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Michael Sutton Reprising His Role Of Stone Cates On General Hospital!

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A major exciting return is on tap in August at General Hospital.Michael Sutton, who is fondly remembered for his heart-wrenching performance as Stone Cates, the character which succumbed to AIDS in 1995, is reprising his role.

According to TV Line, while Sutton’s encore is top secret, it is apparently triggered  by Sonny (Maurice Benard)when the mobster is going through a time of great crisis.

This isn’t the first time Sutton has revived the deceased Stone – his acclaimed role.  He previously made a brief appearance in 2010, when his love, Robin (Kimberly McCullough) was conjuring up his image and needed to talk to him.

So, what will happen to Sonny that he needs to see Stone? Excited for a brief Sutton return? Comment below!

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Jovin
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Jovin

Although no one can ever write for Stone the way Claire Labine did, it is always a treat to be reminded of one of the greatest Daytime love stories ever told! I wish soaps would tell epic love stories like that again, but alas, the age of the supercouple is long gone!

Wanda
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Wanda

So true what’s wrong with the soap show today they should take a look at that Novelas and learn from them we love love story and great couples

su0000
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su0000

This Stone guy died 1995 .. 22 years ago!

So–
Now we will know the secret, never told, Do Ghosts Age ..

Has Michael Sutton/Stone aged in 22 years??
How will an aged ghost look like?

This is crazy! moreso Stupid!!!

Celia
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Celia

We do not age in death, su. So, this Stone person, if he is an angel, will look as he did when he died. Double LOL.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey Su0000

They already had an “aged” Stone appear to Robin a few years ago. If he’s returning in Sonny’s head…and he’s actually playing the part and it’s not a flashback…then, yeah, he’ll be aged. Just another “it’s a soap..go with it…moment!” For those of us who remember Stone and that absolutely beautiful, gut-wrenching story…ugh…tears…it’s worth the “overlooking the aging thing..” Unless, maybe…Sonny is going to imagine that Stone never died and in his mind will be seeing him having lived his life, enjoyed his life…at the age he would have been now had he lived. That works!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

A memorable story, su. I always wondered why the actor who played Stone didn’t act more.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Nancy…

Michael has been in projects throughout the years but he’s very involved, from what I understand, in his own very high-profile entertainment publicity firm (I think it was founded by his father). He’s quite successful; seems like he wasn’t looking to get into acting full time.

Steve
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Steve

If you check out Sutton’s twitter feed, you’ll see he’s heavy into real estate and selling legalized pot.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Ha Steve! I do remember he has his own real estate company (very high-end); I think he still does promoting as well. (didn’t know about the legalized pot.) Either way, he’s really an impressive guy! Quite the entrepreneur as well as being a talented actor!

Shay
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Shay

@Steve…In that case, perhaps Stone will appear in a vision to offer Sonny a new business opportunity…investing in medicinal weed! (Hey, “Dimples” says he’s now going “legit!” Could be just the thing to pad his transition to his new life!…Plus, he does have a history in providing such a service….remember when he sent a sheepish Spinelli over to ChezAlexis for that laughably ludicrous scenario where she ended up spaced out with the screaming munchies??? Ah, yes, just another example in the long list of indignities for which this character has become famous…)

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

Reading thru the posts, I see some excellent thoughts here for a future legit business for Sonny. Since he’s working on a career change, he could be a medicinal pot broker. Or how about a pot farm down at his island? Sonny could give summer jobs there to kids like Joslyn. Summer camp’s been a bit rough for her with Spencer’s kidnapping there. A summer job at the pot farm might be just what she needs! Michael Sutton did a great job in the role of Stone Cates. But it’s become GH’s style to pull in former cast members for… Read more »

JMER
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JMER

Love Stone but if it’s for a scene with Sonny, I won’t turn on the show just for that.

Celia
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Celia

AhHaHa, JMER. Too funny!!

