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DAMON, Stuart 1937–


Original name, Stuart Michael Zonis; born February 5, 1937, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Marvin Leonard (a manufacturer) and Eva (maiden name, Sherer) Zonis; married Deirdre Ann Ottewill (an actress, singer, and dancer) March 12, 1961; children: Jennifer, Christopher, (adopted) Alexander. Education: Brandeis University, B.A., psychology, 1958; trained for the stage with Charles Conrad and David Pressman at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, 1958, and with Uta Hagen, Frank Corsaro, and Maude Tweedy; studied dance with Luigi, ballet with Don Farnsworth. Avocational Interests: Riding, breeding, and training horses, playing golf.

Career: Actor, director, and writer. Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, major fundraiser, beginning 1983; Mountain AIDS Foundation of Santa Monica, fundraiser.

Awards, Honors: Theatre World Award, 1963, for The Boys from Syracuse; Daytime Emmy Award nominations, outstanding actor in a daytime drama series, 1982, 1983, Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a daytime drama series, 1984, Daytime Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, 1991, 1996, 1997, Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, outstanding comic performance by an actor: daytime, 1988, 1989, Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, outstanding comic actor: daytime, 1990, Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor: daytime, 1992, Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor, 1993, Soap Opera Digest Award, outstanding actor, 1996, Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, favorite veteran, 1999, Daytime Emmy Award, outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, 1999, all for General Hospital.


Television Appearances; Series:

Craig Stirling, The Champions, NBC, 1968.

Vince, The Adventurer, syndicated, 1972.

Corporal Vince Rossi, Yanks Go Home, 1976.

Dr. Alan Quartermaine, Sr., General Hospital, ABC, 1977—.

Host, America, syndicated, 1985.

Dr. Alan Quartermaine, Sr., Port Charles (also known as Port Charles: Fate, Port Charles: Miracles Happen, Port Charles: Naked Eyes, Port Charles: Secrets, Port Charles: Superstitions, Port Charles: Surrender, Port Charles: Tainted Love, Port Charles: Tempted, Port Charles: Time in a Bottle, and Port Charles: Torn), ABC, 1997–2002.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Dr. Alan Quartermaine, Sr., Port Charles, ABC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Prince, Cinderella (also known as Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella), CBS, 1965.

Casanova, A Touch of the Casanovas, 1975.

Hal, Nightmare for a Nightingale (also known as Melody of Hate and Thriller: Nightmare for a Nightingale), 1976.

Guido Verdeschi, Destination Moonbase Alpha (also known as Space: 2100), 1976.

Hanson, Fantasies (also known as The Studio Murders), ABC, 1982.

Craig Sterling, Legend of the Champions, 1983.

Alex Straub, Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss, NBC, 1993.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Anna's fiance, Melody of Hate, ABC, 1975.

Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1989.

Presenter, The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1991.

50 Years of Soaps: An All–Star Celebration, CBS, 1994.

Bill, Me and My Hormones, ABC, 1996.

Dr. Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital: Twist of Fate, ABC, 1996.

The General Hospital 35th Anniversary Show, ABC, 1998.

Himself, Lesley Ann Warren: A Cinderella Story (also known as Celebrity: Lesley Ann Warren), 2000.

Himself, A&E Biography: John Stamos, Arts and Entertainment, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Television debut) Look Up and Live, CBS, 1960.

Bell Telephone Hour, NBC, 1960.

P.M. East, WNEW, New York, 1961.

Naked City, ABC, 1962.

Talent Scouts, CBS, 1962.

A Really Good Jazz Piano, 1964.

Memory Lane, independent, 1965, 1966.

Today Show, NBC, 1965, 1966.

Williams, "Man From the Dead," Man in a Suitcase, ABC, 1967.

Rod Huston, "The Ex–King of Diamonds," The Saint, ITV, 1969.

Howard Byrne, "Mindbender," UFO, syndicated, 1971.

Igor Kuraganovitch, "The Defective Defector," Shirley's World, ABC, 1972.

