Dr. Terrell Jackson was only on GENERAL HOSPITAL for a few months, so it’s understandable if viewers don’t remember the character. They can also be forgiven for not recognizing his portrayer, Khary Payton, in his current role as Ezekiel on the hit AMC series THE WALKING DEAD given that he’s barely recognizable under all those dreadlocks! The actor played the pediatrician on GH from January to March of 2011.
Dr. Jackson was first introduced following the bus accident that injured many of Port Charles’ youngsters heading on a ski trip. He jumped in to help out at the emergency room, caring for Morgan Corinthos’ broken leg, although he wasn’t actually working at the hospital yet. He was only there for a job interview, but his quick thinking and impressive skills led then-chief of staff Steven Webber to hire him officially!
However, it was soon revealed that Terrell was in Port Charles for another reason. He was working with his ex, Lisa Niles, to lure Robin Scorpio Drake away from her husband, Patrick Drake. Lisa wanted Patrick all to herself, but Terrell wanted Lisa, who promised him a second chance if she did her bidding. However, as he got to know Robin and care about her, he couldn’t go through with it, leaving Lisa to plot her own increasingly more desperate schemes.
Later, Terrell was seen again when he sadly informed Carly Jacks and Jasper “Jax” Jacks that their daughter, Josslyn, had cancer and required a kidney transplant. Although he admitted that it was unlikely they would find a suitable donor since she was a child, when Jake Spencer was left brain dead after a hit and run, Carly begged Jason to let Jake’s kidney save Josslyn’s life. After the parents agreed, Dr. Jackson performed the surgery that saved Josslyn’s life.
Payton can currently be seen as Ezekiel on THE WALKING DEAD. But he can also be heard, if not seen, in numerous animated series as the actor has done lots of voice work for both video games and cartoons. Viewers might recognize his voice as Aqualad on YOUNG JUSTICE, Cyborg on TEEN TITANS GO! or JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION, or as Wasabi in BIG HERO 6: THE SERIES.
Take a look back at Payton’s brief run on GH with our special flashback photos below!
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Terrell was hired by Steven to work at General Hospital, but he was really there to steal Robin away from Patrick!
Dr. Jackson hoped for a second chance with Lisa, but soon came to discover just how dangerously obsessed she was with Patrick!
Terrell may have joined the staff of GH with ulterior motives, but he was a fine doctor!
Dr. Jackson was the one who performed the kidney transplant that saved Josslyn's life!