The Quartermaine Family Tree Explained On General Hospital

The Quartermaine family is one of the oldest and most prominent families on "General Hospital" and is arguably the wealthiest. It seems as if every citizen of Port Charles has some sort of connection to the family. The curmudgeon patriarch Edward Quartermaine joined the scene in 1978, played by David Lewis. In 1993, John Ingle took over the role and remained there until his death in 2012. Edward's better half, Lila Quartermaine, was played by Anna Lee from 1978 until 2003, and was characterized as the rational and peaceful counterpart to Edward's scheming ways. Edward and Lila were staple characters on the show for several decades, and Ingle and Lee's dedication to their craft was celebrated by many in daytime as both actors remained in their roles until their deaths.

During their time together, Edward and Lila formed a family company called ELQ, which became massively successful and has borne decades of family betrayal and insider coups by the large clan they left behind (via Soap Central). When the Q's aren't busy fighting over ELQ shares, they're often preoccupied with each other's lives and wreaking havoc on anyone that tries to infiltrate them. After all, nothing bonds the squabbling Quartermaines faster than an outsider they can rally against.

Alan and Tracy both took after their father Edward Quartermaine

By the time the Quartermaine family showed up in Port Charles, Edward and Lila's two biological children Alan and Tracy were already adults, having grown up in the Hamptons having been spoiled rotten by their family's fortune.

Alan was played by the talented Stuart Damon from 1977 until 2007, when the character was killed off of the show due to a heart attack suffered during the iconic Metro Court hostage crisis (via Soaps). However, he reappeared several times as a ghost until 2013. Alan was a talented doctor but followed in his father's footsteps when it came to being (un)faithful to his wife. Over the years, Alan and his wife Monica had a turbulent relationship, but she has remained dedicated to the Q's and is currently the proud owner of the Quartermaine mansion where most of the family lives.

The role of Tracy Quartermaine was originated by the formidable Jane Elliot in 1978 and she has remained in the role ever since. Tracy has been characterized as her father's daughter and is one of the most notoriously scheming of all the Q's. Though she recently returned to Port Charles following her husband Luke Spencer's death, she has relocated overseas and doesn't spend nearly as much time meddling in the family business as she once did (via The Focus).

Alan's son AJ and daughter Emily both died tragically

Though Alan Quartermaine and his wife Monica, who has been played by Leslie Charlson since 1977, would go on to have a rather large family of their own, they only had one biological child together. Their son Alan "AJ" Quartermaine Jr. was born in the late 1970s but rapidly aged into an adult by the early '90s. Though the character has been played by several actors, the most recognized are Billy Warlock and Sean Kanan. AJ was a troubled teenager, developing alcoholism at an early age, and was never truly able to get his life on track (via Soaps in Depth). The black sheep of the family, AJ was finally able to build a relationship with his adult son Michael shortly before he was murdered by Michael's adoptive father Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) in 2014.

Emily Bowen, played by Amber Tamblyn and Natalia Livingston, was adopted by the Quartermaine family as a teenager after her mother died from cancer, per Soap Central. Though she struggled to get her feet under her as a young adult, Emily quickly became a beloved member of the Q family and even followed in Alan and Monica's footsteps to become a doctor. She is best remembered for her relationship with Nikolas Cassadine, whom she was married to for a time. Though Emily developed breast cancer just like her biological mother, she was able to recover from her illness. However, her life was cut tragically short when she was murdered in by the Text Message Killer in 2007.

Jason Quartermaine became Jason Morgan

In 1981, Alan Quartermaine had an affair with Susan Moore (Gail Ramsey), which resulted in a pregnancy. Though Monica was devastated by her husband's betrayal, she agreed to take in Alan and Susan's son and raise him as her own when Susan was killed shortly after giving birth (via Soaps in Depth). Jason Quartermaine, played by Steven Burton, was raised in the Q household and became the golden child, much to his brother AJ's dismay. As a teenager, the two boys were in a car accident due to AJ's drunk driving and Jason suffered brain damage that left him with amnesia. Following that point, he adopted the persona Jason Morgan (taking his grandmother Lila's maiden name) and became mobster Sonny Corinthos' right-hand man, never regaining his childhood memories.

