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Ethan Lovett
Ethan Lovett NP
General Hospital
Portrayed by Nathan Parsons
Duration 2009-13, 2015, 2020
First appearance January 30, 2009
Last appearance September 25, 2020
Cause/reason Left for Antigua
Created by Robert Guza, Jr.
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps (2009)
Frank Valentini (2013)
Alias(es) Ethan Spencer
Nickname(s) Dodge, Dodger (by Luke)
Ethnicity Australian-American
Gender Male
Born September 22, 1987
Age 33
Occupation Con artist

Ethan Lovett is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. He is the son of Luke Spencer and Holly Sutton, which was established on May 29, 2009.[3]

He was conceived during an affair that Luke had with Holly while married to Laura Spencer.

He was portrayed by actor Nathan Parsons from January 30, 2009 to March 7, 2012, with brief stints from April 2-3, 2013 and July 2-3, 2015.

Parsons made a three-episode return from September 17-25, 2020.


In 2008, General Hospital put out a casting call for an actor to play "Dante Falconeri," (eventually portrayed by Dominic Zamprogna) the son of characters Sonny Corinthos and Olivia Falconeri.[4][5] Parsons auditioned for the role and was called back twice after the audition, but the show did not cast him as Dante.[6]

"They said they weren't going to give me the part I auditioned for, but they wanted me on the show, so they were going to write me in," Parsons said.[7]

The writers created the character Ethan Lovett specifically for the actor.[8]

"It's cool, because it gives me a completely clean slate for this character," he said. "Since it was written for me, I can play with it and make Ethan whoever I want him to be.[9] He debuted on January 30, 2009.

The character's debut story centered around the mystery of who his parents were. Headwriter Robert Guza, Jr. hinted that Ethan would connect Luke Spencer's family to another family with whom they were once affiliated.

The writers tied Ethan to established characters Luke Spencer, Holly Sutton, and Robert Scorpio, who made household names during General Hospital's 1980s peak,[10] with the question of whether or not he is Holly's son with one of the two men.[11][12][13] His last appearance was on March 7, 2012.

He returned for brief stints on April 2-3, 2013[14] and July 2-3, 2015.[15]

On September 1, 2020, announced that Parsons will be returning as Ethan Lovett for a short run.[16] He made his first appearance on September 17, 2020.



Ethan's parents, Luke and Holly

The character of "charismatic drifter/grifter" Ethan was initially a recurring role, but Parsons was soon put on contract with the series. In March 2009 Soaps In Depth magazine credited Parsons with "taking the show by storm" and dubbed Ethan "one of daytime's most riveting young characters."[17]

Controversy surrounded the actor and the character when it was revealed that Ethan was a product of an affair between Luke Spencer and Holly Sutton.

"I was tremendously disliked for that! [Laughs] I was a dagger in the heart of all the Luke and Laura fans! They didn't want to believe Luke done such a thing during his legendary romance with Laura. And I don't blame them. It wasn't my fault, but I took a lot of heat."[18]



Ethan, Luke, and Tracy await the results of the paternity test.

Ethan is introduced in January 2009 attempting to burglarize the Haunted Star Casino. Owner Luke Spencer catches him, and the two become acquainted;[14] the Australian Ethan explains that he knows thief and con artist Holly Sutton, a former flame of Luke's, and had actually come to town seeking Luke. Ethan reveals that he had never known his biological parents, and that his adoptive parents had died when he was 15; he had subsequently run off, and met Holly in his travels. Ethan secretly carries a photo of Luke and his longtime friend Robert Scorpio, who had been married to Holly. Luke and his wife Tracy Quartermaine suspect that Holly is in fact Ethan's mother, and that Luke may then be his father. A DNA test on May 7, 2009 confirms that Luke and Ethan are not father and son, but Luke suspects that Tracy may have altered the paternity test. Holly returns, confirming that she is Ethan's mother and initially revealing that Robert is his father on May 22, 2009.[19] After Robert's daughter Robin tells Ethan that Robert was in Port Charles and not with Holly when Ethan would have been conceived,[20] Holly confesses to Luke on May 29, 2009 that Ethan is in fact his son.[3] On June 5, 2009, Ethan is revealed to be conspiring and romantically involved with Rebecca Shaw, a newly-arrived lookalike of the deceased Emily Quartermaine.[21]


Ethan and his sister, Lulu

In October 2009, Ethan begins a flirtatious relationship with mob boss Sonny Corinthos's seventeen year-old daughter, Kristina Corinthos-Davis. Johnny Zacchara later approaches him in an attempt to ruin Sonny's life for killing his sister Claudia Zacchara. In March 2010, Ethan rebuffs Kristina's sexual advances. After Kristina is beaten by her boyfriend Kiefer Bauer, Kristina shifts the blame to Ethan, making him a target for Sonny. Ethan is then harassed by Kristina's father Sonny Corinthos, mother Alexis Davis and sister Sam McCall, and ostracized by most of the city; Ethan is only stopped from leaving town at this point by Luke's insistence that he wait for Lucky and Dante to investigate Kristina's story. Around this time, Ethan is hired by Johnny as a mob lieutenant for the Zacchara organization, which Luke and Lucky are not proud of. Eventually, however, Kiefer is outed as the one who attacked Kristina, and Ethan is cleared of all charges and given a clean slate.


