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Overview (3)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Birth NameSean Perelman
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sean Kanan's career encompasses many facets of the entertainment world including actor, author, comedian, and producer. Early in his career, Kanan was chosen at an open call by Oscar-winning Director, John Avildsen from over 2000 hopefuls for the role of Mike Barnes in the Karate Kid III. He went on to create two iconic characters, AJ QUARTERMAINE (GH) and DEACON SHARP (B&B/Y&R). Kanan's popularity as DEACON in Italy and ability to speak fluent Italian landed him on the Italian version of the popular show Dancing with the Stars where he lasted 9 weeks.

On the comedy stage, Kanan has performed at some of the countries leading clubs including the Laugh Factory, the Comedy Store, Dangerfield's, the Brokerage, Uncle Vinny's and other venues. On the theater stage, he has performed in Sam Shepard's True West twice, once at the Zephyr theater and once at the Palm Canyon Theater.

Sean penned The Modern Gentleman; Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan (Dunham Books) and Secret of My Success. Kanan co-hosted a celebrity parenting radio talk show called Kanan's Rules, available for download on iTunes podcast. Sean Kanan spends his free time studying martial arts, writing scripts, cooking, performing his stand-up routine and further pursuing the study of the Italian, French, Mandarin, Russian and Japanese language. Sean also dedicates much of his time to numerous charitable and nonprofit endeavors including ASPCA, anti-bullying and the Red Cross.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michele Kanan

Spouse (2)

Michelle Vega (July 2012 - present)
Athena Ubach (26 September 1999 - 2001) ( divorced)

Trivia (20)

Was a bouncer at Father's, a bar in Boston.
Attended Boston University for two years before graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in political science.
Collects baseball cards from the 1940s and 1950s.
Graduated Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, 1985; school also attended by James Stewart, 1927-1928.
He nearly died in 1988 from injuries suffered making The Karate Kid Part III (1989).
Former brother-in-law of Alanna Ubach.
He is related to former on-screen brother, Steve Burton, by marriage.
Has a daughter, Simone Andrea Kanan (b. late 2001), with former co-star on The Bold and the Beautiful (1987), Gladise Jiminez. Simone lives with her mother, but Sean is very much a part of her life.
During Christmas 1999, he accompanied Christie Brinkley and Al Franken as guests of Secretary of Defense William Cohen, to Bosnia and Kosovo where they entertained U.S. troops.
Partner: Jessica Hammerschlag, with whom he has a movie production company.
In 1995, six years after making The Karate Kid Part III (1989) (in which he performed most of his own stuntwork), he made a public appearance at the Eagle Rock Plaza in Southern California. The first person in Kanan's autograph line asked him to sign "Mike Barnes," following Sean's own name. Kanan happily obliged; according to himself, it was the first time he had ever been asked for an "autograph" from his KK3 character.
Attended Boston University where he majored in Political Science.
Has a dog named Max.
Completed his degree at UCLA.
Laughingly refers to Mike Barnes, his character from The Karate Kid Part III (1989), as "Johnny to the Tenth Power".
Endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Born on the same day as David Schwimmer.
He is of mostly Russian Jewish and Lithuanian Jewish descent.
Sean has a degree in Political Science from UCLA.
Sean is extremely well known in Italy and speaks Italian.

Personal Quotes (1)

When fans ask me for advice, here's what I tell them: "Work for a living, but don't live for the working".

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