Scotty Baldwin has been on GENERAL HOSPITAL for decades, so newer viewers might not be aware of his extensive history in Port Charles. But that's where we come in! The character first appeared in the mid '60s played by child actor Johnny Whitaker, and after a series of young actors was aged to an adult in 1977 when Kin Shriner took over the role. He's come and gone from the soap multiple times over the years, even starring on the GH spinoff, PORT CHARLES. So join us for a look back at his adventures!
Born Scotty Bentley, the young boy came to Port Charles with his mother, Meg Bentley, and stepsister Brooke. Eventually, Meg married Lee Baldwin, who adopted Scotty, but she developed breast cancer followed by a mental breakdown that forced Lee to have her committed. After Meg's death, Lee raised Scotty on his own until sending him off to law school.
When Scotty returned in 1977, he got a job at the hospital and fell in love with Laura Webber. Despite the manipulations of his on-again/off-again lover, Bobbie Spencer, Scotty and Laura became man and wife. Unfortunately, Laura soon fell in love with Luke Spencer and divorced Scotty after just two years of marriage. At Luke and Laura's wedding, Scotty caught the bouquet and declared he was contesting the divorce. His darker side came out as he married Susan Moore for financial reasons while having an affair with Heather Webber. After Susan's murder, Scotty left town for a while.
In 1987, Scotty returned and got involved in a relationship with Lucy Coe. Although they split up, the pair remained good friends, and when Scotty married Dominique Stanton, Lucy offered to be their surrogate mother because Dominique was dying. Unfortunately, Scotty's wife didn't live long enough to witness Lucy giving birth to their daughter, named Serena. After a brief engagement to Katherine Bell, Scotty took Serena and left Port Charles again.
Scotty returned in 1997 when Serena was kidnapped. At first he blamed Lucy, but then they teamed up to find the real kidnapper, Dominique's uncle, Rex Stanton, who was after the little girl's trust fund. Once Serena was home safe and Rex was behind bars, Scotty began dating doctor Eve Lambert. In the end, though, he found his way back to Lucy, and they became business partners and eventually tied the knot. After their marriage fizzled out, Scotty started dating Laura again, but she was still in love with Luke, which led to her turning down Baldwin's marriage proposal.
While Scotty was running for district attorney, Laura recalled killing her father's mistress years ago and when she went to confront Rick about it, he ended up dead. Laura had a mental breakdown and was committed. After Scotty had won the race, Laura came out of her catatonic state to tell Lulu she didn't kill Rick. It was then revealed that Scotty had been the one who'd accidentally killed Rick trying to protect Laura. Scotty also learned he had a son when ex-soldier Logan Hayes arrived in town, but he was killed by Lulu in self defense when she caught him beating up Maxie. Furious, Scotty threatened Lulu in front of Laura, which brought her out of her catatonia again. He took Laura to Los Angeles to relive their honeymoon, and her family followed to bring her home. Later, Laura decided to go to France to seek further treatment and Scotty secretly joined her.
In 2013, Scotty returned to Port Charles with the news that he and Laura were engaged. Fearing she would again choose Luke, Scotty rushed her down the aisle, but she still ended up spending more time with her ex-husband when their daughter, Lulu, was abducted. Giving in, Scotty decided it would be best if they split up. He was shocked when Heather revealed that the former serial killer, Franco, is their son, resulting from a drunken hookup many years ago.
Scotty slowly got to know Franco, and began an affair with Lucy. When their affair was publicly exposed at the Nurses Ball and she chose to stay with her husband, Kevin, Scott reconnected with Bobbie. But Kevin couldn't forgive Lucy and divorced her, sending her running back to Scotty only to find him with Bobbie. The two women fought over him until Scotty finally made the decision and picked Bobbie. Unfortunately, that didn't last because he insisted on pressing charges against Carly for knowing the truth about the death of A.J. Quartermaine.
More recently, Scotty was devastated by the deaths of his parents, Lee and Gail Baldwin, and struck up a bit of a flirtation with Ava Jerome. Mostly, he's been kept very busy in court, often defending clients who aren't particularly innocent. And when Bobbie was diagnosed with diabetes, Scotty was right there by her side to offer his support.
Stay tuned to see how Scotty's story continues, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
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