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Frank Benson was a fictional character on the ABC Soap opera General Hospital.

He was portrayed by James Patrick Stuart in a flashback on April 9, 2020.

Background

Frank with adoptive daughters Carly and Nelle

Carly is adopted by Frank Benson and his wife Virginia as Caroline Leigh Benson, in Pensacola, Florida. Frank abandons a three year old Caroline and Virginia shortly after the adoption.

In 1995, Virginia lived with Carly in Jacksonville, Florida. Carly tells Virginia that she got a job at the hospital but turned them down because she doesn’t want to spend her life where she grew up. Carly wants to find Frank and get some of the fourteen years of child payments he owes Virginia. Carly is told to contact a friend of Frank, named Ken Richardson, who might know where Frank is living. Carly finds Frank at the Sunset Gardens apartment in Miami where she first meets him and her adoptive sister Nelle.

Frank’s signature on the check he cashed from Jax

In 2011, Jax was looking for a kidney transplant for his daughter Josslyn with Carly. Frank has been writing to Carly for years asking for money so Jax asked Frank to use his connections and find a kidney. Since Frank insisted, Jax gave Frank a personal check for a million dollars which he assumed that Frank was probably planning to blackmail Jax with later but Jax never heard from Frank again. Frank, along with Nelle’s mother, sold Nelle to a black market clinic where her kidney was removed. Frank claimed that when he received the money for the operation, he would give it to Nelle so she could go to the local fancy prep school. After several weeks, Frank lied to Nelle and claimed that Carly never paid him for her kidney. It was later revealed that Frank gambled away the money.

A letter from Frank to Carly

In 2016, Nelle comes to Port Charles and tells Carly that she saw her article in Crimson Magazine and she believes she is Josslyn’s kidney donor. Nelle has a box of mementos including a silver rattle engraved with the name Caroline and a letter from her father to Carly asking for money.

On February 1, 2017, Nelle tells Michael that today is the anniversary of her father’s death. When Nelle is revealed as Frank’s daughter in March, she explains why she is mad at Carly. Carly tells Nelle that Frank never asked her for money. Nelle shows her scar from where her kidney was removed and she says that Frank and her mother are dead.

On April 9, 2020, Nelle is revealed as Nina’s daughter so she was adopted by Frank.

Crimes Committed

  • Sold Nelle Benson to a black market clinic where her kidney was removed [2011; revealed Aug 9, 2016]
  • Involved in illegal gambling [revealed in 2016]

Health and Vitals

  • Died of unknown causes [Feb 1, between 2012-16; revealed on Feb 1, 2017]
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Benson family

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Frank Benson
Carly Benson
Nelle Benson
(married to Julian Jerome)
(widowed from Hank Archer)
Michael
Corinthos
Morgan
Corinthos
Josslyn
Jacks
Donna
Corinthos
Wiley
Corinthos
Wiley
Corinthos
Sam McCall, Lucas Jones, Leo Quartermaine,
Jonah Corinthos, Andy Nero (Nelle's stepchildren)
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  1. Phyllis and Nina called Nelle’s adoptive mother Frank’s wife on 2/15/21
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