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Wondering when GENERAL HOSPITAL's Mike will return from gambling rehab? Apparently, not anytime soon! Ron Hale, who's played Sonny's pop since 1995, tells Soaps In Depth exclusively that he decided several weeks ago to retire, and has actually already made his last GH appearance. And why not, given his alter ego's diminished presence over the past few years? While he takes a pragmatic view of the situation ("It wouldn't do me any good to vent about things," he suggests), Hale also acknowledges that when it comes to Mike, he often felt as if the show failed to take advantage of his unique position in Sonny's life. "Who has the ability to push Sonny's buttons like Mike?" the actor asks. "Nobody. Nobody else can say those things to Sonny and live!"
For more on Hale's decision, see the issue of Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, February 7. And join the daytime vet in looking back on his illustrious career -- the guy was RYAN'S HOPE's Roger, for heaven's sake! -- in the issue on sale Monday, February 21!