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General Hospital Stars Past and Present Pay Tribute to Stuart Damon

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Over the past 24 hours, so many stars of General Hospital have taken to social media to share their heartbreak and remembrances of the beloved Stuart Damon (Dr. Alan Quartermaine) who we learned on Tuesday had passed away at age 84.

What makes it all the more heart-tugging is that so many members of the original Quartermaine family have now passed on.  However, what a testament to Damon, by the touching words and tributes from his on-screen family and more.

Check out what several had to say via their social media accounts below:

 

Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) shared: “What a loss. The Angels are singing! One of the greatest guys ever. I was so blessed to have this guy play my tv dad. He was so kind, generous, giving, funny, selfless and just an awesome guy. He taught me so much.. I know everyone loved Stuart as Alan Quartermaine, who wouldn’t…he was amazing. But I just want people to know what a great husband and father this guy was. I’m sad beyond words. My prayers go out to his family. Love you Stuey D”

Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine) shared with Soap Hub:  “Without a doubt, it was the longest relationship that I’d ever had with anyone. We kept in touch (after he left GH), seeing each other. Sadly, as for a lot of people, the pandemic and the isolation didn’t help because we couldn’t visit him. A few of us — Jacklyn Zeman Kin Shriner, Wally Kurth— would meet with him at a restaurant near the Motion Pictures Home where he was living. But we couldn’t do that over this past year and that was hard. I know Stuart. He was a very social person. He liked the camaraderie — well everyone does — and being stimulated intellectually. Not being able to have that was hard for Stuart.   Just this morning, I spoke with his son Christopher, who was extremely close to Stuart and his daughter Jennifer and his grandson Alexander. They’re all really sad. We’re all sad. We learned from each other. We worked with each other, and we had fun with each other. What else can you ask for?”

Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio Drake):  “I called him my “building” mainly because he was so tall and I was so short. But also because he stood so strong and I could rely on him as the steadiest of scene partners. He handled the AIDS story with such grace, when Alan told Robin she was HIV positive was one of my favorite scenes I experienced as an actor. His true essence as a compassionate, stand up gentlemen really came through in that story. And I wouldn’t be describing the whole person if I didn’t mention how damn funny he was as well. My heart goes out to his family. Thank you Stu-y for blessing us with your performances. RIP”

Sean Kanan (AJ Quartermaine): “I am saddened to have learned that Stuart Damon has passed. Although we had lost touch over the years I will never forget his kind soul, zany sense of humor and talent. RIP Stuey Damone.”

Amber Tamblyn (Emily Quartermaine): “Broken hearted to hear of the passing of Stuart Damon. He played my adopted dad on General Hospital for 7 years and he was the most kind, wonderful, loving, supportive person. He always made me laugh and made me feel safe on set. I love you, Stewy. Rest well now, my friend.”

Wally Kurth (Ned Quartermaine): “What a joy it was to work alongside the great Stuart Damon. A very talented actor and singer and a kind, generous soul. Our characters often butted heads but between takes, it was a lot of laughter. RIP Prince Charming.”

Stephen Nichols (Ex-Stefan Cassadine): “Rest In Peace, Stuart. I will always remember you fondly. You were so welcoming when I began my journey on #gh A great acting partner.Always greeting everyone with a smile. A true gentle- man. You will be missed. Love to your family and all who loved you.”

Tamara Braun (Ex-Carly Corinthos): “My heart is heavy. Stuart was such a kind man. He was genuine and warm. He was funny. He always had a smile and open arms. He gave the best hugs, called me Tubby and I was always happy when I saw him. I knew him as Alan Quartermaine before I worked with him. Then I knew him as someone I was ALWAYS happy to see because he made my day a bit brighter. I think he made everyone’s day brighter. He was so incredibly full of life. Full of good life. We lost a beautiful human being today. I was so lucky to know him. My heart is sad. Rest peacefully kind soul. You will be greatly missed by so many.”

Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie): “God Bless you #StuartDamon You are and always will be so very special to all of us who were lucky to work + play with you over the years. You will be missed but never forgotten. Your spirit will shine eternally in heaven.”

