Most people think about retiring at the age of 73. But Stuart Damon, who spent 30+ years playing Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital doesn't seem to be ready yet. Damon continues to do what he's been doing for the last 51 years -- performing.
Damon's character Alan was written off the show; his last appearance was on Damon's 70th birthday, February 5, 2007. He was fired by producer Jill Farren Phelps, who was acting on the orders of Brian Frons and Anne Sweeney of ABC. The move away from the veteran actors proved a big mistake and eventually came back to bite them.
Stuart Damon: Television Via Broadway
Before his primetime TV and soap days, Damon, a fine singer, appeared on Broadway in the hit shows Do I Hear a Waltz, Irma La Douce, First Impressions (the musical version of Pride and Prejudice), and a musical revue, A to Z.
However, it was the 1965 TV version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella that brought Damon to national attention. For a certain generation, one only needs to point to Damon and say, "That's the prince in Cinderella," and he or she will know him immediately.. Damon played the prince opposite Lesley Ann Warren's Cinderella in a star-studded cast that featured stars of classic film as well: Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Celeste Holm, Jo Van Fleet, Pat Carroll, and Barbara Ruick. The handsome, romantic Damon sang "Loneliness of Evening," "Waltz for a Ball," "Ten Minutes Ago," and the haunting, "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" (Or are you beautiful because you love me?)
Damon then moved to England, where he starred in a TV series, made guest appearances on other shows, and did two stage shows, Man of Magic, in which he played Harry Houdini, and Charlie Girl in the West End. On his return to the U.S., he began his long run on General Hospital.
Damon Leaves 'GH' Amidst Controversy
The move to fire Damon caused great consternation with fans and the cast of General Hospital. Damon's co-star Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine) stated, "This is the 30th anniversary for the two of us, in August. The timing leaves me very discouraged about the way soaps are going, the total disregard for history and the blatant disregard for the veterans." The protests were so loud that Alan's ghost was brought back to bother the heck out of sister Tracy, and he paid a loving Christmas visit to his wife Monica in 2008. At this moment, however, Alan, who died of a heart attack during the MetroCourt crisis, is really gone.
Stuart Damon Today
However, Stuart Damon has continued in soaps and film. After appearing as Ralph Manzo on As the World Turns in 2009 for over a dozen episodes, he moved on to Days of Our Lives, where he played Governor Jim Ford for several episodes in early 2010. Damon's latest film project is a horror film, Rain from Stars, released in 2010. Over the past few years, he has made several ghostly appearances on General Hospital.
Hopefully, these aren't over.