Now that it looks as if former One Life to Live stars Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson will return to General Hospital as new characters, TVSource Magazine decided to take on the role of head writer and casting director to create new roles for these three actors. Who knows, it might become a regular feature on the site. First up on our list is Roger Howarth (ex-Todd, GH/OLTL).
Roger Howarth as Eric Quartermaine, Jr.
General Hospital could always use more Quartermaines and Howarth is the perfect man for the job. Newer fans may not remember Edward Quartermaine’s other son, Eric Quartermaine, popularly known as Jimmy Lee Holt. Our plan has Howarth playing Jimmy’s son, Eric Quartermaine, Jr.
Scenario: When discussing the possible long-lost heir with Luke (Tony Geary) in January, Tracy (Jane Elliot) mentioned that her estranged half-brother Jimmy had been disinherited. Why not bring Eric Quartermaine, Jr. back to town with a plan to reclaim the birthright that was taken away from him? He leads a group of financial backers who take over ELQ, forcing Tracy and AJ into minor roles within the company. AJ and Tracy would be forced to team up to drive Eric out of their lives and out of their company.
Smart, sexy, conniving. Always thinks he’s the smartest person in the room…because he usually is. He’s the product of a May-December romance and didn’t meet his father until he was 5 years old. His father married his mother to give him the family he (Jimmy Lee) never had but always wanted. It didn’t hurt that his mother was insanely wealthy.
A graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar, Eric studied finance and eventually took over his family’s private equity firm, leading it to become one of Wall Street’s most powerful investment firms. He has his grandfather’s instinct for business, but is more ruthless than Edward could imagine. He loathes the Quartermaines for what he feels was the rejection of his father and treating his side of the family as if they didn’t exist. He is driven by a desire for power and control, willing to step on anyone and do anything to get ahead…when it comes to business that is.
In his personal life, Eric is quite the opposite. He looks at love as a weakness and desires only casual flings. The one woman he opened himself up to betrayed him and married his former best friend. He’s generally a nice person – unless your last name is Quartermaine or that of those who wronged him. He’s very philanthropic, with most of his charitable donations goings towards experimental medical research.
After taking over ELQ, he hires Alexis to work as ELQ’s General Counsel. Is interested in getting to know her for reasons unknown. Finds himself drawn to her but not in a romantic capacity. Why? Becomes a playboy in town, occasionally dating Olivia and taking an interest in Elizabeth, much to the chagrin of AJ. His interest in destroying the Quartermaines may not be his primary reason for coming to Port Charles.
His actions as CEO lead to profitable quarters, but a shady business deal leaves ELQ vulnerable to a take over from the person he least expected…
Additional Casting: Maura West as Eric’s ex-lover. She would be great as the woman who turned Eric off to love for good. Who did she end up marrying? That question could play into a bigger mystery of why Eric is so interested in Alexis and Elizabeth.