Port Charles (fictional city)
Port Charles, New York, is the fictional setting of the ABC Daytime soap operas General Hospital and its spin-offs Port Charles and General Hospital: Night Shift. It was revealed that the Queen's Point setting of The Young Marrieds, a short-lived sister series to General Hospital that ran between 1964 and 1966, was a suburb of Port Charles. Locations within the town are described, using in-universe tone; when the series first began, General Hospital was set in an unnamed city or town somewhere in the United States of America. Between 1964 and 1966, Queen's Point, the setting of the short-lived soap opera, The Young Marrieds, was considered to be a suburb of that same unnamed city, part of a plan to feature regular crossovers between the two shows which never materialized due to the cancellation of Marrieds, it was not until 1977 that the General Hospital setting was established as the fictional city of Port Charles, New York. The early history of Port Charles is not extensively covered onscreen.
Character dialogue indicates that the city once had an extensive milling industry, for which catacombs were built to divert water. The catacombs have played a role in numerous storylines. During the Prohibition era, Port Charles was known to have ties to the mafia, which, as recounted in an episode in 2002, operated at least one speakeasy in the city. A storyline broadcast in 1985 revealed that, at some time in Port Charles' history, a large ghetto area known as the Asian Quarter was built to house the city's Asian population. Racial discrimination in the city has been a point of tension many times. Homosexuality became a topic after Bobbie Spencer's adopted son Lucas Jones was the victim of a gay basher. Other plots have dealt with issues such as the planned construction of a polluting incinerator near the city's ethnic neighborhoods. In September 1977, a hurricane strikes the city, claiming the lives of Martha Taylor and David Hamilton's wife and child. In August 1981, the town experienced a blizzard in the midst of summer.
The cause of this blizzard was determined to be Mikkos Cassadine's weather machine. In June 1983, a distraught husband takes the General Hospital cafeteria hostage, after a botched surgery by Monica Quartermaine leads to the death of his wife. In 1988, a bomb explodes in the main exhibition tent of the Port Charles Art Festival. In 1990, a blackout hit the city when Cesar Faison joined together the alien crystals from the planet Lumina. In February 1991, the Quartermaines' S. S. Tracy sank in the middle of Port Charles Harbor, unleashing toxic chemicals and causing an environmental disaster, injuring Mac Scorpio. In 1991, the town experienced an earthquake, which caused a lot of damage. In May 1994, a school bus for a Port Charles elementary school crashes, leaving B. J. Jones dead. In June 2001, a bus collided head on with a train near the city, interrupting the Nurses Ball, the social event of the year in Port Charles. In February 2004, the Port Charles Hotel burned down. Zander Smith was believed to be dead, but resurfaces.
The hotel was destroyed and Cameron Lewis, Zander's father was killed, but rebuilt by Australian billionaire, Jasper Jacks, who renamed it the Metro Court after his now deceased wife, Courtney Matthews. In August 2004, many were trapped at the Quartermaine Mansion while a serial killer was on the loose, killing Sage Alcazar and Trent Parker; the killer was Mary Bishop, who tried to stab Emily Quartermaine. In July 2005, another hurricane strikes the city of Port Charles, but fatalities and damage was light compared to the 1977 hurricane. In November 2005, two trains collided in the Glencoe tunnel, located near the city. Reese Marshall died. Alexis Davis gave birth to Molly Lansing-Davis, with the help of Robin Scorpio, Emily Quartermaine and Ric Lansing. In February 2006 an epidemic spreads throughout Port Charles forcing the hospital to be quarantined. Several fatalities occur which include Dr. Tony Jones, Courtney Matthews, Danny McCall. In August 2006, another blackout swept through Port Charles.
