Jason Gerhardt, born in Austin, Minnesota, is an American actor, best known for his role as Cooper Barrett on the American ABC daytime drama "General Hospital."
At a young age, Gerhardt lived in many other cities in the Midwest when his father got promoted in his company Hormel, best known as the producer of Spam luncheon meat.
It was in Nebraska that Gerhardt made his first foray into acting. He was cast as “The Claus” in his elementary school production of “The North Pole Goes Rock-n-Roll.” Though this role could have launched him into Hollywood stardom, he was more interested in sports than acting, at the time.
It wasn’t until high school that Gerhardt was encouraged by friends and family to once pursue acting. He joined the show choir and performed in a few musicals and plays. Even with all of that experience, acting still wasn’t his calling…just yet. He left for college with the goal of becoming an investment banker or maybe a politician.
Attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison was a life changing experience for Gerhardt. It was there that he joined the University of Wisconsin gospel choir and met some amazing friends.
With his degree in accounting, Gerhardt headed to Kansas City to work for Sprint. In his time outside of work, he was very active in children’s ministries for various churches, and was the lead singer in a church band.
When his promising career at Sprint was cut short due to corporate downsizing, Gerhardt took that as a sign that it was time to follow his heart. He began to see that acting was what he was meant to do.
Gerhardt's first step was to sign with Exposure, Inc., a local KC talent agency, and to enroll in some acting classes. Through Exposure he did some modeling and industrial video work, while picking up whatever odd job he could find.
Through one of Gerhardt’s auditions, yet another rejection, he was fortunate to meet his current manager and friend, Anthony Barnao. This was a big step for Jason that started opening doors previously closed to him. Not only does Anthony serve as Jason’s manager, but he is also a gifted teacher and acting coach who has helped Jason to hone his skills.
Gerhardt's first acting role came in 2006, when he had a small role in "The Doers of Coming Deeds", a short drama, directed by Jerry Buteyn. A year later, he landed his big break, on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital," playing the part of Cooper Barrett.
An avid sports fan, Gerhardt enjoys playing tennis, football, basketball and gymnastics.
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