In 2007, Jason fathered a son named Jake with Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst), though he signed away his parental rights because his mob lifestyle was too dangerous to raise a child in (via Soap Central). Later, Jason fell in love with Samantha McCall (Kelly Monaco) and their relationship was beloved by fans. They also had a son together, who they named Danny after Sam's late brother. Since 2021 Jason has been presumed dead, after being buried in a cave collapse on Cassadine Island — but he's come back from the dead before so long time viewers know to never count him out (via TV Insider).

Drew Cain is also a Quartermaine

In 2017, "General Hospital" shocked fans by revealing that the man who had been living as Jason Morgan for several years was actually his long lost twin Andrew "Drew" Cain (then played by Billy Miller), per Soaps. It turned out that Susan Moore had actually given birth to twins years earlier and the other boy had been raised elsewhere. Drew was a former NAVY Seal who showed up in Port Charles in 2014 with amnesia, and later believed himself to be Jason after being subjected to a clandestine memory transfer experiment.

During his time as "Jason," Drew reconnected with Sam and the two had a daughter together named Scout. Eventually, Drew was able to get his own memories back and he discovered that he had a teenage son, Oscar, from a previous relationship with Kim Nero (Tamara Braun). Unfortunately, Drew was barely able to get to know his son before the young man died from cancer (via Soap Central). Soon after, Drew was presumed dead when a plane he was on disappeared over the Gulf of Aden, though it turned out he had been kidnapped by Victor Cassadine and Peter August and was held captive for several years (via Soaps in Depth).

In 2021, Drew (now played by Cameron Mathison) was rescued from captivity and since returning to the real world, Drew has returned to the company he started with Sam, Aurora Media, as well as ELQ. However, his most precious time is spent with his daughter Scout. Not to mention, he's also following in both AJ and Jason's footsteps by striking up a romance with the newly divorced Carly Corinthos (via CheatSheet).

Michael Quartermaine Corinthos belongs to two prominent families

Michael Quartermaine Corinthos was the product of a one-night stand between his mother Carly Benson and AJ Quartermaine, per Soaps in Depth. Not wanting AJ to have anything to do with their child, Carly convinced her friend (and AJ's brother) Jason to pretend the baby was his. Carly and Jason raised Michael together for the first year of his life, before Carly became involved with Sonny Corinthos, who she would go on to have several more children with and marry and divorce five times over.

Sonny adopted Michael and raised him for most of his life. However, in 2012, AJ returned after supposedly being killed in 2005 and tried to form a relationship with his adult son as they worked together at ELQ. Michael and AJ were able to build a strong bond, though things became extremely difficult for Michael when Sonny killed AJ in retaliation for a murder he did not commit.

In 2017, Michael's girlfriend Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier) got pregnant with his child, though it didn't take everyone in Port Charles long to figure out that she was bad news. After eventually giving birth in the woods, Nelle swapped her healthy baby boy with Brad Cooper and Lucas Jones' adopted infant that has recently died from SIDS. She told Michael that their son had been stillborn, though the truth eventually came out a year later. Michael was finally able to raise his son Wiley and his new wife Willow Tait (Katelyn McMullen) adopted the little boy after Nelle died soon after. As of 2022, Michael and Willow are expecting another baby though it seems there might be trouble on the horizon with a possible cancer diagnosis for Willow (via CheatSheet).

Tracy's son Ned is both a businessman and a musician

When Tracy Quartermaine arrived in Port Charles with her family in the 1970s it was revealed that she had a previous relationship with Lord Lawrence "Larry" Ashton, which had resulted in a son named Ned, per Soap Central. However, Ned spent much of his childhood in boarding school due to his father's absence and his mother's preoccupation with being a socialite.

Actor Wally Kurth took over the role of Ned Ashton (who later changed his name to Quartermaine) in 1991 and has remained in the role ever since. He always had a penchant for music and as an adult he adopted the persona Eddie Maine and became a successful musician for a period of time. It was then that Ned fell in love with record producer Lois Cerullo (Rena Sofer) which resulted in the birth of his daughter Brook Lynn Ashton (via Soaps in Depth). Ned has spent most of his life going back and forth between pursuing music and working at ELQ and is often involved in conflicts surrounding the family business. He recently sabotaged a merger between ELQ and Aurora Media after sensing that Michael and Drew were trying to push him out and is now dealing with the fallout (via IBT).

In 2017 Ned married Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) and in 2022 adopted her young son Leo, who was fathered by the late mobster Julian Jerome, expanding the Q family even more. Ned was also pivotal in Leo being properly diagnosed with Autism.