As a result, Alexis Davis, Sonny Corinthos, Kristina Corinthos-Davis were stuck in the Metro Court restaurant. In February 2007, the Metro Court's lobby was taken hostage by Jerry Jacks and destroyed by an explosion; this hostage situation lasted for 12 hours. Alan Quartermaine died of a heart attack and Robin Scorpio, Max Giambetti and Mateo Ruiz were shot. In October 2007, Nikolas Cassadine decided to throw a Black and White Ball in honor of the late Dr. Alan Quartermaine. Soon enough, disaster struck in the form of Anthony Zacchara. Anthony stabbed, or stalked 15 people, it was discovered that there was a second intruder Diego Alcazar who strangled Emily Quartermaine to death, attacked Nikolas Cassadine, nearly strangled Carly Corinthos Jacks to death as well. In late 2007 to early 2008 a killer/stalker was in Port Charles as the Text Message Killer. Four people were murdered. In March 2008, an abandoned cannery warehouse located on the main docks was blown up by a series of bombs that were planted by the late Diego Alcazar.
Carly's unborn baby died. In September 2009, Andrea Floyd poisons Edward Quartermaine, causing him to have a heart attack while driving. Edward's car wrecks into the General Hospital Carnival. In karma, herself, is killed. In December 2010, a bus heading to Cedar Mountain for a ski trip crashes, injuring Olivia Falconeri, Matt Hun
Jason Morgan (General Hospital)
Jason Morgan is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. Created by Thom Racina and Leah Laiman, he is most notably played by Daytime Emmy Award-winning actor Steve Burton, who joined the cast in 1991 and vacated the role in 2012. Burton reprised the role in 2017. Jason was born offscreen in September 1981 and the character made his onscreen debut in November 1981 as the son of Dr. Alan Quartermaine and his mistress, Susan Moore adopted by Alan's wife Dr. Monica Quartermaine; as one of the longest-running characters on the show, the role was played by various child actors from 1982 to 1987. In 2014, Billy Miller was cast in the role. With Burton's 2017 return, Miller's casting was retconned as Jason's twin-brother, Andrew Cain; the role was originated on November 11, 1981, by Quinn Carlson until June 3, 1982. Child actor Bryan Beck stepped into the role on September 8, 1982 to December 1987. On December 19, 1991, Burton stepped into the role on a contractual basis as a SORASed Jason Quartermaine.
In November 1999, ABC confirmed that Burton had decided not to renew his contract which expired in December to pursue other opportunities. Burton last appeared on contract on January 27, 2000. In June 2000, ABC confirmed that Burton would reprise his role for a six-week stint starting on August 25, 2000 until he last appeared on October 10, 2000. In December 2000, it was announced that Burton would return to the series once again and began airing on January 29, 2001. In January 2001, Burton announced that his return was only temporary due to his commitment to film a pilot for his DreamWorks Television development deal. Whether he returned to the role full-time would depend on whether the series was picked up; the pilot was not picked up, Burton landed a role in a major motion picture leading to his departure on April 23, 2001. Burton returned to the series on contract in 2002 during May Sweeps, airing on May 24. In late 2008, Burton's contract forcing to make a decision on re-signing with the show.
After months of speculation, he announced in a public appearance. Burton stated that he would be willing to take a pay cut because he understands that money is a lot tighter now than it has been in recent years and stated that he is blessed to have a job right now. In 2011, rumors began circulating that Burton could depart from the series due to contract negotiations. However, in May 2011 Burton announced via Twitter. On August 23, 2012, Jamey Giddens of the website Daytime Confidential reported that contract negotiations were not going well and Burton was close to walking away from the series. On August 28, 2012, Burton confirmed in an interview with TV Guide's Michael Logan that he would exit the series and agreed to stay long enough for the producers to write his character out properly. Following the announcement that Sean Kanan was returning to the series in an undisclosed role, rumors began circulating that Kanan might be a recast of Jason. Kanan's resemblance to Burton fed into the rumors.
