About 30 years ago, Mac Scorpio had a shaky television debut on General Hospital.
On General Hospital, John J. York made his Mac Scorpio debut 32 years ago this month. He joined the programme during the second reign of producer Gloria Monty, the businesswoman who, in the late 1970s, reinvented daytime drama and propelled GH to the top of the ratings. York recently talked with Soap Hub about his significant debut, which took place on February 14, 1991.
From John J. York With Love
Malcolm “Mac” Scorpio of York was presented to further elucidate Robert Scorpio’s lineage (Tristan Rogers). On the S.S. Tracy, a vessel owned by the Quartermaine family, Mac arrived in Port Charles. The Port Charles settlement on the east coast doubles as the sunny southern California coastline. This was when soap operas frequently filmed on location. The programme made every effort to support Mac’s introduction.
General Hospital Wardrobe Malfunction
At first, Mac and Robert’s relationship was tense, but that didn’t last for very long. According to York, “I recall like it was yesterday.” As we prepared to film the scene in which I emerge from the water and Robert immediately tosses me back in, we were on location in San Pedro Harbor. I was wearing a lot of layers of clothing, including this extremely thick outdoor hard coat, which made it fantastic but not particularly enjoyable.
As Mac was thrown back into the Pacific [which served as the Atlantic] and the coat became wet, York claims that it became impossible for him to navigate the waves. As a result of the garments’ weight from the water and the fact that she was weary and unable to swim, York said she “nearly felt like she was going to die.”
John J. York: Far From All Wet
The then-newcomer to the drama claimed he was only seconds away from dialling for help. Thankfully, he managed to return to the pier’s ladder and was able to reach safety. Every time Mac manages to survive, viewers are ecstatic! It’s frightening, but here we are 32 years later, he remarks.
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