Stuart Michael Zonis "Stuart Damon"
In February, 1997, Mr. Damon received the Outstanding Supporting Actor trophy at the nationally televised Soap Opera Awards ceremony for his portrayal and was nominated for his fifth Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series. Dr. Quartermaine's drug addiction keeps the actor as busy as ever, as he struggles to portray the fallen doctor with truth and accuracy. Stuart's portrayal of the drug-addicted chief of staff has garnered high praise from the press and from his fans and recently garnered him his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, in May, 1999.
The actor's parents were struggling Russian immigrants who came to America during the Bolshevik Revolution and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where Damon was born. As a child, Stuart loved making his family and others laugh. At age 11, he played the cowardly lion in a production of The Wizard of Oz
, and later starred and sang in musical comedies at a summer camp near Danbury, Connecticut.
Stuart attended a private high school, continuing his studies at Brandeis University, where he obtained a B.A. degree in psychology. He was on his way to becoming an attorney, but got sidetracked when his involvement in acting turned into a professional pursuit. He began playing lead roles in summer stock with such stars as Jane Powell and George Gobel. In the next few years, he gained experience in more than 50 musical comedies, washing a few dishes along the way to help with finances.
He landed his first Broadway role in the chorus line of Irma La Douce
, where his dance partner was Elliott Gould. He also understudied the principals, and after two weeks took over one of the leads. That break led to other Broadway shows.
In 1964, Stuart was named Most Promising Performer of the Year by Theater World for his performance in The Boys From Syracuse
. The following year, he was brought to Hollywood to star with Lesley Ann Warren in the now-classic TV musical production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
. The program attracted worldwide attention. A lucrative offer to star on an English television series, The Champions
, sent Stuart to Great Britain with his British-born wife, actress Deirdre Ottewill-Damon, and their daughter, Jennifer. During the next 12 years, Stuart starred on British television and played many roles on stage in London's West End.
Shortly after returning to the United States in 1977, Stuart was signed as a series regular on General Hospital. His performance in the soap opera led to many things: A starring role in the highly rated TV suspense thriller, Fantasie
s; a 1981-82 ABC Monday Night Movie; a cameo in the comedy feature film, Young Doctors in Love
, an ABC Motion Picture released in 1982; an appearance in Bob Fosse's Star 80
; and a highly dramatic guest-star role on an episode of Arthur Hailey's Hotel
Days of our Lives
Governor Jim Ford
March 19, 2010
to March 25, 2010
As the World Turns
September 18, 2009
to October 30, 2009
; August 23 to 25, 2010
Me and My Hormones
Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss
Legend of the Champions
May 13, 1977 to February 26, 2007
; March 2007 to December 23, 2008
; August 26, 2011
to August 29, 2011
Destination Moonbase Alpha
Yanks Go Home
Coporal Vince Rossi
Nightmare for a Nightingale
Rain from Stars
Chairman of the Board
A Touch of Class
Man Hailing Cab (at end of movie)
Do I Hear a Waltz?
At the 46th Street Theatre
Irma La Douce
At the Plymouth and Alvin Theatres
From A to Z
At the Plymouth Theatre
At the Alvin Theatre
Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor (1999)
Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor (1982, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1999)
Soap Opera Award
Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor (1997)
PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
DATE OF BIRTH: February 5, 1937
HEIGHT: 6' 2 1/2"
MARITAL STATUS: Married, Deirdre Ann Ottewill (Mar 12, 1961)
CHILDREN: 2 Children: daughter Jennifer, and a son Christopher; One grandson, Alexander Damon
Graduated from Brandeis University in 1958
: Damon, Charleson, Zeman all rumored cut by GH. [Aug 30, 2004]
: After 30 years, GH axes Stuart Damon. [Dec 21, 2006]
: ATWT's latest casting coup: Stuart Damon. [Jul 1, 2009]
: Days of our Lives signs Stuart Damon. [Feb 8, 2010]
: Damon to check back in to General Hospital. [Jul 20, 2011]