Jack Manning
Jack Manning
Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning
One Life to Live
Portrayed by Ryan & Riley Cramer (2001-03)
Christian Ashdale (2003-04)
Jack Boscoe (2005-06)
Thomas Justusson (2006-07)
Carmen LoPorto (2007-11)
Andrew Trischitta (2011-12)
Duration 2001-12
First appearance October 11, 2001
Last appearance January 12, 2012
Family Lord/Cramer
Gender Male
Alias John Cramer Manning (full name)
Date of birth October 10, 1995 (1995-10-10) (age 21)
Occupation Student
Alternate performer(s)
Carmen LoPorto as Jack Manning

John "Jack" Cramer Manning[1][2] is the second child of Blair Cramer and Todd Manning. Andrew Trischitta currently protays the role. Trischitta has gained notice and critical acclaim when his character's rivalry with Shane Morasco, even though he is close friends with Shane's portayer, Austin Williams in real life.

Character History


In 2001, a pregnant Blair goes to San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico intending to give birth to who she believes is the son of Max Holden.

Todd follows an unsuspecting Blair, eventually making her believe the baby boy died soon after his birth on October 10, 2001. Todd goes to the airport and gives the baby to a pair of nuns.

Witnessing this, David Vickers gets the child back and brings him to where Todd and Blair are staying. Todd pays David a hefty sum to get rid of the baby. David gives the child to a rich Texas couple, the Millers.

Todd discovers the boy is indeed his son and forces David to reveal his location. Todd gets him back and he, along with Blair and Starr name the baby Jack.

David blackmails Todd, threatening to tell Blair everything. Todd turns the tables on him.

Blair eventually finds out after Jack is diagnosed with aplastic anemia, the same illness Starr had a few years prior when she discovered that Alex Olanov also donated her bone marrow to save his life.

Margaret Cochran (who is obsessed with Todd) kidnaps young Jack in 2004, but he is later returned.

Aged to a preteen in 2007, Jack becomes a regular recurring role who behaves as mischievously as his older sister Starr before him, learning her manipulative ways as well as obnoxious and disrespectful behavior from his father.


Jack first appears as a self-absorbed teenager in February 2011 and begins bullying Shane Morasco.

Jack makes it his mission to humiliate Shane, going as far as taunting him on fictional social networking website called "MyFace" believing his familial wealth and power would protect him. The bullying drives Shane to attempt suicide by throwing himself off the roof of Llanview High School.

Jack is soon confronted by Blair and Starr upon learning of the incident from Shane's mom, Gigi Morasco, but he again feigns innocence of his vicious actions.

In summer 2011, Jack creates a fictitious MyFace account as a girl to taunt Shane. When "she" invites Shane to a party, Gigi makes Shane leave and poses as him to gain information from Jack and "kick his butt."

She goes to the place where Shane was slated to go. Jack and two of his stooges lock her in a room, thinking that was Shane.

Gigi is stuck in a basement with an old back-up power generator that is leaking carbon monoxide on the day of her wedding.

Jack goes to the courthouse with legal stepmother Téa Delgado and is shocked to see Shane there. Shane and Jack have it out. Shane, his father Rex Balsom and his adoptive grandmother Roxy Balsom realize Gigi is late to her wedding because of Jack. Jack pretends not to know what they are talking about.

After looking at the messages on Téa's laptop, Rex searches for Gigi and finds her unconscious in the basement of an abandoned former home of Jack's friend.

Rex takes Gigi to the hospital and calls Roxy to tell her and Shane to be with him. Shane threatens to kill Jack if his mother was injured.

While at the hospital, the doctor tells Rex "it's too late." Téa takes Jack to see Todd in jail where she overhears him admitting his culpability in Gigi's apparent death and tells him he could be tried as an adult.

As police officers John McBain and Brody Lovett, Todd bribes Jack's friend to take the fall, angering Blair.

In hopes of keeping him out of trouble, Todd appoints Jack as The Sun newspaper's executive assistant. While working, Jack is later attacked by someone with Todd's original face.

