‘General Hospital’ Actor Johnny Wactor Fatally Shot In Catalytic Converter Theft Attempt

Tragedy struck the entertainment world early Saturday when “General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor was shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles during an attempted catalytic converter theft. The 37-year-old, known for his role as Brando Corbin on the long-running soap opera, encountered three masked suspects allegedly trying to steal the valuable car part around 3:30 a.m.

According to Wactor’s mother, Scarlett, and law enforcement sources, the actor was walking a co-worker to her vehicle after their shift at a rooftop bar when he noticed the thieves near his own car. Initially thinking it was being towed, Wactor approached the suspects to speak with them. One of the masked individuals then looked up and fatally shot the actor before fleeing the scene with the others in a vehicle.

The “General Hospital” family expressed their heartbreak over Wactor’s passing, remembering him as “truly one of a kind and a pleasure to work with each and every day.” Colleagues, including Jon Lindstrom and Nancy Lee Grahn, took to social media to share their shock and grief, describing Wactor as a kind, unassuming and talented young man.

Wactor, who appeared in 164 episodes of “General Hospital” between 2020 and 2022 before being written off the show, also had roles in other television series such as “Siberia,” “Army Wives” and “Criminal Minds.” He is survived by his mother and two younger brothers.

The theft of catalytic converters, which contain valuable metals and can be resold on the black market for over $1,000, has seen a significant increase across the country in recent years. As of Sunday afternoon, no suspects have been arrested in connection with Wactor’s murder.