Lenny on GENERAL HOSPITAL has been an important part of the Nixon Falls storyline and fans have grown fond of the bar owner but recent developments have them concerned about the character’s future on the soap. Lenny first appeared in January 2021 and has been played by actor Rif Hutton, who has an extensive resume that reaches back into the ‘80s including appearances on soaps like DAYS OF OUR LIVES and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. Sadly, his run on GH was not long enough for many fans.
Lenny Caulfield was introduced as the husband of wife Phyllis Caulfield when she brought a man named “Mike” to his bar, the Tan-O, in the hopes of giving the struggling man some help. Lenny was initially reluctant, but ultimately agreed to offer “Mike” a job as a dishwasher and a room where he could live. Of course, none of them were aware that “Mike” is really Sonny Corinthos suffering from amnesia!
“Mike” helped subdue a guy who attempted to rob the bar, but then later began acting erratically and Lenny grew concerned when Phyllis suspected he could be bipolar. But Lenny agreed to allow “Mike” to continue working and living at the Tan-O under the condition that he receive treatment. When the Tan-O was robbed and trashed, “Mike” was the prime suspect, but Lenny joined Phyllis in defending their new friend. Grateful, Mike entered a high-stakes poker game to win the money the Caulfields needed to save their business.
When Lenny collapsed in the bar, he confided to Phyllis that he had been diagnosed with heart trouble. However, the following month, Lenny’s condition worsened and when Phyllis insisted he see a specialist in New York City, it was revealed that he had advanced pancreatic cancer. “Mike” suggested that there was still treatment, but Lenny feared the costs and didn’t want to leave his wife bankrupt.
Tragically, treatment wasn’t an option for Lenny. After undergoing a biopsy, he chose to return home where he would be more comfortable. Lenny wanted to enjoy every moment he had left, and treated his wife to a dance before running out of energy and needing a rest. Sadly, “Mike” checked on Lenny later and found that he had passed away peacefully resting on the porch.
Stay tuned to GH to see how Lenny’s friends and loved ones move on without him.
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