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Ned Ashton
Wally Kurth as Ned Ashton
General Hospital
Portrayed by Kurt McKinney (1988-91)
Wally Kurth (1991-2015)
Duration 1988-07, 2012-15
First appearance September 7, 1988
Last appearance October 19, 2015
Cause/reason Left town
Created by Ann Marcus
Norma Monty
Introduced by H. Wesley Kenney (1988)
Book appearances Robin's Diary
Alias(es) Eddie Maine
Namesake(s) Edward Quartermaine
Lawrence "Larry" Ashton
Nickname(s) Ted (by Julian)
Gender Male
  • Businessman
  • Singer/Songrwriter
  • CEO of L&B Records
  • NedAstonKM
    Kurt McKinney as Ned Ashton

    Edward Lawrence "Ned" Quartermaine Ashton is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. He is the son of Lord Larry Ashton and his ex-wife, Tracy Quartermaine.

    He was played from 1988-1991 by McKinney, and from 1991-2007, 2012, 2013, and 2014-15 by Wally Kurth.


    Actor Kurt McKinney originated the role of Ned Ashton on September 7, 1988. After 3 years with the series, McKinney last appeared on August 30, 1991.

    The role was quickly recast with Wally Kurth, who made his first appearance on September 9, 1991.

    In February 2005, Kurth was dropped to recurring status, and he departed from the series in July 2007.

    He has reprised the role for brief stints in November 2007, November 2012, and most recently since January 24, 2013. He returned in April of 2014.

    In that March it was revealed that Wally Kurth is leaving GH after signing a contract with Days of Our Lives where he portrays Justin Kiriakis.[1] He departed the series on May 19, 2015.[2] He returned for one episode on October 19, 2015.[3][4]


    Ned and lois

    Ned and Lois wed

    Ned has had a number of relationships over the years. He was first introduced as having an affair with Dr. Monica Quartermaine, the wife of his uncle Alan. She didn't recognize him because he had been sent to boarding school as a child and she didn't see him again until he was an adult. He later married and annulled Monica's daughter Dawn Winthrop, divorced Spencer cousin Jenny Eckert, and band manager and recording company executive Lois Cerullo, the mother of his daughter Brook Lynn Ashton. He was also briefly married to Katherine Bell because she was blackmailing the family. The marriage was invalid, because at the same time, he was married to Lois as Eddie Maine. He had a long affair with Alexis Davis,  but she developed cold feet and talked to Ned right before the wedding and called it off.

    He had a platonic marriage to Chloe Morgan, who was a distant cousin of his grandmother Lila, and later was engaged to Alexis's long-lost sister, Kristina Cassadine, whose death he and Alexis blamed on Sonny Corinthos. Most recently, Ned had a relationship with Skye Chandler. For a time he pretended to be the father of Alexis's daughter, Kristina Davis, and had custody of the little girl when Alexis was on trial for murdering Luis Alcazar and was later sentenced to probation. Alexis didn't want the Quartermaines to be involved in the girl's life, and he later decided to give up contact with her. Ned has been a back burner character in recent years, living quietly in Los Angeles and Brooklyn at once.


    Ned with his mother, Tracy and brother, Dillon

    He returned in November 2007 to attend Emily's funeral. He also returned in November 2012 to attend the Quartermaine's Thanksgiving and his grandfather Edward's funeral. On the 22nd, he visits his mother Tracy in the family mausoleum and then heads to the mansion. He is part of the argument between his mother Tracy, Monica, A.J. and himself until Michael intervenes. He witnesses Heather attack on Skye.  He supports his mother in the battle of CEO when A.J. tries to take control of ELQ Enterprises. He leaves town for awhile. He returned in January 24, 2013 to see and help his mother Tracy keep her CEO position in aftermath of Lucy Coe's vampire-hunting attack on John McBain.  He intially proposes to Tracy that she steps aside in the battle for ELQ because Ned doesn't want to see Tracy get hurt. Ned says that he will continue to support his mother.

    Ned returns to Port Charles on April 15, 2014, to attend his cousin, A.J.'s funeral. When he returns he finds out that Fluke is trying to get his way in the family business. He also finds out that Fluke and his mother are engaged. So he makes Fluke sign a pre-nub, but Fluke is furious because this spoils his plans to take over ELQ. So he convinces Tracy to trust him and not sign that pre-nub. Later, Ned finds out that Fluke has been hitting on Kiki Jerome making her and Morgan Corinthos extremely furious with Fluke. When they tell Kiki`s boyfriend, Michael Corinthos III, he wants to kill Fluke. However, Ned comes up with a better idea. Ned and Michael both oust Tracy out of the company to save it from Fluke and Michael becomes the new C.E.O. On May 22, 2014, Fluke holds Ned at gunpoint. When Tracy walks in on them, Fluke deceives her. Ned later kicks his mother out of the house..


