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General Hospital’s Stuart Damon Dead at 84

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More sad news to report on Tuesday.  General Hospital’s Daytime Emmy-winning star and beloved veteran actor, Stuart Damon (Dr. Alan Quartermaine) has passed away at the age of 84 following a long battle with renal failure.

ABC7’s Los Angeles’ entertainment guru, George Pennacchio learned the news and took to his Facebook page to announce Damon’s death expressing:  “We’ve lost a soap opera legend. The great Stuart Damon, best known for playing Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital for many decades, has died at the age of 84. He’d been struggling with renal failure for the last several years. His son, Christopher, told me he so loved being a part of that soap. He said, ‘It was his favorite place to be. He loved playing Alan and was always so appreciative of that role and that job. It was his passion.” Before GH, Stuart made a mark opposite Lesley Ann Warren in the 1965 TV movie, Cinderella. He was a kind, loving and friendly man. It’s something Christopher heard his entire life. It was my honor to know Stuart Damon.  May this Prince R.I.P.”

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Stuart played Dr. Alan Quartermaine on GH for over 30 years from 1977 to 2007 and then he re-appeared as Alan’s ghost in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Damon also played Alan on Port Charles for a time, and had roles later in his daytime career on As the World Turns and Days of our Lives.  He won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Alan’s hydrocodone addiction storyline.

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Damon started his career on Broadway and was best known before GH for his role as “Prince Charming” in the 1965 TV version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s  Cinderella opposite Lesley Ann Warren.

Stuart is is survived by his wife, Deirdre Ann Ottewill; daughter, Jennifer; and son, Christopher, as well as his grandson, Alexander, whom he and Ottewill legally adopted in 2000.

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The actor’s former GH co-star Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) expressed on learning the news of Damon’s passing: “It is with much sadness I heard of Stuart Damon’s passing. He brought a real steadiness to the Quartermaine family. I enjoyed my scenes with him. Rest easy my friend.”

Sean Kanan (Ex-A.J. Quartermaine) shared: “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”

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Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily Quartermaine) shared: “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.”

We will continue to update this story with more on the passing of Stuart Damon.

Watch below one of the most heartfelt moments, when Stuart won his Daytime Emmy, and his emotional and touching acceptance speech.

Now, share your remembrances and condolences on the passing of Stuart Damon via the comment section.

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Dan
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Dan

Rest in Peace, Stuart Damon. Wonderful actor, classic portrayal of Dr. Alan Quartermaine, who was one of the stalwarts on GH for so many years. I still get angry when I think of the disgraceful way ABC and Jill Farren Phelps acting on orders from above treated him in firing him from the show, and killing him off in 2007. I remember him being front and center on GH when I first started watching in the early 90s. Alan and Monica were one of the all-time great soap couples, with all their cheating, deception, murder attempts (lol), they always found… Read more »

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

Such sad news ): Such a sad few days with two legendary daytime performers passing away ): One of my all-time favorite Daytime Emmy moments was when Stuart Damon finally won his way overdue Emmy!!! I loved Alan Quartermaine so much and was so incredibly angry when they decided to kill off his character in 2007. It was such a terrible decision. The decimation of the Quartermaine’s and the focusing on the mobsters, particularly Sonny Corinthos, alienated millions of GH viewers. I have so many treasured memories of Alan over the 30 years he was on the show. I also… Read more »

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Steve

The world is a little sadder. Any day Alan was on, you knew it would be at least a good episode. Stuart Damon had such a comforting voice and demeanor (well, maybe not when he was trying to have a roof collapse on Monica & Rick). Soap fans used to like to say “we know” how a character feels or may act. With Stuart’s touching portrayal of Alan, longtime fans always knew where Alan was coming from and how he would react. Alan gave Monica a house, but Stuart gave GH fans a soap home for over 30 years. There… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

He was great on GH. Rest in Peace!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I watched Mr. Damon throughout his entire tenure on GH. What a stage presence! What a great actor! I fondly recall as a child (and beyond) watching his performance in “Cinderella” — a magical production that seemed to air annually. I can still full well remember the songs, “Ten Minutes Ago,” among them. When I think of his storylines on GH, I instantly recall the time Alan painstakingly planned to have a house fall on lovers Monica and Rick. Still, it was the relationship between Monica and Alan that had staying power. Even after affairs and breakups, they always reunited,… Read more »

aria
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aria

wow, so sad to hear about Stuart Damon, he was one of a kind. RIP.