Maurice Benard (Sonny): “When I heard the news today it hurt,I always wanted Stewart to be Sonny’s long lost dad. He was so classy, real, and.always made me feel safe, Great Man”

Scott Clifton (Ex-Dillon): “In my early days at General Hospital, I had a scene with Stuart in which his character would learn that a beloved family member had died. He understood the gravity of the scene, how historic it would become, and yet during the countdown to “action,” he still turned to me with a wry smile and whispered, “Watch and learn, kid.” Then he winked. Within seconds, he was no longer Stuart, and he began to sob. The man was, and is, royalty. Rest In Peace, Uncle Alan.”

Genie Francis (Laura): “I am so grateful to have had this wonderful man in my life. I am very sad today. #StuartDamon #HG”

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis): What a lovely, funny, talented Prince of a man. He truly was Charming. What a pleasure it was to work with his iconic self. Condolences to his family. RIP Stuie.”

Finola Hughes (Anna): “#StuartDamon master of funny, as you can witness here w me and the sweet #ShellKepler. Stuart lived to make you laugh, but he was also a very caring individual who was happy to have long conversations about life, family and his wife whom he adored. His favorite thing was to say ‘stethoscope’ several times before a scene with as many sibilant ‘S’s’ as humanly possible. Needless to say, that scene would have entailed a couple of takes if I was involved! #ripstuartdamon Sending much love & condolences to his family ❤️ Stu-ey, a true gentleman.”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this story as the soap world mourns the loss of the one and only Stuart Damon.

Share your thoughts on what the actors shared as they paid tribute to Stuart in the comment section below.

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Rodd
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Rodd

So sad to hear of his passing. Just enjoyed watching him so much as Alan on GH. And the history he made as Prince Charming on TV. What a guy! Condolences to his family and loved ones.

Carrie
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Carrie

Such lovely tributes. It’s obvious his cast-mates loved him. I really hope GH can devote an episode to him this year. Bless him.

K
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K

I don’t know who was responsible and made the bonehead decision to kill him off ? But this kinda of response from fans people he worked with tell you one thing they screwed up.

Robb Saint
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Robb Saint

It was probably Brian Frons,. MURDERER of AMC & OLTL

EK
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EK

He will be missed.

Celia
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Celia

Condolences!! I’ve only been watching GH for seven years—-but, I have seen him in “Cinderella”–I still watch the movie with my little girl.
RIP.

Shay
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Shay

Amen! And what an enchanting film it is, CeeCeeGirl!!! Even though I have not recently partaken of its majesty, I fondly recall as a child being completely captivated by Stuart’s handsome, unforgettable “Prince Charming” and his beautiful, graceful “Cinderella!” How lovely that so many decades later this magical musical still brings such joy to viewers young and old alike! (Especially now when we need a true fairy tale to offer a temporary escape from the utterly horrid realities of today…) As for the fact you were not privileged to see Mr. Damon at Alan’s original best, well, simply take a… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

OMG!!!!!!OMG!!!!!OMG!!!!!—-Shay!! Finally!!!!!!! I am soooo happy to hear from you. It has been a frantic year—–virtual teaching; having the children at home 24/7 has been a challenge—yet, we survived; as have you. Now that I see what a magnetic character Alan was, I shall seek him out on youtube. We are all on the Vineyard—kids galore, plus friends of all shapes, sizes and ages. The guys took them all to the beach—(gorgeous day), the older kids are off on their own—and, we girls are getting a little breather —- GH is truly going to Mars—-Sam and Dante have nowhere to… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Right back at ya, CeeCeeGirl! Your reply made my day, too! So good to hear that all is well with you (and your vast Vineyard contingent….Watch out for those approaching storms!!!!) Yes, we survived….Thank God!!! I’m still not feeling like we’ve quite gotten completely “there” yet, so we continue to be careful. I think we’ve all had our little “escapes” from the real world this past year….but admittedly, GH was not one of mine. At this point, Port Charles feels like a far-away planet for me, so your little “refresher” on all things current was most welcome. Yet, on the… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

P.S. Hope “Elsa” didn’t rain on your summer holiday parade!!!! Sounds like the stormy weather on MV was rather “active” there for awhile!!!!

