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Dr. Matthew "Matt" Randall Hunter, MD[1] is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. He is the son of Dr. Noah Drake and his late mistress, Donna Hunter.

He was portrayed by Jason Cook from June 2008-12.


It was first announced in May, 2008, that Jason Cook, known for his seven-year portrayal of Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of Our Lives, would appear on General Hospital in early June.[2]

Although, his premiere date was pushed back, until June 26, 2008. There was originally some speculation that Cook would portray Steven Webber.[3]

These rumors turned out to be false, as Cook played a new character, Dr. Matt Hunter. Cook was originally slated to appear just for a guest appearance,[4] but the role was expanded.

There was also speculation that Cook would be paired with Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones), his former Days of Our Lives co-star, because of their Shawn Brady and Belle Black on the rival series.

In 2012, it was announced that Cook would exit the series, because of several upcoming projects.[5][6][7]

Cook said of his decision to leave the series,

"I was going to have to take several months off the show for all these other things I'm working on, so I am stepping away for the time being, [t]here is no talk about me coming back."[8]

He made his last appearance on June 11, 2012.


Matt was conceived during an affair that Noah had with a woman named Donna Hunter while he was still married to Patrick's mother, Mattie.

He was married to Maxie Jones from May 2012 until their divorce in October 2012.

Through Patrick, he gained Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake as a sister-in-law.


Matt with his father, Noah and his brother, Patrick

Matt arrived in Port Charles as a resident doctor at General Hospital under a fellowship sponsored by Nikolas Cassadine. He was initially suspected by nurse Nadine Crowell of being involved in a counterfeit drug ring, but later teams up with her to uncover the real criminals. During the course of the investigation, he is trapped in a fire and is hospitalized, where he is visited by Noah Drake. Their conversation is overheard by Patrick Drake, Noah's son, who is shocked to discover that Noah is Matt's father as well. Patrick works on developing a relationship with him, and convinces Matt to be his best man at his wedding to Robin Scorpio. With Robin's help the brothers succeed in bonding, even though they remain very competitive especially in the operating room.

This has led Matt into some predicaments: he was poisoned as a result of operating on a man that no one knew was transporting poison capsules in his stomach; and he was sued for malpractice after the mayor's mistress died during "routine surgery". Patrick and Robin were able to prove his innocence in the latter case by proving the death was actually a homicide, and with the help of Andrea Floyd, the mayor's wife, the malpractice suit was dropped.

Matt attempts to flirt with Maxie

Matt is currently still single despite his numerous attempts at flirting with various young women, most notably Maxie Jones. In December 2009, he briefly dated Lisa Niles. Maxie and Matt parted ways in early February due to irreconcilable differences, but got back together in 2011. During all of this, Matt and Patrick's ex Lisa tries to ruin Patrick and Robin's life by doing horrible things including tempting to kill Robin, and kidnapping Emma. This leads to Lisa taking Maxie, Spinelli, Robin, Patrick, and Steve hostage and shooting Spinelli. She is then stabbed with chemicals by Patrick and falls in a coma. She wakes up in October to terrorize Robin and Patrick, as well as their family and friends. During all this Matt has a party on a boat and since Maxie won't come, he invites Nurse Elizabeth Webber, who he kisses while being very drunk.

During this a very drunk Matt kills Lisa while Maxie, who sneaked on the boat, sees and keeps quiet, while Matt doesn't remember. When Maxie finds out Matt kissed Liz, she gets very mad and tells chief-of-staff at GH, Monica Quartermaine, that Liz has been stealing drugs at GH. Elizabeth is fired and Matt breaks up with Maxie. In-order to get Matt back, Maxie tells Monica she lied and wins Matt back.

Matt with his niece, Emma

In Febuary 2012, Robin supposedly dies in a fire at GH leaving Maxie heartbroken. Maxie feeling depressed tells police she killed Lisa and Robin and goes to jail for 20 years. Spinelli then discovers Matt killed Lisa, but keeps quiet for Maxie. Spinelli kept quiet but never gave up on trying to find a way to free Maxie. He managed to doctor the photo of Matt killing Lisa enough so that it would free Maxie but not incriminate Matt. However things did not go as planned and Spinelli reveals that it was Matt and not Maxie who killed Lisa in a last ditch effort to save her. It works and Maxie is released but now Matt faced the murder charges.

Maxie announces that she and Matt are married

Maxie did not want Patrick and Emma to lose anymore of their family and she did not want to lose Matt so they decided to marry so that Maxie wouldn't be forced to give her incriminating testimony against him. Maxie was the only witness to Matt killing Lisa and her testimony surely would have put him away for a long time.

Matt remembers killing Lisa (2012)

Matt and Maxie marry and Matt goes free. However on their rather uneventful wedding night, Matt drops a bottle opener and as he bends down to pick it up, he remembers the night he killed Lisa with a similar tool, a wrench. Knowing that he would not be able to live with that over his head, he made plans to turn himself in.

Matt says goodbye to Patrick

He went to the PCPD and confessed to Dante Falconeri, then he was given time to say goodbye to Patrick, Emma and Maxie before he was taken to Pentonville to serve a 5 year sentence for Lisa's murder. At The Floating Rib, Matt says his goodbyes to Mac, Felicia, and an emotional Maxie, who he intends to annul his marriage to (although Maxie refuses) before heading off to begin serving his sentence.

In October, it is revealed that Maxie had asked him for a divorce, which he agreed to, and Maxie confirms later that they're divorced.

As of June 2017, Matt could be out of prison.

Crimes Committed

  • Bought fake meds, switched them with the real ones, and re-sold the true drugs [2008]
  • Punched Spinelli [Jun 15, 2009]
  • Punched Johnny Zacchara [Jun 15, 2009]
  • Breaking and entering; broke into Johnny Zacchara's apartment (along with Maxie) [Mar 2011]
  • Replaced medication stolen from the hospital by Elizabeth Webber so that she would not be caught [Jul 2011]
  • Killed Dr. Lisa Niles; bludgeoned her with a wrench while intoxicated on a boat (sentenced to 5 years in prison in Jun 2012; presumably released in Jun 2017) [Oct 2011; revealed May 6, 2012]
  • Got into a fight with Spinelli [Mar 28, 2012]
  • Fraud; married Maxie Jones to avoid her having to testify against him [May 29, 2012]

Health and Vitals

  • Slapped by Maxie Jones [Aug 26, 2008]
  • Assaulted by Jerry Jacks [Sept 2008]
  • Extensive second degree burns and smoke inhalation after he was caught in a fire at the Emily Bowen-Quartermaine Memorial Clinic [Sep 2008]
  • Exposed to a deadly bio-toxin during surgery [Feb 2009]
  • Slapped by Maxie [Apr 6, 2009]
  • Beat up by Johnny Zacchara [Jun 15-16, 2009]
  • Slapped by Andrea Floyd [Jun 24, 2009]
  • Rendered unconscious in a bus crash [Jan 2011]
  • Broke his arm in the bus crash (suffered a few minor injuries as well) [Jan 2011]
  • Slapped by Maxie [May 11, 2011]
  • Hurt his hand during a fight with Spinelli [Mar 28, 2012]

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