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He was portrayed by Réal Andrews on and off from December 17, 1996 to May 8, 2003.
He was also portrayed by Mathew St. Patrick in 1997.
In 2020, Andrews reprised the role and is on recurring status with the show to this day.
Asante Jones briefly took over the role for two episodes which aired on December 17, 2020 and January 8, 2021. He returned for one more episode on April 12, 2021.
Andrews made a surprise return to GH from August 19 to August 27, 2020 when Taggert was revealed to be alive.
On October 7, 2020, Andrews revealed in his Instagram story that he was back in the General Hospital studio. He returned from October 29 to December 16, 2020.
On November 21, 2020, it was revealed that Andrews would temporarily exit GH and that Taggert would temporarily be recast with actor Asante Jones. Jones made his first appearance on December 17, 2020 and made his last appearance on January 8, 2021.
On January 22, 2021, Soap Opera News reported that Andrews will return to GH as Taggert. Andrews returned on March 24, 2021.
On April 11, 2021, a preview for the April 12 episode showed Asante Jones as Taggert again.
On April 16, 2021, a preview for the April 19 episode showed that Real Andrews has returned as Taggert.
Because of Deke's attention, Marcus turned his life around and became a policeman himself. He was devastated when his mentor was shot down in an alley and determined to get revenge on the alleged murderer, Sonny Corinthos.
In 1996, Marcus moved to Port Charles and got a job on the PCPD. He then took it upon himself to persecute and harass Sonny every chance he got. His vendetta with Sonny has gotten him in trouble on the job on more than one occasion. He even got involved romantically with Sonny's cast-off, Hannah Scott.
Before that, he had a soft spot for Sonny's first wife, Lily Rivera Corinthos, and her death via a bomb meant for Sonny just made Marcus hate Sonny more. Because of his fondness for Lily, Marcus allowed Juan Santiago, Lily's son by Miguel Morez that was given up for adoption, to become his ward.
Then, Marcus' sister Gia turned up in Port Charles. She had been attending Columbia University but decided that wasn't the life for her. She dropped out without her mother's knowledge and took a job as a nanny to a couple who lived in Port Charles.
On January 17, 2020, Marcus returned to town and argued with Sonny over his return. Upon his arrival to the Port Charles Police Department, it's revealed that he was formerly partners with Commissioner Jordan Ashford and he was the mystery person she called and asked to come to town right away. On February 19, 2020, it was revealed that Marcus is the father of Trina Robinson.
On February 26, on the night of the school dance Trina is attending, Trina and Cameron Webber are being transported there by a rideshare driver who is really Walker, one of Cyrus Renault's henchmen, kidnapping them to get Marcus' attention after failing to kill him earlier. Trina and Cameron were being held hostage at gunpoint as Marcus arrives, but Cameron attacks one of the gunmen and flees with Trina as a nasty gun battle ensues.
While Jason Morgan, Curtis Ashford, and Marcus exchange gunfire with Walker and his co-henchmen, one of them shoots Marcus in the stomach. Walker and his men were about to finish him off, but Jason and Curtis saved him and had him transported to the hospital. Meanwhile, Walker and one other henchman escaped since three of their colleagues were killed in battle by Jason and Marcus. Unfortunately, on March 2, Lucas Jones reveals that Marcus has died from a blood clot in the brain due to his gunshot wound. Before he died, Marcus somewhat made peace with his life long enemy Sonny, and thanked him and Jason for saving his daughter.
On March 31, Jordan used a burner phone to contact someone (presumably Taggert) and revealed the plan to get Cyrus out of prison and said that she needed to know that it was okay. The conversation could be a hint that Taggert might still be alive.
On August 19, it was revealed that Taggert is alive and he faked his death in a plot with Jordan, in which he was supposed to stay far away from Port Charles. However, he returned and met Jordan on The Waterfront claiming that he had unfinished business in town. Jordan pulled strings at the bureau to help Taggert fake his death and get a new identity. Epiphany Johnson was roped in on the ruse as she had to slow down his heart enough for everyone to believe he was dead. The plan was for Jordan to work on collecting more evidence to take Cyrus down for real, but he returns to town after seeing Jordan's press conference where she seemingly praises Cyrus. He makes up his mind to go after Cyrus himself, however, Jordan convinces him to let it go and return to witness protection.
On August 24, Taggert found Julian Jerome trying to kill Nelle Benson on The Waterfront, so he attacked Julian in her defense, but ended up getting shot in the shoulder during the ensuing struggle. After Nelle escaped and Julian left, Jason found Taggert lying on the ground bleeding.