Carrie
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Carrie

Prayers to his family. What a great actor he was. Loved him as Alan Q. Thanks for the memories. Rest in peace.

K
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K

He truly was a Prince Charming RIP you sweet man!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

What a huge loss, Stuart Damon as Alan Q was one of my favourite characters. What a fantastic speech he made in 1999 for Best Supporting Actor – that’s what the Daytime Emmy Awards shows were like, that one was in New York! Wish they would be like that once again, somehow, someday. Anyways, shame on JFP for killing Alan off from GH and killing off other beloved characters. Alan is always missed in scenes in Q house. I hope there is a way that GH can close an episode “in memory of Stuart Damon” and show scenes with Monica,… Read more »

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

Yes – GH absolutely needs to do a tribute episode to the late great Stuart Damon. They could have various characters remember Alan and have an episode full of flashbacks to celebrate the greatness of Stuart Damon! I hope the producers understand why this is needed – many of us were wounded by the terrible decision to kill off Dr. Alan Quartermaine and we miss him terribly.

Satan
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Satan

The tribute episode would be more difficult to pull off here than the recent Sean Donely tribute (for example). Sean had been unseen for decades, but was still presumed to be alive. Alan Quartermaine has been dead since Jerry Jax took the Metro Court hostage, so it’s not like you could have a typical memorial service for him now. So how do they pull this off?? Given Stuart Damon’s pre-GH background in musical theatre, I would find some way to dedicate the 2021 Nurses Ball to Alan’s memory. Yeah, it would involve some convoluted writing to create that premise, but… Read more »

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

Here is how they could do it: it could be Monica and Alan’s anniversary and she has memories (flashbacks of Alan) and then we could see Lucy, Jason, Ned, Laura, Robin, etc. could visit for the special episode – it would be possible and it would be such a great thing for them to do! They can take an episode and pay tribute to this great star of the show! It wouldn’t need to be a memorial service, it could be characters remembering Alan, and they could do what Y&R has done occasionally and break the fourth wall and pay… Read more »

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Llanviewer717

I am stunned to hear this news. My first exposure to Stuart Damon was the 1965 Cinderella broadcast. I was mesmerized by him. When he came to GH, I was thrilled. He did not disappoint. He was just super as Alan Quartermaine. I was so sorry when they killed the character.

My most sincere condolences to his family. Thank you Mr. Damon for sharing your amazing talent with all of us. Rest in peace.

Momo
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Momo

He did a great job on GH. RIP

Jimh
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Jimh

Him and Ray McDonald…how sad!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Alan was one of my favorite actors on GH of all time. When he was on the show the Quartermaines were front and center. Alan was constantly bickering with Tracy, wanted to kill Monica and always looking for Edward’s approval. As a father, his hope lied in the hands of Jason and AJ ruined that with a car wreck. Alan’s heart was broken. His marriage to Lucy Coe was epic. He was a rock on the show. When he was killed off, it was one of the big mistakes of all time on GH! A little part of the show… Read more »

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Soaphound

ANOTHER great loss to the soap community and one of the touchstones of the halcyon days of GH. I also recently spotted Mr. Damon in the Oscar-winning 1973 comedy “A TOUCH OF CLASS”. He’s in the last scenes of the movie, offering to share a taxi with Best Actress winner Glenda Jackson, who knows enough by now to say, “You’re married? You take it.” He was incredibly handsome then…and always. I hope they honor him accordingly.

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