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Sam Behrens (born July 24, 1950) is an American television actor, best known for his roles as Jake Meyer on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital, Danny Waleska in the CBS prime time soap opera Knots Landing and as Gregory Richards in the NBC daytime soap opera, Sunset Beach. He is of German ancestry on his paternal side.

Sam Behrens
Born (1950-07-24) July 24, 1950 (age 69)
Years active1979–2007
Spouse(s)Shari Belafonte (m. 1989)


Life and careerEdit

Behrens was born Stanley Birnbaum to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York.[1][2] He has been married to Shari Belafonte since December 31, 1989.[3][4]

Behrens began his soap opera career on ABC's Ryan's Hope, playing Dr. Adam Cohen from 1979 to 1980. In 1980s. he moved from New York to Los Angeles, when was cast as Jake Meyer on General Hospital from 1983 to 1987. After recurring role on the NBC legal drama series, L.A. Law, Behrens was cast as Danny Waleska, Valene Ewing's (Joan Van Ark) new husband. He won Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villain: Prime Time for this role in 1991.[5] Behrens also guest starred on The Facts of Life and Murder, She Wrote, and played major roles in a number of made for television movies in early 1990s. He also had the recurring role in the ABC drama series, Homefront in 1993. In film, Behrens had supporting parts in American Blue Note (1989), and Alive (1993).

From 1997 to 1999, Behrens starred alongside Lesley-Anne Down in the NBC daytime soap opera Sunset Beach produced by Aaron Spelling. He received two additional nominations for Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villain: Daytime. Behrens made his final screen appearance in an episode of The Closer in 2007.


Year Title Role Notes
1979—1980 Ryan's Hope Dr. Adam Cohen Series regular
1983 Star 80 Businessman Uncredited
1983—1987 General Hospital Jake Meyer Series regular
1988 L.A. Law Charles Craft 3 episodes
1988 The Facts of Life Wes Mitchell 2 episodes
1988 Murder, She Wrote Kevin Styles Episode: "J.B.. as in Jailbird"
1989 American Blue Note Nat Joy
1990 Unspeakable Acts Herschell Television film
1990 Uncut Gem Lewis Television film
1989—1990 Knots Landing Danny Waleska 36 episodes
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villain: Prime Time (1991)
1990 Murder by Numbers Lee
1991 Murder, She Wrote Steve Lockner Episode: "Unauthorized Obituary"
1991 And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird Steve Franklin
1992 Beyond Reality The Man Episode: "Dancing with the Man"
1993 Alive Javier Methol
1993 Homefront Phil Havel 4 episodes
1994 Viper Frederick Lang Episode: "Past Tense"
1994 Shadow of Obsession Philip Television film
1996 Bermuda Triangle John Television film
1997—1999 Sunset Beach Gregory Richards
Tobias Richards
Series regular
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villain (1998—1999)
2002 That's Life Robert Comiskey Episode: "Baum's Thesis"
2002 The Young and the Restless Maxwell Hollister Recurring role
2007 The Closer Ken Scott Episode: "Lovers Leap"


  1. ^ "Sam Behrens - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  2. ^ Bloom, Nate (November 17, 2011). "Jewish Stars 11/18". Cleveland Jewish News. Actress Shari Belafonte, 57, is Harry's daughter with his first wife. Shari's husband since 1989 is Jewish soap opera actor Sam Behrens, 61.
  3. ^ "Gadsden Times - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Well, Hush Our Mouth—Harry's Shari (Belafonte) and Knots Landing's Sam Behrens Found Love on Location". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  5. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1991". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2013.

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