General Hospital fans will be in for a bit of a surprise over the next week when a new actor steps into the role of Patrick Drake. But fear not, GH fans. The recast is only temporary.
Erickson is not a newcomer to daytime television. He appeared from 1996 to 1998 as Anthony James Chamberlain on CBS's Guiding Light. He also earned fans for a recurring role as Percy West on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. More recently, Erickson could be seen on the primetime soap Fashion House.
The Canadian-born Thompson checked in to General Hospital in 2005.
The reason for Thompson's exit is said to be "personal reasons." No additional details were given.