Stuart Damon, “Dr. Alan Quartermaine of Basic Hospital, dies on the age of 84”
Stuart Damon, best known for his role as Dr. Alan Quartermaine in General Hospital died on Tuesday. He was 84.
“Stuart Damon played the beloved patriarch Alan Quartermaine for 30 years,” said Frank Valentini, executive producer of General Hospital, in a statement to USA TODAY. “He was a great actor and an even bigger man. His legacy lives on through ‘GH’ and all the lives he has touched and all those who loved him. He is missed.”
Damon’s family told ABC News 7 that the actor has “struggled with kidney failure for the past few years”.
The actor got the “General Hospital” role of Dr. Alan Quartermaine, part of the rich, dysfunctional, and haughty Quartermaine family. For his decades-long performance, he was nominated for seven Daytime Emmys. In 1999, Damon was finally named Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Quartermaines addiction to hydrocodone excellent.
From 1999 to 2001, Damon repeated his role as Dr. Quartermaine for the spin-off series “Port Charles”. He performed regularly at General Hospital until his character died of heart failure following a massive heart attack during the 2007 February sweeps. Quartermaine appeared sporadically in the daily drama until 2013, sometimes in dreams and even as a ghost.
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“General Hospital” actors paid tribute to Damon on social media.
“I’m so grateful to have this wonderful man in my life. I’m very sad today #StuartDamon #GH,” tweeted genius Francis, who plays Laura Spencer on the soap opera.
Amber Tamblyn, who played Damon’s adopted daughter at General Hospital for seven years, tweeted that she was “heartbroken” when she heard the news.
“He was the kindest, most wonderful, loving and supportive person. He always made me laugh and made me feel safe on set. I love you, Stewy. Take a good rest now, my friend,” Tamblyn wrote .
“General Hospital” actress Nancy Lee Grahn said Damon was “a lovable, funny, talented prince of a man. He was really charming.”
“It’s been a pleasure to work with your iconic self,” Grahn wrote on Twitter.
Eden McCoy, Josslyn John Jacks on the ABC soap opera, tweeted that Damon “makes me proud and grateful to be even a small part of this show.”
Born in New York City on February 5, 1937, Damon began his career on Broadway. He was best known for portraying the Prince alongside Lesley Ann Warren in the CBS musical production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1965 “Cinderella”.
Damon worked on London’s West End stage and also starred as a secret agent on the television series “The Champions” from 1968-69. He has appeared on British shows such as “The Saint”, “Steptoe and Son” and “The New Avengers”.