Alan Spaulding

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Alan Spaulding
Guiding Light character
Portrayed by
Duration 1977–84, 1986–90, 1994–2009
First appearance November 7, 1977
Last appearance September 16, 2009
Created by Bridget and Jerome Dobson
Introduced by Allen M. Potter
Occupation CEO of Spaulding Enterprises
Former Executive at Spaulding Enterprises
Part owner of the Lewis Construction building
Owner of The Springfield Journal
Board member at Cedars Hospital
Former President of Spaulding Enterprises
Temporarily owned Lews Oil
Former President of Advantage Systems
Former Owner of the newspaper, The Mirror
Residence Spaulding Mansion

Alan Spaulding is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. He was played by Chris Bernau from the time of the character's introduction on November 7, 1977 until June 1988, when Bernau left the role due to health problems (he died of AIDS in 1989); Daniel Pilon stepped into the role from 1988 until Alan was sent to prison in 1989. From 1994 through the series' 2009 conclusion, the character was played by Ron Raines.

Character history[edit]

Alan Spaulding has been married numerous times and has had plenty of affairs along the way as well. He is the adoptive father of Phillip Spaulding, the biological father of Alan-Michael Spaulding (his son with Hope Bauer) and Gus Aitoro, and for several years was thought to be the biological father of Amanda Spaulding, who was later revealed to actually be the daughter of his father Brandon Spaulding. His 1980-81 affair with Rita Bauer may have resulted in a child as well (it was suggested that Rita was pregnant when she left town, though this was never resolved). Phillip is adopted; his biological parents are Justin Marler and Jackie Marler, née Scott, who later married Alan. Alan is very close to his sister Alexandra. He was for a while married to Beth Raines Spaulding, one of his son Phillip's ex-wives. However, after her miscarriage, they eventually divorced. Alan soon remarried on 16 February 2007. His new wife was DA Doris Wolfe due to blackmail regarding Tammy Winslow's death and Alan's involvement. Alan was shot during the reception, and it was later revealed to be by his new stepdaughter Ashlee Wolfe. At present Alan's ex-wife Beth Raines is expecting his child. However, due to Cassie, he is unaware of this and believes, along with Beth and Rick Bauer, that the child is Rick's. Beth and Rick have since married July 2007.

Alan and Doris annulled their marriage in May 2007. It's the polar opposite of the storyline of Alan-Olivia-Phillip when she was married to Alan and pregnant and they thought it was Alan's child but it was Phillip's. Alan and Olivia divorced, and she remarried Phillip and had Emma. Alan has several grandchildren: a newly discovered grandson, Rafael "Rafe" Rivera (Gus Aitoro & Natalia Rivera), and no grandchildren by Alan-Michael. He then has four grandchildren by his adopted son Phillip: Elizabeth and James (Phillip & Beth Raines), Zach (Phillip & Harley Cooper), and Emma (Phillip & Olivia Spencer). Alan also has one great-granddaughter, Sarah (Lizzie & Jonathan). The child that Alan and Beth had is named Payton Spaulding. She is aunt to Lizzie, James, Zach, Emma, Rafe and Sarah.

Alan has committed many terrible deeds in his life, but perhaps his most evil act on the show was the incident resulting in Tammy Layne Winslow's death in January 2007. Alan had planned to have Jonathan Randall killed and make it look like a hit and run. However, Tammy pushed Jonathan out of the way and sacrificed herself to save her true love. Alan was not convicted of this crime, but everyone in Springfield knows he did it. This has also led to the down-spiraling of Cassie Winslow's sanity at the loss of her daughter. She continues to blame Alan for Tammy's death and is actively seeking vengeance.

During the reception of his wedding to Doris on February 16, 2007, Alan is shot and remains in critical condition for several weeks. He awakens as a new man full of love and forgiveness, but he soon reverts to his evil self. The shooter was his stepdaughter Ashlee Wolfe February 20, 2007. It was revealed on April 4, 2007. He saves Reva's life, and to keep each other from telling anyone, Reva moves into the Spaulding mansion.

Alan volunteers to have a transplant, an extremely risky surgery to save his son Phillip's life, in September 2009. While recovering from the transplant, Alan attends the Lewis/Cooper wedding with four generations of Spauldings, Alan peacefully dies on Tuesday September 15, 2009, on a bench in front of a lake. He is cremated, and the private, family-only funeral is held on Thursday, September 17, 2009. They put his remains in the same lake where he died.

The Spaulding Empire[edit]

  • Alexandra Spaulding - Alan Spaulding's older sister, currently chair of Spaulding Enterprises. Inherited bulk of father Brandon Spaulding's fortune after making peace with him before his death and with Alan being presumed dead at the time in 1984. Her son Nick will presumably inherit her estate upon her death.
  • Phillip Granville Spaulding - Alan's adopted son, inherited the bulk of Alan's estate. Currently CEO of Spaulding Enterprises
  • Alan-Michael Spaulding - Alan's youngest son . Alan-Michael was said to inherit one penny from his estate.
  • Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lillian Spaulding - Alan's granddaughter via Phillip Spaulding and Beth Raines. Lizzie is the apple of Alan's eye and holds a trust fund and a position as an heiress to the Spaulding empire.
  • James Alexander Spaulding - Alan's grandson via Phillip Spaulding and Beth Raines. James holds a trust fund and a position as an heir to the Spaulding empire equal to that of his sister Elizabeth.
  • Alan Cooper "Zach" Spaulding - Alan's grandson via Phillip Spaulding and Harley Cooper. Harley has refused to allow Zach an inheritance from the Spaulding family until he is of legal age.
  • Emma Spaulding - Alan's granddaughter via Phillip Spaulding and Olivia Spencer will receive nothing from the estate due to Alan's disapproval of Olivia's lesbian relationship with Natalia.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Randall - Alan's great-granddaughter via Lizzie Spaulding and Jonathan Randall. She is the only great-grandchild heir to the Spaulding fortune.
  • Amanda Spaulding - Alan Spaulding's oldest daughter, Later revealed as Alan Sister. Controlled Spaulding Enterprises with Phillip from March 1997 until departure in March 1998. Amanda currently lives abroad.
  • Beth Raines Spaulding - Alan Spaulding's 5th wife (2005-2007) and the ex-wife of his son Phillip Spaulding, and the mother of two of Alan's grandchildren. Beth seems to be the current love of Alan's life and holds a trust fund in his will. Recently in 2008, Beth gave birth to Alan's daughter and sometime between 2009-2010 remarries Phillip.
  • Augustico "Gus" Aitoro - Alan's illegitimate son. Deceased
  • 'Raphael "Rafe" Joseph Rivera - Gus Aitoro illegitimate son and Alan's illegitimate grandson. He left enough money to take care of him, but was cut out of much of the will due his disapproval of the lesbian relationship Natalia was in with Olivia.
  • Peyton Alexandra Spaulding His newborn daughter Peyton was provided for through a trust to be administered by her mother Beth.
  • Victoria Brandon Spaulding - Alexandra & Alan's niece via their late African American sister Victoria Spaulding. Vicky, much like her mother, was not close with Alan.

The Spaulding Family Tree[edit]

  • Alexander Spaulding (deceased)
  • Herbert Spaulding 1st(deceased)
    • (unknown woman)(deceased)
      • Herbert Spaulding 2nd (Brandon's cousin, deceased)

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