Chad Allen by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com
, who is known to TV viewers from his run on
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
and once famously claimed that he had been blacklisted by Hollywood after he "came out" in 1996, has signed on for
General Hospital: Night Shift
in a guest-starring role.
Over the course of three episodes, the first airing Sept. 23, Allen will play Eric, a patient in need of a liver transplant, and who develops a relationship with first-year resident Kyle (played by Adam Grimes) while undergoing treatment.
"We're delighted to have Chad join our show because not only is he a remarkable actor, he's an amazing activist," says
head writer Sri Rao. "I welcome the honesty authenticity that he will bring to our show."
Allen's other TV credits include guest gigs on
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