Suave Stuart Damon's portrayal of the sophisticated but troubled doctor with
a sense of humor on one of daytime television's most popular series reflects
the unruffled, charming gentleman he is in his personal life. In February,
1997, Mr. Damon received the Outstanding Supporting Actor trophy at the
nationally televised Soap Opera Awards ceremony for his portrayal and was
nominated for his fifth Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a
Dramatic Series. Stuart's portrayal of the drug-addicted chief of staff has
garnered high praise from the press and from his fans and recently garnered
him his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, in May, 1999.
The actor's parents were struggling Russian immigrants who came to America
during the Bolshevik Revolution and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where Damon
was born. As a child, Stuart loved making his family and others laugh. At age 11,
he played the cowardly lion in a production of The Wizard of Oz, and later
starred and sang in musical comedies at a summer camp near Danbury, Connecticut.
Stuart attended a private high school, continuing his studies at Brandeis
University, where he obtained a B.A. degree in psychology. He was on his
way to becoming an attorney, but got sidetracked when his involvement in
acting turned into a professional pursuit. He began playing lead roles in
summer stock with such stars as Jane Powell and George Gobel. In the next
few years, he gained experience in more than 50 musical comedies, washing a
few dishes along the way to help with finances.
He landed his first Broadway role in the chorus line of Irma La Douce, where
his dance partner was Elliott Gould. He also understudied the principals, and
after two weeks took over one of the leads. That break led to other Broadway
In 1964, Stuart was named Most Promising Performer of the Year by Theater
World for his performance in The Boys From Syracuse. The following year, he
was brought to Hollywood to star with Lesley Ann Warren in the now-classic
TV musical production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. The program
attracted worldwide attention. A lucrative offer to star on an English
television series, The Champions, sent Stuart to Great Britain with his
British-born wife, actress Deirdre Ottewill-Damon, and their daughter, Jennifer.
During the next 12 years, Stuart starred on British television and played
many roles on stage in London's West End.
Shortly after returning to the United States in 1977, Stuart was signed as
a series regular on General Hospital. His performance in the soap opera led
to many things: A starring role in the highly rated TV suspense thriller,
Fantasies; a 1981-82 ABC Monday Night Movie; a cameo in the comedy feature
film, Young Doctors in Love, an ABC Motion Picture released in 1982; an
appearance in Bob Fosse's Star 80; and a highly dramatic guest-star role on
an episode of Arthur Hailey's Hotel on ABC.
Stuart returned to the stage in 1982 to play King Arthur, opposite his wife
in the role of Queen Guenevere, in a San Diego production of Camelot. It
marked the first time the two had performed together in ten years.
Early in 1988, Damon made his play-directing debut with the world premiere
production of What's Wrong With This Picture?, at the Back Alley Theater
in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles.
Stuart has been active with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation since 1983 and
has been instrumental as a major fund-raiser. He also, along with co-star
Leslie Charleson, is active with the Mountain AIDS Foundation of Santa Monica.
Damon has retained his love of athletics. He is a serious sports fan and an
ardent golfer. Using skills developed when they renovated a 16th-century
farmhouse in England, Stuart and Deirdre have since renovated a house in the
Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. They have a daughter, Jennifer, and a son,
Christopher; and are the beaming grandparents of Alexander Damon.