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H. Wesley Kenney
Born January 3, 1926
Dayton, Ohio[1]
Died January 13, 2015
Santa Monica, California[1]
Age 89 (at death)
Spouse Heather North (1971-2015)
Children Nina
General Hospital
Position Executive Producer
Duration 1987-89

Harry Wesley Kenney, Jr.[1] was an American producer and director of several television shows, including General Hospital.


Kenney is best known for his work on soap operas, producing and directing Days of our Lives from 1968 to 1979, and then becoming Co-Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless, a spot he held from 1982 to 1987. Under Kenney's run as Y&R's Co-Executive Producer, he helped the show win three daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series in 1983, 1985, and 1986. From 1987 to 1989, Kenney replaced the legendary Gloria Monty as Executive Producer of General Hospital. He also became General Hospital's Head Writer during the 1988 WGA strike.

Kenney's directing credits include All in the Family, Big John, Little John, Inside Detective, and Flo.

He married actress Heather North in 1971 after meeting her on the set of Days of our Lives (she was playing the part of Sandy Horton at the time).

Kenney is retired from directing, and is now a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Positions held on General Hospital

Predecessor Executive Producer Successor
Gloria Monty
H. Wesley Kenney
Joseph Hardy

Predecessor Head Writer Successor
Ann Marcus
Norma Monty
H. Wesley Kenney
Ann Marcus
Norma Monty

See also


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