On September 2, 2014, executive producer Frank Valentini announced on Twitter that former All My Children and The Young and the Restless actor Billy Miller would join the cast as Jason. On September 30, 2014, Miller's air date as Jason was revealed to be on October 1. In June 2017, it was announced that Burton would return to the series in an undisclosed role referred to as "Patient 6." In November 2017, it was announced that Burton had reprised the role of Jason, while Miller's casting was retconned to the character of Andrew Cain. Steve Burton's early years on the soap as the "rich, wholesome preppy" Jason Quartermaine would come to a shocking, dramatic end in 1995 after a car accident caused by his brother, A. J. leaves the character as a brain damaged amnesiac. Following Jason's split from the Quartermaines, except for his sister Emily and grandmother Lila Morgan Quartermaine, a change of his surname to Morgan, he would become the right-hand man for mob boss, Sonny Corinthos. At the time, Burton was considering leaving the show and joked that a producer noted that he played every scene, the same way, as if someone was about to die.
Burton's decision to stay stemmed from a conversation with Benard who gave him advice on how to improve. While still portraying Jason Quartermaine, the writers saw the chemistry between him and Benard and decided to create Jason Morgan. With a new personality shift, Burton's Jason went from "preppy and wholesome" to "angry and emotionless." In the early stages of his transformation into Jason Morgan, he would experience fits of rage and was given the nickname "anger boy." Post accident, as Jason matured the fits of rage subsided, Jason was light and fun during his relationship with Robin Scorpio. It wasn't until. Jason was seen as "stone cold," and he didn't show much personality, unless it was with his closest loved ones. Despite the drastic change, Burton described his character as "vulnerable, caring and honorable" around those that he loves. Burton welcomed the change in story for his character, noting that it can sometimes become annoying playing "just plain nice" all the time. Within the mob and despite constant conflicts with law enforcement, Jason operated as a vigilante taking down criminals who targeted the Corinthos family and tried to bring illegal substances and weapons into Port Charles, New York.
Jason was known to show compassion to those he held closest to him. His acts of extreme loyalty and compassion could be seen through his friendships with Sonny and Carly, his romantic relationships and his relationship with his
Flight attendants or cabin crew are members of an aircrew employed by airlines to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard commercial flights, on select business jet aircraft, on some military aircraft. The role of a flight attendant derives from that of similar positions on passenger ships or passenger trains, but it has more direct involvement with passengers because of the confined quarters on aircraft. Additionally, the job of a flight attendant revolves around safety to a much greater extent than those of similar staff on other forms of transportation. Flight attendants on board a flight collectively form a cabin crew, as distinguished from pilots and engineers in the cockpit; the German Heinrich Kubis was the world's first flight attendant, in 1912. Kubis first attended the passengers on board the DELAG Zeppelin LZ 10 Schwaben, he attended to the famous LZ 129 Hindenburg and was on board when it burst into flames. He survived by jumping out a window. Origins of the word "steward" in transportation are reflected in the term "chief steward" as used in maritime transport terminology.
The term purser and chief steward are used interchangeably describing personnel with similar duties among seafaring occupations. This lingual derivation results from the international British maritime tradition dating back to the 14th century and the civilian United States Merchant Marine on which US aviation is somewhat modeled. Due to international conventions and agreements, in which all ships' personnel who sail internationally are documented by their respective countries, the U. S. Merchant Marine assigns such duties to the chief steward in the overall rank and command structure of which pursers are not positionally represented or rostered. Imperial Airways of the United Kingdom had "cabin boys" or "stewards". In the US, Stout Airways was the first to employ stewards in 1926, working on Ford Trimotor planes between Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Western Airlines and Pan American World Airways were the first US carriers to employ stewards to serve food. Ten-passenger Fokker aircraft used in the Caribbean had stewards in the era of gambling trips to Havana, Cuba from Key West, Florida.