Brenda Garces
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Brenda Garces

How Rude yall have no respect for GH

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

Oh how wonderful!!! The BJ story and the Robin and Stone story are two of the best stories I’ve ever seen on daytime…………

Nettie
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Nettie

Agree! Those 2, and when Lucky supposedly died in the fire. Gut wrenching. On OLTL – the entire week Megan died from lupus.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Classic” soap! (Sigh!)

SZima
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SZima

Wasn’t watching back then, so I could care less!
However, I”d like to know why the current writers have to resuscitate DEAD characters to tell a current story. They are really reaching if they have to go back to that time…IMHO.
I’m not a fan of “ghostly” returns…for ANY character. Even more so if Sonny is involved!!

Brenda Garces
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Brenda Garces

How Rude

su0000
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su0000

hi SZima.
It could be cool IF they played the creepy spooky music and had him looking like a ghost all white and creepy and floating around …. LOL looking like a scary dude.

I know nothing of the Lee man so no heartstrings for me, either..

Nonetheless.. I’m looking forward to seeing the scene… And his fans are excited to see him, and that is their moment of nostalgia, so happy for them..

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I like your last sentence, su0000…nice sentiment.

Sue M.
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Sue M.

Stone died of AIDS! How can they bring that character back? He died a long time ago.

su0000
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su0000

Hi Sue,
Well, he is going to be a ghost that aged 22 years ahahaaa!
yes in deedy! a ghost that grows old, we know will know the secret of death/aging when a ghost ahaaa!

And it broke my bubble of believing ghosts never age 🙁

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Guess Sonny is going to have a psychic “break.” You think? But just for one day–LOL!

Joel
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Joel

He will obviously appear in spiri formt to Sonny, not as a real person… exactly the same way he appeared to Robin in 2010 when she fell in a well while escaping from Lisa Niles.

Joel
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Joel

spirit form

Ethel
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Ethel

Sonny gets Stoned…

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

LOL!

Brenda Garces
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Brenda Garces

No Sam shoots him

su0000
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su0000

oww oww!
now I hope Sonny will shoot and kill Sam!
that’s the way business is done. bullet for bullet.
please please let me write Sam’s death!!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

LOL, Ethel! Then maybe he’d FINALLY get busted for something!

Shay
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Shay

Even though you know he’d rather get “Stoned Cold!” Sonny just cannot get over that past bromance!

gh'er
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gh'er

Sure, why not.
Welcome back, again.

Liz
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Liz

I bet Sam shoots or stabs Sonny and Stone comes to him while he’s unconscious and near death’s door.

Celia
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Celia

I said as much a couple of weeks, or so, ago….that Sam was going to do Sonny “in”. But, I figured by stabbing him. Now “Sammi’s got a gun”. I cannot fathom how she can go in and out of reality in a snap.
Incomprehensible. I would think an episode would last longer than a blink. Ahh, well….go with the flow….
I did not anticipate this Stone person….must have been important to Sonny for him to appear as a vision, as Joel said. But how? He has aged….spirits do not.
I will reserve a comment after the fact.

Steve
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Steve

Since MB is obviously not leaving, the best we can hope for is a month-long coma. Let Maurice – and the viewers – have a nice vacation.

Shay
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Shay

Up that to six months, and we’ve got a deal, Steve!

Steve
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Steve

It will be nice to see Michael Sutton again, but of course, it has to revolve around Sonny.

Are they going to imply people keep aging in heaven. It’s been 22 years!

Celia
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Celia

It will be weird, Steve. As I said to su, angels do not age. How will ‘they’ manage this scene?

Shay
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Shay

Probably will be a hallucination…Sonny has had those before, CeeCeeGirl!

