General Hospital debuted April 1, 1963. It is currently the longest running soap opera still being broadcast on television.

General Hospital
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Debuted

April 1, 1963

Created by

Co-Head Writer

Executive Producer

Frank Valentini

Network

ABC

Running Time

  • 30 Minutes (1963-1976)
  • 45 Minutes (1976-1978)
  • 60 Minutes (1978-present)

Contract Cast[edit | edit source]

as of 10/30/2020 (per ABC end credits)

ACTOR CHARACTER TENURE
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Maurice Benard Sonny Corinthos 08/13/1993-09/24/1997; 05/15/1998-07/08/1998; 12/18/1998-present
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Nancy Lee Grahn Alexis Davis 09/28/1996-present
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Rebecca Herbst Elizabeth Webber 08/01/1997-present
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Kelly Monaco Sam McCall 10/01/2003-present
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Laura Wright Carly Corinthos 11/04/2005-present
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Chad Duell Michael Corinthos 04/20/2010-present
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Emme Rylan Lulu Spencer 04/12/2013-present
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Maura West Ava Jerome 05/08/2013-present
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Roger Howarth Franco Baldwin 05/13/2013-present
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Donnell Turner Curtis Ashford 11/30/2015-present
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Michael Easton Dr. Hamilton Finn 03/21/2016-present
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Kirsten Storms Maxie Jones 05/23/2005-09/27/2011; 09/05/2012-06/29/2016; 08/03/2016-present
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Steve Burton Jason Morgan 09/19/2017-present
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William deVry Julian Jerome 07/30/2013-08/25/2017; 11/07/2017-present
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Wes Ramsey Peter August 11/14/2017-present
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Josh Swickard Chase Harrison 02/21/2018-present
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Eden McCoy Josslyn Jacks 10/14/2005-present
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Briana Nicole Henry Jordan Ashford 09/13/2018-present
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Genie Francis Laura Collins 12/28/1979-01/15/1983; 11/14/1983-12/27/1983; 11/09/1985-12/11/1985; 10/29/1992-09/06/2005; 10/26/2006-11/22/2007; 08/25/2008-11/12/2009; 02/11/2013-08/28/2013; 06/05/2015-01/22/2018; 10/01/2018-present
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Katelyn MacMullen Willow Tait 10/18/2018-present
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William Lipton Cameron Webber 08/10/2018-present
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Ingo Rademacher Jasper "Jax" Jacks 01/1996-08/2000; 08/10/2001-08/23/2011; 12/30/2011-01/23/2012; 08/23/2012-09/26/2012; 04/01/2013-04/04/2013; 08/01/2016-08/16/2016; 11/09/2016-11/28/2016; 04/03/2017-04/24/2017; 05/07/2019-present
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Cynthia Watros Nina Clay 06/17/2019-present
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Sofia Mattsson Sasha Gilmore 09/18/2018-present
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Sydney Mikayla Trina Robinson 02/20/2019-present
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Finola Hughes Anna Devane 1985-12/1991; 2006; 07/13/2007-08/24/2007; 04/24/2008-12/29/2008; 02/14/2012-05/21/2019; 11/11/2019-present
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Amanda Setton Brook Lyn Quartermaine 11/18/2019-present
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Marcus Coloma Nikolas Cassadine 10/31/2019-present
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Brook Kerr Dr. Portia Robinson 03/05/2020-present
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Dominic Zamprogna Dante Falconeri 06/22/2009-06/28/2018; 11/12/2018; 03/15/2019-03/29/2019; 08/03/2020-present
Johnny Wactor Brando Corbin 01/30/2020-present
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Kelly Thiebaud Britt Westbourne 09/19/2012-12/08/2014; 04/30/2015-05/01/2015; 12/08/2017-12/19/2017; 10/29/2018-11/29/2018; 03/11/2020-04/01/2020; 09/11/2020-present

Recurring Cast[edit | edit source]

U/5 - Under five lines typically are uncredited

Cast Changes[edit | edit source]

IN

Production Staff[edit | edit source]

Executive Producer: Frank Valentini

Producers: Mercer Barrows, Michelle Henry, Mary-Kelly Weir

Coordinating Producer: Jennifer Whittaker-Brogdon

Post Production Supervisor: Peter Fillmore

Editors: Penny Pengra, Christine Magarian Ucar, Denise Van Cleave

Associate Directors: Christine Magarian Ucar, Denise Van Cleave, Penny Pengra, Peter Fillmore, Dave MacLeod, Paul Glass.

Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft

Production Associates: Allison Reames, Marika Kushel, Jillian Dedote

Technical Directors: Kevin Carr, Chuck Abate

Casting Director: Mark Teschner, C.S.A.

