Donnell Turner Biography General Hospital

Donnell Turner — A Biography

Donnell Turner was born in Tacoma, WA.  He moved to Redding, CA, along with his mother and brother, when he was just a small boy. Turner soon discovered a love for acting, while performing in many church plays. He channeled still more energy into athletics such as martial arts and basketball. He almost ended up with a basketball career and turned semi-pro for a while, but eventually decided acting is where his passions lie and decided to pursue that full time.

By 2001, Turner made his way to LA and the audition circuit and you can find him in a variety of commercials, including ones for Nike, Bud Light, Pepsi, Coke, Coors, Disney, and AT&T.

In 2010, Donnell Turner landed in the soap world, but only briefly when he played a doctor treating Hope on Days of Our Lives. He also found stunt work on shows like ER and Criminal Minds.

Turner admits that he sent letters and headshots to General Hospital casting director Mark Teschner throughout the years and it finally paid off for him in 2015 when he was cast in the role of Curtis Ashford

Curtis and Turner became instant hits on GH and many say the actor has chemistry with a tree, meaning just about anyone they pair him with, leaving so many possibilities for the ex-cop/recovering drug addict/private investigator.

When not working on screen, Turner can be found off-screen working with local kids to help them turn their lives around. He also works with the organization Autism Speaks and was a celebrity guest speaker for the group in 2016.

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Fast Facts

  • Donnell Turner was born on January 8, 1973.
  • Turner grew up watching General Hospital with his grandmother.
  • Turner is a fitness enthusiast and uses Muay Thai to stay in shape.
  • Turner is a mentor for many local California high school students.
  • Turner is one of those men that feels no shame wearing socks with sandals.