Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert just penned an emotional tribute to Stuart Damon following his death. The General Hospital star passed away today at 84 years old. He played Chief of Staff Alan Quartermaine from 1977 until 2013. Gilbert, who knew Damon, posted her tribute over Instagram.
“My very first and all-time favorite Prince Charming has passed. To say Stuart Damon was himself a prince, would be an understatement. I had the great joy, honor, and pleasure of directing him in an Afterschool Special many, many years ago. He was a wonderful actor and just a peach of a human. My deepest condolences to his family and all who knew him. Sleep well, sweet prince. May flights of angels sing you to your rest,” Gilbert wrote.
The tribute refers to Damon’s performance as prince charming in Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Damon began his career on Broadway. He also appeared on shows such as The Champions, The New Avengers, and Steptoe and Son. He also starred in West End Productions of Charlie Girl and Man of Magic.
Ultimately, however, he found an incredible gig on General Hospital. He enjoyed playing Quartermaine and fully fleshing out all the iconic character’s nuances and quirks.
The Death of Stuart Damon Has been Met with Emotional Tributes
ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter George Pennacchio broke the news of Damon’s death earlier this morning. He made note of Damon’s struggle with Renal Failure. Since then, an outpouring of tributes for the actor have surfaced online.
Amber Tamblyn, who played Damon’s adopted daughter on General Hospital, gave a particularly touching tribute on Twitter.
“He played my adopted dad in General Hospital for seven years and he was the most kind, wonderful, loving, supportive person. He always made me laugh and made me feel safe on set. I love you, Stewy. Rest well now, my friend,” she wrote.
The executive producer of General Hospital also sent out his condolences for those grieving and spoke of Damon’s talent.
“On behalf of everyone at GH, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Stuart Damon’s family and all who loved him. Stuart was an absolute legend of our industry and he’ll be sorely missed,” he said in a tweet.
Nancy Grahn, who plays Alexis Davis on General Hospital also sent out her condolences “What a lovely, funny, talented Prince of a man. He truly was Charming. What a pleasure it was to work with his iconic self. Condolences to his family. RIP Stuie,” she wrote.
Whether it was in after-school specials on General Hospital, or elsewhere, Damon touched the hearts of many. His legendary acting and kindness off-set will be deeply missed.