Lead flight attendants would in many instances perform the role of purser, steward, or chief steward in modern aviation terminology. The first female flight attendant was a 25-year-old registered nurse named Ellen Church. Hired by United Airlines in 1930, she first envisioned nurses on aircraft. Other airlines followed suit, hiring nurses to serve as flight attendants called "stewardesses" or "air hostesses", on most of their flights. In the United States, the job was one of only a few in the 1930s to permit women, coupled with the Great Depression, led to large numbers of applicants for the few positions available. Two thousand women applied for just 43 positions offered by Transcontinental and Western Airlines in December 1935. Female flight attendants replaced male ones, by 1936, they had all but taken over the role, they were selected not only for their knowledge but for their characteristics. A 1936 New York Times article described the requirements: The girls who qualify for hostesses must be petite.
Add to that the rigid physical examination each must undergo four times every year, you are assured of the bloom that goes with perfect health. Three decades a 1966 New York Times classified ad for stewardesses at Eastern Airlines listed these requirements: A high school graduate, single, 20 years of age. 5'2" but no more than 5'9", weight 105 to 135 in proportion to height and have at least 20/40 vision without glasses. Appearance was considered as one of the most important factors to become a stewardess. At that time, airlines believed that the exploitation of female sexuality would increase their profits. In the United States, they were fired if they decided to wed.. The requirement to be a registered nurse on an American airline was relaxed as more women were hired, disappeared entirely during World War II as many nurses joined military nurse corps. Ruth Carol Taylor was the first African-American flight attendant in the United States. Hired in December 1957, on February 11, 1958, Taylor was the flight attendant on a Mohawk Airlines flight from Ithaca to New York, the first time such a position had been held by an African American.
She was let go within six months as a result of Mohawk's then-common marriage ban. The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's first complainants were female flight attendants complaining of age discrimination, weight requirements, bans on marriage. In 1968, the EEOC declared age restrictions on flight attendants’ employment to be illegal sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 1968, the EEOC ruled that sex was not a bona fide occupational requirement to be a flight attendant; the restriction of hiring only women was lifted at all airlines in 1971 due to the decisive court case of Diaz vs. Pan Am; the no-marriage rule was eliminated throughout the US airline industry by the 1980s. The last such broad categorical discrimination, the weight
Justus Ward is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. He is the son of Bradley and Isobel Ward, the grandson of Edward Quartermaine; the role was originated by former Cosby Show actor Joseph C. Phillips, who appeared as Justus from June 2, 1994 to July 1, 1998. Justus was subsequently de-aged on two separate occasions, as evidenced by portrayals of the character by Monti Sharp and M'fundo Morrison. Justus comes to Port Charles from Philadelphia for his late father Bradley Ward's memorial service, his cousin Keesha comes as well. Justus falls in love with Simone Ravelle. Tom's mother Audrey Hardy, doesn't approve of Justus and Simone's relationship, but it is Tom who breaks them up. Edward Quartermaine offers Justus the position as Council for ELQ and gives him shares of the company, which enrages his cousins A. J. and Ned. Ned and Justus seem to get along, but Ned blackmails Justus to get the shares of ELQ back. Laura Spencer becomes the administrator of the Ward House when Mary Mae Ward dies.
Damian Smith wants to buy the Ward House to build a shopping mall. Laura refuses to sell to him because she loved Mary Mae and wants to honor her by continuing her work. Damian breaks into the house and douses gasoline on everything. Justus catches him. Justus knocks Damian unconscious with a baseball bat, he tries to get Damian out but the fire spreads so he leaves to call the fire department. The Ward House is destroyed. Damian Smith is presumed dead. Laura is charged with Damian's murder. Edward Quartermaine convinces him not to turn himself in. Justus agrees to keep quiet. Though Edward hires a lawyer to defend Laura, Justus is riddled with guilt and becomes her lawyer instead, he is successful in getting Laura acquitted but her husband Luke finds out Justus killed Damian and let Laura go through the entire ordeal. Justus confesses his guilt to Laura, who forgives him. Justus resigns from ELQ, goes to work for his cousin Jason Morgan, running Sonny Corinthos' territory in Sonny's absence. Justus gets Jason acquitted for assaulting Tony Jones after Tony had kidnapped Michael Corinthos and harmed Robin Scorpio.
