Cyrus Renault on GENERAL HOSPITAL started off as a mysterious new villain but over time has grown into a more complex character and even now has family in Port Charles! The character is being played by actor Jeff Kober, who has quite an extensive resume in film and television including roles on FALCON CREST, CHINA BEACH, SONS OF ANARCHY, and NCIS: LOS ANGELES. He made his daytime debut in the role in February 2020.
Cyrus Renault is a Pentonville inmate who was challenging Sonny Corinthos‘ authority in Port Charles. When Sonny found himself attacked by gunmen in Brooklyn at the same time that his wife, Carly, came under fire at the Corinthos Coffee warehouse and Michael Corinthos was shot at on the docks, he knew that someone was out to take him down. After spending some time interrogating one of the gunmen, Sonny left it up to Jason Morgan, who found himself involved in yet another gunfight which left the shooter bleeding to death so Jason was able to get him to name his boss: Cyrus!
Cyrus is a drug runner from the Northwest who has been running his operations from prison for the past decade. But when Sonny had Brick look into him, they discovered he’d recently been transferred to Pentonville. Paying the convict a visit, Sonny warned Cyrus that he wouldn’t allow him to run drugs through his town. Cyrus tried to cut a deal, offering Sonny a cut of the profits, but he refused.
Sonny prepared for war and had Jason attack one of Cyrus’ warehouse, blowing it sky-high. But the drug runner was also part of the mysterious deaths of Jordan Ashford and Marcus Taggert‘s fellow officers, out for revenge after Jordan went undercover in his organization to put him in prison. He had his men abduct Taggert’s daughter, Trina Robinson as well as Cameron Webber, and when Taggert was shot during the rescue, he later died in the hospital. Mayor Laura Collins had Cyrus moved to solitary in an attempt to keep him from running his business from behind bars, but it wasn’t enough to stop the villain from abducting Jordan’s son, TJ Ashford!
Soon, it was revealed that Harmony was working for Cyrus as his “man” on the outside, ensuring his instructions were obeyed, such as Jordan using her authority to redirect officers and allow Cyrus to transport drugs through Port Charles safely. Then he used the kidnapped TJ as leverage to force Jordan to help him escape from prison by making her admit that her team of DEA agents falsified evidence to put him in prison! Jordan contacted Internal Affairs and had Cyrus’ conviction overturned, and once he was free, the villain kept his word and released TJ… though the young man was a little worse for wear!
Once freed, Cyrus attempted to set himself up as a “legitimate businessman” in Port Charles society, though no one was really fooled by his act. When ELQ didn’t come through with the necessary funds, Cyrus made a sizeable donation to the hospital that made him chairman of the board, allowing him to fire Monica Quartermaine and Bobbie Spencer among others.
With Jordan still under his thumb, Cyrus hired Brando Corbin to work as his bodyguard, not realizing the guy was actually working as a mole for Sonny. Jordan and Curtis investigated Cyrus’ past and ran into Laura, who was horrified to learn that the villain had been investigating her past murder of David Hamilton. Cyrus manipulated Julian Jerome into planting a bomb at the Floating Rib to take out Jason, but tricked him into setting it off early, killing Dev and Dustin and seriously injuring Lulu. Then it was revealed that not only is Martin Grey Cyrus’ brother but Laura is their sister!
With Sonny presumed dead, Cyrus made moves on his territory, so Carly had his mother, Florence Grey hidden away in a secure location to use as leverage against him. Cyrus then teamed up with Peter August to help get Jason out of the picture by framing him for Franco’s murder. Eventually, Carly lost her leverage when Cyrus persuaded Nikolas Cassadine to rescue Florence in exchange for his promise his Aunt Alexis wouldn’t be harmed in prison.
Stay tuned to GH to find out what Cyrus does next!
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