Rick Hearst

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Rick Hearst
BornRichard Charles Herbst
(1965-01-04) January 4, 1965 (age 50)
Howard Beach, New York
Years active1988-present
Spouse(s)Donna Smoot (1990-present; 2 children)
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Rick Hearst
BornRichard Charles Herbst
(1965-01-04) January 4, 1965 (age 50)
Howard Beach, New York
Years active1988-present
Spouse(s)Donna Smoot (1990-present; 2 children)

Rick Hearst (born January 4, 1965) is an American actor. He is known for roles in US soap operas.

Personal life[edit]

Rick Hearst was born on January 4, 1965, in Howard Beach, New York. He was raised in Dallas, Texas. His birth name is Richard Charles Herbst, however, he is not related to his General Hospital co-star Rebecca Herbst (who plays Elizabeth Webber, Ric Lansing's ex-wife).

Hearst has been married to wife Donna Smoot since 9 June 1990; they have two sons Cameron and Nicholas.[1]

In early 2013, Hearst became an independent Shop Consultant with the network marketing company "Market America/Shop.com [2]


His first film was titled Brain Damage directed by Frank Henenlotter. He has appeared in Days of Our Lives (1989–1990) as Scott "Scotty" Banning II, Guiding Light (1990–1996) as Alan-Michael Spaulding, The Young and the Restless (2000–2001) as the sinister Matt Clark, and The Bold and the Beautiful (2002, 2009-2011) as Whipple "Whip" Jones III. Since 2002, he has appeared on General Hospital (2002–2009) as Ric Lansing. His last airdate was June 25, 2009. Hearst returned to General Hospital February 24, 2014.

Hearst also had a recurring guest-star role on Beverly Hills, 90210, and has guest-starred on other TV series such as Jenny and Pacific Blue. In 2000, he starred as "Rocky" in the theater production of Aven'U Boys with Danica McKellar.

Hearst has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award seven times, winning for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" in 2004 and 2007 for his General Hospital role, after previously winning "Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series" for Guiding Light in 1991. He has also been nominated for four Soap Opera Digest Awards, winning "Outstanding Villain" for The Young and the Restless in 2001.

In 2005 Hearst filmed the lead role in Carpool Guy, directed by Corbin Bernsen.

As of 2012, Hearst holds the distinction of being the only living actor to have appeared on all four remaining soap operas.


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1988Brain DamageBrian
1989Crossing the LineRick Kagan
Days of Our LivesScott "Scotty" Banning II #31989–90
1990Guiding LightAlan-Michael Spaulding #21990–96
1997Beverly Hills, 90210Alan Black3 episodes
Alright AlreadyFrame Designer1 episode
JennyZak1 episode
1998Maggie WintersLance Rubacky
Pacific BlueFrank Kovac2 episodes; 1998-90
2000CharmedTroxa1 episode
2001The Young and the RestlessMatt Clark2000-01
Dead SexyBellhopas Richard Hearst
2002General HospitalRic Lansing2002–09; 2014–present
The Bold and the BeautifulWhipple "Whip" Jones III2002; 2009–11
2003SoapTalkHimselfGuest appearance
The ViewHimselfGuest appearance
PyramidHimselfGuest appearance
20041 Day with...HimselfGuest appearance
The Oprah Winfrey ShowHimselfGuest appearance
The Wayne Brady ShowHimselfGuest appearance
The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy AwardsHimself
2005The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy AwardsHimselfPresenter
Carpool GuyJoel
2010CastleDr. Elliot Lefcourt308: Murder Most Fowl


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