From physician to gangster to politician! Emmy Winner Stuart Damon is taking on a new role on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”
Hello, Governor! Emmy Winner Stuart Damon will be taking on a new role on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, according to a report from Soap Opera Digest. The soap veteran and recent soap-hopper will play Governor Jim Ford on the sudser. Maybe now, after all these years, we’ll finally find out exactly which Midwest state the fictional town of Salem is actually in!
Damon recently reunited with former GH castmates Lynn Herring (Audrey) and Jon Lindstrom (Craig) last fall on As the World Turns for a short-term role, ironically as mobster Ralph Manzo. Damon’s character Alan Quartermaine, was always one of the mob’s biggest detractors on General Hospital.
Damon joined the cast of GH in 1977 as Dr. Alan Quartermaine, son of Edward and Lila Quartermaine. Damon’s beloved character was killed off during the MetroCourt Hostage Crisis storyline in 2007, though he remained on contract with the soap for a time after as Alan took the form of his sister, Tracy’s conscience. Fans were outraged when the 30 year veteran had been killed off, and GH quickly tried to curtail the situation by creating a place for Damon to remain on the show, albeit buried within Tracy’s mind. Damon last appeared as what fans referred to as “Ghost Alan” during the Christmas 2008 episode.
Prior to joining GH, Stuart is probably most well known for his role of Prince Charming opposite Lesley Ann Warren in the 1965 television movie, Rodgers & Hammerstien’s Cinderella. Damon also performed in character yearly on General Hospital‘s Nurses Ball, showcasing his singing talents as he had 30 years before in Rodgers & Hammerstien’s Cinderella.
Damon will be reunited with his General Hospital nephew, Wally Kurth (ex-Ned, GH; Justin, Days). Kurth has been recurring on the soap since August of last year. However, a recurring gig on Days can mean more than a contract role on GH. It seems like we’ve seen more of Justin on Days in the last 6 months than we’ve seen of Ned on General Hospital in the last six years (Kurth was actually taken off contract in 2005 as Ned’s storyline was so limited). Damon debuts on Days sometime next month. Check out our periodical Comings and Goings section for more information as it becomes available.
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