Mac Scorpio on GENERAL HOSPITAL is one of the soap's most beloved characters and has been everything from police commissioner to a restaurant owner. Newer viewers might not realize it, but Mac has quite a history in Port Charles! Mac first appeared back in 1991, and has been played by John J. York the entire time. Heck, the actor even took the character over to ABC sister soap ALL MY CHILDREN for a brief visit and also appeared on the GH primetime spinoff, NIGHT SHIFT!
Mac arrived in Port Charles with a bang when the ship he was on caught fire after an explosion and he was pulled out of the water by his estranged older brother, Robert Scorpio. When multiple attempts were made on Robert’s life, Mac was arrested for attempted murder. It was revealed that their animosity stemmed from a plane crash that killed their parents and Robert’s fiancée years ago when Mac was the one flying. When an earthquake hit Port Charles, Mac escaped from jail and tried to flee town. Robert attempted to stop him and in the struggle, knocked Mac overboard and when no body was found, Robert feared he’d killed his brother.
Robert was later led into a trap where he found his brother in upstate New York, and they realized someone was setting them up. When Robert was shot, Mac donated blood to save his brother’s life and they buried the hatchet. While on the run working to clear his name, Mac fell in love with a deaf woman named Dominique Taub and tried to helped her fake her death to escape her abusive husband. Mac helped Robert and Anna Devane take down the Cartel, and one of their members was Dominique’s husband, freeing to be with Mac. After Robert and Anna were presumed dead in a boat explosion, Mac became legal guardian to their daughter, Robin Scorpio. Eventually, Mac and Dominique’s relationship fell apart and they split up.
When Felicia Jones returned to Port Charles with amnesia, Mac used his P.I. skills to help unravel the mystery behind her lost memories. He hired her to work at his restaurant, The Outback, and they began falling for each other. When she remembered witnessing Ryan Chamberlain killing a woman in Texas, Mac protected her from the serial killer and faked her death to throw him off. Eventually, Ryan was caught, but he escaped to attend Mac and Felicia’s wedding with a bomb! Although Ryan was subdued, the wedding never happened, and when Frisco Jones returned to Port Charles to visit an ailing Maxie, Mac could see Felicia was still in love with her ex and backed off. But they remained good friends, and Mac treated both of her daughters, Maxie and Georgie, as his own children.
Mac didn’t approve of Robin’s new boyfriend, Stone Cates, because of his involvement with local mobster, Sonny Corinthos. When Robin revealed that Stone had AIDS, and they’d had unprotected sex, Mac was scared and angry, but eventually softened towards Stone. And when Robin tested HIV positive, Mac was supportive, and after Stone passed away, he had an AIDS quilt made in his memory.
Although Mac had been dating Katherine Bell, she was jealous that he had started spending more time with Felicia and turned down his marriage proposal. Mac became police commissioner and got kidnapped by a woman named Tess, whose missing husband Mac resembled. Felicia had accepted a marriage proposal from the fake Mac, James Meadows, and after Tess and James were apprehended, everyone still expected Mac and Felicia to tie the knot. They were going to call it off, but then Lucy and Kevin backed out of their double wedding, so Felicia told everyone the whole story then became Mrs. Mac Scorpio!
Their marriage was fine for a while, but Mac grew jealous when Felicia began working closely with Luke Spencer. When Cesar Faison returned looking for revenge, he kidnapped Felicia and Luke also got caught trying to rescue her. After Mac rescued them, Faison sent him a video of the captives nearly making love. Mac was devastated and later railroaded Luke on charges of murdering Stefan. When Felicia took the stand to reveal she and Luke were together the night of the murder and Stefan turned up alive, Mac resigned as police commissioner.
Mac and Felicia teamed up again to investigate the murder of Joseph Sorel, and he tried to warn her about dating Roy DiLucca. Mac also worked with Felicia to solve the murder of Luis Alcazar. When Felicia left for Texas to care for her grandmother, Mac had his hands full dealing with Maxie and Georgie’s teenage troubles. But Mac’s disapproval of Georgie’s relationship with Dillon Quartermaine had nothing on Maxie’s sex tape being broadcast on the internet and nearly dying of a drug overdose! Meanwhile, he was still trying to keep the criminal element in check and during a shootout between the cops and the mob at the hotel, Mac was badly burned in a fire. Felicia returned to care for her daughters and help Mac recuperate.
Mac was crushed by Georgie’s murder, and although happy when Robin returned to Port Charles, didn’t approve of her dating Patrick Drake. Later, Mac flirted with Alexis and was shot by Warren Bauer who wanted revenge for his son, Keifer’s, death. Felicia came home again when Maxie was in legal trouble, and reconnected with Mac romantically. Unfortunately, Frisco showed up and wanted her back. But when push came to shove, Felicia chose Mac, and they were remarried at his restaurant, now called The Floating Rib.
Mac mostly just ran his restaurant, but assisted Jordan and Curtis in their investigation of the murders that turned out to be committed by a not-particularly-dead-anymore Ryan. When Jordan Ashford was injured and required time to recuperate from a kidney transplant, Laura asked Mac to step in as acting police commissioner.
Will Mac step down when Jordan is fully healed, or might he try to stay on? Stay tuned to find out, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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