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Stavros Cassadine
Robert Kelker-Kelly as Prince Stavros Cassadine
General Hospital
Portrayed by John Martinuzzi (1983)
Robert Kelker-Kelly
(2001–03, 2013–14)
Duration 1983, 2001-03, 2013-14
First appearance November 17, 1983
Last appearance September 17, 2014
Cause/reason Appeared as a corpse
Created by Anne Howard Bailey
Introduced by Gloria Monty (1983, GH)
Jill Farren Phelps (2001, GH)
Julie Hanan Carruthers (2001, PC)
Frank Valentini (2013, GH)
Spin-off appearances Port Charles
Alias(es) Lucien Cane
Namesake(s) Mikkos Cassadine
Nikolas Stavrosovich Cassadine
Nickname(s) Barking Mad (by Valentin)
Ethnicity Greek-American
Gender Male
Born 1960 (Revised to 1957)[1]
Cassadine Island, Greece
Died September 16, 2014
Crichton-Clark Clinic
Scarsdale, New York
Age 57 (at death)
Cause of death Shot in the chest by Dante in defense of himself and his wife, Lulu
Title Prince
John Martinuzzi as Stavros Cassadine

Prince Stavros Nikolai Mikkosovich Cassadine[3][4] was a fictional character on the American soap opera General Hospital. He was the son of the late, Prince Mikkos Cassadine and his wife, the late, supervillain, Helena Cassadine.


The role was originated by John Martinuzzi, who portrayed the role from November 17 to December 14, 1983.[5]

Eighteen years later, the role was recast with Robert Kelker-Kelly, who portrayed the role from June 1 to November 9, 2001, at which time the character was believed to have died. Kelker-Kelly subsequently reprised the role for several episodes, as a hallucination, between February 14, 2002, and December 24, 2003.

On April 10, 2013, Kelker-Kelly reprised the role amidst intense secrecy on the part of the series. Kelker-Kelly returned again from September 9-16, 2014


Stavros was introduced as the cousin of Mikkos Cassadine. He was a lunatic obsessed with Laura Spencer. He kidnapped and raped her, producing "mistake child" Nikolas Cassadine.

His background was later changed to make him the son of the villainous Mikkos and Helena Cassadine.

He has been presumed dead three times in 1983, 2001, and 2013 and is a main element in the Spencer vs. Cassadine feud. He was killed by Dante in 2014.


In 1983, Stavros is introduced as the cousin of the late Mikkos Cassadine, who tried to freeze the world with a weather machine (in 1996, however, his history is retconned so that he is the firstborn son of Mikkos and his evil wife Helena Cassadine.

He abducts Laura Spencer, tells her that her husband Luke is dead and persuades her to marry him. He fathers her son Nikolas Cassadine.

When Laura learns that Luke was alive, she returns to Port Charles, intending to just look at him from afar and then return to Greece.

Obsessed with Laura (whom he calls Lasha), Stavros follows her and supposedly dies at General Hospital shortly after falling down a flight of stairs while attempting to shoot Luke and "reclaim" his wife.

But not before vowing to Luke and Laura that they would suffer forever for their crimes against the Cassadines.


Stavros and Luke

In 2001, it is revealed that Stavros' mother, Helena Cassadine, had arranged to have him placed in cryonic suspension in a secret room underneath General Hospital. Stavros is revived and comes back to life. The long-running Spencer-Cassadine feud forms the basis of one of the major story arcs on General Hospital that year.

A plot involving bioterrorism begins to unfold, with Stavros and his mother Helena as the primary antagonists. However, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the producers quickly alter the storyline, and Stavros is written out of the series.[6]

Stavros goes for another round of murder (Chloe Morgan, who discovers that he was not "Lucien Cane" as he's been claiming) and mayhem before he is again presumed killed in another fight with Luke, falling into a deep shaft, laughing all the way down. After his apparent death, Stavros continues to "appear" to his son Nikolas in 2002 and in a Christmas Carol-like dream of Luke Spencer in 2003.

In late March of 2013, Luke and Laura's daughter Lulu goes missing, and Helena is the prime suspect. Nikolas arrives at Lulu's apartment to warn her of the danger; but he is too late, as Lulu is already gone. Before he can tell Luke and Laura of the danger, he is shot through the window and slips into a coma.


Stavros returns

Luke, Laura and Lulu's husband Dante Falconeri go looking for Lulu, and find Helena aboard the Haunted Star ship in the middle of the Atlantic. Luke kills Helena, but then the ship is stormed by Cassadine guards and Luke and Laura are taken to Cassadine Island, in Greece. Nikolas wakes up from his coma, and tells his aunt Alexis Davis and Elizabeth Webber that it wasn't Helena who took Lulu, that it was his father Stavros. Meanwhile, Luke and Laura come face to face with Stavros at the Cassadine residence in Greece.


Stavros "marries" Lulu

Stavros on the Island and his son Nikolas Cassadine in Port Charles discuss on how Helena nursed Stavros back to life and how Stavros got infatuated with Lulu Spencer-Falconeri.  He has his mother Helena Cassadine on a metal table slab and has Lulu in a cryogenic freezer.  Due to Dante Falconeri's meddling with the cryogenic chamber, the alarm sounds and Stavros goes downstairs and examined the situation.  He is forced by Luke Spencer to go into the cryogenic freezer with Lulu putting placed on another table slab.  Laura makes the cryogenic freezer malfunction and Stavros is seen screaming.


Lulu's ring

It is later revealed that Stavros and Helena forced Lulu to marry him. When she said she would not sleep with him he had Nikolas shot and froze Lulu.

