Born in West Germany on April 22, 1971, but raised in Australia, Ingo Rademacher has become one of the most adored soap stars in the history of General Hospital, having spent 18 years on the show. Outside of acting, he's also excelled in numerous sports. Recently, Rademacher proved he's got grace as well as athleticism, almost making it to the finals in the 2013 season of Dancing with the Stars.
Ingo Rademacher was born on April 22, 1971, in Iserlohn-Letmathe, West Germany. Gifted at sports as a child, he was already a ski champion at age 8. In his youth, he was also a recognized equestrian. At age 10, Rademacher's parents moved his family to New South Wales, Australia, to oversee a cattle ranch and Angora goat station before turning to vegetable farming. Growing up, Rademacher always pitched in to help the family, when he wasn't busy adding new sports to his repertoire, like beach volleyball, surfing, mountain biking and triathlete events.
Model Turned Soap Star
While it appeared Rademacher might make one of his athletic pursuits a permanent profession, he had other ideas in mind. After high school, he pursued modeling and acting. At age 22, he got his shot at TV on the Aussie soap Paradise Beach. The series tanked within a year, and Rademacher headed to Los Angeles to continue acting. In 1996, he landed the role of Jasper "Jax" Jacks on the long-running General Hospital. His onscreen chemistry with actress Vanessa Marcil (as Brenda Barrett) made them one of the show's favorite couples. In 2000, he left GH for an Aaron Spelling prime-time drama, Titans. It flopped soon after its premiere, and Rademacher returned to GH in 2001, remaining on the show until 2011.
'Dancing with the Stars'
Rademacher tackled new terrain in 2012 with a feature film, Tyler Perry's Alex Cross, opposite Matthew Fox and Ed Burns. But he was about to take on a bigger performing challenge, one requiring serious stamina. He was picked to partner up with fellow Aussie Kym Johnson for the 2013 season of Dancing with the Stars. Rademacher danced everything from the Viennese waltz to the samba. His best, the Charleston, earned a judge's praise for being "bubbly and full of fizz." Still, he was eliminated right before the finals.
Happy in Hawaii
After DWTS, the entertainer headed home to Hawaii, where he lives his wife, Ehiku, whom he married in 2009, and their sons, Peanut Kai and Pohaku. The actor explained his elder son's name to People by saying that Peanut "represented joy and happiness to us," while Kai means "water" in Hawaiian. He has also returned to all his athletic endeavors, including a new passion, paddleboarding. Rademacher took part in a 32-mile stand-up paddleboard race from Molokai to Oahu. Next up, besides more time on the Hawaiian waters, could be a return to GH if the rumors are right. "I'm always open to coming back, for short periods," Rademacher said in an interview with Xfinity.
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