On August 1, 2011, at the apex of a story arc which brought Llanview elite to The Palace Hotel for the David Vickers Buchanan disastrous premiere of "Vickerman: The Movie," a man claiming to be "the real Todd" pleads to Starr and Jack to believe him.

Jack sides with the "new" Todd, the only father he remembers while Starr sides with the father she knew as a child.

Jack soon tells Starr "his dad" saved him from going to jail for Gigi's death and "only a father can do that."

Later, when a DNA test concludes both men to be twins, and Jack's believed-to-be-dead paternal grandmother, Irene Manning soon arrives in Llanview to tell the Lords she actually bore patriarch Victor Lord two twin sons, Todd (Howarth) and Victor, Jr. (St. John).

A loyal Jack sides with Victor. October 7, 2011, Jack takes brief ownership of The Sun and writes a scathing cover story on his father Todd, who he suspects murdered his uncle and adoptive father Victor, Jr.

Concurrently, Shane confronts Jack at the cemetery near Victor, Jr.'s grave, accusing him of being Gigi's real murderer and shoots at him. Shane intentionally misses, instead knocking Jack unconscious with the gun and taking him to the hospital.

Jack soon meets Neela Patel, with whom he has a brief romance. Angry at Todd reclaiming his life, Jack sets fire to The Sun offices unaware Neela's brother and sister-in-law, Vimal (Nick Choksi) and Rama Patel (Shenaz Treasury) were both inside.

Todd later finds out it was Jack who set the fire at The Sun and blackmails him into a cordial relationship for silence and help finding a Christmas tree for the mansion of his great aunt Dorian, La Boulaie.

Sharing an intimate moment, Neela coaxes Jack into admitting his complicity in the death of Shane's mother Gigi and successfully records their conversation for Shane which Shane brings the tape to the police.

Jack is arrested for Gigi's death on Christmas Eve 2011, just as Jack was ready to accept Todd as his biological father.

Just before the New Year, Jack and Téa are surprised to discover Gigi is still alive and that the woman who died with Gigi's face was actually her jealous sister Stacy (Farah Fath/Crystal Hunt), who unknowingly had plastic surgery to appear exactly as her sister.

Gigi then confronted Jack about almost killing her, but was stopped by Shane, telling her it wasn't worth getting even with Jack since he wasn't really responsible for her "death." The murder charges against Jack were then dropped with Stacy's death ruled accidental.

Neela later apologizes to Jack for the recording and admits to him that he matched the description of the boy she dreamed of falling in love with. Neela bids Jack goodbye when she tells him that she believes that Jack was truly sorry for his actions.

Jack is last seen saying goodbye to his sister Starr, who moves to Hollywood with Hope to pursue a music career.

With Starr and Todd having crossed over to General Hospital, Jack is mentioned several times most notably on the June 23 episode Todd says to Sam Morgan (Kelly Monaco), who was briefly his secretary to put his calls through to him if Starr calls or if Jack and his other sister, Dani call, both of whom probably won't call due to him being found on not guilty for killing Victor, and later on July 17 episode, Todd told Carly Corinthos Jack is at ice hockey camp.

Jack is still at odds with Todd upon his reappearance in April 2013, soon rejoicing at the revelation of adoptive father Victor, Jr. being alive.

Jack strongly rebuffs Todd's attempts at a relationship while devastated when Victor leaves town soon after his reappearance.

Curmudgeonly moody to family members save for Victor's immediate family, Jack reveals to his paternal aunt Viki (Erika Slezak) his conflicted feelings for both "fathers" and fear of following in the troubled legacy of Lord men.

While having coffee at the coffee shop one day before summer school, Jack is approached by a woman who lures him to her apartment by taking his laptop, so he will follow. Once there, they have sex twice, with Jack losing his virginity in the process, and the woman introduces herself as Kate.

Jack then rushes off to school saying he has to be somewhere. Upon arriving at school, he is shocked to find Kate is his teacher.

After an awkward day at class, she asks him to stay back where Jack uncomfortably considers transferring classes, but then they begin kissing, continuing their affair.


  1. ^ SoapCentral - John Cramer Manning
  2. ^ IMDB - John Cramer Manning

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