Production Designer: Chip Dox

Costumer Designer: Shawn Reeves

Original Music By: Paul S. Glass, Kurt Biederwolf

Music Directors: Paul S. Glass, Dave Macleod

Theme Music By: Paul S. Glass, Steven Hopkins, Jack Urbont

Writing and Directing Staff[edit | edit source]

Co-Head Writer: Chris Van Etten and Dan O'Connor

Associate Head Writers: Elizabeth Korte

Script Editor: Elizabeth Korte

Script Writers/Breakdown Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Dan O'Connor, Katherine Schock, Christopher Whitesell

Directors: Scott McKinsey, Craig McManus, William Ludel, Phideaux Xavier, Penny Pengra, Larry Carpenter, Gary Tomlin, Christine Magarian, Peter Fillmore, Dave MacLeod

Executive Producer and Head Writer History[edit | edit source]

Executive Producers

Duration Name
1963 Selig J. Seligman
1963-1975 James Young
1975-12/1977 Tom Donovan
01/02/1978-01/1987 Gloria Monty
01/1987-11/30/1989 H. Wesley Kenney
12/03/1989-02/12/1991 Joseph Hardy
02/13/1991-01/24/1992 Gloria Monty
01/27/1992-01/22/2001 Wendy Riche
01/23/2001-01/31/2012 Jill Farren Phelps
02/01/2012-present Frank Valentini

Head Writers

Duration Name
April 1, 1963 - Late 1963
Late 1963-1973
  • Frank Hursley
  • Doris Hursley
1973-1975
1975
1976-1977
1977
  • Richard Holland
  • Suzanne Holland
1977
1977-1978
1978-1979
1979-09/1981
09/1981-05/1982
05/1982-06/1982
06/1982-02/1985
02/1985-01/1987
01/1987-12/1988
Late 1988 during WGA Strike
  • H. Wesley Kenney
01/1989-1991
1991
1991-01/1992
  • Norma Monty
01/1992-04/1992
05/1992-01/1993
01/1993-08/1993
  • Bill Levinson
08/1993-03/1996
03/1996-10/1996
10/1996-05/1997
05/1997-12/05/1997
12/08/1997-12/2000
01/2001-04/2001
04/2001-06/12/2002
06/13/2002-03/10/2006
03/13/2006-01/2007
  • Robert Guza Jr.
01/2007-10/2007
  • Robert Guza Jr.
  • Meg Bennett
10/2007-01/03/2008
  • Robert Guza Jr.
01/04/2008-03/14/2008 during WGA Writers Strike
03/17/2008-07/25/2011
  • Robert Guza Jr.
07/26/2011-01/06/2012
  • Garin Wolf
01/09/2012-02/20/2012
02/21/2012-10/05/2015
  • Ron Carlivati
10/06/2015-10/06/2017
  • Jean Passanante (Passananate only on 10/06/2015)
  • Shelly Altman
10/09/2017-10/28/2019
  • Shelly Altman
  • Chris Van Etten
10/29/2019-present
  • Chris Van Etten
  • Dan O'Connor

Daytime Emmy Awards and Nominations[edit | edit source]

Winners noted in bold:

  • Drama Series (30 Nominations/13 Wins): 1974, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Directing Team (25 Nominations/11 Wins): 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Writing Team (24 Nominations/4 Wins): 1974, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Lead Actor (41 Nominations/11 Wins)
  • Lead Actress (32 Nominations/3 Wins):
  • Supporting Actor (48 Nominations/12 Wins):
  • Supporting Actress (39 Nominations/10 Wins):
  • Younger Actor (31 Nominations/7 Wins):
  • Younger Actress (31 Nominations/10 Wins):
  • Younger Performer (2 Nominations/0 Wins)
    • Katelyn MacMullen (2020)
    • Eden McCoy (2020)
  • Guest Perfomer (7 Nominations/2 Wins)
    • Donna Mills (2015)
    • Linda Elena Tovar (2015)
    • Dee Wallace (2016)
    • Don Harvey (2017)
    • Vernee Watson (2018)
    • Patricia Bethune (2019)
    • Michael Knight (2020)
Preceded by
Guiding Light (1980, 2007);

The Young and the Restless (1983, 2004, 2007, 2016) All My Children (1994, 1998); The Bold and the Beautiful (2011) Days of our Lives (2015)'

Drama Series Winner
1981, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2017
Succeeded by
Guiding Light (1982, 2007);

The Young and the Restless (1985, 2007); All My Children (1998); As the World Turns (2001); The Bold and the Beautiful (2009) Days of our Lives (2013; 2018)

Preceded by
One Life to Live (1994, 2008);

All My Children (1998); As the World Turns (2002)

Writing Team Winner
1995, 1999, 2003, 2009
Succeeded by
All My Children (1996);

The Young and the Restless (2000); As the World Turns (2004); The Bold and the Beautiful (2010)

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