Yuri on GENERAL HOSPITAL hasn’t been around for long, but he’s definitely made an impression already! The character debuted in the April 13, 2021 episode and is played by actor Cyrus Hobbi. The Arizona native attended USC on a full football scholarship but also studied acting, and fans might recognize him from his appearances on TV series like BALLERS, THE FAMILY BUSINESS, YOUNG ROCK, and WELCOME TO CHIPPENDALES or in the 2022 movie Babylon.
When Valentin Cassadine learned that Brook Lynn Ashton was pregnant with his baby, he decided to hire a bodyguard to protect her. Although the mom-to-be tried to dissuade him because she was afraid they’d learn she was faking this pregnancy, Valentin hired Yuri to watch over her. The Ukrainian bodyguard first appeared when he knocked on Harrison Chase’s door to interrupt his conversation with Brook Lynn. Annoyed, Brook Lynn introduced Chase to her bodyguard, and then complained to Valentin about the situation. The Cassadine reminded her he was a former WSB agent and people could want to harm him so she needs to do as Yuri says for her own protection.
Since then, Brook Lynn has been constantly ditching Yuri so she can secretly plot to switch babies with Maxie Jones. In the hopes of putting a stop to that, Valentin decided that he, Yuri, and Charlotte Cassadine would all move into the Quartermaine mansion to keep an eye on her. Of course, that didn’t really help, and when Brook Lynn slipped away again, Valentin warned Yuri to do a better job keeping an eye on his baby’s mother or he’d ship him back to Ukraine!
To help Yuri keep a closer eye on Brook Lynn, Valentin moved himself, Yuri, and Charlotte into the Quartermaine mansion so they could all be together. Eventually, Valentin learned he wasn’t the father of Brook Lynn’s baby (heck, it wasn’t even her baby either!) and he and Charlotte moved out, but Yuri remained to work as a bodyguard for the Q’s and continue to keep watch over Brook Lynn.
In the summer of 2022, Yuri brought Belarusian potato pancakes to the Quartermaine picnic and after drinking Leo’s Sicilian Thunderbolt love potion, he and Dr. Terry Randolph hit it off. While getting to know each other at the Metro Court pool, Terry’s necklace fell off and Yuri jumped into the water to get it back. Yuri also escorted Terry to Harrison Chase’s singing debut at The Savoy, double-dating with Elizabeth Webber and Hamilton Finn. Their relationship has continued as they also attended Curtis Ashford and Portia Robinson’s wedding together.
Yuri joined Magic Milo and some other Port Charles hunks at the 2023 Nurses Ball to perform. He accompanied Valentin and Laura to Russia as they searched for Nikolas, but returned in July to surprise Terry. He gave her a spare key to his apartment and when she ran off to take care of some business, he worried his gift had upset her. But Terry returned with a key to her own place and they sealed the exchange with a kiss. However, after a call from Valentin, Yuri worried that his boss could be in danger!
Stay tuned to GH to see what Yuri does next!
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