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A. J. Quartermaine
GHKanan-AJ
Sean Kanan as A. J. Quartermaine
General Hospital
Portrayed by Sean Kanan
(and others)
Created by Pat Falken Smith
Margaret DePriest
Duration 1979–83, 1986–89, 1991-92, 1993–2003, 2005, 2012—
First appearance December 13, 1979
Profile
Family Quartermaine
Gender Male
Alias Jason Adair
Crane Tolliver
Alan Jr. (as a child)
A. J.
Junior (by Ned)
Date of birth November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18) (age 41)[1]
Residence 66 Harbor View Road
Port Charles, New York
Alternate performer(s)
File:GHWarlock-AJ.jpg
Billy Warlock as A. J. Quartermaine



Alan James "A.J." Quartermaine Jr. is a fictional character from the ABC Daytime soap opera, General Hospital. Born on-screen in 1979, the role has been most notably portrayed by actors Sean Kanan from 1993 to 1997, and Billy Warlock from 1997 to 2003, with reprisal in 2005. Kanan made his on-screen return as A.J. on October 26, 2012 after a 15 year absence.[2]

Casting

The newborn A.J. was portrayed by child actor, Eric Kroh from 1979 to 1983.[2] Abraham Geary briefly stepped into the role in 1983. The role was also portrayed by Jason Marsden (1986–1988), Christopher Nelson (1988), Justin Whalin (April 1988–1989). In June 1991, Gerald Hopkins stepped in the role of A.J. on contract and last appeared in December 1992.[2] The role was recast with Sean Kanan, who made his first appearance in the role on February 16, 1993.[3] Kanan last appeared in the role on June 10, 1997[3] Kanan received a nomination for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Newcomer for his portrayal of A. J. in 1994.[3]

Following Kanan's decision to depart the soap, actor Billy Warlock was hired into the role of A.J., and made his debut on June 13, 1997.[4] Warlock departed from the series in December 2003.[4] In 2003, Warlock earned a pre-nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of A.J.[4]

Following Kanan's exit from the show, he went on to star as Deacon Sharpe in the CBS Daytime soap, The Bold and the Beautiful. In February 2005, Warlock returned to the role of A.J., only to announce his departure in favor of his former NBC role of Frankie Brady on Days of our Lives.[5][6] Warlock's exit from the series lead to rumors of Kanan's possible reprisal of the role.[6] Warlock exited the series following his alter-ego's "death" in June 2005.

On September 17, 2012, Kanan revealed in an interview with TV Guide's Michael Logan that he would be returning to General Hospital; however, it was not immediately clear whether he would reprise his role as the late A.J., with Kanan first expecting to air on October 29, 2012.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13] Rumors later began circulating that Kanan may be recasting the role of A.J.'s brother, Jason Morgan following the departure of Steve Burton. Kanan's resemblance to Burton fed into the rumors.[12][14] Kanan admitted in an interview that he was sworn to secrecy about but he was definitely looking forward to the role. Kanan filmed his first scenes during the first week in October, just a week after Burton's departure.[15] Kanan made his first appearance at the end of the October 26 episode, after a 15 year absence.

Storylines

Backstory

Alan Quartermaine, Jr. is born on December 13, 1979 during a severe snow storm. At the time, his mother, Monica is on bed rest when is visited by co-worker, Dr. Lesley Webber and her foster mother, Dr. Gail Baldwin. The three women end up stranded when Monica goes into labor. As Lesley helps deliver the child, a delirious Monica admits that the infant is actually the son of Lesley's husband, Dr. Rick Webber (Chris Robinson).[16] Monica's husband, Alan unaware of the affair must deal with his evil sister Tracy planting seeds of doubt about Alan, Jr's paternity. In early 1980, it is discovered that Alan Jr has a heart condition and Rick comes back to Port Charles to perform the surgery. Rick soon confronts Alan, who is already aware of Alan Jr's paternity and claims the infant. However, Monica later discovers that Alan Jr carries a birthmark identical Alan's and a DNA test later confirms that the child is Alan's son. In 1981, Alan has an affair and had an illegitimate son, Jason with Susan Moore. Monica and Alan separate when he moves in with Susan, and Monica files for sole custody of Alan Jr. However, they soon reconcile and Susan sues the Quartermaines for Jason's inheritance. After Susan's murder, Monica adopts Jason as her own. In 1988, Alan, Jr now known as A. J. goes sent off to boarding school.

A. J. graduates from boarding in June 1991 which re-establishes his birth year as 1973. In early 1993, A. J. is aged again re-establishing his birth year as 1969. In 1998, his birth date is revised to November 18.[17][2]

1990s

Alan Jr, now going by the name A.J. left school, and ended up in jail for drunk driving. A.J. of course blames his troubled childhood while his grandmother, Lila promises to give him and his cousin, Ned their inheritance if they can stay out of trouble for six months. Meanwhile, his parents remarry and his little brother, Jason returns home from boarding school. A. J. takes pleasure in reminding Jason that he is illegitimate.[18] Meanwhile, Nikki Langton comes to town looking for revenge against Monica for her father, David's death. When her malpractice suit against Monica fails, she begins dating A.J. Nikki soon tricks A. J. into proposing marriage so she can get her hands on the Quartermaine fortune. In November 1992, A.J. is devastated when Nikki leaves him at the altar after Alan pays her to leave town. A. J. turns to alcohol to numb the pain.[19]