Justus gets Carly Roberts acquitted for shooting Tony in a courtroom. When Sonny returns, Justus decides to work for Sonny and is persuaded to move into the empty penthouse across from Sonny's; as the Assistant District Attorney, Dara Jensen is uncomfortable with this turn of events. Detective Taggert dislikes Justus due to his connection for mobster Sonny Corinthos, as well as his involvement with Dara Jensen. Taggert figures out Alan Quartermaine has a drug addiction and sets him up to be busted for drug possession. Taggert confronts Monica Quartermaine and blackmails her into getting information on Justus and Jason in exchange for saving Alan. Monica refuses to turn on Jason, but gives Taggert damaging information connecting Justus to the death of Damian Smith. Taggert arrests Justus, but Alexis Davis is able to get him out of jail since the evidence was obtained illegally. Edward Quartermaine uses his money to cover up the entire affair for his grandson. Justus runs for District Attorney, he wins with the help of Sonny Corinthos.
Justus tells Sonny. They made a deal. Sonny will leave him alone if Justus does not use anything he knows about Sonny's business to prosecute him; when Justus assumes the District Attorney position and becomes Dara's boss, What was left of their relationship fizzles. He holds a press conference and resigns as District Attorney. Justus is seen again in late 2003, he had just taken a vow of silence at a monastery when Jason arrives and asks Justus to return to Port Charles to defend Sonny Corinthos, who had just tried to kill Lorenzo Alcazar. Justus breaks his vows of silence, at first tells Jason he refuses to return to Port Charles, but agrees and takes on Sonny's case. During the trial, Justus argues. Due to jury tampering, Sonny is found not guilty. In 2006, Justus goes to a meeting as a last minute replacement for Jason; the meeting was an ambush and Justus is murdered by Manny Ruiz. Justus Ward SoapCentral Profile SoapCentral. Com ABC. Com: General Hospital Character Bios--Justus Ward
Monica Quartermaine is a fictional character from General Hospital, an American soap opera on the ABC network, played continually since August 17, 1977 by longtime soap opera actress Leslie Charleson. She is a cardiologist at the eponymous hospital, widow of physician Alan Quartermaine; the role was originated by Patsy Rahn in 1976, who played the role until showrunners replaced her with Charleson. Charleson's tenure with the serial is one of the longest in American soap operas. Monica becomes Chief of Staff at General Hospital following the death of Alan, her with a specialty in at the original and on-going setting of the show. Her various affairs with fellow doctors Jeff Webber and his older brother Rick Webber, as well as her quarrels with husband Dr. Alan Quartermaine and their dysfunctional family, were all major stories on the show throughout the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In her time on the show, Monica has battled breast cancer, dealt with outliving all of her children, she is the owner of the Quartermaine mansion, which she reminds her family of when they begin quarreling, a regular occurrence in the Quartermaine household.
She has been known to throw them out of her house. In 2006, she only had rare appearances. With the returns of Denise Alexander, Genie Francis, Kin Shriner, Monica remains to be the fourth oldest character on General Hospital and Charleson is the show's most tenured performer. On August 24, 2010, it was announced. In May 2011, newly appointed head writer Garin Wolf expressed his interest in having Charleson appear on a much more frequent basis. In April 2018, it was announced that due to an injury Charleson sustained, the soap would temporarily recast the role of Monica, due to the advanced writing of scripts required for the character. McCormack first aired on May 7, 2018. Monica was fostered by Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin. However, Gail's husband took advantage of Monica and raped her. Gail remained unaware of this for many years but the two were able to reconcile once the truth came out. Monica was able to use her experience with Greg to help Laura Spencer. Monica had an affair with David Langston and gave birth to a daughter, whom she gave up for adoption.
