10 Soap Opera Patriarchs We've Loved and Lost
No. 6: Dr. Steve Hardy, General Hospital
Watching General Hospital today—complete with its high stakes spy dramas, mob wars and scene-stealing mental patients—it's hard to believe the soap once simply revolved around a heroic physician, diligently working on the 7th floor of a metro hospital. Former pro baseball player John Beradino portrayed that heroic doc, Steve Hardy, from GH's April 1, 1963 premiere until 1996, when he was felled by pancreatic cancer.
Later the same year, Steve's wife Audrey (Rachel Ames) was dealt quite the blow when her husband died of a heart attack. Today, the Hardy family's presence is still felt at Port Charles General Hospital, as namesake grandson Dr. Steve Webber (Scott Reeves) and granddaughter Elizabeth Webber, R.N. (Rebecca Herbst) both work there.
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