Jason got Taggert to a safe house and called Epiphany over so that she could treat Taggert's gunshot wound. Thankfully he required no surgery as it was a clean wound. Jason figured that Epiphany knew Taggert was alive, but she said it was her business, not his. Later on, Sonny showed up and was surprised to see Taggert alive, and when Taggert woke up, Sonny asked him how he's alive and why he came back. Taggert explained how Jordan helped him fake his death and he wanted to protect Trina. He hates the fact that she's grieving but he knows it's for the best. Sonny and Jason suggested that Taggert could eliminate Cyrus but Taggert knows if he did then he would have to go underground forever and would never see his daughter again. Taggert wanted Sonny to eliminate Cyrus and to take care of Trina and Sonny promised that he would. Eventually, Taggert left and walked outside of Kelly's to find Trina in there with her mom Portia Robinson. After seeing Trina one last time while wearing a hoodie to keep his face hidden, Taggert left Port Charles again.
On Halloween (shown on October 29), a mysterious man dressed as Darth Vader began watching Trina and her friends, Josslyn Jacks, Dev Cerci, and Cameron Webber when they were at Charlie's Pub. They were there for a little while to talk about how to restore Taggert's reputation,
and Trina eventually got some pictures with Darth Vader. After the four teens left, Darth Vader picked up a phone, looked at a picture of Trina and her mom and then saw a picture with Trina and her dad. Julian saw this and told him that the phone didn't belong to him. Darth Vader didn't want any trouble and Julian wanted to make sure Trina got her phone back. Julian told Darth Vader to leave before he called the police and eventually they fought briefly. When Julian managed to take Darth Vader's mask off, he was stunned to see that it was Taggert. Julian recognized Taggert as the man who jumped him on the pier when Julian tried to stop Nelle from kidnapping Wiley Quartermaine-Corinthos, but Taggert claimed that Julian has the wrong guy. Julian went along with it and claimed it was his mistake before he offered him a drink, but Taggert ran out of the pub.
On November 6, Sonny snuck Taggert into his house and poured each of them a drink. Taggert told Sonny that he never thought he would be Sonny's neighbor or that Sonny would be protecting him and Sonny said that he was not protecting him, he was protecting Trina. Taggert appreciated that and offered his condolences to Sonny about losing his father, Mike Corbin. Afterwards, Taggert asked Sonny how was it that he had a spare mansion next door and Sonny revealed that he bought it so that "candy-boy" Jax wouldn't move in. Taggert thought it made sense given Sonny and Jax's history and Sonny agreed before revealing that it's been standing empty since the last owner died. Sonny revealed that the house belonged to his ex-fiance Connie/Kate before she was murdered. Taggert was sorry to hear that and asked if they got her killer. Sonny said it was a little more complicated than that before saying that it felt like her murder just happened yesterday after all these years. Taggert seemed impressed since he believed Sonny forgave her killer, Ava Jerome and didn't know if he could forgive a woman for murdering his fiance. Sonny said that he hasn't forgiven Ava but he does have an understanding with her because they share a daughter together named Avery Jerome-Corinthos and Sonny would do anything for his kids. Taggert agreed with Sonny about doing anything for their children. Sonny eventually revealed that he would have to tell Carly that Taggert is alive but Taggert felt like it was a bad idea since the list of people who know he's alive is too long already. Sonny knew that he was talking about Epiphany and Jordan but was surprised to hear that the bartender at Charlie's spotted him. Taggert explained that they had met before and that the bartender was the guy on the pier who was going to shoot Nelle on the pier when Taggert stopped him but got shot in the process. When Sonny asked where the bartender worked, Taggert revealed that he worked at Charlie's and that he acted like he ran the place. Sonny realized that Taggert was talking about Julian before pulling up a picture of Nelle and asking Taggert if he recognized her. When Taggert said he did, Sonny called Jason and had him go find Julian before telling Taggert he had to go since Sonny would be "having guests" over. Taggert swore to Sonny that it was not his intention to be spotted and that he just wanted to see his daughter. Sonny understood and even suggested it was better in the long run since a lot of pieces of a puzzle were coming together.
