Cassadine family

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cassadine family
General Hospital family
Stefan Nikolas Alexis Helena Cassadine.jpg
Type Fictional family
Created by Gloria Monty
Original run August 10, 1981—
Address Wyndemere Castle, Spoon Island
Private Island in Greece

The Cassadines are a fictional aristocratic family from the American soap opera General Hospital. Created by executive producer Gloria Monty, the family was first introduced in August 1981, with the arrival of brothers Mikkos, Victor, and Tony Cassadine. The Cassadines are descendants of Russian royalty[1] and own their own private island in Greece. Various family members have been sometime residents of Port Charles, living in Wyndemere Castle on Spoon Island. The family is known for their longtime feud with the Spencer family. After the family's initial appearance in 1981, they were absent from the series until the arrival of Stavros Cassadine in 1983. The Cassadine family owns and operates the international conglomerate Cassadine Industries. The family is currently represented on canvas by Alexis, Valentin, Sam, Kristina, Molly, Danny, Charlotte and Emily.


The Cassadines make their first appearance in the 1980s, when Mikkos Cassadine, the patriarch of the family, along with his brothers Victor and Tony, are involved in various nefarious plans, including the Ice Princess storyline,[2] a plot to freeze the world using a weather machine. When Luke Spencer foils their plan, the great feud between the Spencers and Cassadines begins.[3] Elizabeth Taylor originated the role of villain Helena Cassadine, Mikkos' wife, in this era. Her curse on Luke and Laura's wedding was watched by over 30 million viewers.[4]


  • Cassadine line of succession
    The Cassadine title of "Prince" passes from eldest son to eldest son, and the authority that goes with it both symbolic and real. If a Cassadine Prince were to die without a male heir the title would die with him and the fortune he controlled would be scattered amongst the surviving family members. The current Cassadine Prince is Spencer Cassadine - though his great uncle Valentin now owns the family wealth.[5]
  • Cassadine Bacchanalia
    A traditional masquerade ball thrown in honor of a Cassadine engagement.

Family members[edit]

Characters currently on the show are noted in bold; family members through marriage are in italics. Only current spouses or those married at the time of their death appear here.

Distant ancestors[edit]

  • Anya Cassadine[6]
  • Prince Nikolai Cassadine
  • Nikolas Cassadine (I)[7]


  • Prince Stanislaus Cassadine[8]
    • Katya Cassadine[9]
  • Ivan Cassadine - Based on Mikkos's middle name, which is "Ivanovich" -- all of the children in the Cassadine family follow the Russian tradition of a patronymic.
  • Irina Cassadine - According to Stefan, his grand aunt, making her Mikkos's aunt.[10]

First generation[edit]

Second generation[edit]

Third generation[edit]

Fourth generation[edit]

Other relations[edit]

  • In 1998 Nikolas was led to believe that he was not the Cassadine Prince. During this time Stefan attempted to convince him to try and hold on to control of the Cassadine Estate. Nikolas refused, stating that the Estate didn't belong to him if he was not the Prince, it belonged to "the Belgian Cassadines, and the Baron's children in Macao, and to Helena, Alexis and Cousin Mikhail who took Holy orders -- "[11]

Cassadine Industries[edit]

This wealthy, international conglomerate was founded by the Cassadines in the late 1970s as a front to cover for their dirty dealings. But the business took off, being controlled by Mikkos Cassadine, Stavros Cassadine, Helena Cassadine, and Nikolas Cassadine among others. Nikolas is currently in charge of the business. It is planned that when he becomes of age, Spencer Cassadine will take over. In December 2005, a single Cassadine Industries account was estimated to be worth $15 million at the time. As of May 2009, Cassadine Industries was estimated to be worth over $20 billion.


  • Cassadine Drilling Company
  • Cassadine Construction
  • General Hospital
  • Emily Bowen Quartermaine Clinic
  • Equinox Corporation

Family tree[edit]


Lines Boxes
  • Dashed = Romance/Marriage
  • Solid = Child
Character is currently on the Show
Character not on the Show
Character is deceased or presumed dead
Stanislaus Cassadine
Katya Cassadine
Unnmed Cassadine
Unnamed woman
Ivan Cassadine
Unnamed woman
Petros Cassadine
Sophia Cassadine
Tony Cassadine
Victor Cassadine
Helena Cassadine
Mikkos Cassadine
Unknown woman
Kristin Bergman
Laura Webber
Stavros Cassadine
Stefan Cassadine
Valentin Cassadine
Lulu Spencer
Sonny Corinthos
Alexis Davis
Julian Jerome
Kristina Cassadine
Ric Lansing
Courtney Matthews
Nikolas Cassadine
Charlotte Cassadine
Kristina Davis
Sam McCall
Jason Morgan
Molly Lansing
Spencer Cassadine
Lila McCall
Danny Morgan
Emily Morgan



  1. ^ "Dear Soaps, I have often wondered...". TV Guide. 2001-10-03. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dear Soaps, On General Hospital,...". TV Guide. 2001-10-17. Retrieved September 6, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Dear Soaps, I'm still trying to...". TV Guide. 2001-10-24. Retrieved September 6, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Aurthur, Kate (2005-11-30). "Prepare the O.R. (and A.A.): Dr. Drake Is Back". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^ Mentioned by Helena in a conversation with Spencer on April 28, 2010.
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^