Just prior to her arrival on GH, Monica had been engaged to Rick Webber. However, he had broken up with her and flew off to Africa where he became caught up in a civil war and was presumed dead. Monica turned to Jeff Webber, Rick's brother, for comfort and married him, not knowing that Rick was still alive. Monica arrived in Port Charles in 1976, having married Jeff Webber. Steve Hardy, appointed as Chief of Staff at General Hospital, invited the couple to take part in his Mr. and Mrs. Intern Programme, believing that the couple had an idyllic marriage. However, the truth was, she was still in love with Jeff's brother, presumed dead in Africa. Thus, the marriage collapsed when Rick was revealed to be still alive and Monica cheated on Jeff with Rick, while Jeff cheated on Monica with Heather Grant, with whom he had a son, Steve Webber. Jeff and Monica divorced in 1977. Throughout this time, Rick had planned to marry her. Monica was devastated, tried to put a stop to it, blackmailing Lesley into turning down Rick's proposal.
If Lesley didn't, Monica would tell the hospital board of Monica's affair with Rick, denying him the opportunity to become Chief of Cardiology at General Hospital. During the argument, a pregnant Lesley miscarried. Lesley was despondent, called off her engagement to Rick, hoping to save Rick's career. Meanwhile and Rick talk about how important the promotion is to Rick, Monica realizes she cannot go through with her threat, but doesn't tell Lesley as much. Monica's found out when Lesley's daughter Laura's tape recorder is found to have caught Monica's threats to Lesley. Lesley and Rick are married in October 1977. Rick and Monica's relationship becomes embittered, Monica nearly loses her job, though Lesley sets aside her personal feelings and vouches for Monica's talents as a doctor to Steve, saving her job. Monica claims to be moving on, but she and Rick are forced to work together with Dr. Alan Quartermaine on plans for a new wing at the hospital. Monica makes a last-ditch effort to bed Rick while trapped in a remote ranger station overnight during a storm while working on the project, but is turned down.
While Monica continues to antagonize Lesley and Rick, she soon begins a relationship with Alan, though she's still much attracted to Rick. Monica had doubts about her relationship with Alan, but these were soon overshadowed when Monica's foster mother Gail Adamson discovered that Monica had slept with Gail's late husband Greg. Gail did not believe Monica's explanation that Greg had forced her into the affair and cut ties with Monica. Monica agreed to marry him. Gail and Monica made amends, she was thrilled when Gail found happiness by agreeing to marry Lee Baldwin after months of putting him off. Monica became a close confidante to Laura who found that Monica treated her like an adult while her mother continuously treated her like a child. After their 1978 wedding, Alan bought a mansion for Monica as a wedd
Lucky Spencer is a fictional character from the ABC Daytime soap opera, General Hospital. He is the son of legendary supercouple and Laura Spencer, played by Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, his birth having been announced on-screen in 1985, a ten-year-old Lucky was cast in 1993, played by newcomer at the time, Jonathan Jackson. Jackson left the series in 1999, the character was played by Jacob Young and Greg Vaughan, let go in 2009 to allow Jackson to reprise the role. Lucky's characterization changed throughout the different portrayers. With Jackson's reprisal, Lucky begins showing some of the character's original quick-witted qualities, but after a series of harrowing storylines, Jackson left the series in December 2011 and the role was not recast. Jackson reprised the role in July 2015; as a child, Lucky is known for taking part in the adventures of his parents. As a teenager, he becomes part of the supercouple Lucky Spencer and Elizabeth Webber while Lucky helps Elizabeth recover after she has been raped.
