Spencer Cassadine became an instant fan favorite when Nicolas Bechtel debuted in the role on GENERAL HOSPITAL in May of 2013, but the little kid has had quite a history and some viewers may not be up to snuff on all of the details of the Cassadine Prince’s life. So let us do you the favor of filling in some of the blanks!
Spencer was born on screen in February of 2006, and was played by a series of infant and child actors. Davin Ransom portrayed the precocious tyke from 2009-11, after which Bechtel stepped into the role. Unfortunately, the talented young man also stars as Lewie Diaz on the Disney Channel series STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, so he’s only available to appear on GH during the summer while that show is on hiaitus.
Davin Ransom as Spencer with Tyler Christopher’s Nikolas in 2011. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
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Little Spencer was seen as a miracle baby because his mother, Courtney Matthews, was told she was infertile. Of course, being a soap opera, the birth was even more complicated because Port Charles was hit with a deadly encephalitis plague and Nikolas and Courtney were both stricken down. She insisted on having a C-section to save the baby, but while the premature infant survived, Courtney sadly passed away.
Alicia Leigh Willis as Spencer’s late mom, Courtney. (Photo Credit: Sean Smith/jpistudios.com)
Spencer’s babydaddy was also in doubt because Jax tampered with the paternity tests to indicate he was the father, and Courtney had died before she could tell Nikolas the truth. Carly helped Jax fix another test that Nikolas ran, but eventually, Robin learned the truth and Jax was forced to return the infant to his rightful father.
Courtney decided to name their baby John, after Jax’s father, but when Nikolas regained custody, he wanted to try and erase any trace of the time Jax was the boy's father. So he decided to rename him Spencer after his brother and sister, Lucky and Lulu Spencer. His full name is Spencer Alexi Nikolayovich Cassadine.
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Bechtel and Christopher with Constance Towers as Helena. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
Desperate to control the Cassadine empire, Helena was having no luck doing it through Nikolas, so she saw his heir as a means to access the family fortune. She managed to get her hands on the tot when crazy nanny Colleen abducted him and the villainess swooped in to snatch him away for herself! Helena took Spencer to St. Petersburg intending to baptize him under another name, but Nikolas and Emily managed to thwart her evil scheme and bring the baby home.
Nikolas was upset when he learned that Elizabeth’s son, Aiden, was really Lucky’s and not his. Refusing to believe it, he planned to skip town with both his boys. But after having a change of heart, Nikolas returned Aiden to Liz and Lucky and simply left with Spencer to start a new phase of their lives.
They returned in 2013 in time for Laura’s wedding to Scott Baldwin. Spencer clashed with his cousin, Cameron, over who would get to be Emma’s boyfriend. He even teamed up with Josslyn to split up Emma and Cameron!
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Nikolas saved his son’s life in the deadly fire. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
During his birthday party at Wyndemere, there was a terrible fire, and Spencer and Emma found themselves trapped. Emma escaped relatively unscathed, but Spencer was very badly burned. Although he survived, he was hospitalized for quite some time and had difficulty dealing with being disfigured. But a visit from his mother’s spirit taught him that beauty is not skin deep, and when he finally took off his mask, Spencer was happy to find out the scars weren't as bad as he'd feared.
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Sonny talked some sense into Spencer, thankfully! (Photo Credit: ChrisD/jpistudios.com)
When Spencer returned from school in the summer of 2016, it was when Nikolas was presumed dead. But Spencer took the news pretty well because he actually was in contact with his father, who was alive and well after faking his death! Unfortunately, during a clash with Valentin Cassadine, Nikolas was shot and fell to a much more permanent demise! (Well, considering a body was never recovered, it may not really be that permanent…)
Spencer took out his animosity on Valentin’s daughter, Charlotte, but is saving his true hatred for Valentin himself. Heck, he even went to Sonny to get the guy “taken care of!” Kevin and Laura are desperately trying to reign him in to keep him from doing something foolish and potentially dangerous, but can they keep Spencer under control until he goes back to school in the fall?
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