Normally I list the Character Profile videos Spauldingfield makes as posts only if they are in some way related to Manny OR are characters I really like. This time I’m going to do two characters that don’t fit either category.
Nick McHenry – Not a big Lujack fan or Nick McHenry Spaulding fan I’m afraid. Oh, he started out pretty good. While Mindy was being played by Kimberly Simms they were pretty magical and some of the later Eve is a psycho breaking them up stuff was kind of fun, but two bad Mindy recasts in a row were more than the pairing could stand. Once it was revealed Nick was really a Spaulding (Lujack’s twin than Alex didn’t know she had because his father sold him) the character went downhill fast. This video does a good job of summarizing Nick’s life, with the one exception that after Nick and Susan’s last on screen appearance they are mentioned again several times as living happily in Europe. No children, but Susan hadn’t yet developed full blown AIDS either.
Brent Lawerence-Marian Crane – Although there were more evil characters who just didn’t care, like Susan Piper, and more damaged people you liked anyway, like Roger Thorpe, probably the most genuinely psycho character ever on Guiding Light was Brent Lawrence who after raping Lucy Cooper and just generally being violent and awful, came back as a woman and was even more out of her mind. She killed two long term, if supporting, and well liked characters Nadine Cooper (Harley and Frank’s mom) and Patrick Cutter (a detective on the SFPD that was actually good at his job). The world of Springfield was a poorer place for the time Brent-Marian spent there, but everyone has to admire way actor Frank Beaty who played the role did it. He was interviewed for this short article in Entertainment Weekly among others garnering lots of press for the show.
Sadly he doesn’t seem to have done a lot since then.