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Howard "Howie" Dawson was a fictional character from the ABC daytime drama General Hospital.

He was portrayed by Ray Girardin from 1968 to 1974.

Storylines

Howie Dawson was a hospital administrator at GH where he met nurse Jane Harland. Later Howie had a brief affair with Denise Wilton who later worked at the hospital.

When Jane got pregnant, Howie had an accident while driving and Jane miscarried. The couple got married in 1969 and Howie’s mother, Mrs. Dawson, lived with the couple. She made problems by excusing Howie’s irresponsible behavior since she had babied him as a child.

During their marriage, Howie had multiple affairs and he ended up separating with Jane. At this time, Howie cheated on Jane with student nurse Beverly Cleveland. Jane took Howie back after the affair was over. The couple would constantly separate when Howie had affairs.

As Howie’s mother caused stress in their marriage, Howie had an affair with Carol, Jane’s cousin, but he got back with Jane after their baby was born. When Jane wanted another child, Howie felt pressured and had an affair with Augusta McLeod.

Howie didn’t want to be responsible for children so he had a vasectomy without letting Jane know. They argued about Jane wanting to adopt a baby and Howie ended up moving into a hotel. Howie later apologized and had a successful procedure done to reverse the vasectomy. Jane eventually adopted a girl named Joanne.

After he was promoted to assistant to hospital administrator, Howie asked Jane to move back home. Jane was suspicious that he only asked because it would look good for his job to have a stable marriage but she took him back anyway. The vasectomy was still on Jane’s mind and caused sexual difficulties for the couple.

In 1972, Howie began an affair with Brooke Bentley. When Jane told Howie she wanted a whole marriage or none at all, Howie decided to leave Brooke after he took her out to one last dinner. But when he dropped her at home, she was murdered by her other boyfriend and ex-boss Burt Douglas. Howie was the main suspect in the murder case, but was exonerated when he recalled seeing Burt that night.

In 1974, Jane had had enough of Howie’s affairs and finally divorced him. Howie left for a job in New York City. Not long after he left, Joanne died of a heart ailment and Howie returned for his child’s funeral.

Crimes Committed

  • Multiple affairs while married [1969-73]
  • Accused of murdering Brooke Bentley; exonerated [1973]

Health and Vitals

  • Had a vasectomy; later had a surgery to reverse the procedure [1970s]
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