General Hospital star Stuart Damon has died aged 84, his son has confirmed.
The actor, who devoted over 30 years of his life to playing Dr. Alan Quartermaine on ABC’s General Hospital and spinoff Port Charles, had been battling renal failure over the past few years.
Stuart’s son Christopher announced his passing to ABC7 reporter George Pennacchio and said General Hospital was his father’s ‘favourite place to be’.
Passing: General Hospital star Stuart Damon has died aged 84, his son has confirmed
Christopher said: ‘He loved playing Alan and was always so appreciative of that role and that job. It was his passion.’
General Hospital’s executive producer Frank Valentini also paid tribute to Stuart on Tuesday.
He wrote: ‘On behalf of everyone at #GH, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Stuart Damon’s family and all who loved him. Stuart was an absolute legend of our industry and he’ll be sorely missed.’
Talented: Stuart earned six Daytime Emmy nominations for his role as Dr. Alan Quartermaine in General Hospital (pictured in 2000)
‘Stuart was an absolute legend of our industry’: General Hospital’s executive producer Frank Valentini also paid tribute to Stuart on Tuesday
ABC7 reporter George said Stuart had been ‘struggling with renal failure for the last several years’ in a Facebook post.
He added: ‘He was a kind, loving and friendly man. It’s something Christopher heard his entire life. It was my honor to know Stuart Damon. May this Prince R.I.P.’
Amber Tamblyn, who played the adopted daughter of Stuart’s character Dr Quartermaine for seven years on the soap, said she was ‘broken- hearted’ following his death.
Soap star: Stuart with the Quartermaine family (L-R) Wally Kurth (Ned), John Ingle (Edward), Anna Lee (Lila), Stuart (Alan), Leslie Charleson (Monica) and Billy Warlock in 1997
She penned on Twitter: ‘ Broken hearted to hear of the passing of Stuart Damon. He played my adopted dad on General Hospital for 7 years and he was the most kind, wonderful, loving, supportive person. He always made me laugh and made me feel safe on set. I love you, Stewy. Rest well now, my friend.’
Genie Francis, who is known for playing the role of Laura Spencer on the television soap opera, uploaded a throwback snap of the pair and wrote: ‘I am so grateful to have had this wonderful man in my life. I am very sad today.’
Nancy Lee Grahn, who played Alexis Davis on General Hospital, added: ‘What a lovely, funny, talented Prince of a man. He truly was Charming. What a pleasure it was to work with his iconic self. Condolences to his family.’
‘He truly was charming’: A host of Stuart’s General Hospital co-stars of past of present paid tribute to the actor following his passing
Stuart earned six Daytime Emmy nominations for his role in General Hospital and won in 1999 — 22 years after joining the cast — for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.
The New York native was born in Brooklyn Feb. 5, 1937 and later went on to graduate from Brandeis University in 1958.
He first took his talents to Broadway in 1959 in the ensemble of ‘First Impressions’ and then spent over a year in the original production of ‘Irma la Douce.’
Acting: Stuart pictured in the ABC TV series Wide World of Mystery, episode Nightmare for a Nightingale in 1975
Bringing his theatrical prowess to the screen, Damon’s status grew with his performance in CBS’ 1965 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ as the prince. He then jumped to London and appeared in a number of musicals and television shows, including ‘The Champions,’ ‘Charlie Girl,’ ‘Man of Magic’ and ‘The New Avengers.’
Through the aughts, Damon stayed in the world of soap operas and joined ‘Days of Our Lives’ as Gov. Jim Ford and ‘As the World Turns’ as Ralph Manzo for a number of episodes.
His other television credits include ‘Fantasy Island,’ ‘Naked City,’ ‘Hotel’ and ‘Yanks Go Home.’
Damon is survived by wife Deirdre Ottewill, who he was married to for 60 years, and their children Jennifer and Christopher.