Robert Scorpio is a great hero on the show. He saved Port Charles, and
the world, many times as a spy and then as police commissioner. Even though
he no longer resides in the city, whenever he arrives, he saves the day.
Although being a hero may seem like a boring character, Robert's charm
and good looks help make him exciting. Robert is very loyal to his friends
Robert fell in love with Anna Devane in the 70's while they were both
spies for the World Security Bureau. Anna turned out to be a double agent.
She had Robert's baby, Robin, but he didn't find out for a long time.
Robert came to Port Charles in 1981 to deal with the evil Cassadines. He
posed as a wealthy financier and flirted with Laura, clashing with
two of them then worked together to bring down the Cassadines and stop them
from freezing the world. They have remained life-long friends.
Luke disappeared in an avalanche in 1983, and Robert fell in love with
Luke's girlfriend Holly and married her. Luke returned, causing
trouble, but the three stayed friends after that.
In 1984, Robert helped Luke out of a jam in Mexico, and they met up with
his former WSB boss, Sean Donely. Sean and Robert competed against each
other for everything, usually with Sean stealing something. Anna joined them
in adventures. Robert was thought to be killed after a fight with Sean, but
he returned alive. Meanwhile, Sean turned over a new leaf and went back to
being a hero.
Robert was police commissioner of Port Charles from 1983 through 1985.
Sean, Robert and Anna opened a detective agency in 1987. They solved many
cases and protected the citizens of Port Charles.
During one of the times that Robert and Anna were broken up, he took up
with world reknowned concert pianist named Katherine Delafield. They were
engaged for a while, but she left town after realizing that he had other
In 1991, Robert was told by his ex-girlfriend Cheryl that her baby Lucas
was really his. Although paternity tests proved otherwise, it caused a big
fight between him and Anna. Also that year, Robert's estranged younger
brother Mac showed up in town. Later, the brothers make up, and Robert
married Anna. Robert then learned that Holly, who was presumed-dead, is
Anna left town in 1992, and Robert followed her. Mac became their
daughter Robin's legal guardian. They were both presumed dead in an
explosion along with crime boss Cesar Faison. Anna appeared alive in 2001 on
"All My Children", but with amnesia at first. Eventually, she got her memory
back and reunited with Robin, but she still thought Robert was dead.
Robert re-appeared in 2006, after being gone for 15 years, when Port
Charles had a bio-toxin threat. He had followed Luke, who was, unbeknownst
to him, carrying the virus (and a monkey). Robert helped figure out
how to contain the outbreak and deal with the bad guys who were holding the
cure for ransom.
Robert helped Skye escape from
Lorenzo Alcazar, and his goons beat Robert
up. Later, Robert helped Skye and Lorenzo deliver Skye's baby. Robert gave
Robin advice about her relationship with Patrick, and he was around to walk
her down the aisle. He was also there for the birth of their baby, Emma.
Anna was also there, so they spent some time together, discussing the past.
Robert's plane crashed near Port Charles in 2008, and it was discovered
that he had brain tumors and colon cancer (in the summer series "General
Hospital: Nightshift"). He recovered from that after falling into a coma for
a while. His friends and family spoke to him while he was in the coma,
including old friends Sean and Tiffany.
Robert returned to town at Anna's request in 2012 and learned that Robin
had died (She didn't, really, but no one knows that yet). Robert almost
committed suicide, but Luke talked him out of it by lying that Ethan is
really Robert's son, not Luke's. He set it up so that Ethan would leave town
and look like he was kidnapped by Helena. It gave Robert a new challenge, so
he went off looking for Ethan.
Whenever Robert and Anna are not in town, they are still out doing work
as spies and heroes. They are like two superheroes, in a way. They are both
very brave and cunning, and they work hard to keep the world safe from the
from about.com: Tristan Rogers to
Return to 'General Hospital'
Wednesday January 11, 2012
As was rumored, Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) will be returning to General
Hospital in February as part of Robin's exit story.
It has been announced that Finola Hughes (Anna), who plays Robin's mother,
will be staying with the show for a time after Kimberly McCullough departs.
Rumors are now swirling that Robin's superspy dad, Robert Scorpio, will be
sticking around as well.
For whatever time he's with GH, Rogers' fans will be thrilled to see him. Check him out on
Reality Bytes, realitybytes.com — So You Think You Can Write?
