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Sean Kanan
Born Sean Perelman
November 2, 1966
Cleveland, Ohio
Age 53
Spouse Athena Ubach (1999–2001)
Michele Vega (2012–present)
Children Peter (step; b.1993)
Gigi (step; b.1996)
Annie (step; b.2000)
Julie (step; b.2000)
Simone Andrea Kanan (b.2001)
General Hospital
Character A.J. Quartermaine
Duration 1993-97, 2012-14

Sean Kanan (born November 2, 1966) is an American actor, best known for his portrayals of A. J. Quartermaine on General Hospital and Deacon Sharpe on The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

Personal life and career

Kanan was born as Sean Perelman to Dale and Michele Perelman in Cleveland, Ohio. His family later relocated to New Castle, Pennsylvania. He attended Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, Boston University and UCLA where he earned a degree in political science. His family owns and operates Kings Jewelry.

As a teenager, years prior to his role in The Karate Kid, Part III, Kanan originally trained in boxing before switching to Shotokan Karate and kickboxing at age 13. During the filming of the movie he trained in Shitō-ryū at a school run by Karate master Fumio Demura, and with stunt coordinator and Tang Soo Do master Pat E. Johnson.

He has a daughter Simone, from a previous relationship. Through his wife Michele, he is a step-father to son Peter and three daughters: Gigi, and twins Annie and Juliet.


Year Title Role Notes
The Karate Kid III Mike Barnes  
Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster Jeff Sorrento  
1992 Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss Mark Stratton  
1993 Step by Step Michael  
1993-1997, 2012-2014 General Hospital A. J. Quartermaine  
1999 Sunset Beach Jude Cavanaugh  
The Bold and the Beautiful Deacon Sharpe  
2001 10 Attitudes Craig  
March Julian March  
Chasing Holden Alex Patterson  
2009-12 The Young and the Restless Deacon Sharpe  
2010 My Trip to the Dark Side David Prince  
2011 My Trip Back to the Dark Side David Prince  
2012 Desperate Housewives Jason  
Happily Divorced Keith  


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