By Michele Dargan

The more than I see Dante Falconeri, the more I like him.

Ever since he stepped into Port Charles, I have liked the evolution of the character, who was first introduced as Dominic Pirelli – a member of the Zacchara mob.

We saw his soft side pretty much from the beginning, when he encountered Morgan and Carly in the woods – and let them go. If he was really a hard core mobster, it wouldn’t have ended that way.

I liked the way he fast-talked his way into Sonny’s organization – despite the fact that Sonny knew from the jump that Dominic was the one who confronted Morgan and Carly in the woods.

He’s a charmer, for sure.

But an honest and earnest one – and those are the qualities that I love most about the character.

Portrayer Dominic Zamprogna has endeared himself to fans with his sincere concern for people and those soulful eyes.

Dominic Zamprogna as Dante Falconeri  ABC/William Foster

Dominic Zamprogna as Dante Falconeri ABC/William Foster

And then to find out that he’s Dante Falconeri, a cop, a good guy…..


And the kicker?

He’s the son of Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) and mob kingpin Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) – the man he’s trying to take down.

Sonny, Dante and Olivia  ABC/Michael Yarish

Sonny, Dante and Olivia ABC/Michael Yarish

Of course neither Dante nor Sonny know the truth.

Which has me wondering —– how and when will they each find out AND what will happen???

I must say, it’s intriguing.

But I’m soooo eager for the whole thing to play out and get the answers.

In the meantime, I’m lovin’ Dante and Lulu together.

Julie Berman as Lulu is playful and fun around Dante.

Lulu and Dante  ABC/Adam Larkey

Lulu and Dante ABC/Adam Larkey

Lulu deserves someone who can make her smile – and he does.

And I love the fact they didn’t just jump into bed and, instead, the writers are taking the time to ease into their relationship.

And with Lulu, the daughter of famed supercouple Luke and Laura, and Dante, the son of the iconic Sonny……well, there’s no telling the potential of the longterm matchup of these two.

9 thoughts on “Dante Falconeri – A Great Addition to General Hospital

  1. Paula
    December 16, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Hi Michele!

    I agree, I love this character and D.Z. has been doing an amazing job in this role. I love the fact that General Hospital was able to cast someone who not only looks like Sonny, but has been able to mimic a lot of his mannerisms. And I can’t wait for the father/son thing to come out either. It has been a long time coming and it will be interesting to see how that revelation affects them and Olivia. And I completely agree with you about the pace of the Dante/Lulu relationship. I love the fact that the writers are allowing this relationship to evolve over time. I will admit Lulu has a tendency to get on my nerves every now and then, but it is refreshing to see her in a romantic relationship, without the constant threat of violence.

  2. SallyV
    December 16, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I’m loving the Dante/Lulu relationship too. I’m glad they finally have Lulu with someone she has so much charisma with. I jsut wish she wasn’t so suddenly a Sonny-lover. Where did that come from?
    Ah well, hopefully the writers will keep it up for these two…they are ruining the other two “good” couples on the show, Olivia and Johnny & Carly and Jax. We need some happy couples.

  3. soapbox1
    December 16, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Paula and Sally!
    Thanks for the great commentary on one of my fave soap opera characters to come along in a long time. I just hope he sticks around.
    Paula – I just wonder how long TPTB will make us wait for the big revelation and I’m so interested to see what the effects will be. The interchange today was very interesting between Sonny and Lucky about Lucky”s “conflict of interest” and when Lucky steps aside the next cop won’t be “nearly as understanding” as Lucky. Lucky knows Dante is a cop but doesn’t know he’s Sonny’s son….Won’t HE be surprised! Talk about conflict of interest!
    Sally – I think Lulu’s allegiance to Sonny stems from his long-standing friendship with Luke. But I do think her reaction was stronger than normal when she found out Dante was a cop after Sonny.
    I do really like Olivia and Johnny – their chemistry together is great – and I love the fact that he is still sticking with Olivia despite her complications with Dante and Sonny. I do like Carly and Jax too….I like them MUCH better together than I like them apart. So let’s hope they stay together.

    Thanks to both of you for posting 🙂

  4. Paula
    December 17, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Hi Michele and Sally!

    I agree, the revelation of Dante being Sonny’s son is going to make things more complicated for a lot of people, especially if it comes out that Jax knew about this all along.

    I also agree that Lulu has been a little overprotective of Sonny lately. I understand her being concerned for him because she has a personal connection to him, but even Carly doesn’t defend him that much these days. lol!

  5. mendie
    December 17, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Being the obsessive Battlestar Galatica fan that I am when I found out that the guy who played Jammer was going to be on GH I clapped my hands in Glee. Although he wasn’t on BSG for very long he left a lasting impression and showed the beginnings of a talent that hasn’t been fully tapped. I love the fact that not only did the SciFi community have a chance to witness this rising star, but now so does the Daytime community. I am also grateful that fellow bloggers like Michele see what a great actor GH has on it’s hand as well. Now let’s just hope that the rest of the industry let’s us keep him for awhile before they try and steal him away.

  6. Michele
    December 18, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Hi Mendie!

    Thanks for the 411 on Domenic being on Battlestar Galactica. I had no idea! But I am real pleased that maybe the Sci-Fi contingent will follow him over to the soap genre….We can hope!
    I def hope that TPTB see the immense potential in this character and, especially, this actor and keep him on the show for a looooong time.

    I hope Dante doesn’t go the way of some who came and left before him, namely Georgie, Logan and Coop.
    I’m still REALLY mad about Georgie, btw. SO MANY missed opportunities there!
    Thanks for posting!

  7. Kimi
    January 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I LOVE Dante! CZ is a great actor & I can’t wait for him to interact with Sonny! I’m glad Johnny knows the truth because Olivia’s gonna need somebody when the truth comes out. I also like the slow pace of his relationship with Lulu, they are great together. Wasn’t sure I’d ever like Lulu again but now I do 🙂 I also like the friendship he’s building with Lucky, imagine the chats they’re gonna have when the truth comes out too!

  8. Kelley
    February 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I think this guy is the best to come along on GH in a very long time. I love Dante, Olivia and Lulu. I felt like the show was starting to drag, but it has so caught my attention again. I love this guy and I hope GH recognizes his talent and pays him well so he won’t be pulled away by some greater offer. LOVE HIM!!!

  9. soapbox1
    February 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Kelley!

    I can’t agree more! I do think Dominic Zamprogna has really added so much to GH and he has gotten a legion of fans in a relatively short time. And you are so right about the show —- the reveal on this storyline has been riveting.
    Thanks for posting!