    Ned and his father, Larry

    In July 2014, Ned starts hanging out with Olivia Falconeri. They slowly develop feelings for each other. In September 2014, Alexis asks Ned out and this makes Olivia and Alexis`s ex-lover, Julian Jerome upset. On October 7, 2014, Ned runs into Monica at the Metro Court Hotel. Some people from the Port Charles Press, a newspaper ran by Julian, took pictures of Monica and Ned together. Julian then ran a story about Monica and Ned`s affair coming back.

    Later that month, Ned`s father, Larry Ashton returned to Port Charles. Ned and the Quatermaine's have another Thanksgiving Pizza Dinner. In December 2014, Olivia tells Ned that she has feelings for him, but Ned tells her that he is with Alexis.

    On Valentines Day, Ned and Alexis have a fight about Julian and later on he finds out that Olivia is pregnant with Julian's child. Ned and Alexis have since broken up. On February 19, Ned claims Olivia's child as his own to keep it safe from Julian's world.

    On May 7, Julian finds out he is the father and on May 8, Olivia gives birth to a little boy with Ned by her side. To keep the baby safe, Ned and Olivia pay Dr. Obrecht off to help fake the baby's death. Ned and Olivia then leave town with the baby.

    On October 19 he comes back to town to see Olivia and runs into Alexis who asked him if he was in town to see Olivia and the baby and if he staying in town. He tells Alexis that he is in town to see Olivia but doesn't know if he staying in town. Later in Olivia' s hotel suite Olivia wants him,her and Leo to be a real family which Ned said that he can't stay with Olivia if she continues to tell this lie about Leo. That he asked his daughter Brooke Lynn to lie for him and he will not be part of her lie anymore and he gives Olivia and ultimate that she tell Julian that Leo is alive but Olivia refuses. Ned and Olivia share one last kiss before he leaves town again. Leaving Olivia heartbroken.

    Crimes CommittedEdit

    • Sent Paul on a wild goose chase in search of baby Dillon in order to have Jenny to himself [1992]
    • Bigamy; married Katherine Bell while still married to Lois Cerullo [1994]
    • Set it up to appear that he was the one driving the car instead of a drunken A.J. when Jason was permanently brain damaged [1995]
    • Lied to Sonny Corinthos about the paternity of his daughter, Kristina [winter 2002]
    • Accused of sexually assaulting a young woman back in 1994, while working as Eddie Maine; not guilty [Sep 2003; charges dropped]
    • Attempted to bribe the fire marshal into covering up the cause of the PC Hotel fire [2004]
    • Got into a full-scale fist fight with Julian Jerome [Oct 22, 2014]
    • Threatened to kill Julian Jerome [Dec 30, 2014]
    • Assaulted Franco (held him by the collar and threatened him) [Apr 16, 2015]
    • Helped Olivia fake the death of her son [May 19, 2015]
    • Bribed Dr. Liesl Obrecht to tell Julian that his baby is dead (He donated money to GH) [May 19, 2015]

    Health and VitalsEdit

    • Injured while trying to rescue Kristina from the burning Gatehouse [Mar 2003]
    • Held at gunpoint and almost killed by Luke Spencer [Apr 2014]
    • Held at gunpoint and almost killed by Luke again [May 22, 2014]
    • Got into a full-scale fist fight with Julian Jerome [Oct 22, 2014]
    • Shoved by Julian Jerome [Dec 30, 2014]
    • Sick with the flu [revealed Feb 5, 2015]
    • Conned out of his ELQ shares by Franco (Ned was trying to protect Olivia) [Apr 2015]

    Positions held at ELQ EnterprisesEdit

    Predecessor CEO Successor
    A.J. Quartermaine
    Ned Ashton
    Edward Quartermaine
    Edward Quartermaine
    Ned Ashton
    A.J. Quartermaine
    Edward Quartermaine
    Ned Ashton
    A.J. Quartermaine
    Paul Hornsby
    Ned Ashton
    Edward Quartermaine
    Alan Quartermaine
    Ned Ashton
    Paul Hornsby

    Family treeEdit

    Brook Lynn


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