Michael Corinthos on GENERAL HOSPITAL, never seems to have much hapiness in his life, and that drama goes all the way back to his birth! Born on-screen on Dec. 29, 1997, Michael was played by a series of child actors, including Dylan Cash, who made his debut in 2002. In 2009, GH aged the character into a teenager played by Drew Garrett. However, nearly a year later, the role was recast with Chad Duell, who made his debut in April of 2010 and continues to play the part to this day.
When Carly learned she was pregnant, she felt A.J. Quartermaine was unfit to be a father so she named Jason as her babydaddy. Upon his birth, Michael was raised by Jason and Robin as Carly was suffering from postpartum depression. Carly’s ex-fiancé, Tony Jones, kidnapped Michael and Robin told A.J. the truth about the baby’s paternity. After a failed attempt to raise Michael with A.J., Carly married Sonny, who threatened A.J. into giving up all rights to his son and adopted Michael as his own.
In 2005, Michael was kidnapped again, along with siblings Morgan and Kristina, by Faith Rosco. Later, Michael was suspected of murdering A.J., but he had actually witnessed Dr. Asher Thomas commit the crime. After accidentally shooting Sonny’s girlfriend, Kate Howard, with a gun, Michael ran away from home and when Carly finally found him in a warehouse, they were nearly killed in an explosion! Then, Michael was shot in the head by a sniper aiming for Sonny and fell into a coma!
Michael awoke with anger management issues and slowly began to remember missing pieces of his past, such as Claudia Zacchara’s involvement in his shooting. When he discovered Claudia holding a pregnant Carly hostage intending to steal her daughter, Josslyn, Michael killed her! Sonny attempted to cover for the crime, but Michael landed in prison where he was brutally assaulted by another inmate. After Dante got Michael released on parole, he began dating stripper Abby Haver, and eventually confessed that Carter had raped him behind bars. To protect Abby from an abusive ex, Michael tried to send her out of town, but she was tragically killed in an accident, leaving him gutted.
Michael started dating Starr Manning, but she eventually broke up with him over the phone. Stunned to discover that A.J. was still alive, he bonded with his dad and they worked together to take over ELQ. Michael clashed with Morgan’s new girlfriend, Kiki Jerome, but they eventually fell for each other, despite a brief hurdle where they thought they could be cousins. After Kate was murdered, A.J. was the prime suspect, but Michael was convinced of his father’s innocence and devastated when he was murdered himself. After learning that Sonny was the one who shot A.J., and Carly helped him cover it up, an enraged Michael held him at gunpoint and Dante and Morgan had to talk him down.
As Sonny was shipped off to prison, Michael decided to change his last name to Quartermaine and distanced himself from the Corinthos family. After Sonny was paroled for saving Michael and others (including the governor’s daughter) from a bomb, an angry Michael sued him for custody of his daughter, Avery, bringing up Sonny’s dangerous lifestyle. He hired Sabrina Santiago to work as his nanny, and after they eventually fell for each other, she convinced Michael to reconcile with his family and return Avery to Sonny.
When Sabrina got pregnant, Michael was excited to be a father, but upset to learn the baby was really Carlos Rivera’s. She left town with Carlos, and Michael teamed up with Sonny to go to Puerto Rico and bring her home. But Michael’s happiness with her and newborn Teddy was destroyed when Sabrina was murdered by Paul Hornsby and he allowed the baby to be raised by Carlos’ brother, Joe Rivera. Michael was further crushed when Morgan was suddenly killed in a car explosion.
Michael grew close to Nelle Hayes, but broke it off when it was revealed she was Carly’s adopted sister and out for revenge. After a time, he gave her another chance and things looked good for the pair as she announced her pregnancy. But Michael soon came to realize that Nelle had still been plotting to get Carly out of her life and would stop at nothing to make it happen!
Working with Chase to record Nelle’s confession that she’d set up Carly to be arrested and locked up in Ferncliff, Michael got exactly the evidence he needed but then crashed the car! Nelle left Michael for dead, and when he was rescued by Sonny and brought to the hospital, Nelle presented him with the baby she’d just given birth to, which had died. Michael was devastated, not realizing that Nelle had run into Brad and switched her living infant with Wiley, his adopted son who had suddenly passed away.
It’s only a matter of time before the truth is revealed and Michael is reunited with his son, so stay tuned for that and whatever other troubles befall the hard-luck hero. For more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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