Jerome family

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Jerome family
General Hospital family
Type Fictional family
Created by Ann Marcus
Norma Monty
H. Wesley Kenney
Origin Manhattan, New York City
Original run April 20, 1987 – present (present)
First appearance April 20, 1987

The Jerome family is a fictional family from the original ABC Daytime drama General Hospital. The family was first introduced in January 1987. As one of the most powerful families in organized crime, the Jeromes rose to popularity due to their longstanding feud with antihero Duke Lavery and his heroine wife, Anna Devane. However, by the spring of 1990, all of the major family members had been (presumably) killed off of the series. In 2013, the family was revived as part of an ongoing storyline.


The Jerome family was first introduced in early 1987. Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan) and his father, Angus McKay (Guy Doleman), were sent to prison for their various mob activities. Later, a man by the name of Jonathan Lawrence was arrested as the suspect of a hit and run. However, Jonathan was actually out for revenge against Duke and Angus for the murder of his look-alike cousin, Evan Jerome. After Angus committed suicide in February 1987 to end the McKay/Jerome feud once and for all, Angus's daughter Camellia McKay (Elizabeth Keifer) and Duke were put on trial for Evan's murder and forced to reveal the truth: Camellia killed Evan as he raped her.[1][2] They were acquitted, which didn't sit well with Evan's widow, Veronica, and she put a hit out on Camellia. Fortunately, Evan's father, Victor (Jack Axelrod) called off the hit and banished Veronica.

In 1988, Duke's wife Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) was kidnapped by psychotic Grant Putnam (Brian Patrick Clark). Desperate to find her, Duke turned to the Jeromes for information. Victor's youngest son Julian (Jason Culp), who wanted Duke's assistance in legitimizing the Family business, agreed to help him look for her. After Anna was rescued, Duke felt indebted to Julian; when Julian took a bullet meant for Duke and made a deathbed request that Duke help Victor go straight, Duke agreed.[2] Meanwhile, Victor's daughter, art dealer Olivia St. John (Tonja Walker), developed an obsession with Duke, and they had a one-night stand, but when he subsequently rejected her, she tried to kill him. Unfortunately, it was Anna who was injured in the attempt, and she lost her and Duke's unborn child.[2] In late 1988, Victor's illegitimate son, Dino (Chris DeRose), tried to take over the organization. When he failed to frame Julian for a comatose Olivia's shooting, Anna was arrested and tried for the crime. Eventually, Dino's guilt was revealed, and he and his mother Dimitra (Linda Cristal) were sent to prison. Olivia was sent to Pine Circle, a mental hospital, from which she later escaped.

After Duke testified against Victor, Victor had him killed in a warehouse explosion as he was about to enter the Witness Protection Program. In reality, Duke faked his death in the explosion so that Anna would be safe. However, his testimony, along with Olivia's, put Victor in prison at last.[1] Victor escaped from prison in 1989 and became a secret admirer of Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring). His admiration developed into an obsession, which ended with his death when he swallowed and choked on a necklace he had had custom-made for Lucy. Lucy and Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon) dumped Victor's body in the lake.[1]

In 1990, Julian put a hit out on a man named Jonathan Paget (Greg Beecroft), whom he apparently believed was the newly returned Duke with extensive plastic surgery.[2] Julian shot and killed Olivia for trying to tip off Anna about Duke's new identity. Julian and "Duke" were both believed to have died during a struggle over a gun in March 1990. Julian's lover, Cheryl Stansbury (Jennifer Anglin), gave birth to his son, Lucas, soon after. Lucas remained on canvas as he was adopted by the Jones family.[1] In late 1990, Lucy, Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) and several others went in search of the Jerome family diamonds which Victor left to his grandson, Evan Jr. A European music producer by the name of Edge (Mark St. James) claimed to be Evan, Jr. and came to Port Charles to claim the family's belongings. However, it was eventually revealed that Edge was actually a con artist named Eric Jackson, and that the real Evan Jr. was dead.[2]

In 2013, Ava Jerome (Maura West) came to Port Charles following her young daughter, Kiki (Kristen Alderson) who was dating Morgan Corinthos (Bryan Craig). Ava passed her daughter off as Franco's (Roger Howarth) daughter in an attempt to get her hands on the Quartermaine family's fortune. In the summer, a man named Derek Wells (William deVry) arrived in Port Charles as the ruthless media mogul who had taken ownership of the local newspaper. "Derek" was revealed to be Julian, working with his younger sister Ava to take back the family's territory from Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). Kiki was revealed to be the daughter of Silas Clay (Michael Easton), thus not making her a Quartermaine by birth. Julian, in the meantime, realized that Sam Morgan (Kelly Monaco) was his daughter from a one-night stand with Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn). He gave a bone marrow transplant to his ailing grandson, Danny, and became intent on staying in Sam and Danny's life, though Ava warned him not to.