Ned's daughter Brook Lynn has a history of causing trouble

Brook Lynn Quartermaine was a rebellious and troublemaking teenager who was originally played by Adrianne León after the character was aged. She had spent much of her childhood being raised by her mother in Bensonhurst, though she always embroiled herself in Quartermaine drama whenever she was in town (via Soaps). Brook Lynn took after both of her parents when it came to their love of music, and she left Port Charles in 2006 to pursue her music career. After a brief return from 2010 to 2011, where she disrupted the lives of several men including Dante Falconeri and Nikolas Cassadine, she left again.

In 2019 actress Amanda Setton reprised the role of Brook Lynn when she decided to come home and move back into the Quartermaine Mansion. However, her music career was soon derailed when Nelle Benson tried to slash her throat, resulting in her losing the ability to sing. Currently, Brook Lynn works at Deception Cosmetics but she is still a talented songwriter and many of her storylines revolve around her feud with sleazy music producer Linc. She is also trying to turn her friend Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) into a pop star after she inadvertently made him lose his job as a police detective (via Soap Opera Spy).

Though Brook Lynn doesn't have any children of her own, she did spend most of 2021 and 2022 faking a pregnancy and then pretending to be the mother of Maxie Jones' daughter in order to protect the little girl from her psychopathic father Peter August (via Michael Fairman TV). Though little Bailey Louise is not a biological Q, she is certainly an honorary member of the family.

Skye and Dillon Quartermaine aren't seen in Port Charles anymore

Siblings Alan and Tracy Quartermaine also had other children who are no longer seen on "General Hospital." Skye Chandler, who was played by Robin Christopher for 25 years, was a character who crossed over to "GH" from both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." She was the biological child of Rae Cummings (Linda Dano) and upon coming to Port Charles, discovered that Alan Quartermaine was her father (via Soap Central). It turned out that Edward had paid to have her sent away as a baby and told Rae and Alan that she had died. For years, Skye caused turmoil for the Q's, particularly regarding ELQ. However, Tracy eventually proved that Skye wasn't a true Quartermaine after all, though she still remained part of the family. She later became involved with Lorenzo Alcazar (Ted King) and in 2006 gave birth to a daughter she named Lila Rae. Lorenzo was eventually killed and Skye left town to raise her daughter elsewhere, though she is known to return periodically and was last seen in 2012 at Edward's funeral (via Soaps).

In addition to Ned, Tracy had a second son named Dillon Quartermaine, fathered by Paul Hornsby, per Soaps in Depth. She primarily raised him in Europe but the two came back to Port Charles when Dillon was a teenager (played by Scott Clifton). During his time in New York, Dillon had a heartwarming romance with Georgie Jones (Lindze Letherman) and the pair were briefly married. Dillon was written off the show in 2007 having left town to pursue his dreams of becoming a filmmaker. The character was briefly brought back in 2015 played by Robert Palmer Watkins, but continues to reside off-screen.

There are even more Quartermaines out there

There are also a few extended branches of the Quartermaine family tree due to patriarch Edward's infidelity. It was revealed many decades later that Edward had an affair in the 1940s with Mary Mae Ward and fathered her son Bradley Ward (via Soap Central). Bradley went on to have two children of his own, Justus and Faith, who both spent time in Port Charles. Justus spent a period of time working at ELQ before leaving the business to join his cousin Jason in the mob. He later became District Attorney, before leaving town in 2006. Faith had a daughter named Maya Ward (Annie Ilonzeh) who became a respected doctor at General Hospital and briefly married Luke Spencer's son Ethan Lovett (Nathan Parsons), before returning to her hometown of Philadelphia in 2011 (via Soaps in Depth).

Edward also had an affair with Beatrice LeSeur, which resulted in the birth of a son named Jimmy Lee Holt. Jimmy Lee, who was played by Steve Bond in the 1980s, eventually fell in love with Charity Gatlin and the two left town (via TV Shows Ace). In 2021, it was revealed that the pair had a son named Austin Gatlin-Holt (played by "GH" alum Roger Howarth). Soon after arriving in Port Charles, his connection to the Quartermaines was revealed. He attempted to prove that Edward was intending to put Jimmy Lee back in his will before he died and thus Austin was entitled to ELQ stock. Though his efforts to become a "true Q" have seemingly failed, Austin has struck up a sweet romance with Maxie and seems to be happy in his new life (via SoapHub).