Three decades of friendship
General Hospital actors James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) and Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) have a bond both on and off the ABC soap. The men became fast friends over 3 decades ago and continue to be close today. During a recent GH Fantasy Event, the duo said they met after Stuart was told by his agent that All My Children was searching for an actor to play a new character, Knight was already a cast member on AMC, portraying the fan-favorite Tad ‘The Cad’ Martin off and on from 1982 until the series ended in 2011. Stuart tried out for and won the role of Will Courtland and began watching the show so he could get a feel for it. The actor was only on AMC for 4 years from 2007 to 2011 but his friendship with Knight has withstood the test of time. Knight was born on May 7th, 1959, and was once married to One Life to Live actress Catherine Hickland. Stuart was born on June 6, 1968 and has been married to his wife Joscelyn Jane Stilwell since September 8, 2000 and they have two children. Valentin debuted on GH in 2016 and Martin came along three years later in 2019.
Michael and James are BFF's for life
Over the decades Stuart and Knight have had a lot of interesting moments together. and Stuart has said that everything he knows about acting he learned from his good friend. One special moment the duo have shared was with other soap stars when they were invited to the White House in the early 1990s by then-First Lady Barbara Bush. In the above photo, they look so young it's hard to believe how much time has gone by. Knight also happens to be the godfather to Stuart’s second son who is named “Colin Michael. Stuart's wife Jocelyn, and her mother are big fans of Michael E Knight and they all got together at the now-defunct Broadway Deli in Santa Monica for a meet and greet. It was revealed during the recent interview that Suart's name is really Patrick but he did not want to be confused with the Stark Trek Next Generation actor Patrick Stuart so his stage name is James. The two men really care for one another and agree that they will be BFFs for life. It's common for women to say they have been friends for many decades but less common for men to say they have maintained an active friendship. Stuart and Knight are exceptions indeed.
A lasting Bromance
Art is beginning to imitate life as Martin Gray and Valentin Cassadine are becoming close in a roundabout way. They are not warm and fuzzy but do get quite a bit of air time together. The relationship began with Martin as a lawyer and Vlanetin being his client. They have had their share of disagreements but seem to have mutual respect for one another. When it was first announced that Knight would join the cast of General Hospital his friend Stuart said he hoped they could work together.and Frank Valenti the GH executive producer obviously agreed. Initially, the two men did not have a lot of scenes with each other but this has changed over time. Right now Martin is trying to hide from Valentin the fact that he slept with Lucy Coe (Lynne Herring) who is not one of Cassadine's favorite people. Valentin actually gave his attorney an ultimatum of having him for a client or choosing Lucy. So far Marfin and his recent hook-up have found interesting ways to keep Valentin off of their trail but General Hospital viewers know that eventually they will be found out. The way Valentin looks at his lawyer when he is angry with him is so convincing that no one would even consider that the two are friends in real-time.Spoilers don't say much regarding what is in store for Martin and Valentin but whether they get along or not it seems their portrayers Michael E Knight and James Patrick Stuart have determined to be be besties forever.
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© 2019 Cheryl E Preston