The soap world is mourning the loss of one of its legends as veteran actor Stuart Damon — best known as Alan Quartermaine on GENERAL HOSPITAL — has died at the age of 84. ABC entertainment reporter George Pennacchio shared the sad news on Twitter and revealed that Damon had been struggling with renal failure.
Damon’s breakthrough role was starring as the Prince in a 1965 television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella opposite Lesley Ann Warren. He also appeared in the musicals Do I Hear a Waltz?, The Boys From Syracuse, and Irma La Douce. After a move to Britain in the ‘60s, he could be seen appearing on television series like THE SAINT, THE NEW AVENGERS, and THE ADVENTURES OF BLACK BEAUTY.
Upon returning to the United States, Damon landed the role of Dr. Alan Quartermaine on GH in 1977, which he played until the character was killed off in 2007, though he continued to make occasional ghostly appearances in the years that followed. He also brought the character to the soap’s short-lived spinoff, PORT CHARLES. During his time on GH, Damon was nominated seven times for Daytime Emmy Awards and took home the trophy twice — Outstanding Actor in 1996 and Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1999. His final appearance on GH was in 2013 for another spirited visit during the soap’s 50th-anniversary celebration.
Elsewhere in the daytime world, Damon took on the role of mobster Ralph Manzo on CBS sudser AS THE WORLD TURNS in 2009. And in 2010, he appeared on NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Governor Jim Ford for a handful of episodes.
Our thoughts are with Damon’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.