Peter Harrell, Sr.
David Gautreaux as Peter Harrell Sr.
General Hospital
Portrayed by Judson Scott (1984-85)
David Gautreaux[1] (2014)
Duration 1984-85, 2014
First appearance October 16, 1984
Last appearance September 15, 2014
Cause/reason Died
Created by Anne Howard Bailey
Introduced by Gloria Monty
Frank Valentini (2014)
Namesake(s) Peter Harrell, Jr.
Gender Male
Died September 15, 2014
Crichton-Clark Clinic
Scarsdale, New York
Cause of death Shot in the back by Det. Nathan West in defense of Maxie
Occupation Con artist
Treasure hunter
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Judson Scott as Peter Harrell Sr.

Peter Harrell, Sr. was a fictional character on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. He was the father of the late, Peter Harrell, Jr. and the ex-fiancé of Felicia Cummings. He was portrayed by actor Judson Scott from 1984 to 1985. The character returned to the series on September 12, 2014, portrayed by actor David Gautreaux.


Peter Harrell Sr. debuted on General Hospital in 1984 and was a big part of the 1985 Aztec treasure storyline that involved Frisco and Felicia Jones. Peter arrived in Port Charles as the fiancé of Felicia Cummings. Frisco and Felicia met when Felicia attempted to steal the Aztec treasure from him. The treasure was Felicia's family heirlooms and rightfully belonged to her. Felicia confided in Frisco that she was an Aztec princess and her life was in danger. Frisco agreed to help her and tried to hide her from the public eye. However, many people wanted to get their hands on her and the Aztec ring. The ring, when coupled with a royal scepter was the key to a hidden treasure. Peter was among those who wanted the ring and he was involved with Felicia because he was after her treasure. Frisco and Felicia ran down to Mexico in an attempt to hide the ring and elude their pursuers. Former WSB director, Sean Donely also wanted to get his hands on the treasure. Sean, Robert Scorpio and Luke Spencer decided to search for the treasure themselves, but Peter was already ahead of them. Peter found clues to the treasure's whereabouts on the bottom of a suspended museum statue. Peter was studying the statue just as Robert and Luke arrived. When Peter saw them, he released the suspension holding the statue up, and it dropped, allowing him time to make a run for it. Robert and Luke chased him down and arrested him for the destruction of private property. Peter gets free from jail and locates Luke. Peter and Luke get into a physical confrontation, but Robert saves Luke from being pushed off the church roof. Peter, and his sidekick, a young woman named Cruz, escape Robert and Luke by running into the jungle, where they also search for the fourth clue. However, Cruz double crosses Peter and reports her location to an unseen caller, unaware that Peter had been listening to her conversation and was now angry. The unseen caller turned out to be Sean, who was working with Cruz and Peter to pit them against one another. Thinking he's now done away with Cruz by exposing her, Sean confronts Peter for his double-cross and subterfuge. Sean ordered Peter to lure Felicia back to Mexico. After being assured that the scepter has been found, Felicia leaves for Mexico. In an attempt to get Felicia's ring, Peter gets her drunk and confirms with Sean that they'll rendezvous at the waterfall. On route to the waterfall, Peter orders Felicia to give him her ring. Instead, she flings it into the jungle and runs away, but she is caught by Sean's men. Peter finds the ring and gives it to Sean, who puts it into the scepter. This causes a door to swing open to reveal a staircase. Once inside, Sean slides Felicia's ring into a slot, which slides open to reveal the Aztec treasure. Sean double crosses Peter and locks him in the treasure room, but he manages to escape. Felicia is rescued by Frisco who raced down to Mexico after her. Robert and Luke encounter Sean and Peter on the staircase, and a struggle ensues between all four. Sean attacks Peter and pretends to be on Robert and Luke's side. Sean is wounded, while Peter drops into the waterfall after being shot by the police. He is presumed dead, but his body is never found. Luke was facing murders charges, but was exonerated when the group was able to prove to the police that Peter was the real murderer. With Peter seemingly dead, Sean's deceptive part in trying to steal the treasure stayed a secret. He talked Felicia into returning to Texas and told her that the treasure was just a myth. Peter survived the fall and vowed revenge on Sean for orchestrating the heist. He traveled to Port Charles and made plans to steal the treasure from Sean's warehouse. He is caught in the act and stabbed by Sean's associate, Jack Slater. Peter calls Felicia for help and they meet at the old Pullman car where he passes out from his wound. Felicia calls Frisco's brother, Dr. Tony Jones for help and he patches Peter up. Slater comes looking for Peter to finish the job, but Peter escapes when Slater shoots Tony. Everyone heads out to search for Peter, but he leaves town and heads to Canada. From Canada, he hops on a plane to Brazil and is never seen again. Sean and Slater travel to Brazil to find Peter, but his brother Prescott, informs them that Peter has died.

