Entertainment: General Hospital

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Entertainment: General Hospital Gender: N/A
TV series
born on 1 April 1963 at 13:00 (= 1:00 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 11°17' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 18°48 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 09°09'

Entertainment: General Hospital (cast, 1977)


American daytime television medical drama, commonly abbreviated GH, which is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history (after Guiding Light). Concurrently, it is the world's second longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world's second-longest-running televised soap opera still in production.

General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on 1 April 1963. Same-day broadcasts as well as classic episodes were aired on SOAPnet from 20 January 2000 to 31 December 2013, following Disney-ABC's decision to discontinue the network. General Hospital is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, and the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins.

The show was created by husband-and-wife soap writers Frank and Doris Hursley, who originally set it in a general hospital (hence the title), in an unnamed fictional city. In the 1970s, the city was named Port Charles, New York. From its beginning, General Hospital starred John Beradino and Emily McLaughlin, and both actors stayed with the show until their deaths in 1996 and 1991 respectively. They were joined a year later by Rachel Ames who remains to date the longest serving actress on an ABC soap opera, having been continuously on the show from 1964 to 2007.

Taped at The Prospect Studios, General Hospital aired for a half-hour until 23 July 1976. The series was expanded from 30 minutes to 45 minutes on 26 July 1976, and then to a full hour on 16 January 1978.

Ever since the late 1970s, most of the storylines have revolved around the Quartermaines and the Spencers. From 1979 to 1988, General Hospital had more viewers than any other daytime soap opera. It rose to the top of the ratings in the early 1980s in part thanks to the monumentally popular "supercouple" Luke and Laura, whose 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history. The soap opera is also known for its high-profile celebrity guest stars who have included, among others, Roseanne Barr, James Franco and the late Elizabeth Taylor. The series aired its 13,000th episode on 24 February 2014.

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  • associate relationship with Anderson, Richard Dean (born 23 January 1950). Notes: Played Dr. Jeff Webber, 1976-1980
  • associate relationship with Arthur, Indus (born 28 April 1941). Notes: Played Brooke Bentley Clinton, 1963, 1970-1973
  • associate relationship with Ashford, Matthew (born 29 January 1960). Notes: Played Tom Hardy, 1995-1997
  • associate relationship with Baker, Scott Thompson (born 15 September 1960). Notes: Played Colton Shore, 1988-1991
  • associate relationship with Bonar, Ivan (born 31 October 1924). Notes: Played Chase Murdock, 1966-1971, 1973-1979
  • associate relationship with Budig, Rebecca (born 26 June 1973). Notes: Played Hayden Barnes / Rachel Berlin, 2015-2017
  • associate relationship with Cash, Rosalind (born 31 December 1938). Notes: Played Mary Mae Ward, 1994-1995
  • associate relationship with Francis, Genie (born 26 May 1962). Notes: Played Laura Spencer, 1977–1984, 1993–2002, 2013, 2015–
  • associate relationship with Gelfan, Corinne (born 13 February 1942). Notes: Played ?, 1984
  • associate relationship with Grimes, Adam (born 18 June 1976). Notes: Played Dr. Kyle Julian, 2008
  • associate relationship with Hamill, Mark (born 25 September 1951). Notes: Played Kent Murray, 1972-1973
  • associate relationship with Hennesy, Carolyn (born 10 June 1962). Notes: Played Diane Miller, 2007-
  • associate relationship with Huebing, Craig (born 4 March 1929). Notes: Played Dr. Phil Brewer, 1967; Dr. Peter Taylor, 1969-1979
  • associate relationship with Hursley, Doris (born 29 September 1898). Notes: Co-creator and writer
  • associate relationship with Kanan, Sean (born 2 November 1966). Notes: Played A.J. Quartermaine, 1993-1997, 2012-2014
  • associate relationship with Lawrence, Carol (born 5 September 1932). Notes: Played Angela Eckart, 1992-1993
  • associate relationship with Marcil, Vanessa (born 15 October 1968). Notes: Played Brenda Barrett, 1992-2015
  • associate relationship with Mattson, Robin (born 1 June 1956). Notes: Played Heather Webber, 1980–1983, 2004, 2012–2014, 2014–
  • associate relationship with McLaughlin, Emily (born 1 December 1928). Notes: Played Jessie Brewer, 1963-1991
  • associate relationship with McNichol, Jimmy (born 2 July 1961). Notes: Played Josh Clayton, 1984
  • associate relationship with Mendenhall, David (born 13 June 1971). Notes: Played Mike Webber, 1979-1986
  • associate relationship with Moore, Demi (born 11 November 1962). Notes: Played Jackie Templeton, 1982-1983
  • associate relationship with Nichols, Stephen (born 19 February 1951). Notes: Played Stefan Cassadine, 1996-2003
  • associate relationship with Paige, Janis (born 16 September 1922). Notes: Played Aunt Iona Huntington, 1989
  • associate relationship with Peeples, Nia (born 10 December 1961). Notes: Played Carla Escobar, 1983-1994
  • associate relationship with Pinter, Mark (born 7 March 1950). Notes: Played Special Agent Thomas Rayner, 2008-2010
  • associate relationship with Ramsey, Wes (born 6 October 1977). Notes: Played Peter August / Henrik Faison, 2017-
  • associate relationship with Shaw, Victoria (born 25 May 1935). Notes: Played Kira Faulkner, 1974-1975
  • associate relationship with Shen, Parry (born 26 June 1973). Notes: Played Brad Cooper, 2013-
  • associate relationship with Simmons, Richard (born 12 July 1948). Notes: Played himself, 1979-1982
  • associate relationship with Springfield, Rick (born 23 August 1949). Notes: Played Dr. Noah Drake, 1981-1983, 2005, 2013-
  • associate relationship with Stevens, K. T. (born 20 July 1919). Notes: Played Peggy Mercer, 1963-1965
  • associate relationship with Tamblyn, Amber (born 14 May 1983). Notes: Played Emily Quartermaine, 1995-2001
  • associate relationship with Thinnes, Roy (born 6 April 1938). Notes: Played Dr. Phil Brewer, 1963-1965
  • associate relationship with Thomason, C. J. (born 6 December 1982). Notes: Played Lucas Jones, 2002-2003
  • associate relationship with Wagner, Kristina (born 30 October 1962). Notes: Played Felicia Jones Scorpio, 1984-2005
  • associate relationship with Warlock, Billy (born 26 March 1961). Notes: Played A. J. Quartermaine, 1997-2003, 2005
  • associate relationship with Weitz, Bruce (born 27 May 1943). Notes: Played Anthony Zacchara, 2007-2012
  • associate relationship with Whang, Suzanne (born 28 September 1962). Notes: Played Carol Cheng, 2011
  • associate relationship with Whitaker, Johnny (born 13 December 1959). Notes: Played Scotty Baldwin, 1965

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes TV guide, New York Times, 1 Apr 1963, p. 58.


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