Stuart Damon, best known for his role as Dr. Alan Quartermaine at “General Hospital,” died Tuesday. He was 84. “Stuart Damon played beloved patriarch Alan Quartermaine for 30 years,” Frank Valentini, “General Hospital” executive producer, said during a statement to USA TODAY. “He was an excellent actor and even greater man. His legacy lives on through ‘GH’ and every one the lives he touched and every one those that loved him. He is going to be missed.” Damon’s family told ABC News 7 the actor had been “struggling with kidney failure for the last several years.”
He landed the “General Hospital” role of Dr. Alan Quartermaine, a part of the rich, dysfunctional, and haughty Quartermaine family, in 1977. He was nominated for seven Daytime Emmys for his decades-long portrayal. In 1999, Damon finally won for best-supporting actor for his depiction of Dr. Quartermaine’s addiction to Hydrocodone. From 1999 to 2001, Damon reprised his Dr. Quartermaine role for the spinoff series “Port Charles.” He appeared regularly on “General Hospital” until his character’s death, from coronary failure after a huge attack during February sweeps, in 2007. Dr. Quartermaine appeared sporadically on the daytime drama until 2013, sometimes in dreams and whilst a ghost. Former “General Hospital” actors paid tribute to Damon on social media.
“I am so grateful to possess had this excellent man in my life. I’m very sad today #StuartDamon #GH,” tweeted Genie Francis, who plays Laura Spencer on the serial. Amber Tamblyn, who played Damon’s adopted daughter on “General Hospital” for seven years, tweeted she was “broken-hearted” to listen to the news. “He was the foremost kind, wonderful, loving, supportive person. He always made me laugh and made me feel safe on set. I really like you, Stewy. Rest well now, my friend,” Tamblyn wrote. “General Hospital” actress Nancy Lee Grahn said Damon was “a lovely, funny, talented Prince of a person. He truly was Charming.”
“What a pleasure it had been to figure together with his iconic self,” Born in Brooklyn, New York, Damon began his career on Broadway. He shot to prominence portraying the prince opposite Lesley Ann Warren within the 1965 CBS musical production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Damon worked on London’s West End stage also starring as a spy on the 1968-69 TV series “The Champions.” He appeared on British shows including “The Saint,” “Steptoe and Son” and “The New Avengers.”