Maya Ward and Ethan after their Vegas wedding

In November 2010, Luke pleads with Tracy to remarry him after she discovers their marriage was a scam. She tells him she will only marry him if they get pre-nup. Instead, Luke asks if they can go to Las Vegas, planning on getting her drunk and marrying her. She agrees but says that Ethan and Maya must come along as chaperones. While in Vegas, Luke dares Tracy to keep up with him on the alcohol, but Ethan and Maya snatch some of the drinks from them, guzzling them in the process. They call Reverend Grace to marry Luke and Tracy, but through a mix-up, Maya and Ethan get married instead. They plan on getting an annulment, but while Luke and Tracy are out looking for a lawyer, the newlyweds consummate their marriage. The lawyer explains that if they were drunk when they got married, they can still go through with the annulment, but they decide not to. The four return to the Quartermaine mansion and Edward offers the couple one million dollars to stay married for one year. Ethan immediately agrees but Maya is hesitant. He eventually persuades her, saying that she will have more than enough money to pay off her student loans and to help her sister Zoe.

Ethan and Maya's marriage begins to turn real as they get to know one another, but when Maya has to go out of town on a business trip, the relationship starts to deteriorate just as quickly as it grew. Ethan decides to go visit Maya in Philadelphia, PA, because she had been out of town on business for weeks. However when he arrives he finds Maya in bed with another man. Maya admits that she had been lying to him for awhile and had no plans to return to Port Charles. They thanked each other for the time that they shared and parted amicably as friends. Ethan later flew down to the Dominican Republic to obtain a divorce.


Ethan and Kristina fly to the Dominican Republic.

After Ethan and Maya's divorce, Kristina sets her sights back on Ethan and even accompanies him down to the Dominican Republic to get a divorce. However, Kristina's parents continue to disapprove of Kristina's crush on Ethan. They even misinterpret Kristina and Ethan's trip to the Dominican and rush down there to stop them, believing that they took the trip to get married instead of for Ethan's divorce. Kristina's father, Sonny continually warns Ethan to stay away from Kristina and threatens his life on numerous occasions, but Ethan remains defiant and maintains that he and Kristina can be friends if they want. His actions were noble but did nothing to stop Kristina's crush on him.

Kristina later invites Ethan to the Lakehouse under the guise of planning a trip abroad for a college class. She creates a romantic setting, flirts with him and, ultimately ends the night with kissing him. Still, Ethan resisted her advances, maintaining that their age difference was too much and her crush was just a phase. Not phased by Ethan's protestations, she continues to pursue him, much to the annoyance of Ethan. Kristina manages to manufacture situations to purposefully run into him, however, one night when she was really in danger and being accosted by mobster Anthony Zacchara, she is saved by Ethan, which only makes her crush on him grow. Desperate to find a way to get Kristina to back off, Ethan begins plotting with Michael Corinthos and Abby Haver to find a way to get Kristina interested in people her own age. Their plan involved Ethan feigning interest in Abby in order to get Kristina to back off. Kristina however, was not and continued to make excuses to see Ethan.


Ethan and his brother, Lucky

Ethan eventually erupts and verbally lays into Kristina about her skewed perceptions of the two of them together and the impossible position she had put him in with her father Sonny and Anthony Zacchara. Kristina, while taken aback, is nonetheless determined to prove that Ethan does in fact, care about her. She would go so far as to approach Johnny Zacchara, Ethan's employer, with the request that he fire Ethan in an attempt to get him out of harm's way. Shortly thereafter, Sonny and Alexis pull some strings to get Kristina into Yale. At Kristina's going away party, Ethan and Kristina share a goodbye and Ethan encourages Kristina to give her new life and the guys at Yale a chance.

Ethan becomes interested in a portrait at Wyndemere of Lucky and Lulu's mother Laura Spencer that he found in Wyndemere castle. One day while he is at Wyndemere examining the portrait he is knocked unconscious by Helena Cassadine. He awakens to Helena with a knife and they speak briefly, before she leaves her knife with him and makes her departure. She warns Ethan that Wyndemere is haunted and that he should stay away from Spoon Island, which only served to further intrigue him. Ethan leaves with Laura's portrait to get it repaired. Later, before returning the portrait, he takes it by Lucky's, who also warns him to stay away from Wyndemere and Spoon Island. But Ethan keeps returning and finding mysterious objects, as well as secret passageways. He even starts to talk with Laura's portrait as if it was real. He soon realizes that he is not alone and discovers a young woman named "Cassandra" who was living in Wyndemere with him. At first Cassandra would not speak to him but overtime Ethan got her to open up. They began talking more and soon became lovers. Ethan later finds out that Cassandra suffered from memory loss and was being treated by Dr. Ewen Keenan. After spending a couple months together Ethan and Cassandra make plans to run away together, however their plans are stopped by Helena Cassadine.