• Who needs a writers’ development program? Producer-creator Tristan Rogers
is offering fans an opportunity to write for his soap-within-a-soap, Beyond
Reason. Visit tristanrogers.com for more information on his “So You Think
You Can Write” contest. Maybe Chuck Pratt can learn a thing or two from
From soapzone.com August 2009: Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) had the
once-in-a-million chance of meeting one of her idols, Tristan Rogers
(ex-Robert Scorpio) at the last GH Christmas party—and she said she blew it
by acting painfully shy. When Rogers put his hand out, LoCicero withdrew,
“covered my face, and giggled and backed away.” She thinks she’d pass out or
something if another idol, Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake), ever came her
way. –Soap Opera Digest, August 11, 2009
This is from Soap Opera Digest (December 2006) about shooting Luke and
Laura's wedding this time around: What a difference 25 years makes in soapdom. For Tristan Rogers (Robert
Scorpio), it’s the difference between bellying up to the honey wagon/bar
in between on-location shoots, and hunkering down with a book. Lucky for
the veteran actor, Rogers was able to enjoy the compare and contrast as
Luke and Laura’s guest – two times over.
Tristan Rogers now resides in the Palm Springs, CA area.
He is the spokesperson for Outback steakhouses and you can hear his voice in
He appeared on The Bold & The Beautiful in 1997.
Tristan does some animation work with his fabulous voice!
The website "Fans
For Tristan Rogers" is no more.
A big THANK YOU to that site and to Scorpiofiles for some of these photos
More pictures, with
descriptions! Second part of the bio and more pictures!
Bio (Part One)Just the Facts
Born: June 3, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia
Parents: Ron & Margo Rogers
Hair: Light Brown
Married: Barbara Meale, June 7, 1974 to 1984
Married: Teresa Parkerson, May 21, 1995.
Children: Sara Jane (8-15-92) Baby boy
Division Four Bellbird
Delta Force Number 96
Paul Temple Time Slip
The Protectors Barlow
The Adventurer Cross Roads
Ace of Wands
Dixon Of Dock Green
General Hospital (1980-1985; 1986; 1987-1992)
(1981) Love Boat
(1984) Cover Up
(1987) Sky Commanders
(1989) Mancuso, FBI
(1990) Rescuers Down Under
(1991) Super Force
(1991) Tales From The Crypt
(1991) Soul Mates
(1992) Super Force (2 part episode)
(1993) Walker, Texas Ranger
(1993) Night Eyes 3
(1994) Babylon 5
(1994) Perry Mason, The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle
(1994) Acapulco Heat
(1995) One West Waikiki
(1997) The Bold and the Beautiful as Hunter Jones
(1997) Fast Track as Harry
Born the only child to Ron & Margo Rogers, Tristan describes his childhood: "I
was kind of rebellious. My parents wanted a doctor or lawyer in the family, but I up and
learned to drum and joined a band like a good sixties kid."
"I wanted to go to Engineering school but my parents insisted on sending me to
private school. They wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer or something like that. Or
course, that was in the sixties and that was the thing. Nowadays, with all these
malpractice suits, I think it's probably more fashionable to be an actor!" He
continues: "After I finished school I joined a pop bank. I was the drummer and lead
vocalist. My parents were crestfallen about that. My father and I didn't communicate for a
good three years."
The band was called the Sounds of the Present. "We used to do basically top 40
stuff. This was back in the late 60's. Then we started to get into writing our own songs
towards the end of our career, but the last 4 months - when the band was dying - we
started writing our own material and it was pretty good, but unfortunately, the band was
becoming sort of fragmented. We had it - we just wanted to split. By the time we actually
did break up, we were doing our best work, but we lost our momentum."
"I started doing session work to a limited extent. I guess if I had stuck with
drumming - because I wasn't bad - if I really stuck with it, by now I'd be pretty good -
probably very good, because I had it all going for me. I had the natural rhythm - but like
most things, I got impatient with it. I could see probably the next years of my life I'd
be hacking around - the drum kit in the back of my car. I could never be sure when I was
going to make it and the idea of living like that didn't appeal to me. I was doing a bit
of commercial work (modeling) and making money, and it was easy. So I said, why kill
yourself? And then the acting came along. I just walked into that, literally off the
On the advice of a friend, Tristan tried his hand at modeling: "I started doing
commercial work because it was a nice way to make a buck. After six months I got bored
with it. Let's face it, there's only so much you can do with two modeling expressions and
Then Tristan decided to try his hand at acting and walked into the only production
company in Australia at the time. "There wasn't much happening with Australian
television at the time but there was one company that was making a very tacky police
series. I swaggered into their offices, right off the street, and said I wanted a part.
