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He has been portrayed by actor Donnell Turner since the character's debut on November 30, 2015.
On November 19, 2015, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Donnell Turner had been cast as Curtis Ashford, who would prove to be a valuable resource for a scheming Hayden Barnes-Cassadine (Rebecca Budig).
He made his first appearance on November 30, 2015.
Prior to coming to Port Charles, Curtis had been recruited by Jordan to work for the D.E.A., but it didn't end well, as he got addicted to cocaine and got fired from his job.
In 2015, it was revealed that he is a friend of Shawn Butler.
He used to be in a committed relationship with his former sister-in-law Jordan Ashford and during the 2018 Nurses Ball, he and Jordan got engaged. In November 2018, he and Jordan got married.
On December 17, 2020, Curtis learned that Jordan knew Marcus Taggert was alive after he was supposedly killed in late February 2020. Curtis and Jordan officially separated in February 2021 and later filed for divorce. After Stella stole the divorce papers, she had a stroke at Kelly's and the papers were messed up and thrown away, so Curtis and Jordan have no idea that they're still legally married. In September 2021, after Jordan was hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning, Curtis was heartbroken.
On May 30, 2018, Curtis and Sam opened up a P.I. business together and they named it, Ashford and McCall but unfortunately Curtis dissolved his partnership with Sam on June 26, 2019, leaving the P.I. business to become head of security at Aurora.
On March 10, 2020, it was revealed that he and Dr. Portia Robinson were lovers, however he broke things off with her when she revealed to Curtis that she was married. It has been hinted that Curtis is the biological father of Portia's daughter Trina Robinson. In 2021, after separating from Jordan, he and Portia began dating again.
On October 18, 2021, a mysterious man began stalking Curtis and asking people questions about him. On November 15, it was revealed that the mysterious man's full name is Marshall Thomas Ashford and he's Curtis and the late Tommy's father. Curtis wanted nothing to do with his father because in his eyes, Marshall abandoned him, Tommy and their mother. Marshall claimed that he didn't leave them because he wanted to, he left them because he had to. On December 17, it was revealed that Stella knew that Marshall had faked his death but she never thought she would see him again.
Curtis comes to town in November 2015 to help Hayden Barnes find evidence about the shooting that landed her in a coma.
On January 21, 2016 he calls Hayden and tells her to pay up or he will tell Nikolas everything. Hayden, later meets him outside of Kelly's to give him the money and he gives her information on the shooting.
Later on, Curtis runs into to Jordan at Kelly's and he tells her that he has every right to see his nephew. Jordan wants Curtis to leave town. Later on, T.J. finds out his uncle is in town when he runs into him and his mother at the Metro Court restaurant.
On February 4, he and Valerie play pool at the Floating Rib and she kicks his butt. Later on, he asks Valerie out on a date and she accepts. Curtis meets Valerie for a date at the Floating Rib. When Jordan finds out that his date is Valerie, she gets angry because she does not want him to hurt Valerie. Then he tells Jordan, that he "won't hurt Valerie like you hurt Thomas and Shawn". Later on, Curtis introduces Valerie to his nephew T.J..
Curtis meets Andre. Later on, when he continues his date with Valerie he asks her if Jordan was bothering her. She tells him no then, she asks if he has a cocaine problem. To, which he replies, "I used to but not anymore". On February 25, he runs into Hayden on the docks.
Eventually he and Valerie start dating and end up having sex but she breaks up him because he lied to her.
After Morgan is killed in a car bombing, Curtis starts working with Drew Cain (aka Jason) to find the killer.
It was also revealed that Curtis and Jordan have a thing for each other and they kiss. The two eventually start dating and she offers him a job at the PCPD, which he turns down to continue working as a PI (and with Drew aka Jason).In November 14, 2018, Curtis asked Nina to become his "best person" in his wedding to Jordan after Drew had to step down so he can deal with his family issues.
In February 2019, Curtis and Jordan go over the serial killer case and how Franco was framed and Jordan said she's going to throw the book at him. Jordan and Franco began working together to draw the killer out of hiding by having Franco plead guilty to the murders, but Jordan was accidentally ran down with a car that Drew was driving after suddenly losing consciousness and going blind. The next day, Drew apologized to Curtis for hitting Jordan but Curtis said that it wasn't his fault and stuff happens.
In March, Franco was finally proven to be innocent as Ryan Chamberlain was revealed to be alive and was exposed as the killer. Curtis sat by Jordan's side who was released from the hospital and put on dialysis because there wasn't a match available for her much-needed kidney transplant since one kidney suffered grade-4 damage and the other suffered a grade-2. When Ryan had been presumed dead in Niagra Falls, Jordan tasked Curtis to investigate in Canada for any proof that Ryan could still be alive but he initially came up empty.
