Gregory Chase isn’t on GENERAL HOSPITAL that often, so it’s understandable if some fans might need a little extra background on the guy. When the character first appeared in June 2018, he was played by actor James Read, who had a memorable turn as the villainous Clyde on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He resurfaced again in September of the same year, departing in October, but when Gregory returned to GH in November 2020, veteran television actor Gregory Harrison had taken over the role and continues to appear to this day.
Dr. Hamilton Finn was surprised to run into his father, Gregory Chase, while in California with Anna Devane. Gregory attempted to apologize for the rift that had come between them, but Finn couldn’t get over the fact that he felt his dad had moved on too quickly with Chase’s mom after his wife had died. Gregory wanted to try and put the past behind them and move on, but Finn wanted nothing to do with his father and walked out of the cafe.
In September, Gregory traveled to Port Charles and met with his other son, Harrison Chase, as well as Finn and Anna at the Metro Court. Eventually, he admitted that he was sick and Finn reluctantly agreed to treat his father. Later, Finn discovered Gregory was suffering from PTLDS, Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, and advised him how to recover. Gregory remained upset that his son still wouldn’t forgive him and tried to convince him that he and his stepmother are actually quite a bit alike and would make a great team.
Gregory returned again in November 2020 when Finn was shot and had barely survived surgery. He assured Chase that he and his mother, Jackie Templeton, were going through a rough patch but would work it out. He also managed to have a civil conversation with Finn about his granddaughter, Violet, and later even got to meet the little girl and read her a story. However, Gregory also confided to Finn that he and Jackie were separating but that he would be sticking around Port Charles.
Gregory was stunned to overhear Jackie talking about her attraction to Finn and the entire family was shattered when it came out that Finn had an affair with Jackie the night before she and Gregory tied the knot! After a DNA test proved Finn was Chase’s biological father, Gregory was heartbroken, but when Chase fell deathly ill and only Gregory’s blood could be used to formulate an antidote for the poison, it was revealed the results had been tampered with and Gregory was Chase’s real father.
While enjoying time with his family, Gregory also submitted an op-ed to The Invader and enjoyed some spirited debate with Alexis Davis. After some initial friction, the two became good friends and he offered her some help in making her paper the best it could be. However, when she urged him to write for The Invader, he declined, insisting that PCU wouldn’t allow him to moonlight. But when Alexis called the university and learned that he was no longer working there! Meanwhile, Chase ran into his father at the hospital and Gregory was evasive about his reason for being there. And when Alexis confronted Gregory, he asked her to back off.
Hearing Gregory slurring his words led Alexis to assume that he had been drinking, but he angrily informed her that wasn’t the case. He eventually admitted to her that he was sick, but wouldn’t offer any further details. However, after Gregory suddenly collapsed in her office and she wanted to call an ambulance, he finally confessed that there was nothing they could do because he was suffering from ALS.
Gregory met with Finn at the Metro Court to give him some news that couldn’t wait, but they were briefly interrupted by Tracy Quartermaine. After getting a table, Gregory revealed he’d booked a family vacation to Disney. Finn wondered what the rush is and reminded his father he had work at the hospital, Violet has school, and Chase just got his job back. Gregory would only say he wanted to make as many memories as he could before it was too late. He then went over to the other table to defend Chase against Tracy’s grilling. Chase was grateful to his father, but also concerned about him.
Stay tuned to see what happens next!
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