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Michael Corinthos III
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Chad Duell as Michael Corinthos, III
General Hospital
Portrayed by Dylan Cash
Drew Garrett
Chad Duell
Created by Robert Guza Jr.
Aliases Michael Morgan
(birth name)
Michael Alan Quartermaine
(after learning paternity
Gender Male
Born December 29 1992
Age 20
Occupation Student at Madison Prep
Residence 657 Harbor View Road
Port Charles, New York
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Drew Garrett as Michael Corinthos III
Dylan Cash as Michael Corinthos, III

Michael Corinthos III (born Michael Morgan; formerly Michael Alan Quartermaine) is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. The character is the son of Carly Corinthos Jacks (Laura Wright) and A.J. Quartermaine (last portrayed by Billy Warlock), born onscreen in December 1997. Dylan Cash portrayed the character as a child from 2002 to 2008, and Drew Garrett debuted in the teenage role in April 2009. In a shocking turn of events, after only a year with the show, it was announced that Garrett was being replaced with actor, Chad Duell.


Michael was portrayed by child actors Dylan and Blake Hopkins from 1997 to 2001 and Tiarnan Cunningham from 2001 to 2002.[1] Seven-year-old Dylan Cash stepped into the role on March 28, 2002.[2] Cash earned a 2003 Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Series by a Young Actor Ten or Younger", and was placed on contract with the series in 2005.[3] The character was written into a coma and Cash's final airdate was May 21, 2008; he later returned for an episode on December 29, 2008. Actor Drew Garrett appeared as an awakened 17-year-old Michael starting in April 24, 2009.[4][5] After only a year with the show, Garrett was let go when the producers decided that they wanted to take the character in another direction. Chad Duell debuted in April 2010.

Character History[]

Birth & Adoption by Sonny[]

In March 1997, Carly Roberts becomes pregnant with alcoholic A.J. Quartermaine's child while she is involved with Dr. Tony Jones. Initially, she insists the baby is Tony's, but when that relationship sours, she claims that Jason Morgan, A.J.'s brother, is the father to avoid any custody battles. Carly gives birth to a boy on December 29, 1997, whom Jason names Michael after his best friend and mentor, mobster Michael "Sonny" Corinthos. Jason comes to think of Michael as his son, but confides in his girlfriend Robin Scorpio that the child is A.J.'s. Devastated that he is not the father, Tony has a breakdown and kidnaps Michael, though he is later recovered. Carly's presence in Jason and Robin's lives puts a strain on their relationship; they separate, and Robin tells A.J. that he is Michael's father. Jason and Carly consider fleeing with Michael in 1999, but Carly decides to marry A.J. in a bid to drive him back to alcohol, thus rendering him an unfit parent.

Carly sleeps with Sonny in 2000 and becomes pregnant. Sonny forces A.J. to divorce Carly, who moves in with Sonny, but loses the baby after a fall down the stairs during an argument with A.J. Carly and Sonny realize their feelings for each other, and are married. After Michael nearly opens a packaged bomb meant for Sonny, Carly takes it upon herself to arrange a deal with the FBI for Sonny to become an informant, allowing Carly, Sonny, and Michael to go into Witness Protection. After being arrested, Sonny rejects Carly's plan and pushes her out of his life. However, Sonny is still able to force A.J. to relinquish his parental rights to Michael. Carly and Sonny remarry, and Sonny adopts Michael, who takes his last name. Carly and Sonny break up again; Carly begins a romance with Lorenzo Alcazar, and Sonny becomes involved with Sam McCall. To try and reunite his parents, Michael fakes his own kidnapping, and tries to bribe Sam into leaving town. On February 21, 2005, A.J. kidnaps Michael and his siblings Morgan Corinthos and Kristina Davis. After releasing Morgan and Kristina, A.J. fakes Michael's murder, and attempts to flee the country with his son. Michael is rescued, and is initially the prime suspect when A.J. is murdered.


In 2007, Michael's longtime nanny Leticia Juarez and his aunt Emily Quartermaine are murdered, and Michael asks Sonny to seek revenge. Fearing for his family, Michael purchases a gun and accidentally shoots Sonny's girlfriend Kate Howard. Michael runs away, but after he agrees to meet his mother in a warehouse, the two are caught in an explosion. The two recover, and Michael learns that Diego Alcazar, Emily and Leticia's murderer, has been killed. Sonny decides to show a 12-year-old Michael a life without violence at his coffee warehouse; a sniper, secretly hired by Claudia Zacchara, aims for Sonny but Michael is shot and put into a seemingly permanent coma. He is sent to a long-term care facility in May 2008, Michael remains comatose for a year. Dr. Patrick Drake tries an experimental surgical procedure that awakens a now sixteen year old Michael in April 2009. Michael learns that Sonny has married and impregnated Claudia, and his mother has become pregnant by her husband Jax. When it becomes clear that Carly is putting stress on a recovering Michael, the teen moves in with Sonny. When events soon convince Carly that Sonny's lifestyle still puts Michael in danger, she allows him instead to live with the Quartermaines.

Claudia's Murder[]

On July 21, 2009, Michael becomes enraged while driving and, because he vaguely recalls nearly hitting another car, comes to believe that he is responsible for running Claudia off the road. Michael runs away to Mexico to avoid getting in trouble with the law and his half-sister Kristina Davis insists on coming along. Claudia, who lost her baby in the accident, tasks Jerry Jacks with finding the teens. Jerry acts friendly towards them but puts guards on their hotel room so they cannot leave, raising red flags for Michael, who convinces Kristina they are in danger and have to escape. Soon Jason and Sam find the teens working at a rental shop. Kristina reveals that she was responsible for the accident, and the group returns to Port Charles. After a fortune teller at a carnival tells Michael he has a gift for seeing things, he begins having troubling visions of the future and his time in a coma. He begins to suspect that Jax is responsible for his shooting, but is able to remember that Claudia confessed to him while he was comatose. Michael attempts to tell his father the truth during a lavish birthday party Sonny is throwing for Claudia at the Metro Court, but Sonny has already learned the truth from Jason. When Sonny gives a speech toasting Claudia's birthday, he concludes by threatening her, and she pulls out a gun and grabs a hostage - Carly, who promptly goes into labor. Claudia forces Carly into a car, but soon enough Carly grabs the steering wheel, causing the car to crash. She makes her way to a cabin to give birth. Michael, who has chosen this moment to run away again, comes across the crashed car as he drives out of town headed toward Canada. He also hears his mother screaming as Claudia attempts to flee the cabin with baby Josslyn. Michael hits Claudia with an axe handle, instantly killing her. Sam and Jason find the family, and with Sonny's help agree to cover up the murder. All are unaware that Maxie Jones has seen Sonny with a bloody handprint on his white shirt, from when he attempted to hug Michael at the scene of Claudia's death and Michael pushed him away. They are equally unaware that a mysterious onlooker has seen Jason supervise the cover-up, including the burning of the cabin and the burial of Claudia. Michael expresses interest in following his father into the mafia and starts to act more cocky and full of himself. He is shown on the docks shouting at Kristina about her boyfriend's bad behavior, and Ethan Lovett happens along and tells him to back off. Michael tells Ethan he would live longer if he was more careful about speaking so boldly to strangers.


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