In May, Curtis and Laura Collins worked together to find Ryan in Canada and they found a nurse named April Tremblay murdered. Ryan knocked Curtis out and attacked Laura before tying them up in that cabin which was rigged to blow up, but they escaped alive. Ryan returned to Port Charles eventually before Laura and Curtis and Ava Jerome was planning to kill Ryan since he killed Kiki but Curtis stopped her since Ryan was a kidney match for Jordan. Eventually, Ryan was arrested but Ava stabbed him in the back.
After Ryan recovered, Curtis threatened Ryan into giving his kidney to Jordan but although he initially refused, eventually he said he will in exchange for the charges against him dropped. Curtis did not agree to his deal.
After Jordan got out of the hospital, Curtis sadly dissolved his partnership with Sam at Ashford & McCall since he was going to be Head of Security at Aurora Media. However, he was actually working for Valentin to get information on Jasper Jacks.
On July 31, Curtis found that Drew's office was broken into and when Drew found out, he saw that the flash drive was gone. They deduced that Shiloh stole it but had no idea why. On August 2, Drew and Curtis learned that Shiloh conspired with a Navy SEAL named Charles "Tex" Owen, who was on Drew's team, to sell stolen fuel on the black market and Drew was going to turn them in but got abducted before he could.
Later that day, Drew teamed up with Curtis to track down Shiloh and his accomplice, Dr. Arthur Cabot and they bust down the door at Shiloh's motel room with guns in their hand but found a golden hand with blood on it. Drew told Sonny that there was no sign of Shiloh and they were going to track him down.
Later that evening, Drew told Curtis that the PCPD was hunting down Shiloh and that Commissioner Mac Scorpio alerted authorities across the state. They discussed what Drew could have possibly known that Shiloh was after and Drew knew this was personal since Shiloh literally had his life in his hands. They later went to talk to Lucy Coe about Arthur Cabot and asked if she knew him and she said she didn't but then recognized him on a picture when she said his name was "Stellan Bergman." She then mentioned that the address of the place he rented was 721 Dewitt and then they thanked her and left.
Curtis and Drew bust down the door at 721 Dewitt and Drew attacked Shiloh before freeing Cameron Webber. As Curtis grabbed Shiloh and held him in a chokehold, Drew pulled out his gun, aimed it at Cabot and threatened to kill him if he didn't turn off the memory mapping computer that was implanting Drew's memories into Franco and Cabot explained the process cannot be stopped or reversed but there was a chance it could fail. After the program ended, Curtis and Drew tied Cabot and Shiloh's hands behind their backs before Elizabeth Webber showed up with Detective Harrison Chase who arrested Shiloh first and Cabot next.
The next day, it was revealed that the procedure worked and Franco now believes he is Chief Andrew Cain so they continued to work together to find a way to undo what had been done to Franco. After talking to Elizabeth and Hayden, Drew suggested that they find Andre Maddox so that he can try to undo what Cabot did. On August 21, Drew left town to return Shiloh's stolen money to Afghanistan and Curtis eventually gave Elizabeth a message from Drew about his latest mission.
On August 28, Jax fired Curtis after learning that he was working for Valentin, who had offered to pay him $5 Million Dollars to find Cassandra Pierce and bring her to him.
On September 9, everyone learned that Drew mever made it to Afghanistan and that the plane crashed but there were no signs of survivors. Curtis consoled Sam by saying this was Drew they were talking about and to not count him out yet.
Hayden eventually hired Curtis to help her and Jax find the missing codicil to Mikkos Cassadine's will that could prove that Valentin is not the rightful Cassadine heir. Curtis eventually brought Laura Collins in on the search for the codicil and they looked on the Haunted Star. Eventually, Curtis opened the door to a closet and found Cassandra Pierce in there and she held them at gunpoint. As Cassandra ordered Curtis and Laura to tie themselves up to each other, Curtis disarmed her and tied her up as Laura held her at gunpoint. Realizing she lost the upper hand, Cassandra tried to form an alliance with them to take down Valentin but Laura had her arrested.
On March 17, 2021, Curtis revealed that he bought a nightclub.
