Actor John Beradino is best known for playing wise, beneficent Dr. Steve Hardy on the soap opera General Hospital since the show's inception in 1963 until a few months prior to his death in May 1996. His acting career began in childhood when he made a few appearances in the Our Gang comedies. Between 1937 and 1953, Bearding was a professional baseball player. Over his career as a second baseman and shortstop, he hit .249 and 387 RBI with 36 homers in 912 games with the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates. A knee injury forced his retirement and he returned to acting. Before landing his General Hospital role, Beradino guest starred on numerous series and was a regular on the short-lived cop show, The New Breed (1960-1961). As Dr. Hardy on GH, Beradino earned three Emmy nominations. In 1993, he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.