The character of Marcus Taggert on GENERAL HOSPITAL hasn’t been seen in nearly 20 years so it’s understandable if newer fans of the soap aren’t familiar with the character. Taggert was introduced back in December of 1996 and was played by Reál Andrews until April of 1997. For most of 1997, the role was recast with Matthew St. Patrick, but Andrews was back in February of 1998 until May of 2003. And now Andrews is reprising his role beginning on Friday, Jan. 17! “Great to be back!” the actor tweeted.
When Marcus Taggert arrived in Port Charles, he was out for revenge on Sonny Corinthos. Having also grown up in Brooklyn, Taggert was inspired by Sonny’s stepfather, Deke Woods, to become a police officer and after the man was shot down in an alley, wanted to get justice on his killer, who he believed to be Sonny. Joining the PCPD, Taggert harassed Sonny at every opportunity.
The cop had a soft spot for Sonny’s wife, Lilly Rivera Corinthos, and after she died from a car bomb meant for Sonny, his anger towards the mobster grew. Taggert also took Lily’s son, Juan Santiago, as his ward. Dating assistant DA Dara Jensen, Taggert feared he would lose her to Justus Ward, but in the end, he lost her to her job when she couldn’t find time for both in her life.
In 2000, Taggert’s half-sister, Gia Campbell, showed up in Port Charles having left school and was soon joined by their mother, Florence Campbell. He moved on to a new relationship with FBI agent Hannah Scott, but grew jealous of her friendship with A.J. Quartermaine and ended things. After discovering proof that Gia had been responsible for a car accident that nearly killed Elizabeth Webber, he compromised his principles and couldn’t bring himself to arrest his sister.
Although he remained determined to bring down Sonny, Taggert felt Scott Baldwin was going too far and using illegal methods to achieve the same goal. Wanting to get Taggert out of the way, DA Baldwin set him up in his campaign to get rid of dirty cops and forced Taggert to relocate to a police department in Portland, Oregon.
In January of 2020, Sonny was surprised to run into Taggert visiting Mike at Turning Woods. And after their terse conversation, Taggert visited his old friend, Jordan Ashford, in her office at the police station. They had worked together years ago and she called him to Port Charles to help her solve the mysterious death of their old compatriot who they both didn’t believe died of a drug overdose. When another former comrade also wound up dead on the docks, they feared for their lives.
Taggert’s return to town at the same time a mob war was exploding with Sonny made some suspicious of the guy, including Mac Scorpio, who questioned his reasons for coming back. Then, Trina called him dad! But when Cyrus Renault, who was gunning for Jordan and Taggert, kidnapped Trina and Cam, Taggert was shot trying to rescue them! The cop was rushed to the hospital where he seemed to be stable, but then suddenly flatlined! Lucas reported that there he had developed a blood clot in his brain and there was nothing they could do to save his life.
Stay tuned to see if this is really the end of Taggert, and for more GH features, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
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