After learning about his father's schemes, A.J. tracked Nikki to Malibu and attempts to win her back, but she has already married another man. A.J. begins drinking even more.[20] In 1993, A. J. had an affair with Ned's former lover, Julia Barrett before she left town. Meanwhile, Alan became infatuated with Rhonda Wexler, much to Monica's dismay. After Rhonda is killed by her ex-boyfriend, Ray Conway, and Alan threatens him, Ray is also discovered dead. A. J. finds Alan's cufflink at the scene and Alan confesses to the crime. A. J. frames Jagger Cates for the murder to protect his father.[21] In 1995, Alan and Monica adopt the orphaned Emily Bowen. In 1996, A.J. gets into a drunken car accident with Jason in the passenger seat and Jason suffers severe brain damage. Ned covers for A.J. and his guilt begins eating away at him. After waking up from a coma, Jason with no recollection of his past walks away from the family.[22]

In April 1997, A.J. has a drunken one-night-stand with the scheming Carly Roberts. Fortunately, for Carly, A.J. has no recollection of escapade. Soon Carly announces she is pregnant and reunites with Tony Jones. Carly fearing that A.J. would eventually remember the night the child was conceived drugs A.J. leading everyone to believe he had fallen of the wagon once again. However, Carly's plan backfires and A.J. stays in town. After being hypnotized, A J. remembers his night with Carly, and confronts her. He promises to hide it from Tony, but demands a DNA test when the baby is born.[23] Meanwhile, the Quartermaines are shocked when it comes out during Monica's sexual harassment trial that she and Ned had an affair years before, and several of the Quartermaines fell off the wagon, including A.J. His drinking grew worse, and he eventually admitted to being behind the wheel the night of the car accident. A.J. also becomes infatuated with Jason's ex-girlfriend, Keesha Ward but she rejects him.[24]

Carly welcomes her son Michael in December 1997 and fears Tony and A.J. may learn the truth and try and take the boy away from her. Carly lies and claims Jason as the baby's father while she leaves town to recover from Postpartum. In 1998, A. J. meets his son when Jason's girlfriend, Robin Scorpio asks him to babysit. A.J. decides to patch things up with Carly to please his grandfather, Edward, who is adamant about keeping the Quartermaine together under one roof.[25] A.J. eventually wins Carly over and they marry on May 26, 1999 at the Quartermaine mansion, much to the dismay of both Alan and Monica. A.J. has difficulty bonding with Michael who has become attached to Jason. A.J. always suspects Carly of having an affair with Jason and when Carly announces she is pregnant, he assumes Jason is the father.[2]

2000s

A.J. agrees to pass the child off as his own, in order to get revenge on Jason for hiding Michael's paternity. A.J. is furious when he learns that Carly's child is actually fathered by Sonny Corinthos and Sonny comes to claim the unborn child. In May 2000, Carly and A.J. get into an argument and she ends up falling down a flight of stairs and miscarries. A.J. is later disinherited by his family and forced to move out of the mansion. Meanwhile, Sonny and Carly schemed to gain custody of young Michael. Sonny kidnaps A.J. and threatens him into signing over his parental rights to Michael; Sonny later adopts Michael. A.J. became even more self-destructive and destroyed his relationship with Hannah Scott when nearly died from alcohol poisoning. When Monica has a health scare, A. J. decides to move back into the mansion and reconciles with his family. A.J. also bonds with his long lost sister, Skye Chandler who also battled with alcoholism. Together, they planned to bring Michael back into the Quartermaine fold. In January 2002, A.J. begins pursuing Sonny's little sister, Courtney Matthews in an effort to drive Sonny crazy and get Michael back.[2]

In April 2002, A.J. marries Courtney and Sonny nearly kills him. A.J. offers to give Courtney a divorce if he gave Michael back but Sonny refuses the offer. A.J. eventually falls for Courtney and gave up his family for her. Sonny instructs Jason to watch over Courtney and A.J. is jealous of their budding relationship. He turns to alcohol and crashes his car through the Oasis strip club. Courtney becomes a stripper at the club to pay off his debt. A.J. burns down the club and Courtney convinces Jason to cover for him. Wanting Courtney to depend on him instead of Jason, A.J. hires the former owner of the Oasis, Coleman Ratcliffe to terrorize Courtney; however the plan backfires when Courtney learns the truth. Courtney wants to end the marriage and A. J. swears revenge on Jason. He teams up with Skye to framer Jason and Brenda Barrett for the murder of Luis Alcazar. A.J. gets his chance to run ELQ when he becomes CEO after Ned is falsely accused of rape. However, A.J.'s efforts to redeem himself came up short and he became involved with Lydia Karenin. The couple left town together after A.J. emptied his entire family's bank accounts.[2]

A.J. returns in February 2005 to reveal that had and Courtney are still legally married when she announces her engagement to Jasper Jacks. A.J. also kidnaps Sonny's kids including Michael; he fakes Michael's death and attempts to leave the country with the boy. Instead, A.J. returned to the Quartermaine mansion and Alan attempts to help his son. Jason finally comes to the rescues and A.J. ends up shooting Alan during a confrontation with Jason. A.J. ends up in the hospital with a broken back and he is apparently murdered by Dr. Asher Thomas on April 26, 2005. Years earlier, A.J. hired Dr. Thomas to kill Jason and A. J. had been using the information to blackmail him.[2] Michael is initially one of the suspects but his name is cleared after the truth is discovered.

2010s

A. J. reappears alive in October 2012 after Jason's death to console Monica.

References

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