Bobbie and Carly have a great mother/daughter relationship on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but that wasn’t always the case, and it was Bobbie’s late husband, Tony, who was the cause of their earlier friction. But newer GH fans might have found themselves wondering: “Who is Tony Jones?” Well, here’s the story of his life and tragic death!
Doctor Anthony “Tony” Jones was played by Brad Maule from 1984 until the character’s demise in 2006. During this time, Maule received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations — Outstanding Lead actor in 1995 and Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1997.
Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco), Hilary Edson (ex-Tania), and Maule.
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Tony was the older brother of WSB spy Frisco Jones, and even stole his girlfriend, Tania Roskov. The couple married and had a daughter, B.J., but Tania was killed by a hit-and-run driver who Tony actually had to operate on at the hospital.
Tony enjoyed a brief marriage to Lucy Coe, but maybe “enjoyed” isn’t the right word since they quickly split up after she cheated on him. He later married Bobbie, who adopted B.J. The couple also attempted to adopt a son, but Lucas’ adoption was illegal, and they had to return him to his birth mother. However, when Cheryl was later killed in a car accident, Tony and Bobbie successfully fought Tiffany for custody of Lucas.
In 1994, B.J. was killed in a school van accident, and Tony agreed to allow the little girl’s heart to be given to her cousin, Maxie, who wouldn’t survive without a transplant. This family tragedy, combined with Bobbie’s affair with Damian Smith, led to Tony and Bobbie’s split. He then became involved with Carly Benson, the daughter Bobbie had given up for adoption as a teen.
Maule and Brighton Hertford during B.J.’s powerful death scene.
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When Carly discovered she was pregnant, she was unsure who the father was until blood tests revealed Michael was A.J.’s son. But Tony had grown so close to the infant that he lost his grip and kidnapped Michael for a time. He was put on trial but found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity. However, Carly took her revenge, shooting Tony in court!
Later, Tony put the pieces of his life back together and returned to work as a neurosurgeon at the hospital. He was also supportive when adopted son Lucas came out of the closet and revealed he was gay.
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Tragically, Tony died in February of 2006 during an encephalitis epidemic at General Hospital. He passed away believing that B.J. was waiting for him on the other side.
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