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
It must be, Shay….unless Stone did not die? I do not know enough about this character or his story. Just marginally. I looked him up, not because of Sonny (lol), but because of Robin.
However, as Sue M said; he died of AIDS.
Well, Shaybelle; I will not wrack my brain over it….not really interested; however rude I may be. LOL.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

My suggestion, Steve, was that Sonny has some kind of revery, hallucination (caught Sam’s hallucination snydrome? lol) where he imagines Stone never died…and thus he’d be the age he is today…perhaps living his life married to Robin.

Steve
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Steve

I like that idea Rebecca. KMc is probably on maternity leave, so I doubt we’ll see her for a few months at least.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

LOL, Steve. Maybe they superimposed Robin’s face on to Lulu’s body and voila! A pregant Robin having Stone’s baby (in Sonny’s mind). See? I have a contingency plan for everything! 😉

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I still remember how I cried my eyes out the day Stone died. I will be glad to see the character on the screen no matter what’s going on because I never stopped missing him.

rose
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rose

Ho Hum. Not excited about the upcoming Stone and Sonny story. Wasn’t a big Stone/Robin fan before. And Sonny, Sonny, Sonny….enough front and center already. And the writers will probably have to bring up Morgan again. Then we also have to have Carly being the the “perfect” person and mother in both Michael and Josslyn’s lives.

Wanda
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Wanda

I thank the real Cary should come back and pay for all the bad and wrong thing she did she is no angel evil should always have to pay the price

Brenda Garces
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Brenda Garces

Then maybe you should not watch GH Then

rose
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rose

Ahhhh…but here’s what I do like that keeps me watching GH. Lately Ned/Olivia wedding; Anna /Andre dancing segment; possibilities with Joss/Issac; Valentin getting his “get out of jail card”/Nina; really liking Lucy/Scott scenes (I’m also a Lucy fan and like it when they can stretch Lynn as an actor): Spencer’s “revenge;” even Amy/Nathan advise column story.

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

I loved the Sonny and Stone storyline. One of the very best of GH.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think, as I mentioned under one of Su0000’s comments, that Sonny might have some type of dream in which Stone never died. This way, if he’s imagining, he could picture Stone as the 40-something year old man he’d be today had he not passed. He could be imagining all the things he’d wished for Stone…maybe Robin will be in the scene and Sonny will be so confused he’ll imagine what their life would have been like together had he not died…

Joe
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Joe

Aren’t there enough under appreciated current actors on GH that they have to keep bringing back the dead from decades ago? Stone Cates. Why? Robin and Sonny have moved on. His brother Jagger and sister Gina have moved on. Please don’t tell me that Oscar kid is Stone’s son.

Dan
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Dan

The Stone AIDS story was one of the best storylines in daytime history, written by the best head writer GH has ever had in my opinion, the late great Claire Labine. 22 years later it still brings tears to my eyes, going back and reliving some of those scenes. They don’t do stuff like that anymore, not just on GH but on any show. Michael Sutton was robbed of an Emmy that year. The people that weren’t watching back then really missed out. A lot of the pivotal scenes from that storyline are up on YouTube, do yourself a favor… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Very informative post, Dan….as yours are, unfailingly, wont to be….great writer, you are.
But, ‘they’ should just let the dead rest in peace.
This sounds more and more that the “apparition” ( if it is that) will be to accomodate a new story centered around who else? Sonny. And then Carly…
If this will be the case, TPTB are really going out of their way to convince us how good, but, misunderstood Sonny is. Well, no matter how diligent the effort, nothing will make me feel, not a scintilla of, sympathy for him.

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….The words “Sonny” and “sympathy” don’t even belong in the same sentence! Total oxymoron…..

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree C, let the dead rest in peace! These writers will muck up a brilliant character that was in a legendary story. Write something NEW!