Parks, "Matter of Life and Death," Space: 1999, syndicated, 1976.

Hal Bridie, "Nightmare for a Nightingale," Thriller, ITV, 1976.

Guido Verdeschi, "The Bringers of Wonder: Parts 1 & 2," Space: 1999, syndicated, 1977.

Marty Brine, "Trap," The New Avengers, CBS and ITV, 1977.

Dr. Randolph, "The Case against Mr. Roarke/Save Sherlock Holmes," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1982.

"Three's a Crowd/Second Time Around," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1983.

Himself, "Daytime Dynasties Week," Family Feud, ABC, 1984.

Michael Devlin, "Echoes," Hotel, ABC, 1985.

Guest panelist, The $10,000 Pyramid, ABC, 1986.

"Green Lipstick/Mike's Daughter," Mike Hammer (also known as Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer), CBS, 1987.

Dr. Michael, "Physician, Murder Thyself," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1997.

Also appeared in Celebrity Double Talk, ABC; as Dr. Bruckner, On Our Own, ABC; guest panelist, Battlestars.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Chorus, state trooper, Plain and Fancy, Lambertville Music Circus, Lambertville, NY, 1957.

Tony, The Boy Friend, Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA, 1958.

(Broadway debut) Chorus, First Impressions, Alvin Theatre, 1959.

Ghost, The Disenchanted, Theatre–by–the–Sea, Matunuck, RI, 1960.

Dominic, Venus Observed, Theatre–by–the–Sea, 1960.

George, Twentieth Century, Theatre–by–the–Sea, 1960.

Gardener, Monique, Theatre–by–the–Sea, 1960.

Ambrose, The Matchmaker, Theatre–by–the–Sea, 1960.

Frangipane, Irma la Douce, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1960.

From A to Z, Plymouth Theatre, 1960.

Nestor LeFripe, Irma la Douce, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, 1961.

Curt, Entertain a Ghost, Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1962.

Antipholus of Syracuse, The Boys from Syracuse, Theatre Four, New York City, 1963.

Conrad Birdie, Bye Bye Birdie, Melodyland Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 1963.

Johnny Brown, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Warwick Musical Theater, 1963.

Ed Farrish, Y.M.2, Cool Off!, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1964.

John Hardy, Damn Yankees, Packard Music Hall, Warren, OH, 1964.

Sir Lancelot, Camelot, Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn, NJ, 1965.

Eddie Yaeger, Do I Hear a Waltz?, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1965.

(London debut) Jack Connor, Charlie Girl, Adelphi Theatre, 1965.

Private Jimmy Dunk, The Sitting Duck, London, 1966.

Title role, Houdini: Man of Magic, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1966.

Title role, Macbeth, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, England, 1970.

King Charles, Nell, Richmond, England, 1970.

Eddie Payne, Cadenza, Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, England, 1973.

Ben Silverman, The Sunshine Boys, Piccadilly Theatre, 1975.

Also appeared in June and the Paycock, Man and Superman, and No Strings, all Mantunuck, RI; Can Can, New York City; No Strings, New York City; Most Happy Fella, New York City; as title role, Li'l Abner.

Major Tours:

Title role, L'il Abner, U.S. cities, 1959.

John Shand, Maggie, U.S. cities, 1962.

Joey, The Most Happy Fella, U.S. cities, 1962.

Leadville Johnny Brown, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, U.S. cities, 1963.

Stage Director:

What's Wrong with This Picture?, Back Alley Theater, Los Angeles, 1988.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Man hailing cab at end, A Touch of Class, 1973.

Cameo, Young Doctors in Love, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1982.

Vince Roberts, Star 80, Warner Bros., 1983.

General, Silent Assassins, 1988.

Doctor, Chairman of the Board, Trimark Pictures, 1998.



Stuart "Champion" Damon, 1972.

(With others) Love in the Afternoon, MCA, 1984.


Television Episodes:

Yanks Go Home, 1977.