They say evil never dies, and that definitely applies to Ryan Chamberlain on GENERAL HOSPITAL! Longtime fans were stunned when it was revealed that Kevin was treating his twin brother, Ryan, at Ferncliff since the psycho was supposed to be dead! And newer viewers found themselves wondering who this Ryan guy is, and why everyone is so scared of him!
Ryan first appeared in June of 1992, played by actor Jon Lindstrom, who did double duty when GH introduced Ryan’s twin, Kevin Collins, the following year. Ryan was introduced as a pediatrician at General Hospital, but it was soon revealed that he had been hiding his mentally unstable behavior for quite a while. Felicia Jones knew him in Texas where he was calling himself “Todd Wilson” and had witnessed him murder his wife, Gloria!
When Felicia returned to Port Charles, she had amnesia and didn’t remember Ryan. But he remembered her, and quickly became obsessed with the beautiful blonde, trapping her in a cabin! He was arrested for attempted murder, and Kevin, a psychiatrist, came to town intent on rehabilitating his brother. Unfortunately, Ryan was faking his progress and used his twin to escape the mental hospital and impersonate him!
Ryan crashed Felicia and Mac’s wedding with a bomb, but Kevin managed to persuade the hospital staff of his true identity and raced to the church to stop his twin. After Ryan was apprehended once more, Kevin washed his hands of his brother. But Ryan escaped again with the help of his counselor, Connie, who he murdered. Impersonating Kevin, Ryan kidnapped Felicia’s daughter, Georgie!
Kevin helped Mac and Felicia track his psychotic twin down at a funhouse and rescue Georgie, though the killer let himself die in the building’s violent explosion rather than be locked away in the hospital again. Over the years, Ryan continued to haunt Kevin, who felt guilty for failing to save his brother, but those were thankfully just memories.
Although some fans suspected Kevin's unusual behavior in 2018 meant he'd been swapped with his evil twin, it turns out that he hadn't been... at least not yet! When Carly was temporarily institutionalized in Ferncliff, it was revealed that the mystery patient in the room next to her was actually Ryan, who Kevin had been secretly keeping there for treatment. Unfortunately, during one of Kevin's visits, Ryan got the upper hand and knocked his sibling unconscious so they could switch places!
Impersonating Kevin, Ryan began making plans for revenge, but hit a bit of a snag when Laura returned home from Switzerland and began noticing something wasn't quite right with her husband. So to keep her from uncovering his secret, Ryan broke up with her. Also believing him to be Kevin, Mary Pat tried to extort money from him, threatening to reveal that he knew his brother was alive and in Ferncliff. So Ryan silenced the nurse forever by murdering her!
Ryan tried to get a suspicious Laura off his case by filing for a divorce, and soon found himself smitten with Ava Jerome. But when Ava wanted to make Kiki Jerome pay for stealing her boyfriend, Griffin Monroe, Ryan helped her out by killing her daughter! The cops are looking for the killer stalking Port Charles, but they're getting help on the case from "Kevin," who is easily covering his own tracks. However, Laura remains determined to find out what's really behind her husband's bizarre behavior, so Ryan has to watch his step.
Who is next on Ryan's hit list? You won't want to miss a moment of how this twisted tale unfolds, so stay tuned! And for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!