Brick on GENERAL HOSPITAL might also look familiar to some sports fans out there because portrayer Stephen A. Smith is a sports reporter who appears on ESPN2’s FIRST TAKE and hosts his own SirusXM radio show. However, he is also a huge GH fan. “I have four older sisters, and when we came home from school, all the TV’s in the house were on GH,” Smith told ESPN Front Row. “Since I wasn’t allowed outside until I finished my homework, I watched the soap every day.”
When Maurice Benard (Sonny) was a guest on FIRST TAKE in 2015, he recognized Smith’s love for the soap and arranged for him to have a role as Brick, a surveillance expert for the mob. And though the reporter is a huge fan, he was able to contain his nerves. “Since I have watched the show for so long, I know Sonny and his mannerisms,” Smith confided. “So the scene was like talking to a long-lost friend. I knew him and how he goes about things. I imagined all that and it helped relax me.”
Smith made his first appearance as Brick back on March 31 and April 1 of 2016, and popped back into Port Charles again in August of the same year. In 2017, he returned at the beginning of February for another brief visit. Then he made a couple more appearances in the fall helping Sonny Corinthos trace the mysterious call from Russia that was part of the storyline where Patient Six was revealed to be Jason Morgan back from the dead. As a tech expert, he also popped up in 2018 to help fix up the cell phone of Sonny’s dad, Mike Corbin, whose Alzheimer’s was worsening.
Brick returned in February of 2019 to offer Sonny some help in tracking down a missing Dante Falconeri, and then again in July to help forge records to indicate that Turkish teen Dev was actually a distant member of Sonny’s family. In 2020, Brick was back to help gather intel for Sonny about new enemy Cyrus Renault, and also managed to track down Julian Jerome so Sonny could go confront him for the bomb that killed Dev. In 2021, Brick helped Jason and Carly maintain the business against Cyrus’ attacks while Sonny was presumed dead. After Jason was shot rescuing Britt, Brick helped get the pair to a safe house.
In March 2022, Sonny asked Brick to coordinate with Damian Spinelli to find a digital trail for whoever leaked the sex tape of Cameron and Josslyn. Then, Sonny introduced Brick to his newest employee, Dex Heller. After Brick felt Dex was too cocky and reckless, Sonny defended him but also asked Brick to look into his past. In November, Brick met Sonny’s new flame, Nina Reeves, who later reported to Sonny that she’d seen Brick and Carly together. Brick assured Sonny he wasn’t having an affair with Carly, but declined to break her trust by revealing why she had contacted him. At the end of the year, Sonny contacted Brick to ask him to research Pikeman Security Group, as they wanted to work with him.
After Dex rescued Sonny from an assassination attempt at a warehouse, Brick was called in to investigate but he was unable to uncover the shooter’s true identity or who they were working for and warned Sonny he had a powerful enemy. So Sonny made sure Brick was on hand for the actual deal with Pikeman to move explosives through Port Charles, an exchange that Dex captured on video for Michael Corinthos, who later opted not to use it to destroy his father.
Stay tuned to see how Brick helps the Corinthos clan next!
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