On January 30, 2014, while talking to Robin Scorpio-Drake, Stavros' uncle Victor Cassadine reveals that Stavros and his mother are both still alive, and have been cryogenically frozen to prevent them from succumbing to their injuries. Stavros returned alive and well on September 9, 2014. He tells Lulu that he is back for her, and reveals he took one of her eggs and fertilized it with his sperm, so they could have a child together.


Stavros and Lulu

Stavros takes Lulu away for the procedure but Dante is able to get free and comes to save Lulu. Stavros threatened to slit Lulu throat if Dante doesn't put his gun down. Dante does what Stavros says but Lulu is able to get away and fights ensue between Stavros and Dante and Lulu and Dr. Young. Stavros gets the upper hand and is about to shoot Dante when Lulu throws herself in front of him. Stavros says that he doesn't want to kill Lulu but will if he has too. Stavros fires a shot at them but Dante pushes Lulu of the way and the two fight again. It is revealed that Dante got the upper hand and killed Stavros.


Stavros is killed by Dante

On September 17, Helena is also revealed to be alive. She goes into the room and sees Stavros is dead. She then takes his and Lulu's embryo and escapes the ensuing explosion of the clinic with the embryo.

On December 9, 2016, Valentin reveals to Lulu that she is the biological mother of his daughter Charlotte. He explains that Helena promised Stavros a child with Lulu, but after Helena discovered that Stavros could not father a child, she sent Daphne to seduce Valentin and recover a sample. Daphne brought Valentin's sample to Helena, and by the time Valentin figured out what had happened, the embryo had already been created, so he stole it from Helena and recruited Claudette to carry it. She gave birth to his daughter, Charlotte.

On February 14, 2020, Helena's ghost revealed to Valentin that Charlotte was always meant to be his daughter with Lulu, she was not about giving Stavros and Lulu a child but giving Helena an heir with Luke’s genetic line.

Crimes Committed

  • Tormented his half-sister Natasha during his childhood [pre-1980s]
  • Kidnapped and raped Laura Spencer [1983; Nikolas was conceived as a result]
  • Tried to shoot Luke Spencer [1983]
  • Locked Helena Cassadine in a room [Jun 2001]
  • Possessed bio-toxin [Jun 2001]
  • Breaking and entering; broke into Laura's room [Jul 2001]
  • Hit Luke Spencer over the head [Jul 2001]
  • Murder; along with Helena, they used a man to test the virus and, in the process, the man died [Jul 2001]
  • Impersonated a monk [Aug 2001]
  • Murdered Chloe Morgan [Sep 2001]
  • Let Stefan Cassadine be accused of committing Chloe's murder [Sep 2001]
  • Attempted to kill Lucky Spencer by throwing him into the river bound and gagged [Oct 2001]
  • Tied Stefan up [Oct 2001]
  • Attempted to stab Luke Spencer [Nov 2001]
  • Clobbered Nikolas Cassadine over the head and rendered him unconsious [sometime between Jan and Feb 2013; revealed Apr 11, 2013]
  • Kidnapped Lulu Spencer-Falconeri and held her captive [Mar 21-Apr 12, 2013; revealed Apr 10, 2013]
  • Clobbered Dante Falconeri over the head and rendered him unconscious [Mar 21, 2013; revealed Apr 12, 2013]
  • Had his son, Nikolas shot [Mar 25, 2013; revealed Apr 11, 2013]
  • Kidnapped Luke Spencer and Laura Spencer and held them hostage on Cassadine Island [Apr 10-12, 2013]
  • Conspired with Helena, Victor, and Peter Harrell, Jr. to hold Nathan, Maxie, Lulu, Dante, and Robin captive at the Crichton-Clark Clinic [Sep 8-17, 2014]
  • Manhandled Lulu (grabbed her face) [Sep 2014]
  • Stole one of Lulu's eggs and fertilized it with his sperm [revealed Sep 9, 2014]
  • Planned to implant Lulu with their embryo [revealed Sep 9, 2014]
  • Ordered Dr. Young to give Lulu a hormonal shot against her will [Sep 12, 2014]
  • Threatened to shoot Dante if Lulu kept resisting [Sep 12, 2014]
  • Held Lulu hostage at scalpel point [Sep 16, 2014]
  • Held Dante at gunpoint [Sep 16, 2014]
  • Tried to kill Dante after he got the upper hand during a fight [Sep 16, 2014]

Health and Vitals

  • Presumed dead after a tumble down a flight of stairs [1983]
  • Held at gunpoint and threatened by Laura Spencer [Apr 2001]
  • Presumed dead after being shoved into a bottomless pit by Luke Spencer [Nov 2001; Stavros was revealed to be alive on Apr 10, 2013]
  • Threatened at knife point by Luke, who threatened to rip Stavros' esophagus out unless he revealed to him and Laura what he did to Lulu and where he put her [Apr 11, 2013]
  • Cryogenically frozen by Laura and presumed dead after a failed attempt to stop Luke, Laura, and Dante from rescuing a frozen Lulu [Apr 12, 2013; Stavros was revealed to be alive on Jan 31, 2014; Stavros was revealed to be revived on Sep 9, 2014]
  • Had his arm bitten by Lulu [Sep 15, 2014]
  • Elbowed in the gut by Lulu [Sep 16, 2014]
  • Shot and killed by Det. Dante Falconeri [Sep 16, 2014]

Family tree


See also


  1. Stavros was originally scripted as being three years older than Stefan.
  2. Conceived via rape.
  3. Stated on-air on September 3, 2001.
  4. Shown on the Cassadine family tree on the episode aired on July 11, 2016.
  5. "Soap Opera Scene", South Florida Media Company, November 4, 1983. Retrieved on July 6, 2015. 
  6. Sept 11 changed US daytime TV (1/07/2002) -

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