They looked at me rather suspiciously but handed me a couple of soiled test-scripts and
told me to take them home and come back the next day. I did and got to audition - in the
lobby! It was really scumsville, but the job was mine and the parts kept getting bigger
and bigger; from an innocent bystander that got shot, to a slick-talking hood or one of
the detectives. And that's how I lived for a couple of years, until I moved to
Sydney ." where he had his first starring role: "The series was
called The Link Men and it was a disaster! It was the first venture of a new television
company and in addition to getting bombed, there was a great deal of political infighting.
As a consequence, the experience left me so frustrated that I didn't know if I wanted to
act anymore so I decided to leave the country."
"I knew I was fed up when I was at a friend's apartment and someone knocked at the
door. When I opened it, George the producer (of The Link Men) and the chief cameraman fell
flat on the floor. George looked up and in a drunken voice said, 'They canceled the show!'
The shows executives had laid out these big buffet tables, got the actors drunk and handed
out termination notices when they walked out the door. In the meantime, no one bothered to
tell George and he was in the booth still mixing while the show had been killed three
hours earlier! At this point, I decided it was no use hanging around Australia.".
So Tristan moved to London where he worked on a couple of British shows including the
soaps The Bellbird and The Box. Tristan also started modeling again and worked nights as a
DJ in a disco. "I had shoulder-length silver hair (it was not a wig), a massive
mustache and extremely bizarre clothes. We're talking about an entirely different person
altogether, but I enjoyed myself enormously. Pub discos are small, cramped places with
awful drinks, but the atmosphere is great. The British go out once a week, usually on a
Friday night, and they go absolutely crazy. They want to forget all their problems, and by
the time they go to the disco they're already up - primed to have fun."
Music at the time was changing from disco to punk rock and Tristan reflects on the
violence that went along with that change: "Punk rock was perfect for the times and a
perfect statement for the young. What with the class structure and the economic situation
in England, punk rock was a socially motivated form of music. But it caught on in America
just because it caught on everywhere else. And then there was the violence The great
enjoyment for the punkers became Paki-bashing, which involved tracking down a Pakistani
and beating him up. This was how the race riots started over in West Kensington."
Tristan pauses thoughtfully; it's clear the idea of violence is something that disturbs
him. "They used to have a West Indian Festival in Portobello Road. I went to it the
first year and it was really great. Unfortunately, the next year, a lot of the filthy
element decided to come out for it. Primarily to cause trouble. They wound up having a
tremendous riot and the festival was never held again."
But Tristan also has fond memories of London as it was where he met his first wife,
actress Barbara Meale. Tristan recalls meeting Barbara at a mutual friends Christmas Eve
party. "She arrived in a limousine wearing a black mink coat, hot pants and high
leather boots. I approached her in my jeans and T-shirt and asked her to dance. She
snapped back with 'Get lost.' I thought, 'Very uppity. Obviously Australian!'"
Not one for being put off, Tristan found out her phone number and called her several
times within the next week until she would agree to go out with him. She did, on New
Year's Eve, and they instantly began an exclusive relationship.
She wanted marriage, he didn't. So she decided to leave London and return to her native
Australia. Tristan continued to work at the Disco and found the lifestyle taking it's toll
and, after receiving some rather romantic inspiring letters from Barbara, he decided to
also return to Australia and he and Barbara were married on June 7th, 1974.
Tristan continued working on Australian television (both daytime and nighttime) but
found the work confining and restrictive so he and Barbara decided to try their luck in
Tristan remembers: "My wife wanted to come, she thought it would be a good idea
for me career-wise. I was getting typecast in Australia and couldn't break out of
"We'd been talking about the possibility of a move for about a year. Barbara had
previously worked in the States; he was secretary to Alister Maitland at the British
Consulate in New York, so it wasn't as if we were shoving off into unknown territory. And
although I was doing well in Australia, I could see that five years hence, I'd still be
doing the same thing. So I decided to take that five years and apply it to becoming
successful in Los Angeles. "
Work in Hollywood wasn't to easy to come by, especially for an Australian, so Tristan
worked on softening the accent supplemented his income by working as an instructor in a
gym when his life completely changed.
