A major league ballplayer–and a well-loved soap opera star.
John Beradino’s mother wanted to see her son’s name in lights; his father wanted him to be a famous ball player. In the end, he would end up living up to both expectations.
Beradino appeared in a few silent “Our Gang” comedy shorts as a child, but it was baseball that would dominate his early adulthood. He played professional baseball from 1937 until a leg injury ended his career in 1953.
A defensive standout at second base and shortstop, Beradino hit .249 with 387 RBIs and 36 homers in 912 games with the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Beradino was also a member of the 1948 World Champion Cleveland Indians, playing with Hall of Famers Lou Boudreau, Satchel Paige, Larry Doby and Bob Feller.
As his baseball career was winding down, John took on a new career in Hollywood. For 33 years, he portrayed Doctor Steve Hardy on the ABC TV soap opera “General Hospital.” He appeared as Dr. Hardy in the soap opera from its debut on April 1, 1963 until a week before his death on May 19, 1996, in Beverly Hills, California.
Before “General Hospital,” Beradino played Sgt. Vince Cavelli in the crime show “The New Breed,” which aired from 1961-62. He also appeared in a 1955 episode of “Superman.”
The actor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993 as “General Hospital” marked its 30th anniversary.
He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.