Taggert made his way to the gym that Sonny owns and when he got there, Sonny pointed a gun at him thinking he was an intruder. Sonny put the gun down and asked Taggert why he came back and Taggert said he heard about Neil Byrne OD'ing and wondered when he and Jordan would put an end to Cyrus and his operation. Sonny told Taggert that it would take some time and that he couldn't just say "Abracadabra" and make him disappear. Jason reminded Taggert that the point in playing dead is to protect Trina so that Cyrus doesn't use her as leverage before adding that if someone sees him then Trina will be in more danger than ever. Sonny reminded Taggert that he gave him his word that he would protect Trina. Taggert didn't doubt Sonny's word but said if this escalates into a full-time war then Sonny may not be able to keep his promise. Taggert wanted to stay in Port Charles to keep an eye on Trina so Sonny agreed to let him stay but they would do it on his (Sonny's) terms. Sonny promised to stash him where he and his people can keep an eye on Taggert. Jason told Taggert that they would stash him in Kate Howard's old house since Sonny bought it and it is adjacent to Sonny's house so they can keep an eye on him without alerting the rest of the family. Taggert didn't exactly seemed thrilled that he would be Sonny's neighbor but he agreed to it since he felt like 2020 has been one heck of a ride.
- Harassment of Sonny Corinthos [1996-2003]
- Held Sonny at gunpoint [Apr 7, 1997]
- Shoved A.J. Quartermaine up against a wall at General Hospital [Sep 25, 2000]
- Along with Scott Baldwin, illegally wiretapped Skye Quartermaine [Feb 20, 2003]
- Manufactured evidence with the help of Jordan Ashford, Bob Massicotte, and Mark Simon, and then framed Cyrus Renault for crimes which he was guilty of committing [pre-2010; revealed on Feb 6, 2020, details revealed on Feb 21, 2020; arrested on Dec 17, 2020; released on bail on Mar 29, 2021; the charges were revealed to have been dropped on Jun 16, 2021]
- Assaulted one of Cyrus' men who attacked him [Feb 26, 2020; self-defense]
- Assaulted one of Cyrus' men who kidnapped Cameron Webber and his daughter, Trina Robinson [Feb 28, 2020]
- Engaged in a gun battle with Walker, Jenkins, and Cyrus' men [Feb 28, 2020]
- Shot and killed one of Cyrus' men in defense of Trina [Feb 28, 2020]
- Faked his death with the help of Jordan, Epiphany Johnson, and later Sonny Corinthos and Jason Morgan [Mar 2-Dec 17, 2020; revealed Aug 19, 2020]
- Assaulted Julian Jerome in defense of Nelle Benson [Aug 24, 2020]
- Fought with Julian [Oct 29-30, 2020]
- Impersonated a doctor [Nov 17, 2020]
Health and Vitals
- Experienced a concussion and temporary hearing loss after being caught in an explosion caused by a bomb worn by Sonny Corinthos [Jul 18, 2001]
- Knocked unconscious by falling debris [Jul 18, 2001]
- Slapped by Carly Corinthos [Jul 1, 2002]
- Punched by Luke Spencer [Nov 8, 2002]
- Forced to move out of town by Scott Baldwin [May 8, 2003]
- Attacked and nearly injected with opioids by Walker and Jenkins under the orders of Cyrus Renault [Feb 26, 2020, hospitalized]
- Engaged in a gun battle with Walker, Jenkins, and Cyrus' men [Feb 28, 2020]
- Shot in the stomach by one of Cyrus' men in a failed attempt to get the jump on Walker in a gun battle [Feb 28, 2020]
- Almost got shot and killed by Walker after getting wounded [Feb 28, 2020; saved by Curtis Ashford and Jason Morgan]
- Presumed dead at the hospital after experiencing a blood clot in his brain due to the gunshot wound he suffered [Mar 2, 2020; Taggert was revealed to be alive on Aug 19, 2020]
- Shot in the shoulder by Julian Jerome during a struggle [Aug 24, 2020]
- Had a gun pointed at him by Sonny Corinthos, who thought he was an intruder [Oct 30, 2020]
- Grabbed and thrown into a room by Epiphany Johnson for his own good [Nov 17, 2020]
- Shot at by one of Cyrus' men who wanted to use Trina to draw him out [Dec 16, 2020]
- "Réal Andrews Returns to GH as Marcus Taggert", Soaps.com, SheKnows Media, LLC, January 16, 2020. Retrieved on February 9, 2020.
- "Réal Andrews Confirms GH Exit Following the Death of Marcus Taggert", Soaps.com, March 3, 2020. Retrieved on March 3, 2020.
- "Réal Andrews Returns to General Hospital as Marcus Taggert", Soaps.com, Sheknows Media, LLC, August 19, 2020. Retrieved on August 19, 2020.
- "Réal Andrews Temporarily Exits General Hospital as Marcus Taggert Is Recast With Asante Jones", Soaps.com, Sheknows Media, LLC, November 24, 2020. Retrieved on November 24, 2020.