Speculation was running fast and furious when it was announced that Michael E. Knight was joining the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL, as the soap kept a tight lid on any details regarding his new role, but once he showed up, it turned out that he was playing a brand new character, attorney Martin Grey. The actor will be familiar to soap fans as Knight starred for years as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Tad Martin, and later had a stint as Dr. Simon Neville on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.
Martin was first introduced on GH in September 2019 when the lawyer met with his client, Nelle Benson, at Pentonville where she is incarcerated. They discussed her case and he admitted it didn’t look good for her. She insisted that she had changed her ways and felt remorse for the crimes she’d committed, and Martin agreed to represent her at her parole hearing.
Then, Martin found himself hired by Kim Nero to represent Franco Baldwin in court to argue that he was really Drew since he was implanted with his memories. The attorney was intrigued, and took the case, successfully arguing that Drew’s identity shouldn’t be determined by his physical appearance.
After Nelle was finally released on parole, Martin continued to work with her as she schemed her way into the Quartermaine family, but he was really working more closely with Valentin Cassadine, helping him locate the codicil to maintain his hold on the Cassadine fortune. When that was finished, Martin continued working for Nelle, helping her argue her custody case to take Wiley away from Michael Corinthos.
When Lulu fell into a coma following an explosion, Martin suggested Valentin take advantage of the opportunity to secure custody of their daughter and a disgusted Valentin fired him. It was later revealed that the lawyer shares a past connection to Port Charles bad guy Cyrus Renault — they are brothers! Although Martin swore he never wanted anything to do with his sibling’s criminal empire.
Things got even more shocking when Laura Collins learned that Martin and Cyrus were her half brothers and Cyrus was responsible for the death of their father, Gordon Grey! Martin worried when Carly Corinthos had his mother, Florence Grey, abducted to use as leverage against Cyrus, and he worked together with Jackie Templeton to find out where she was being kept. Ultimately, he was able to see his mother and agreed to keep her away from Cyrus. Martin was touched when Laura tried to get to know him better and threw him a small birthday celebration, but their relationship soured when Cyrus revealed that the attorney had helped Julian flee town after he caused the bombing at the Floating Rib!
As an attorney who clearly has no problems arguing questionable cases, Martin should be able to find plenty of work in a town like Port Charles. Stay tuned to see how Martin’s storyline develops!
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