Damian Spinelli isn’t seen as often these days on GENERAL HOSPITAL, so whenever he pops back into Port Charles for another visit, newer viewers can be forgiven for not knowing too much about the quirky character. Spinelli was first introduced back in November of 2006 when Bradford Anderson joined GH as the computer geek. Although initially a recurring character, Spinelli proved so popular Anderson was put on contract with the soap just six months later. He remained with the soap until December of 2013, earning three Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his work along the way. Anderson has continued to pop back in periodically — well, aside from that one time when the role was briefly played by Blake Berris (ex-Nick, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — whenever Spinelli’s hacking skills are needed to solve a mystery… which in Port Charles, happens pretty often!
Spinelli was first seen as a computer hacker working for the villainous Lorenzo Alcazar, but he eventually switched sides and began working for Sonny Corinthos and Jason Morgan. He became smitten with Lulu Spencer, but developed a close friendship with Georgie Jones. Tragically, just as he realized she had a crush on him, she was murdered by the Text Message Killer. Determined to find the killer, Spinelli teamed up with her sister, Maxie Jones, and he eventually became taken with her as well. After bringing Diego Alcazar to justice, the pair remained close and even slept together. Their relationship was unconventional, and when he proposed, she reluctantly agreed. But overhearing her fears about marriage just before the wedding, Spinelli turned the ceremony into a “non-wedding.” They agreed to marry in the future and just enjoy the reception.
Maxie sleeping with Franco wasn’t great, but when she later pretended to flirt with Matt Hunter to try to make Spinelli jealous and fight for their relationship, he instead decided to let her go! Spinelli was thrilled when Brenda Barrett moved in with him and Jason and he helped protect her from The Balkan. After taking a bullet for Maxie, Spinelli was temporarily stuck in his Jackal P.I. personality, a character from The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli, the book he’d recently written with Diane Miller. He later moved in with Maxie and helped prove that she didn’t kill Matt. She begged Spinelli to keep quiet and tried to marry Matt so she wouldn’t have to testify against him, but Matt confessed to the crime and went to prison. Maxie eventually forgave Spinelli, but he was still angry.
While helping Jason on an investigation, Spinelli fell for hospital lab tech Ellie Trout. When she learned of his complicated romantic history with Maxie, Ellie didn’t want to be his second choice, and he insisted she wasn’t. He asked her to meet him on the roof of the hospital on New Year’s Eve if they were meant to be together, but she got hit by a car and he got drunk believing he’d been stood up. Maxie took him home and they had a one-night stand. Learning of Ellie’s injuries, Spinelli rushed to her side and they reconciled, but it turned out Maxie was pregnant. She claimed it was Dante and Lulu’s daughter, as she was supposed to be acting as their surrogate. But after the infant’s birth, Spinelli learned the truth that she had miscarried and then gotten pregnant with his child. They initially agreed to let Dante and Lulu raise the girl who they named Connie, but then changed their mind, leading to an ugly custody battle.
In the end, the judge awarded Spinelli sole custody, and Maxie wasn’t allowed to see her child for six months. She begged Spinelli to ignore the court order, but he refused. When Ellie got a job in Portland, he joined her, and before leaving town with the baby, he and Maxie named her Georgie, after her late sister. Two years later, Spinelli returned to Port Charles having been dumped by Ellie, hoping to win Maxie back. She had moved on with Nathan West, but they were having problems, so she decided to give Spinelli another go. But when Ellie showed up wanting Spinelli back, he and Maxie realized they were making a mistake and returned to their respective partners.
Spinelli returned to Portland with Ellie and Georgie, but has returned to bring Georgie to Port Charles for visits with her mother, and even officiated at Maxie and Nathan’s wedding. Mostly, though, he returns to help Jason and Sam solve mysteries, such as proving that Patient Six is the real Jason and locating Cesar Faison’s son.
Whenever there’s a mystery that needs Spinelli’s unique skills to solve, you can expect to see the hacker, so stay tuned to see what he gets mixed up in next! And for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
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