Chad Duell’s life from high school dropout to ‘marrying’ Courtney Hope

Darcy Rafter August 17, 2022
Chad Duell’s life from high school dropout to ‘marrying’ Courtney Hope
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General Hospital’s Chad Duell who portrays Michael Corinthos, is really living out his American dream as he has gone from dropping out of high school to becoming an accomplished actor.

Since Chad Duell first touched down in Port Charles back in 2010, he has become a daytime soap opera veteran. 

Devoted fans love knowing about his life away from the canvas so read on to discover more about his iconic legacy.

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Chad Duell’s General Hospital role

The character of Michael Corinthos was born on-screen back in 1997 as the child of Carly Corinthos who was being raised by his mother’s friend, Jason Morgan.

From the onset, Michael was immersed in drama, even as a baby, as he was born with a severe heart condition and his mother suffered from postpartum depression.

The actor has been met with several tough storylines over the years, including his character’s stint in prison and Michael’s turbulent relationship with Willow (Katelyn MacMullen).

Chad Duell was actually the fifth reincarnation of Michael and he has now played the role for 12 years. Within a year of playing the character, Duell was ranked at No.5 on Daytime Confidential’s list of top 10 Soap Newcomers of 2010.

Over the years Duell has also been nominated twice for the Daytime Emmy Award for Supporting Actor, winning that category in 2015.

Inside Chad Duell’s life

Chad Duell is a famous actor who was born on September 14, 1987.

Chad is originally from Arizona and his family settled in the Scottsdale area. As a young aspiring actor, he dropped out of school before what would have been his senior year to pursue his career. After leaving school, he relocated to Los Angeles in order to get more auditions and begin achieving his dreams.

Before being cast on GH, Duell had a role in the Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place and appeared in The Suite Life on Deck.

Chad Duell’s relationships explored

Chad was in a relationship with Taylor Novack and they were married for a few months in 2012 before deciding to call it quits.

He was also dating actress Courtney Hope in 2016 and they were quickly established as the hot new couple in soap gossip. Duell eventually got down on one knee on Valentine’s Day 2021, after 5 years of dating, during a beachside picnic with a dozen roses and a giant teddy bear.

Not long after, Hope and Duell married in a red and black Till Death-themed wedding in Malibu in October 2021. The actress wore a gown made with lace detail and a tulle skirt with Hollywood glam to complete the look.

However, the 34-year-old actor and 32-year-old actress “quietly called it quits” and then announced their split in December 2021 after less than two months of marriage.

Chad Duell explains that they “weren’t really married”

Duell revealed more about his love life whilst appearing on the 30 January 2022 episode of Maurice Benard’s State Of Mind podcast. His on-screen dad asked him about his split from fellow castmate Courtney Hope.

Duell called it “a complicated situation”, admitting that they “didn’t actually sign anything. We weren’t really, like, you know, married or anything.”

Talking to Maurice Benard about the split, Duell confessed: “It’s a complicated situation. I’m not going to get into detail, but it’s not what people think.”

However, they certainly haven’t left it on a bitter note as Duell called her “an amazing person, an amazing woman and an amazing dog mom”.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.