Ethan and Irina on New Years Eve

Helena takes Luke and Ethan captive and reveals that "Cassandra" was actually Irina Cassadine, her secret daughter that she had kept captive on her island in Greece. Irina had not suffered from memory loss but instead was ordered by Helena to make Ethan fall in love with her and then kill him. However, Irina's feelings for Ethan were real and she had actually fallen for him. Helena ordered Irina to shoot Ethan for revenge because he is Luke's son and Luke was the one who killed her beloved sons, Stavros and Stefan. Irina instead turned the gun on her mother, Helena. The gun however was empty and the exercise a test of Irina's loyalty. Since she failed, Helena had her evil henchmen kill Irina right in front of Ethan. She died in a heartbroken Ethan's arms. Helena then orders Ethan to be killed but she is stopped when Ethan's mother Holly Sutton runs in the room and tells her that killing Ethan would gain her nothing because Ethan was really Robert Scorpio's son. Helena does not believe her at first, but runs a DNA test on Ethan and Luke and leaves them for the time being until the results are final. When Helena is gone, Holly reveals that she had lied to save Ethan and that Luke really is Ethan's father.

Later Luke finds Robert Scorpio devastated over the death of his daughter Robin, about to jump off a bridge. In an effort to save his best friend and give him a purpose to continue living, Luke lies to Robert by telling him that Ethan is Robert's son, not his. Luke also tells him that Helena has taken Ethan captive and he needs to be rescued immediately. Shortly after, at Luke's request, Ethan decides to leave town and "disappear for awhile" to keep the lie believable for Robert's sake. Luke convinces Holly to go along with the plan, by telling her that with Ethan out of town, he would be free from Helena's grasp. Reluctantly all three of them agree that Ethan leaving is the best solution even though Holly still had some hesitations. On March 7th, Ethan says goodbye to his parents and leaves through the library's secret passageway that leads to the underground tunnels of Spoon Island. Then Robert and Holly quickly leave town in pursuit of "their" son, Ethan, and his supposed captor, Helena.


Ethan returns

Luke Spencer and Laura Spencer arrive in the state room of The Haunted Star trying to find their daughter Lulu Spencer who they believe has been kidnapped by Helena. They find a masked person who is revealed to be not Lulu, but Ethan. After greeting them, Ethan explains that he had been staying at Lucky's flat in Dublin, when Helena showed up, intending to capture Lucky-who is in Africa- and kidnapping Ethan instead. During this conversation, Luke, Laura, and Ethan are locked in the room.


Ethan finally meets Laura


Ethan and Luke

Helena later decides that Laura must shoot either Ethan or Luke (both reminders of her husband's affair) in return for her own life, and information on Lulu's whereabouts, but Laura refuses to do so, and passes the gun to Luke. Ethan and Laura shield each other from the ensuing shootout, which results in the deaths of Helena and her guards. Luke becomes worried that the gunfire triggered an alarm for Cassadine reinforcements, and urges a reluctant Ethan to act as a decoy. Ethan agrees and leaves.

On January 30, 2014, Robert Scorpio tells Anna that he is leaving Port Charles to help Holly Sutton get Ethan out of some trouble.


Ethan and Holly


Ethan and Lulu

On June 29, 2015, it is revealed by Holly that Ethan has been kidnapped. On July 2, Luke arrives in a Vancouver warehouse to find that Ethan was forced to put his foot on a pressure bomb and if he moved, the bomb would detonate. Luke manages to disable the bomb and rescue Ethan, but the guards walk in and hold the two hostage at gunpoint alongside Laura, Holly, Lulu, and Dillon. The kidnapper is revealed to be a not so dead Frank Smith, who has a grudge against Luke (and Laura). Frank threatens to shoot someone and Ethan ends up with a bullet in his arm. Afterwards, everyone but Luke and Laura are let go and Holly takes Ethan to the hospital as Luke kills Frank to save his loved ones.

On September 17, 2020, Ethan made an appearance at the Le Lucien Casino in Monte Carlo. He first encountered Olivia Quartermaine at the blackjack table and told her that he was following up on a lead on his mom. When Robert arrived, he punched him to create a diversion. The guards at the casino tied them both up and left them in a back room. They were able to break free but were then held at gunpoint by Winston Rudge and his men. After Robert, Olivia, and Ethan were on the plane home, Ethan turned down an offer to come to Port Charles. He said he had a date in Antigua.