- Former cocaine addict [pre-2011]
- Entered the PCPD evidence locker with help from a friend who worked there [Nov 2015]
- Broke into Claudette Beaulieu's room at the Metro Court [Jul 2016]
- Broke into Sonny's office [Oct 27, 2016]
- Took a picture of a confidential file [revealed Nov 2, 2016]
- Threatened to kill Winston Rudge [Dec 14-15, 2016]
- Broke into an Asian Quarter (along with "Jason") [Jan 9, 2017]
- Broke into the tomb that Olivia Jerome was supposedly laid to rest in (along with "Jason") [Feb 24, 2017]
- Punched Jared Preston, Jr. [Aug 16, 2017]
- Fought with Dr. Andre Maddox [Nov 29, 2017]
- Arrested for breaking and entering [Mar 1, 2018]
- Break and entering; broke into Wyndemere (along with Sam) [Jun 13, 2018]
- Briefly held Ryan Chamberlain at gunpoint to stop him from picking up a knife [May 24, 2019]
- Assaulted and threatened Ryan [May 31, 2019]
- Conspired with Kevin Collins, Hamilton Finn, Franco Baldwin, Elizabeth Webber, and Valerie Spencer to steal Ryan's kidney and donate it to Jordan Ashford [revealed Jun 12, 2019]
- Held Shiloh in a chokehold so he would not escape custody [Aug 9, 2019]
- Assaulted, disarmed, and tied the hands of Cassandra Pierce in defense of himself and Laura [Sep 17, 2019]
- Engaged in a gun battle with Walker, Jenkins, and Cyrus' men [Feb 28, 2020]
- Shot a gun out of Walker's hand in defense of Marcus Taggert [Feb 28, 2020]
- Threatened Cyrus [Aug 11, 2020]
- Pretended to be a doctor to get Laura Collins (who'd faked a mental illness) falsely admitted into the Mountain Landing Long Term Care facility [Dec 2020]
- Assaulted a gym patron [Jan 26, 2021]
- Got into a scuffle with the intruder who killed Roger Barstow and punched him in the face, knocking him unconscious [Sep 8, 2021]
- Assaulted Joey Novak in defense of Carly Corinthos [Nov 3, 2021]
- Assaulted Linc Brown [Nov 12, 2021]
Health and Vitals
- Recovering drug (cocaine) addict 
- Shot in the chest [prior to his 2015 arrival; revealed Jun 15, 2016]
- Thrown from "Jason Morgan"'s back and punched when he tried to stop a fight between "Jason" and Nikolas [Apr 6, 2016]
- Was trapped in building set on fire by Winston Rudge (along with "Jason") but got out with minor smoke inhalation [Jan 9-10, 2017]
- Voluntarily got in an elevator with "Jason", while he ("Jason") was on a pressure plate (land mine) [Mar 10-13, 2017]
- Suffered a leg injury following the earthquake and had to be taken to the hospital [Mar 5, 2018]
- Knocked out by Ryan Chamberlain [May 15, 2019]
- Held hostage by Ryan in a cabin rigged with explosives (along with Laura) [May 15-17, 2019; revealed May 17, 2019; they escaped]
- Jumped into cold water to save Liesl Obrecht (along with Jax) [Jul 9, 2019]
- Stalked by Cassandra Pierce (along with Laura) [Sep 13-17, 2019; revealed Sep 17, 2019]
- Held hostage at gunpoint by Cassandra (along with Laura) and was ordered to tie himself to her [Sep 17, 2019]
- Had a gunshot fired in his direction by Cassandra as he went to disarm her [Sep 17, 2019]
- Engaged in a gun battle with Walker, Jenkins and Cyrus Renault's men [Feb 28, 2020]
- Donated blood [Mar 10, 2020]
- Shot in the stomach by Cyrus [Jun 4, 2021]
- Stalked by his own father, Marshall Ashford [revealed Oct 18-Nov 15, 2021]
- Stated on August 2, 2018. VP of Field Operations from UMHI.
- Jordan showed up at Curtis' door saying Happy Birthday, baby and brought him a present.
- Curtis' father left a 1985 family photo that Curtis remembers. Curtis was 3 when his father supposedly died.
- Stated August 3, 2018.
- Last name revealed on June 22, 2017.
- Stated on Feb 15, 2016 http://tvmegasite.net/day/gh/transcripts/gh-trans-02-15-16.shtml... Curtis: "My man. Can I get some more of those? Curtis Ashford. But I'm sure you already know that."
- Stella calls him by his full name on 6/9
- NEW CONTRACT PLAYER FOR GH. American Media, Inc.. Retrieved on December 5, 2015.
- GH Castings News: New Contract Character on Hand to Help Hayden. Retrieved on December 5, 2015.
- Donnell Turner Checks In To General Hospital As New Mystery Man!. Retrieved on December 5, 2015.