your neighborhood listings. Check out the most recent General Hospital spoilers for additional information about what will happen in Port Charles, and go here for a detailed look at the show’s history.
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