Crimes Committed

  • Tried to rob the Haunted Star [Jan 30, 2009]
  • Ran a con on the Quartermaines and Nikolas Cassadine (along with Rebecca Shaw) [Jan-Aug 2009]
  • Punched his brother, Lucky [June 2, 2009]
  • Beat up Dante Falconeri (along with his brother, Lucky) because he was talking to their sister, Lulu [Jul 31-Aug 3, 2009]
  • Incarcerated with Luke for assaulting Sheriff Roger Dault [Feb 2009]
  • Manhandled Kristina Corinthos-Davis (grabbed her arm and left bruises) [Mar 12, 2010]
  • Planted diamonds in the safe in Jax's room at the Metro Court (along with Luke) [Mar 15, 2011]
  • Drugged Luke and dragged him to an intervention [Apr 2011]
  • Punched Robert Scorpio [Sep 17, 2020]
  • Assaulted and disabled one of Winston Rudge's henchmen who was holding him in place on Rudge's orders [Sep 18, 2020]
  • Assaulted Rudge while demanding to know where his mom is and was almost arrested by the WSB [Sep 18, 2020]

Health and Vitals

  • Had a knife held on him by Helena Cassadine [Apr 2009]
  • Falsely accused and arrested for beating Kristina Corinthos-Davis [Mar 15-Apr 5, 2010]
  • Kicked repeatedly by Sam, who falsely believed he beat up Kristina [2010] [22]
  • Threatened many times by Sonny Corinthos [Mar-Apr 2010]
  • Almost killed by Jason Morgan multiple times under the orders of Sonny Corinthos [Mar-Apr 2010]
  • Falsely accused and arrested for the hit-and-run death of Kiefer Bauer; charges dropped after Alexis Davis confessed [Apr 7, 2010; charges dropped on Apr 12, 2020]
  • Beaten up in a holding cell at the PCPD [Apr 2010]
  • Shot in the neck by an unstable Warren Bauer [Jul 23, 2010]
  • Beat up while playing poker [Jan 2011]
  • Beat up when a con went wrong [Sep 2011]
  • Knocked unconscious by Helena Cassadine while exploring Wyndemere [Sep 2011]
  • Held at gunpoint and threatened by Helena [Feb 2012]
  • Knocked out by Helena's men [Mar-Apr 2013; revealed on Apr 2, 2013]
  • Kidnapped and held captive by Helena [revealed Apr 2-3, 2013]
  • Held at gunpoint by Laura Spencer under Helena's orders and almost killed [Apr 3, 2013]
  • Kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint (along with Lucky) in Vancouver, Canada by Frank Smith and his men (Ethan was rescued on Jul 3, 2015 while Lucky's escape was revealed on Jul 2, 2015) [revealed Jun 29, 2015]
  • Was forced at gunpoint to stand on a pressure plate (land mine) (Luke disabled the bomb) [revealed Jul 2, 2015][23]
  • Held hostage at gunpoint (along with Luke, Holly, Laura, Lulu, and Dillon) by Frank Smith and his men [Jul 2-3, 2015]
  • Shot in the arm by Frank [Jul 3, 2015]
  • Tied up and held hostage at gunpoint by Winston Rudge and his men (along with Robert Scorpio) [Sep 17-18, 2020]

Family tree


See also


  1. They kissed before they knew they were brother and sister.
  2. They pretended to date to try to get Kristina to stop pursuing Ethan (Michael was in on it and Kristina eventually found out about the whole thing).
  3. 3.0 3.1 General Hospital recap (5/29/09) -
  4. "Who is Ethan?". Soaps in Depth. February 9, 2009. p. 12.
  5. "SID 06/01/09"
  6. "SID 06/01/09"
  7. "SID 06/01/09"
  8. "Parsons SOD 34-22"
  9. "SID 06/01/09"
  10. The Soap Opera Encyclopedia
  11. "SID 02/09/09"
  12. "SID 06/01/09 2"
  13. "SOD 05/12/09"
  14. 14.0 14.1 General Hospital recap (1/30/09) -
  16. "Nathan Parsons Returns to General Hospital as Ethan Lovett in 2020",, Sheknows Media, LLC, September 1, 2020. Retrieved on September 1, 2020. 
  17. "Next Big Thing!", Soaps In Depth, March 23, 2009, p. 88. 
  18. Nathan Parsons Dishes On His Weird New General Hospital Romance — And His Possible Exit.
  19. General Hospital recap (5/22/09) -
  20. General Hospital recap (5/28/09) -
  21. General Hospital recap (6/5/09) -
  23. A very unfriendly gentleman pointed a gun in my face and said, "Stand here." Said if I refused, then they'd shoot me and lay my body on the bomb so that whoever came to rescue me would roll me over and... well, you get the picture.

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