He learns of his parents' rape incident decades prior, exacerbating his independence. Lucky is kidnapped and presumed dead in 1999, returns brainwashed in 2000, he becomes a police officer in 2003, faces financial and marital struggles during the following years, as well as prescription drug abuse. Lucky faces a series of tragic events starting in 2010, including Elizabeth's affair with his brother Nikolas Cassadine, the death of his legal son Jacob Spencer, his father's alcoholism, the death of his wife Siobhan McKenna and his own relapse into drug addiction. Lucky's teenage story arcs had social impact. Jackson received numerous accolades including five Daytime Emmy Awards. Young received a Daytime Emmy Award, while Vaughan was the only portrayer of Lucky to never receive an Emmy nomination; the role was originated on October 1993, by eleven-year-old Jonathan Jackson. Rumors circulated that Jackson’s contract negotiations were not going well in 1996, again in 1998, when Jackson responded that he was considering college and had given the series six months notice of his consideration in accordance with his contract.
In January 1999, it was reported that the series had worked out a deal, Jackson stated he had extended his contract to allow the character's popular romance to continue. His contract allowed him to leave if he received a feature film role, Jackson left in April, shooting pre-taped scenes that appeared through late May. Jackson explained to Soap Opera Weekly: "I kind of feel that the fact of how much work they've given me this year, at this stage as an actor, they just maxed out quite a bit of what I would do for the show, and I'm at a better age now to go out. There are a little older than there were a few years ago. Hollywood's the kind of town where you kinda have to strike while the iron's hot." Jackson's manager Tony Monziotti released the statement: " has told GH and made it clear to me that he wants to periodically go back to GH. It's a question of if the storyline warrants it and they want him to come back. In early 2000, Jackson stated he would enjoy reprising the role but his schedule would not allow it.
He suggested a short-term return that could coincide with the departure of co-star Rebecca Herbst should she not renew her contract, allowing for periodic returns from the couple on. Although Herbst expressed interest, the show opted to keep the characters on canvas; the role was recast with Jacob Young, who had left his role as Rick Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful. Angela Shapiro, at the time President of ABC Daytime, stated: "It is challenging to cast a character as intense and compelling as Lucky Spencer. We are fortunate to find a young actor with Jacob's charisma and talent." Young assumed the role on February 25, 2000 a year after Jackson's last appearance, speculated to be an attempt to ease the transition between characters due to Jackson's popularity. Young commented: "At first I was a little bit insecure about, but now that I've started to think about it, Lucky was such a great character, Jonathan did such a great job that wanted him to come back. Being in such demand, I think it was great that it opened up and allowed someone else to come in and give this character a shot."
In November 2000, Young guest starred on the FOX network sketch comedy series MADtv, making a small cameo appearance as the character. That December, Young announced he would not be renewing his contract, last appeared on February 10, 2003, he cited a desire to pursue music and film work at the time admitting monetary contract disagreements as the reason he left. Greg Vaughan, let go from his role as Diego Guittierez on The Young and the Restless, was cast shortly thereafter and first appeared on February 20, 2003. Vaughan described his screen test to Soap Opera Digest: "I was a little bit intimidated. I knew about the foundation of the story. I knew it was a difficult task that I was about to take on." In July 2009, Vaughan denied rumors that he was being let put on recurring status. That September, ABC announced that Vaughan had decided to leave to explore other opportunities
Luke Spencer is a fictional character in the American television soap opera General Hospital, played by Anthony Geary from 1978 until his departure in July 2015. Geary holds the record for most Daytime Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Luke, he was the show's fifth most tenured character after Monica Quartermaine, Laura Spencer, Scott Baldwin, Bobbie Spencer. Luke has been one of the most popular characters in daytime soap operas; the character was famously paired with Laura Spencer, starting soon after Luke Spencer joined the show. The pairing, termed "Luke and Laura" by fans, was popular with viewers, led to the creation of the "supercouple" concept, which many other soap operas attempted to emulate; the pairing culminated with the couple's wedding, which took place on the episodes aired on November 16-17, 1981. Anthony Geary was hired for a 13-week stint on General Hospital in November 1978, which grew into a full contract role. Geary received Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1980 and 1981, had his first win in 1982.
