James Patrick Stuart joined the cast of General Hospital in 2016 as romantic bad boy, Valentin Cassadine. Originally asked to stay just long enough to kill off fan favorite Nicholas Cassadine, before being hauled away by the feds, Valentin bedded Nina Reeves (Michelle Stafford) and the rest is soap history.
James was born in Hollywood, California on June 16th, 1968 to British immigrants Chad and Jill Stuart. As his father was half of 60’s pop duo, Chad and Jeremy, James spent much of his childhood in Los Angeles recording studios. His father bought him a drum set at the age of 9 and by age 14 James was already recording with his father.
James is a long time member of the ABC family. In fact, his first role was at the age of 11 starring as Lorne Greene’s Starchild consultant, Dr. Zee on ABC’s Galactica 1980. After attending university in San Francisco, Stuart made a brief appearance in Pretty Woman as a bellhop and was quickly hired by the New York soap, All My Children as dark horse Will Cortlandt. He left the soap in 1992 an Emmy nominee.
Shortly after, James was offered the life-changing role of Brett, Elaine’s egocentric, furniture designing boyfriend with a soft spot for the song “Desperado,” in a popular episode of Seinfeld. Stuart next appeared as “Gee”, a French ski instructor with the hots for Niles on the iconic “Ski Lodge” episode of Frasier.
Stuart has continued to enjoy an extremely prolific television career joining the casts of many funny network comedy pilots with Steve Carell, Janine Garaffallo, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Chris Kattan and Heather Graham while maintaining recurring roles on popular network hits like CSI, The Closer, The Mentalist, 90210, Two Broke Girls and How to Get Away with Murder. In 2011, James joined the cast of CW’s Supernatural as big baddie, Dick Roman.
Stuart has long maintained a successful voice over career, famously voicing the role of “Private” on Nickelodeon’s wildly popular Penguins of Madagascar animated series. Currently, he can be heard voicing the role of “Zeg” on Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines, and “One-Eyed Wally” on Disney Channel’s Amphibia.
When not filming General Hospital, you will find James in his recording studio. In 2019 he released his first album, The Apple Tree as a tribute to his father.
James lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jocelyn, and their two sons, Graham and Colin.