He’s not seen as frequently these days, so it’s understandable that newer viewers might be wondering who is Lucas Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL? Well, we’re here to fill you in. After a series of child actors, the character suffered a case of SORAS in 2002 and Evan Bonifant took over the role briefly before being replaced by C.J. Thomason. Then Ryan Carnes stepped in to play Lucas in 2004, but he left in 2005 to be replaced by Ben Hogestyn, who stayed until 2006. In 2013, the character returned to GH with Carnes once again in the role.
The son of mobster Julian Jerome and Cheryl Stansbury, Lucas was the center of a bitter custody dispute shortly after his birth. Desperate for a baby, Bobbie Spencer had bought one on the black market, but when the truth about the child came out, she had to return Lucas to Cheryl, who had thought her baby had died. When Cheryl died in a car accident, her sister, Tiffany Hill, and her husband, Sean Donley, took in the little boy. But in her will, Cheryl had left custody of Lucas to Bobbie and Tony Jones. In the end, Bobbie and Tony were awarded custody of Lucas and officially adopted him in 1993.
As a teenager, Lucas became close with his adopted cousins, Maxie and Georgie. After helping Lucas figure out he was dyslexic, Georgie developed a crush on the young hunk, but he was more interested in Maxie. He and Georgie attended prom together, but Maxie schemed to get Georgie to see them making out, which ruined everything. After a brief stay in boarding school, Lucas returned and started dating Brook Lynn Ashton. However, that didn’t really pan out, and they split up. In 2005, Lucas confessed to his family and friends that he is gay. After dating his high school friend, Guy Tucker, Lucas eventually moved to Seattle.
In 2014, Lucas returned to Port Charles having attended medical school and began working as a doctor at General Hospital. He was upset to find out that his father, Julian, was alive and well, and wanted nothing to do with the mobster. He enjoyed a fling with Brad Cooper, but that relationship hit a massive snag when he found out that Brad was scheming with Britt to deceive Dante and Lulu. Although Julian initially disapproved of Lucas’s homosexuality, he eventually made the effort to try and form a relationship with his son.
Unfortunately, during a dinner where Julian was planning to announce to his family that he was leaving the mob, his enemies hired someone to sneak into the art gallery as a waiter. Lucas was shot and nearly died as a result! Brad and Felix DuBois both fought over who would take care of the hunk in the hospital. While recovering, Lucas comforted Felix who was upset over the death of his friend Sabrina’s baby. Brad saw this and got jealous, but Lucas urged him to take it easy.
In 2015, Brad proposed to Lucas, but they hit a roadblock when it was revealed that Brad was actually technically already married! He and Rosalie Martinez had been forced to tie the knot years ago to avoid going to jail. Thankfully, they got a divorce so that Brad and Lucas could marry on June 13, 2016. However, after Julian nearly killed Alexis, Lucas once again cut his father out of his life.
As Julian has turned to legitimate business and kept his nose clean, Lucas has slowly grown closer with his father, but still won’t allow him to be a part of his grandson’s life. Yes, Lucas and Brad adopted a baby boy and he promised the birth mother that Julian wouldn’t be involved in the child’s life. Unfortunately, Lucas was unaware that Wiley tragically died in his crib shortly after being brought home and in his grief, Brad swapped babies with Nelle, who had just given birth to her child with Michael!
As Brad scrambled to maintain his lie, enlisting Julian to help, Lucas began to investigate Wiley’s origins. Believing Willow Tait to be the boy’s birth mother, he offered to let her be a part of his life, but she was terrified that would lead his birth father, Shiloh, straight to him. Once the Dawn of Day cult leader was out of the picture, Lucas then began to wonder why Brad was acting so twitchy about everything. Brad tried to cover his tracks but ultimately confessed to him that the baby they were raising was really Michael and Nelle’s! Unfortunately, Julian was trying to get Brad out of his son’s life by tampering with his brakes, and as Lucas reeled from the shocking confession, he crashed their car! Lucas’ loved ones worried as he was put into a medically-induced coma so he could recover from his extensive injuries, and waited desperately for him to wake up.
Everyone was relieved when Lucas regained consciousness, especially Brad as he didn’t seem to remember details of the accident — like his confession! Unfortunately, Lucas’ memories eventually returned and Brad had to fess up to the baby swap. Lucas was heartbroken by his husband’s betrayal and tearfully handed Wiley over to his real father, Michael. Now, Lucas has thrown himself into work at the hospital, leaving his friends concerned about him.
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