Actor HistoryJoseph Bottoms
Episode Tenure: 296-436; 843-849; 1173-1183; 1446-1454
Airdates: September 23, 1985 to April 15, 1986; December 9 to December 17, 1987; March 27 to April 10, 1989; April 24 to May 4, 1990
Occupation• Vice president of Capwell Enterprises
• Drug lord
Relatives• Jack Lee (father)
Marriage• Eden Capwell (1985 to 1986; divorced)
Brief Character History1985
When Kirk Cranston first appeared, he went on a business trip to Hawaii with rich girl Eden Capwell as a business advisor. At the time, Eden was in charge of Capwell Enterprises while her father C.C. lay in a coma. Charmed by Kirk, she hired him as a vice president at the company. Kirk soon set his sights on Eden, who was currently engaged to Hispanic cop Cruz Castillo. Meanwhile, Eden was torn over fulfilling her father's earlier request for euthanasia, which was something Cruz disapproved of. She found herself being supported by Kirk, unaware that he was plotting to win her away from Cruz.
Things became more complicated when vilainess Gina Demott drugged Eden and had her pull the plug on C.C.'s life support system (with Gina's help). Upon hearing the life support alarm go off, Kirk found Eden by plug and assumed that she had tried to kill her father. He took her out of the room before anyone could find her. Soon, Eden grew to rely on Kirk as he continued to cover for her. She also believed that Cruz couldn't live with what she had done, so she agreed to marry Kirk. After the wedding, Kirk figured out that Gina, not Eden, had pulled the plug on C.C. He withheld this information from his new wife for fear of losing her. In addition, he started sending blackmail notes to Eden so she would continue believing she was responsible for the murder attempt.
Later, Gina turned up alive at the Capwell house, scaring Kirk and causing him to have a heart attack. Kirk nearly died. He survived when he received the heart of Madeline Capwell Laurent, who had recently been murdered, as a transplant. He then tried to kill Eden again, chasing her around Aqualand and throwing her in a shark tank. When Cruz rescued Eden, Kirk tried to kill them both. Fortunately, Gina resurfaced and saved them. Kirk was finally arrested.