Rick Hearst

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

Rick Hearst
Richard Charles Herbst

(1965-01-04) January 4, 1965 (age 56)
Years active1988-present
Donna Smoot
(m. 1990)
Children2 sons

Early lifeEdit

Hearst was born Richard Charles Herbst on January 4, 1965, in Howard Beach, New York and raised in Dallas, Texas.

Personal lifeEdit

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


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. He 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.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Other notes
1988 Brain Damage Brian
1989 Crossing the Line Rick Kagan
Days of Our Lives Scott "Scotty" Banning II #3 1989–90
1990 Guiding Light Alan-Michael Spaulding #2 1990–96
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Alan Black 3 episodes
Alright Already Frame Designer 1 episode
Jenny Zak 1 episode
1998 Maggie Winters Lance Rubacky
Pacific Blue Frank Kovac 2 episodes; 1998-90
2000 Charmed Troxa 1 episode
2001 The Young and the Restless Matt Clark 2000-01
Dead Sexy Bellhop as Richard Hearst
2002 General Hospital Ric Lansing 2002–09; 2014–present
The Bold and the Beautiful Whipple "Whip" Jones III 2002; 2009–11
2003 SoapTalk Himself Guest appearance
The View Himself Guest appearance
Pyramid Himself Guest appearance
2004 1 Day with... Himself Guest appearance
The Oprah Winfrey Show Himself Guest appearance
The Wayne Brady Show Himself Guest appearance
The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Himself
2005 The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Himself Presenter
Carpool Guy Joel
2010 Castle Dr. Elliot Lefcourt 308: Murder Most Fowl
2017 Daytime Divas Ted Windsor 4 episodes
2018 Dynasty Senator Paul Daniels Guest appearance


  1. ^ Profile, soap-passion.com; accessed April 24, 2015.

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