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Shay, We just got in acouple of hours ago—-long ride—visited my in-laws on the way back—also, our old haunts. Plus, my niece (15 years old) is interested in attending Yale —-drove around New Haven ( not a most appealing neighborhood)—my brother is not too pleased!! Perhaps she’ll change her mind. She wants to study pathology—-I’m trying to convince her Harvard is the place to go. Sorry for the late reply—internet reception on the Vineyard is a real pain—and, yes, we had pretty savage weather for a couple of days—high winds and all. But, we have a game room, so… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Celia…Glad to hear of your “safe escape from the Vineyard!!!” (I was concerned about you and yours during that Elsa episode….) And boy, oh boy, do I hear you about the “masks,” CeeCeeGirl! I have yet to abandon mine, as well. (I consider wearing it as a courtesy to both myself and others, since transmission questions remain. In addition, I’m in a state that dropped the common sense mandates and had a very “hard opening,” meaning mass summer events galore—to which I expressed much skepticism at the time. And now they wonder WHY the latest variant is spreading like wildfire???… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Elsa must have lost strength, Shay—-it wasn’t as bad as anticipated—-worse inland. We didn’t even lose power, which is a wonder in itself—-that’s the first thing to go, usually. As far as Academia getting lost in today’s idiocy of screwed-up politics and what’s “woke”—please!! Imagine ….getting rid of Dr. Seuss, for one? However, Harvard is not as “liberal” as it’s purported to be—- Joss ( and gang)!is entering the portals of PC’s higher education—wouldn’t it be feasible to introduce a storyline ( kept on an even keel) about the degeneration of scholarly endevors? It’s going downhill, starting in grade school,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hello again, CeeCeeGirl! You called it correctly….Austin is a “Q.!” (Well, maybe…one can never be sure when it comes to RoHo’s chameleon-like characters. Lol.) I still cannot believe GH actually went there with the idea….it’s been decades since Jimmy Lee Holt first appeared on the Port Charles scene as an unsophisticated country boy claiming to be Edward’s illegitimate son by his former mistress, which provided much fodder for both drama and hilarity amongst the highfalutin Quartermaine clan—-not to mention a healthy dose of beefcake for the ladies of the land. (Distant relation and beautiful debutante, Celia, in particular!!!! They had… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

So, I just noticed after I sent my last post to you only moments ago that RoHo’s “Austin” is indeed meant to be the physical issue of one “Jimmy Lee Holt!” Okay…let’s see where this leads. Wonder if his so-called “Pops” will be making a future appearance????

Tammy L Cross
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Tammy L Cross

So Very Sad to hear of Stuart’s passing, he was an incredible actor & what everything I’ve ever heard he was a Very Special Man Praying for his family as well as his General Hospital family R.I.P. Stuart Damon R.I.P.

Tammy Knapp
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Tammy Knapp

I’ll never forget as a young teenager watching him propose to Monica on screen. I dreamed about having a love like they had on screen. All through the years is was a pleasure to watch him. Sad lost for Stuart’s long time fans like me.

Michelle
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Michelle

My heart is so sad with the loss of such an amazing actor. I have watched him on GH for over 40 years. Love all the performances he did on the nurses ball. RIP You Will Be Missed by so many.

Pamela Hartman
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Pamela Hartman

I fell in love with him when he played the Prince in Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He literally stole my heart as a little girl. Then I saw him on GH and have followed him ever since. Was very sad to see him leave GH. My heart is breaking and I never actually met him personally but he was an important part of my life growing up. I’m 64 years old.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Pamela Hartman

Carrie
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Carrie

You said it best Pamela: “never met him but he was an important part of my life growing up.” So sweet.

SD
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SD

I was a little girl when I first saw this handsome man who played Prince Charming & I was in love! I thought Leslie Ann Warren was one lucky girl!!! Later on I found out he was the same actor who was on GH. I was sad to hear of his passing & just reading all of the touching tributes from his co-workers says a lot about his character. Rest In Peace Prince Charming your in the true kingdom now. Sing a song to my sweet mother for me…

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Wonder how Monica will take the news that she is to become Carly’s mother-in-law?

Satan
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Satan

She took the news surprisingly well. But maybe that’s because Monica has lost so many children now, that she’s not going to question it, if Jason tells her that’s what will make him happy. Besides, Monica’s known Carly for decades, so at least she knows what she’s getting with Carly. As opposed to Britt, for example. And since Michael lives in the Q mansion, I’m sure Monica will ask his opinion. Mikey knows what this is all really about, but he’s probably not going to mention that part to Grandma!

Not like this marriage is really going to happen, of course….

Mona Kamal
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Mona Kamal

I adored Stuart Damon as the Prince in 1965 Cinderella. He was dreamy, groovy, so handsome, and a true royal gentleman. He eased his way into the hearts of many women, mine included.

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