Kevin Collins has been on GENERAL HOSPITAL for decades as well as its spinoff, so he has quite a lot of history newer viewers might not be aware of. The character was introduced back in 1993, played by actor Jon Lindstrom. From 1997-2003, Kevin was a main character on PORT CHARLES, and in 2004 he made a cameo appearance at Lila Quartermaine’s funeral. Lindstrom returned to GH in 2013 on a recurring basis, although when he was unavailable to film in 2015, the role was briefly recast with Anthony Starke. But despite his life being threatened more than once, Kevin takes a licking and keeps on ticking!
Psychiatrist Kevin Collins arrived in Port Charles in the hopes of treating his identical twin, serial killer Ryan Chamberlain. After visiting his brother in the mental hospital numerous times, Kevin was knocked out by Ryan, who switched places with him. Thankfully, Kevin managed to escape and rushed to stop Ryan from detonating a bomb at Mac and Felicia’s wedding! After being locked up again, Ryan escaped once more and impersonated Kevin to abduct Felicia’s daughter, Georgie Jones. Kevin helped rescue the little girl but felt guilty when Ryan died in a fire.
Kevin began a relationship with Lucy Coe, and she stuck by him as he investigated his troubled past with Ryan and their abusive mother. He suffered a breakdown, during which time he stalked and kidnapped Felicia. After she agreed to drop the charges, Kevin began treatment and lost his medical license. He then wrote a novel called General Homicide which became a bestseller… and also a blueprint for a real killer! Kevin teamed up with Mac to solve the mystery and was stabbed by Greg Cooper, the murderer. After recovering, Kevin proposed to Lucy, but he called off the wedding when he learned about Lucy’s involvement in the car accident that left Serena Baldwin blind. He later changed his mind, but when he tracked down Lucy, he found out she was involved with Scotty Baldwin!
Finding comfort with Dr. Eve Lambert, Kevin began dating her and they eventually tied the knot. But she was drawn to another doctor, Ian Thornhart, and their marriage fell apart. Next, his past caught up to him when Rachel Locke, the sister of his ex, Grace, came to town intent on ruining his life. While treating Livvie Locke, Kevin discovered that she was not Rachel’s daughter but Grace’s, and that Kevin is her father. Things got even crazier when Kevin struggled to protect Livvie from a vampire named Caleb Morley. Kevin and Lucy were married, and he was presumed dead, but she was able to rescue her husband from the other side.
Kevin returned to Port Charles in 2013 to help Lucy, who had stabbed John McBain, believing him to be Caleb. He reconnected with his friends, and although he treated Lucy, they eventually split up when he found out she was having an affair with Scotty. He also treated other Port Charles residents like Lulu Spencer and Jason Morgan (really Drew Cain).
Helping Laura Webber unravel the clues left to her by Helena Cassadine led Kevin to join the Spencers on an adventure that left him shot by Valentin Cassadine when he tried to save Laura’s life. This brought the two together, and Laura and Kevin were married. But things took a turn when Kevin visited his very-much-alive brother, Ryan, in Ferncliff where the serial killer again switched places with him! While Kevin was locked up in the mental hospital, Ryan decimated his life, divorcing Laura and killing again. Kevin went blind temporarily like all the other twins in Port Charles, but couldn’t have his sight restored until he managed to escape with Laura’s help.
Kevin managed to avoid legal charges for harboring a dangerous fugitive and even Laura forgave him for keeping Ryan a secret from everyone. Although Ryan had been presumed dead, Kevin was one of the many people in town who refused to believe it, even when he and Laura received the killer’s hand in a package! Although he and Laura were back on track, Kevin agreed to pretend to date Ava in order to lure Ryan back to to Port Charles to face justice. But when it worked, Ryan knocked out his brother and left Kevin dangling from the rafters in a strait jacket at the Nurses Ball!
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