Happy 56th Anniversary to GENERAL HOSPITAL — See How the Cast Has Changed Over the Years

As the longest-running soap opera currently in production, GENERAL HOSPITAL has undergone a great many cast changes since its premiere on April 1, 1963. And on its 56th anniversary, we’d like to join you in looking back at how much things have changed over the years… and sometimes how they’ve stayed the same!

Over the decades, fans have seen beloved characters come and go. Some, like Stone Cates, meeting tragic ends while others, like Tracy Quartermaine, leave Port Charles to live happily ever after (presumably!). GH’s popularity has drawn in some high-profile guest stars, like Roseanne Barr as Jennifer Smith, James Franco as Franco, and most famously, Elizabeth Taylor as Helena Cassadine. And some actors found fame in Hollywood after stints on the soap, like Demi Moore (ex-Jackie), John Stamos (ex-Blackie), and Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky).

General Hospital Quartermaine Family

The Quartermaine Family circa 1997: Wally Kurth (Ned), John Ingle (Edward), Stuart Damon (Alan), Leslie Charleson (Monica), Billy Warlock (A.J.), and Anna Lee (Lila). (Photo Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)

But it’s the beloved veteran actors who have spent years in Port Charles that fans are tuning in to see every day. Even as cast members have come and gone over the years, stars like Maurice Benard (Sonny), Genie Francis (Laura), Leslie Charleson (Monica), and Kin Shriner (Scotty) have been around for viewers to watch day after day. 

Browse through this collection of cast photos from GH’s five decades on the air in our special gallery below and see how many actors and characters you remember watching over the years!

For more on the stars of GH, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!

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