Little Jake Spencer is currently embroiled in a big mystery on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and while those missing years of his life are a mystery begging to be solved, we’re here to fill you in on everything else you need to know about this troubled little tyke!
The current actor playing Jake is Hudson West, who has made appearances in films like Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and television series like AMERICAN CRIME STORY and GREY’S ANATOMY. When the child was a toddler, he was played by twins Edward and James Nigbor, and when GH brought the character back in 2015, James took over the role solo but was recast with West a year later.
Jake is the result of an affair that Elizabeth had with Jason upon finding out that Lucky was cheating on her with Maxie. (Jason was also on the outs with Sam because he found her in bed with Ric!) Although Liz wasn’t sure who fathered her child, a paternity test revealed it was Jason. Still, they agreed to keep the truth from Lucky and let him continue believing he was Jake’s father so the boy wouldn’t be affected by Jason’s involvement in the mob.
Rebecca Herbst (Liz), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky), and Edward Nigbor (Jake) in 2009. (Photo Credit: Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images)
Tragically, Jake was hit by a car in a hit and run and declared brain dead in 2011. Desperate for a kidney transplant to help save the life of her ailing daughter, Josslyn, Carly was grateful when Lucky and Elizabeth agreed to donate Jake’s organs. Later, it was revealed that Luke had hit Jake while driving drunk, and the truth of his actions caused him to spiral out of control.
However, in 2015, Lucky informed his father that Jake was actually alive, so Luke headed to Cassadine Island where he was shocked to discover the boy living with Helena. Jake was reunited with his family, but things at home were slightly confusing as his father, Jason, had amnesia and was calling himself Jake at the time.
Liz was reunited with Jake in 2015. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
Jake would occasionally act a little odd, but news that Helena had died really affected him and Liz worried he needed help. He began drawing creepy pictures and complaining that someone was watching him through the window of their home. Believing Sam was the reason that his parents weren’t together, Jake claimed she was the one stalking him and even left her for dead after she fell down a flight of stairs.
After he was hit by a car while riding his bike, Jake awoke believing he’d killed Sam, but Liz assured him that wasn’t true and Sam was fine. She also revealed that the reason she and Jason had split up was all her fault because she had lied about his true identity while he had amnesia.
During their art therapy sessions, Jake bonded with Franco and was happy when the artist and his mother became close. But when his behavior became disturbing again talking about curses and using quotes from Helena’s book, Liz and Franco feared the worst. They brought Jason and Sam in to try and figure out exactly what happened to the child during his missing years on Cassadine Island.
Keep watching as the mystery unfolds to discover the horrible truth!
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