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Alan James "A.J." Quartermaine, Jr. was a fictional character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. He was the son of the late, Dr. Alan Quartermaine and his wife, Dr. Monica Quartermaine.
After being SORASed, the character was played by Sean Kanan from 1993 until 1997. Billy Warlock then took over the role from 1997 until 2003 and reprised it in 2005. Kanan returned to the role on October 26, 2012. On March 17, 2014, Kanan announced he would be exiting the role in April 2014. A.J. was killed off on-screen on March 31, 2014. Kanan's last appearance was on April 23, when he appeared as a ghost to haunt Sonny.
As a newborn A.J. was portrayed by child actor Eric Kroh from 1979-83. Abraham Geary briefly stepped into the role in 1983. The role was also portrayed by Jason Marsden (1986-88), Christopher Nelson (1988) and Justin Whalin (April 1988-89).
On June 20, 1991, Gerald Hopkins stepped in the role of A.J. on contract and last appeared on December 30, 1992.
The role was recast with Sean Kanan, who made his first appearance in the role on February 16, 1993. Kanan last appeared in the role on June 10, 1997. Kanan received a nomination for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Newcomer for his portrayal of A.J. in 1994.
Following Kanan's departure, actor Billy Warlock was hired for the role of A.J., and he made his debut on June 13, 1997. Warlock departed from the series in December 2003, amongst rumors that he was fired after disputes with show executives; the network replied his exit was due to lack of storyline. In 2003, Warlock earned a pre-nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of A.J..
In early 2005, the network's announcement of Warlock's return as A.J. was briefly put on hold, speculated as contract disputes. Warlock's return first aired on February 4, 2005, and shortly thereafter Warlock announced his return to the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives as Frankie Brady.
Warlock's exit lead to rumors of Kanan's possible reprisal of the role, who had recently announced move to recurring status in his role as Deacon Sharpe in the CBS Daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Warlock exited the series in April 2005 and the character was killed off.
On September 17, 2012, Kanan revealed in an interview with TV Guide Michael Logan that he was put on contract with General Hospital, but his character was not being announced.
Rumors arose that Kanan might replace Steve Burton in the role of A.J.'s brother, Jason Morgan; the resemblance between the two fed into the rumors.
Kanan first reappeared on October 26, 2012, when A.J. was revealed to be alive. On March 17, 2014, Kanan announced he would be exiting the role in April 2014. A.J. was killed off on-screen on March 31, 2014. Kanan's last appearance was on April 23, when he appeared as a ghost to haunt Sonny.
Alan James Quartermaine, Jr. was born on December 13, 1979.
At the time of his conception, his mother, Monica Quartermaine was sleeping with Rick Webber, despite her being married to Alan Quartermaine. Alan's sister, Tracy Quartermaine attempts to drive a wedge between the couple by planting seeds of doubt in Alan's mind that Alan Jr. is really Rick's son.
In early 1980, it is revealed that Alan Jr. has a heart condition and Rick comes back to Port Charles to perform the surgery. Rick soon confronts Alan, who is already aware that Rick is Alan Jr's father and claims the infant. However, Monica soon discovers that Alan Jr carries a birthmark identical of Alan's. A DNA test later confirms his paternity, that Alan truly is his father. In 1981, Alan has an affair with Susan Moore, which results in his illegitimate son, Jason. Monica and Alan separate, and he moves in with Susan. Monica files for sole custody of Alan Jr. Alan and Monica soon reconcile and Susan sues the Quartermaines for Jason's inheritance. After Susan is murdered, Monica legally adopts Jason Quartermaine as her own.
In 1982, Alan Jr., now known as A.J. and Jason get sent to a boarding school in Switzerland. A.J. graduates from boarding school in June 1983 which reestablishes his birth year as 1974. A.J. is aged again reestablishing his birth year as 1976. In 1987, his birthday is celebrated in November.
In 1988, A.J. leaves school and ends up in jail for drunk driving. A.J. blames his troubled childhood, while his grandmother - Lila Morgan Quartermaine - promises to give him and his cousin - Ned Ashton - their interitance if they can stay out of trouble for six months. Meanwhile, his parents remarry and his little brother, Jason returns home from boarding school.
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