Morgan married Kiki so he wouldn't lose her to his brother, Michael (Chad Duell), whom Kiki had been falling for. Kiki, though, eventually found out about Morgan's deceit, and left Morgan, and started a relationship with Michael. Morgan went to work for Julian and Ava, bitterly resenting his father and brother. Eventually, Sonny found out who "Derek" really was, and exposed his identity.

Family members[edit]

First generation[edit]

  • Victor Jerome (Jack Axelrod)
    Victor Jerome is born on November 18, 1928.[3] Victor was the patriarch of the family. Victor forced Duke into trying to help him legitimize the mob. However, those plans failed due to the fighting between his children. Victor originally fathered four children, Dino (with his longtime mistress Dimitra), and Evan, Julian, and Olivia with an unnamed spouse. However, a rewrite in 2013 gave him another daughter, Ava. Victor died on October 20, 1989 after Lucy Coe rejected him and he choked on a piece of jewelry he made for her.

Second generation[edit]

  • Dino Antoinelli (Chris DeRose)
    Victor's oldest child, and illegitimate son with his longtime mistress, Dimitra. Dino was raised by his mother, and eventually went to work for Victor's organization. It was not until 1988 that his paternity was revealed. A bitter Dino tried to kill his half-sister Olivia in an attempt to take over their father's organization for himself. Dino and Dimitra were later sent to prison for their part in Olivia's attempted murder, and Dino rejected Victor when his father came to visit him.
  • Evan Jerome, Sr. (Mentioned character)
    Evan was the oldest legitimate son of Victor, and considered the black sheep of the family. He married a woman named Veronica and together they had a son, Evan, Jr. In 1983, Evan met Duke Lavery in L'Orlean, Canada during a party at the home of Duke's father, Angus McKay. Evan was killed when he tried to rape Angus's daughter, Camelia. Duke and Angus covered up his murder while Camellia suffered a psychotic break and blocked out the event. Veronica wanted revenge, but Victor put an end to her scheming by banishing her to Europe.[4][5][6]
  • Olivia St. John (Tonja Walker)
    Victor's oldest daughter, born Olivia Jerome. Known for her criminal activity and her obsession with Duke Lavery. She caused Anna Devane to miscarry due to a fall in a booby-trapped elevator meant for Duke. She struggled with her brothers Julian and Dino for control of the family business. Suffered a brain injury after being shot by Dino and was institutionalized. She was killed by Julian after she betrayed him and tried to warn Anna of Julian's plans for revenge on Duke.
  • Julian V. Jerome (Jason Culp, William deVry)
    Born in 1959, he is Victor's youngest son, and was his most favored child. Shielded from the mob while growing up, but later went to work for his father anyway. First came to Port Charles in 1988. Julian looked to Duke Lavery to help him legitimize the mob, but when Duke turned on the family and Victor ended up imprisoned and then dead, Julian swore revenge. In addition to faking his death on several occasions, Julian battled with his siblings for control of the empire. In 1990, Julian and Duke were both presumed killed during a struggle over a gun. Julian returned to Port Charles in 2013 looking to rebuild the Jerome Family empire with his younger sister, Ava. Julian has three known children; Lucas Jones with Cheryl Stansbury, Sam Morgan from a teenage tryst with Alexis Davis and Leo Falconeri with Olivia Falconeri.
  • Ava Jerome (Maura West)
    Victor's illegitimate daughter with Delia Ryan. Ava came to Port Charles in 2013 looking to extort money from the wealthy Quartermaine family when she tried to pass her daughter, Kiki, with Dr. Silas Clay off as the child of Robert "Franco" Frank. She had since been revealed to be working with her presumed dead brother, Julian, to re-establish the family's power in Port Charles.

Third generation[edit]

