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Rogers originally appeared on General Hospital from December 1980 until February 1992. The popularity and longevity of the character Robert Scorpio on General Hospital came as a result of his involvement with the monumentally popular supercouple Luke and Laura, whose 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.
While Rogers' Scorpio had been "killed with no body found" when he left the series in 1992, Rogers returned briefly in 1995 as Scorpio's spirit to comfort the character's daughter Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough), who was dealing with the loss of her boyfriend to AIDS-related illness and was herself HIV-positive. He returned again in January 2006 for six weeks, this time with Scorpio being very much alive. Rogers reappeared in April 2006, and left again that November.
Rogers has taken the lead recently in the soap industry, calling for an evolution of the medium in light of its dwindling audience. An active proponent of the entertainment industry's expansion onto the internet, Tristan is producing his own web-based talk show.
From 5 August 2008 through 21 October 2008, Rogers reprised the role of Robert Scorpio on the second season of SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift, a prime time spin-off of General Hospital which starred Scorpio's daughter Robin. He was featured in 12 of the season's 14 episodes, and Soap Opera Digest named the appearance their "Best Return" of 2008. Rogers later reappeared on General Hospital for four episodes starting 22 December 2008 as Scorpio attended Robin's wedding.
Rogers returned to daytime television on 8 December 2010 when he joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as Colin Atkinson. He was placed on contract with the show in February 2011. However, Rogers' character was written out of the series in October 2011.
Rogers returned to General Hospital as Robert Scorpio on 1 March 2012 after Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) called him back to Port Charles to tell him that their daughter Robin had been killed in a lab accident. After seven episodes, he left again on 8 March 2012. Rogers expressed disappointment that his return was cut short on his Twitter account and Facebook page.
On 29 March 2012, only weeks after his short return to General Hospital, it was announced that Rogers would bring back Colin to Y&R. Rogers himself said that he would only be back briefly, hinting that he'd be back for more later.
Rogers starred in the CINE award-winning short Opportunity Knocks, portraying Death himself. Co-produced by Aaron Wells and Suzanne Niedland, there are plans to develop the short into a feature-length film. In 1994, Rogers guest-starred in season one episode "The War Prayer" of science fiction TV series Babylon 5. Rogers has also done voice-over work, representing restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse, Foster's Lager, Reebok, Epson and others. Rogers also voiced Jake the kangaroo mouse in The Rescuers Down Under.
It was announced on November 14, 2013 that Rogers was leaving GH to return to Young and the Restless. He made his last appearance on January 30, 2014.
On October 28, 2015, it was confirmed that Rogers would return to GH as Robert while still remaining on Y&R as Colin Atkinson. He returned on December 17, 2015 and left on February 2, 2016.
On August 17, 2016, it was announced that Rogers would briefly reprise the role of Robert Scorpio. He returned from August 26 to September 9, 2016.
On February 28, 2018, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Rogers would return to GH. Rogers' first day of filming was set to be on March 19, and first airdate was on April 13, 2018. He left the show on June 1, 2018.
On July 18, 2018, it was revealed that Rogers would make another return to the show. He returned from July 27 to September 12, 2018.
On December 3, 2018, Soap Opera Spy broke the news that Rogers revealed he would reprise his role in the new year when he teased that Robert would be getting an all new storyline. On January 16, 2019, Soaps.com confirmed that Rogers would indeed return to GH again. He returned on January 25, 2019.