Then GH producer, Gloria Monty, spoke of how the character of Scorpio came to life:
"I talk too quickly sometimes, my brain races ahead of my tongue and I was thinking
East Africans for a small part involving diamonds. I said Austrian. When I arrived for the
readings, these Australians were there and I said why are you giving me all these? And he
said: "Gloria, I swear you asked for them." Since they'd shown up, Monty heard
them read and she was immediately taken with Rogers. "I thought he was .
Engaging, he had a perky quality. I just had an innate feeling he would work, that we
should put him on contract and see if we could develop him."
Tristan remembers: "I got the audition on a Monday, read, and was told to come
back the next day. At eight the next morning I did a reading with Gloria and was told,
again, to come back the next day. On Wednesday, the man I was supposed to read the scenes
with said, 'They cut the five pages to just the first two.' I was furious. In the first
two pages, all I said was 'Yes, no, maybe' - the heavy, meaty stuff was all at the end of
the scene, so when it came time to read, I just kept going. No one told me to stop and
they told me they'd be in touch. I gave my final reading on Friday night and I knew I had
it but I tried not to get excited. The weekend was agony. Both Barbara and I were bursting
on the inside but trying to stay calm on the outside. On Monday morning they called, said
I had the job and would I report to work that afternoon. That's how quick it was"
It seemed that Tristan's accent helped, more than hurt, is career. "My agent told
me he couldn't give me away with an Australian accent and he advised me to lose it as
quick as possible. So, I worked on it and I got rid of it. I can do a really good American
accent now. But when I went to the audition for General Hospital, Gloria Monty said 'You
are never to talk like that again - ever - forget it immediately.' And so the only accent
I'm allowed to use on the show is my own."
"Well I never really actually got rid of it (the accent). I just learned to adopt
one. An actor has to have a good ear to take on different sounds, the same way he has to
be able to change his appearance. It's all sort of part of a kit. And actually, I'd only
been messing with an American accent for a period of about four weeks. And then
"GH" came along and I didn't have to use it again. I've had to use it from time
to time on the show to disguise my voice for whatever reason."
Scorpio quickly became a fan favorite: "When I first started on 'GH', they didn't
have a storyline for Robert Scorpio, so Gloria and I sat down and she explained to me how
she envisioned the character. Since those initial meetings, however, Robert Scorpio has
become mainly what I've brought to the role. His sense of humor, for instance, is
definitely mine - the feeling that he can smile at you and blow your brains out in the
same breath. He's a multimillionaire, he can do what he pleases, but he came up the hard
way. And he identifies with people who have the same background and who he thinks are
worthy opponents. That's one of the reasons he likes Luke. He's a ruthless man. I believe
he's killed people in the past and he could do so again in the future."
Working with Monty had been a refreshing change for the actor: "Something new
comes out of him (Scorpio) everyday. For the fist two weeks on 'GH' you're allowed to play
with your character but you're also watched very carefully - primarily by Gloria. I've
never had as much freedom working with anyone and never had as much respect for anybody as
I have for Gloria Monty. If she feels you can handle it you're given enough rope to quite
literally hang yourself. And if you do, it's your own fault. So far I've managed to dance
around the trap door."
GH was a great opportunity. "Yes, I had a hard time back in Australia getting what
I wanted. When I was acting, I was basically type cast. That's the reason I left the
country. I wasn't getting the parts I wanted. It was all the same. I was playing the same
neatly defined good guy or bad guy. I couldn't get into the character roles, whereas
General Hospital has allowed me to do character material on a cameo-type basis, which is
how I use Scorpio - dressing him up, giving him accents."
Tristan has nothing but high regards for his early co-stars. Especially, Billie Hayes
who played the spunky WSB agent O'Reilly and seemingly Scorpio's only friend. "The
public reaction to us was phenomenal, and I would love to have her back on the show. It
appeared that O'Reilly was Scorpio's only family. She died in his arms, but no one ever
pronounced her dead."
Then there's daytimes greatest team: Robert & Luke. "Nobody expected this
chemistry between myself, Tony Geary and Genie Francis to happen. The three of us get
along well. There's now a trade off between 'Scorpio' and 'Luke', which is sort of a
friendly rivalry. It evolved because Tony and I enjoy working together."
Scorpio, the secret agent was all about action and adventure and fun. How much of
Tristan did he bring to the role. "My character drifts between James Bond and Daffy
Duck, that's just like me!"