Geary was nominated again in 1983, before leaving the show on December 27, 1983. He reprised the role from October 26 to December 10, 1984. In 1991, Geary returned to General Hospital as Luke's cousin and look-alike Bill Eckert, due to the actor's desire to play something other than Luke. However, in response to audience feedback and demand, the character was killed off, Geary resumed the role of Luke on October 29, 1993. Geary was nominated in 1997 and 1998 for Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor, had his second win in 1999, his third in 2000, he received another nomination in 2003, had his fourth win in 2004. When Geary won for the fifth time in 2006, he set the record for most lead actor wins. Geary has been known in years for his annual long vacations from the show; as Geary explained to Entertainment Weekly, "That's my contractual situation. There came a point where they couldn't offer me more money in negotiations. I've made a fine living and I'm grateful for that, but what they could offer me would be more time.
So what's happened is that through the years I've eked out what I think is an ideal situation. I have a minimum number of shows, 31 weeks a year, the rest of my time is my own. Geary received another Emmy nomination in 2007, in 2008, he again set a record for most lead actor wins with his sixth Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2008, Geary made a guest appearance on the General Hospital spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift. Having received his last nomination in 2009, Geary again set a record in 2012 with his seventh win for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Drama Series. In May 2015, Geary announced his decision to permanently leave General Hospital, stating: "This show has been a huge part of my life for over half my life and Luke Spencer is my alter ego, but I'm just weary of the grind and have been for 20 years." Geary made his final appearance on July 27, 2015. Soap Opera Digest announced in April 2017 that Geary would make a guest appearance on May 4, 2017, in conjunction with the exit of Jane Elliot's Tracy Quartermaine.
Lucas Lorenzo "Luke" Spencer was born and raised in Port Charles, New York to a low-income family near the docks. Luke defended his sister Bobbie as much as he could while they grew up. Luke's father, was an alcoholic who beat Luke, his sisters Patricia and Bobbie, as well as their mother Lena. Luke accidentally hit Lena in the head with a baseball bat, his older sister Patricia drove Lena to the hospital in Tim's car, which he loved more than his kids, but Lena died there. When Tim told Luke he was just like him, Luke beat him to death. Luke blocked this memory until 2015, when Patricia Spencer revealed that Luke had caused their mother's accidental death and his father's in a fit of rage on April 1, 1963. Luke had had no memory of the incident until then. Pat and Bill Eckert had helped keep Luke's secret. Luke befriended Lila Morgan Quartermaine, who planned to adopt the orphaned Luke and Bobbie, but the children left town and moved in with their aunt Ruby Anderson, a prostitute who lived in Florida, instead.
Bobbie 14 years old, began to work in the same profession. Bobbie became a nurse and moved to Port Charles in 1978, she set about trying to separate Laura Scott Baldwin. Bobbie wanted Scott for herself, she decided she needed help from Luke. Luke went to work at the Campus Disco; the discothèque was a money-laundering racket for Frank Smith, a local mobster. Luke fell in love with Laura and refused to help Bobbie with any scheme that might hurt her after one plan resulted in Laura's car accident. Laura married Scotty. Laura took a job at the disco. Laura began to have feelings for Luke, pressured into marrying Frank Smith's daughter Jennifer. Luke spent an evening drinking away his sorrows at the disco. Laura attempted to console him. Luke told Laura to reveal her rape to Scott, which she refused to do. Scott discovered Luke's indiscretion and assaulted him on a yacht the day Luke was supposed to marry Jennifer. Luke was presumed dead. However, Luke resurfaced, he and Laura began a new life on the run from Frank Smith's mob.
They posed as newlyweds and found work on a farm while they hunted for evidence that would convict Frank and get the mob out of their lives. Fran