  • Evan Jerome, Jr. (Mentioned character)
    Son of Evan Jerome and his wife, Veronica. In 1990, Eric "Edge" Jackson pretended to be Evan Jerome, Jr. According to Victor's will, Evan, Jr. stood to inherit the entire family's estate. With Edge's true identity revealed, Anna Devane learned that the real Evan Jerome was a drug addict who once worked for Edge. The search for the real Evan began, but Edge believed he was already dead.[7] However, it was later confirmed that Evan Jr. had been killed in a car crash. The diamonds were taken by the IRS to pay Victor's back taxes.[8]
  • Samantha "Sam" Morgan (Kelly Monaco)
    Julian's daughter with Alexis Davis, born on May 11, 1980. Sam grew up to be a con artist like her adoptive father, Cody McCall; she spent the majority of her life taking care of her special needs brother, Danny. Sam became involved with mobster Sonny Corinthos, and gave birth to their stillborn daughter, Lila. However, she later fell in love with and married Sonny's right-hand man, Jason Morgan; they had one son, Danny.
  • Lucas Stansbury Jones (Ryan Carnes)
    Born in 1989, Lucas is Julian's son with Cheryl Stansbury (Jennifer Anglin) sold on the blackmarket by Victor shortly after birth—Cherly is led to believe the child is dead. He is illegally adopted by Bobbie Jones (Jacklyn Zeman) who names him after her brother Luke (Anthony Geary). Bobbie's schemes are exposed and she loses custody of the child to Cheryl who leaves town with Lucas shortly after. After Cheryl's death, Lucas is briefly taken in by his aunt Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt) before he is legally adopted by Bobbie and her then husband Tony Jones (Brad Maule). In October 2005, Lucas comes out as gay and leaves town in 2006 after Tony's death and settles in Seattle. Lucas, now a doctor, returns in 2014 when his sister Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) is kidnapped, and meets Julian for the first time and his half-sister Sam. Lucas is currently engaged to colleague Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).[9]
  • Lauren Katherine "Kiki" Jerome (Kristen Alderson, Hayley Erin)
    Ava's daughter with Dr. Silas Clay born on May 29, 1992. However, Kiki was raised as the daughter of the crazed artist Franco. Kiki is unaware of her family's criminal activity, as her mother passes herself off as an art dealer. Initially introduced as the girlfriend of Morgan Corinthos, Kiki started falling for his brother, Michael. Morgan married Kiki to keep her away from Michael, but Kiki found out the truth and left Morgan.
  • Avery Corinthos
    Ava's daughter with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) born on November 4, 2014. Avery is stolen at birth by Nina Clay (Michelle Stafford) who blames Ava for destroying her marriage. Nina skips town with the baby and with the help of Franco (Roger Howarth), they make plans to start a new life. Nina gives her the name Jamie after her brother James (Ryan Paevey). The cops eventually catch up to Franco and Nina to arrest them and Avery is returned safely. However, Ava is arrested for murder soon leaving everyone to wonder about the child's paternity as Ava was in a relationship with Sonny's son and Kiki's ex-husband, Morgan (Bryan Craig) at the time of her one-night stand with Sonny. On December 21, 2014, a DNA test confirms that Sonny is the child's father leaving Morgan devastated. With Ava and Sonny both in jail, Morgan and Kiki reunite and take responsibility of Avery.
  • Leo Falconeri
    Julian's son with Olivia Falconeri (Lisa Lo Cicero) born on May 2, 2015. During Olivia's pregnancy, it was believed that Ned Ashton (Wally Kurth) was his father, but at the time of his birth, it was revealed that Julian is Leo's father. Shortly after birth, Olivia and Ned faked Leo's death in order to protect him from Julian's lifestyle. Ned took a prematurely born Leo to upstate New York for treatment and to keep him hidden from Julian. Olivia joined them shortly thereafter. Julian had no idea that Leo was really alive, until Alexis showed him a DNA test.

Fourth generation[edit]

  • Lila McCall
    Sam's daughter with Sonny Corinthos. Jason Morgan pretended to be Lila's father to hide Sonny and Sam's affair from Carly Corinthos, Sonny's wife at the time. The child was stillborn on November 8, 2004 when Sam went into premature labor during an argument with her own mother. Sam intended to name the baby after Jason's late grandmother, Lila Quartermaine, but the baby's legal name at the time of her death was "Baby Girl McCall."
  • Daniel Edward "Danny" Morgan
    Sam's son with Jason Morgan, named after her adoptive brother, Danny McCall and Jason's late grandfather, Edward Quartermaine. Danny was originally believed to be the son of Franco, due to Heather Webber switching the paternity test. Danny was switched at birth with Victor Lord III and presumed dead shortly after being born. However, he was later returned to his parents. Jason was presumed dead shortly before a paternity test proved that he was Danny's biological father.


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

Dimitra Antoinelli
Victor Jerome
Unnamed wife
Delia Ryan
Evan Jerome, Sr.
Veronica Jerome
Dino Antoinelli
Olivia St. John
Alexis Davis
Julian Jerome
Cheryl Stansbury
Olivia Falconeri
Ava Jerome
Silas Clay
Evan Jerome, Jr.
Jason Morgan
Sam McCall
Sonny Corinthos
Lucas Jones
Leo Falconeri
Kiki Jerome
Danny Morgan
Lila McCall



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