The mystery man watching Curtis and Portia on GENERAL HOSPITAL was — as fans predicted — revealed to be his father. Robert Gossett made his debut in the role in the Oct. 18 episode of the soap and although credited as “Stalker” initially, he then was known as Marshall.
Viewers might recognize Gossett from one of his numerous primetime appearances over the decades. Beginning his career in the late ‘80s, he has guested on shows like THE COSBY SHOW, AMEN, QUANTUM LEAP, CHEERS, DIAGNOSIS MURDER, 7TH HEAVEN, JUDGING AMY, DRAGNET, NYPD BLUE, BONES, and ER. He has also had recurring roles on series like SILK STALKINGS, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, DARK ANGEL, THE CLOSER, MAJOR CRIMES, and THE OATH.
GH isn’t Gossett’s daytime debut, either. Back in 1990, he played a cop on NBC sudser SANTA BARBARA, and from 2001-04 played shady attorney Woody Stumper on PASSIONS. In 2007 he played an officer on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and in 2020 appeared in another episode as Newman employee Dan Szymborski, offering Victoria advice as she took over the family business.
After eavesdropping on Curtis Ashford and Portia Robinson for a bit, the man approached the bartender to ask how live music was booked for the club. But when she passed the query on to Curtis, the guy was already gone. He then showed up at the hospital and approached TJ Ashford, calling himself “Marshall” and complaining about abdominal pain. As TJ examined him, the patient asked about his family and became emotional when he mentioned his uncle. Marshall urged TJ to hang on to his family and then took off when left alone for a bit. Curtis arrived to pick up TJ for a movie and the man watched them go.
Marshall was also seen at the docks with Joey Novak shortly before the mobster was badly beaten and put in the hospital. After Portia bumped into the guy and she grew suspicious of his questions, Liz offered to draw a sketch based on her description. When TJ saw the drawing, he quickly identified his missing patient, but Curtis didn’t recognize the guy. The mystery man then arranged with Linc to save the day when musicians canceled on The Savoy at the last minute.
When Curtis confronted him, the man introduced himself as Marshall Thomas Ashford, his father. Curtis insisted his father was dead but Marshall knew too much for it to be a lie. After being blasted for leaving him and his brother, Marshall offered to take things one step at a time as they got to know each other again.
So stay tuned to GH as the storyline unfolds to find out what happens next!
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