'General Hospital' Actor Parry Shen

He's best known as scheming lab tech Brad Cooper

Lucas and Brad
Lucas and Brad.

Parry Shen's portrayal of lab tech Brad Cooper on "General Hospital "  was that of a blackmailing bad guy when the character was first introduced. But as with many soap opera villains, the character mellowed over time. He began to show vulnerability when he met Felix and developed a relationship with Lucas Jones,  resulting in the first same-sex marriage in "General Hospital" history. 

But ever since he arrived on the scene at "General Hospital," Brad has been courting trouble, and he's become a guy who fans love to hate.

But as for the actor who plays Brad, the two couldn't be more different. Parry Shen is a highly experienced performer, who despite his portrayal of a sleazy character is a down-to-earth person.

Private Life of Parry Shen

Shen often speaks at universities about the work of an actor and the challenges facing Asian American actors. 

He was born in Queens, New York, on June 26, 1973, to a businessman father and a nurse mother. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo until 1995 and worked with incoming freshmen, helping them with orientation. 

Shen also is the co-author of a graphic novel, "Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology," published by The New Press. 

Shen and his wife Kim, a fourth-grade teacher, live in the Los Angeles area with their two daughters, Avery and Kori.  

Parry Shen Acting Experience

As an actor, he started out singing "Give My Regards to Broadway" on an episode of the sitcom "Caroline in the City" in 1997, then moved on to guest roles on hit shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Suddenly Susan," "Beverly Hills 90210," "The King of Queens," "Chicago Hope," "NCIS," "Criminal Minds," and others.

 

In 2002, Shen starred in the acclaimed film "Better Luck Tomorrow " for MTV Films, playing the head of an Asian American group of what we used to call "brains" (smart kids) who take to crime.

Critic Roger Ebert said the film "depicts a chilling hidden side of suburban affluence," giving it four out of four stars.

Of Shen, he wrote, "Parry Shen gives a watchful and wary undertone to his all-American boy."

Shen followed up with The New Guy in 2002 and became part of the Hatchet horror film series. In between, he kept busy with primetime television appearances and voiceovers for video games. He also did the Cantonese language dubbing for the Chinatown section of  the movie "Spiderman 2." 

In 2012, he appeared in a romantic comedy, "Yes, We're Open."  And in 2014, he made his debut as a producer on a film he also wrote, called "Unidentified." In 2012, he appeared in a romantic comedy, "Yes, We're Open." 

Parry Shen's Views on the Acting Business

Shen's attitude is that acting is a business.  He believes in marketing himself as a product and passing along his knowledge to others. He understands that you can't sit back and wait for your agent to call or for someone to just hand you a job while you're sitting at home watching television.