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
It is amazing to me that many steadfast, loyaf GH fans, also, see what I see and think.
I thought only su and I could care less about characters who died as they exited the show…..that’s understandable because we did not know Stone; thus, not invested in him, dead or alive.
So, thanks for agreeing, T.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You got that right, Dan! “The definition of excellence in storytelling.”
They don’t write them like they used to. Claire Labine wrote heartfelt, heartwarming stories.
You’re right also about the fact that viewers today don’t know what they missed.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

True Nancy and Dan…And Michael Sutton’s acting…I get tears in my eyes thinking about him lying in bed, reaching for Robin…ugggg…tissues…I need tissues!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Dan, the Sonny bitching and complaining is the same with Victor. People can despise these two characters but they are the captains of their ships and their ship is carrying a lot of history with each others shows. Its the way it is. I love both of them BUT I do admit their moral compasses do tend to spin out of control at times!

Dan
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Dan

CeeCee, thanks for your compliment on my writing. I always try and present my views as well written and well thought out as I can, whether people agree with them or not. That’s the journalism major in me, lol. Different strokes for different folks, as they say, when it comes to Sonny. I always enjoy reading your thoughts, even if we happen to disagree on a particular topic, you always provide thought provoking reading material. Well said, Timmm! I know a lot of people don’t like Sonny, he’s always been one of my favorite characters. And a complex character to… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I reciprocate your thanks and kindness, Dan.

Timmm
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Timmm

This is flat out stupid! Stone is DEAD! He was part of a legendary story. Leave it ALONE! Bring back live characters like Robert, Nick and Jax! Whats next B.J.’s evil twin?

su0000
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su0000

hi Timmm,,

Shelly excels in Stupid !!
A real bonafide ghost, eeeee can’t wait !!

Steve
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Steve

BJ’s evil twin — I love it!

Celia
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Celia

Thanks, Steve.
I will certainly do that. It’s two in the morning, LOL….my little girl woke up with a stuffed, little nose……it’s going to be a long night!!!!!

Celia
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Celia

BJ….I just looked her up. What a heartbreaking story!!!!
And, Maxie has her heart? She is as strong as Victor Newman—-must take powerful meds. Never in distress.
Now, T…..your humor always hits the spot. Why? You don’t seem to try too hard to be funny…just happens naturally. Yup!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Tony Jones was awesome!

Yeah C, I know, go to GH or Y&R if you want a miracle transplant!

Humor is my rock!

Steve
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Steve

Celia

If you have the time, watch the YouTube episodes about BJ’s death. You’ll get sucked into one of the best storylines in soap history. As Timmm mentioned, Tony was outstanding. The story brought out the best in all the actors – including current cast members Bobbie, Felicia, Mac and Lucy.

Monica must be an amazing heart surgeon because there’s never been a scar seen when Kirsten Storm wears a low cut top 🙂

dmr
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dmr

As much as I enjoy Michael Sutton, and the character of Stone Cates, if he is brought back only for a reprise/resurrection of yet again, another hour of the “Moron Hour”-I’ll be tuning out.

Dzzdee
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Dzzdee

The Storyline will do nothing for me. Didn’t care about that story back then and don’t care about it now.
Just do it and move on.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I, for one, am really looking forward to Michael Sutton’s episode (s). He was a wonderful character and actor…and though he’s obviously going to be a figment of Sonny’s imagination it could be a nice view into how Stone might have been had he lived. The Stone story back in the day was one of the most heartbreaking stories I’ve ever seen on TV or film. Just ripped me to pieces…

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, Rebecca, me too! Was a great and (obviously) memorable s/l.

Sandy J.
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Sandy J.

While I was also enthralled with the Robin/Stone love story more than 2 decades ago, I am now officially tired of ‘stunt casting’. We long-time fans are very good at complaining about not seeing the characters and actors we’re so familiar with on our screens today, but no one who runs the show pays much attention. They’d rather hire a high-profile actor/actress for a couple of days’ work so that ratings go up during those specific periods than do what the show’s long-time fans want. I’m sure I’ll enjoy seeing Michael Sutton again, however he appears, but I’d rather see… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Great post! I cannot stand Franks pets using GH as a revolving door AND I dont want history screwed with!

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