Ben Hogestyn’s first official soap opera role was that of Lucas Jones on “General Hospital.” He played the character from 2005 through 2006, replacing fan-favorite Ryan Carnes. During this time, Lucas was coming to terms with the fact that he was gay, and he eventually told Georgie Jones (Lindze Letherman). The fallout of Lucas coming out was a major storyline for Hogestyn, as it not only touched on real-life issues, but it also set a precedent for more gay characters to come on soap operas.

The second soap opera Hogestyn appeared on was “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He played the character of Harry Jackson, the son of a Marone Industries crew member. Nick Marone (Jack Wagner) hired Harry to come to Los Angeles and fix his houseboat, where Harry met Phoebe Forrester (Mackenzie Mauzy). Phoebe was being blackmailed into dating Shane McGrath (Dax Griffin), and Harry got into a fight with him over the deception; Shane left town, and Harry left in search of him, never to be seen again.

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