Who Is Victor Cassadine?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans are going gaga since hearing that once again, the show is reaching into its treasure trove of rich characters and pulling out a doozy — Victor Cassadine! Here's the skinny on the Cassadine that time almost forgot!

Thaao Penghlis, who will be returning to the role in late January, originated the character back in 1981. Victor's bloodline is a rather nefarious one, with the infamous Mikkos for an older brother and Stavros and Stefan for nephews. Victor was one of Robert Scorpio's most deadly adversaries, having shot and killed his WSB partner, Brighton O'Reilly, in cold blood right in front of him. (But as you can see in the photo, Penghlis gets along just fine with Scorpio's portrayer, Tristan Rogers!)

It was through Victor that the beloved character Tiffany Hill was introduced. She was his B-movie actress girlfriend who later married Sean Donely. Victor left Port Charles with the Ice Princess and his brother, Tony, and traveled to Cassadine Island with Luke, Laura and Robert as stowaways. On the island, they joined up with their evil genius brother, Mikkos, who planned to use the stone as a power source for a weather machine and freeze the world! With the help of his friends (and Tiffany), Luke foiled their attempt, and while Mikkos and Tony froze to death in the ice chamber, Victor was sent off to prison and never spoken of again... until now!

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