The end of this year will mark Tristan Rogers’ 40th anniversary playing GENERAL HOSPITAL‘s Robert Scorpio. “But I don’t think of it that way, because I have come and gone several times,” admitted the actor — who has returned for stints of various lengths since Scorpio was “killed off” for the first time in 1992. (Rogers also brought Robert to SOAPnet’s GH spin-off, GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT.) “In terms of sheer work, John J. York (Mac) has been there longer than I have. Pretty much all the characters that I introduced on the show in the ’80s have been!”
That said, Rogers understands Robert’s significance to the soap’s history. “What stands out and what people point to where Scorpio’s concerned is that he was there during the most significant period of the show,” he said. “From ’83 to ’92, he was the police commissioner — and the commissioner was in charge. And that’s what people pick up on. It’s not a case of longevity.”
This story originally appeared in our print magazine
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