Peter's son, Peter, Jr. came to town under the alias, Levi Dunkleman.

In 2014, the Aztec treasure story is revisited when Peter's son, Peter Harrell, Jr. arrived in town under the alias Levi Dunkleman. Levi targeted and sought out Felicia and Frisco's daughter, Maxie Jones, with the intent of growing close to her, so he could steal her family's treasure. Maxie remains unaware of this for several months and believes that Levi is simply a self-help environmentalist, who wants to help her turn her life around. Levi, however, has his own personal agenda for revenge and sabotages several things in Maxie's life, including her chance to see her daughter, Georgie Spinelli.

Peter is shot by Nathan right before he stabs Maxie

The first clue that Levi is after the treasure comes during the 2014 Nurses' Ball when Levi meets Felicia for the first time. He compliments her on her jewelry and expresses interest in it. Levi continues to fabricate situations to get him closer to Maxie. Levi and Maxie end up engaged, just as Peter and Felicia were before them. On Maxie and Levi's wedding day, Levi's con operation is blown open by Detective Nathan West. Levi, who has already stolen the Aztec necklace, takes Maxie hostage at gun point and forces Felicia to hand over the rest of the jewels. Felicia does so and pleads for him to let Maxie go, but Levi refuses, shoots Mac Scorpio, and kidnaps Maxie along with her best friend and matron of honor, Lulu Falconeri. On August 27, Levi is revealed as Peter's son, Peter Harrell, Jr.

Peter dies

Peter, Sr. returned on September 12, 2014 as a patient at the Crichton-Clark Clinic, revealing that he didn't die years prior as his brother had claimed. Peter mistakes Maxie for Felicia. Once his son, Peter, Jr. informed him that Maxie was Frisco and Felicia's daughter, Peter, Sr. told his son that it was time for Maxie to die. Peter Jr. asked his father if he wanted him to kill Maxie, but Peter, Sr. said that he wanted to do it. Peter, Jr. gave his father a dagger that had been fashioned from the Aztec treasure. As Peter Sr. moved in for the kill, he was shot in the back by Det. Nathan West. Before he dies, Peter, Sr. instructs his son to avenge him.

Crimes Committed

  • Locked Holly, Luke, and Robert in a silver shop and pumped gas inside; they escaped out a window [Nov 12, 1984]
  • Tried to kill Robert and Luke by toppling a statue on top of them [Nov 20, 1984]
  • Fought with Luke and almost pushed him off a church roof [Nov 21, 1984]
  • Attacked Sean Donely and wounded him [Feb 19, 1985]
  • Conspired with his son, Peter Harrell, Jr. and Victor Cassadine to steal the Aztec jewels [pre-2014; revealed Sep 3, 2014] 
  • Tried to kill Maxie Jones [Sep 15, 2014]
  • Instructed his son to avenge him [Sep 15, 2014]

Health and Vitals

  • Double-crossed and locked in a treasure room by Sean Donely [Feb 19, 1985]
  • Shot by police and fell into a waterfall [Feb 19, 1985]
  • Stabbed by Sean's associate, Jack Slater [Mar 14, 1985]
  • Presumed dead [1985-2014]
  • Shot in the head by Frisco and Felicia and required intensive care at Crichton-Clark Clinic [revealed Sep 12, 2014]
  • Shot and killed by Det. Nathan West [Sep 15, 2014]

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