An emergency recast helped keep General Hospital’s Marcus Taggert on-screen during actor Réal Andrews’s brief hiatus – but now Andrews is back at work, at he’s got some exciting news to share with his fans.
Réal Andrews Previews Upcoming Story For Taggert
Andrews took to Instagram on Monday, and shared both a snapshot of him clutching some script pages, and a message that promised, “Some major storyline coming down the Pipe for Taggert.”
The actor concluded his post with the cheeky tease, “Stay tuned it’s about to get real :)” Taggert is currently occupying a cell at the PCPD, and desperately trying to both win back the trust of his daughter, Trina (Sydney Mikayla), and ex-wife Portia (Brook Kerr), whom he allowed to believe him dead, while he tried to finally expose Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) for the drug peddler that he is.
Andrews last aired as Taggert back in December 2020, at which point he was recast with Asante Jones. Rumors were rampant about Andrews’s health, especially in light of the actor’s revelation that he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer in 2019.
Andrews, however, assured his fans that he had not suffered another medical crisis nor had his cancer returned. In a social media post, he revealed that “I just got my results back from my one-year check and I am very happy. I’m absolutely cancer-free and probably in the best shape of my life.”
During Andrews’s absence, Jones deftly assumed the part of Taggert and enacted various dramatic scenes including the former PCPD detective’s arrest for staging his death (in addition to various other crimes) and a tense reunion with his on-screen family.
Andrews originated the role of Marcus Taggert in December 1996. He left a year later, and was replaced by Matthew St. Patrick. In 1998, Andrews reassumed the role and continued on until May 2003. The character and actor, made an unexpected, though enthusiastically-received return in January 2020. General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.
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