"Well, his accent is mine and I like to think I'm a nice guy. But after that we
part company - I'm not as serious as he is. I'm more light-hearted. Scorpio's sense of
humor is similar to mine - he's a bit of a smart mouth. But he has a lot more style than I
do and he's organized. I'm not. He gets things done. He can always deal with any bizarre
But, at that time, Tristan wished that they had allowed his character to develop in
other ways. "Without the romance the adventure is shallow. (He) would like Scorpio to
have a relationship that builds, not disappears."
"I've been given a lot of freedom in developing the character but I haven't been
happy with the romantic side of it. I won't so certain things if I'm not happy with them.
I have a specific type of romance thing in mind and I hope they will let me go with it
With or without a leading lady at his side, Robert Scorpio became one of the most
popular characters on the show. Tristan was quickly climbing to the top of all the soap
magazines popularity polls and he was receiving thousands of fan letters a week.
"I can't believe the things some of these women write! I don't know whether to be
flattered or embarrassed sometimes!"
Barbara said at the time: "The good letters really outweigh the bad, that's why
Tristan cares so much about his fan club. I've hired four people to help me. Every letter
gets categorized and answered. Most of them want pictures, others are love letters, some
comment on the show, others just want to tell their troubles to Tristan. The important
thing is that they are all read. It takes a lot of time and effort and Tristan thinks it's
important and so do I. "
Tristan concurs: "It takes an enormous amount of money to get the letters read and
answered. I'd say I spend at least $600 a month minimum. The nighttime stars get their
mail handled for them by the studios, but we soap stars have to do it ourselves. Barbara
and the help she hired do a great job."
Even in the beginning Tristan cared about his fans. "They care about me enough to
write and I appreciate them. Without fans where would actors be? The letters have
tremendous influence on the show as well. The more letters I receive the heavier I am
featured in the show."
This show of popularity lead to the numerous personal appearances - which can be
extremely overwhelming. Tristan remembers: "You walk out on stage and for the first
five minutes all you hear is screaming. Then when I start to talk, more screams start. I
don't think half the people know or care what I'm saying. They are just there to look at
me and hear my accent."
"A lot of people just approach me and say, 'Just talk. Say anything. I just want
to hear you talk.' I guess it just adds to my sex appeal. Many people mistake my speech
for a British accent. Don't want to be compared to a pome, good Lord!" (pome -
Australian slang for a person who is a prisoner to Mother England)
Sometimes female fans can get a little out of hand, not to mention a little graphic!
"Right in front of everybody these women were asking me if I'd like to go home and
sleep with them. The used much more graphic language, too, if you know what I mean. I was
speechless, really. I suppose rock stars get used to that kind of thing, but for me it was
a bit of a shock!"
"It's incredible, beyond belief. You could never imagine a situation like this was
possible, to go out in front of a mob like that and be the center of attention. All those
people here to see me? What did I do? You can get carried away with it very quickly. I
guess it's a healthy outlet; there are worse things people could get enthusiastic about
It may all have been a little overwhelming but Tristan realized early that part of a
successful job a on soaps was to get out there and reach the fans . "If you're going
to do daytime, it's a business and it's got to run like one. Park of the business is
popularity and you've got to maintain those personal appearances. I think I owe the public
something. Without their support, what are you? Nothing but a dead storyline."
How does all this affect the wife of a soap star: "I don't mind sharing him with
his fans but when they start trying to break up our marriage to get me out of the picture,
or try to shove me aside to get close to him in public, I do get angry. I was hurt and
angry about it in the beginning, but now I accept it. The people who say mean things are
sick in a way and they can't accept that Scorpio is not real and that Tristan has another
life away from the show."
This kind of enthusiasm can often be dangerous. "I've been shoved to the ground.
Kicked in the knee, had my hair pulled and had my clothes torn from my body. If I start to
see the crowds pushing too much, I leave because I don't want anyone to get hurt. I'm
concerned for the fans' safety as well as my own."
Tristan's hard work paid off as he was awarded with the Soap Opera Digest Award (the
called the Soapy's) for the most exciting newcomer of 1981. After winning the Soapy Award
for most exciting newcomer, do you feel under pressure to keep up your current success?
" No - if I hadn't won it, it wouldn't have made any difference at all. It's nice -
you know it's a nice accolade. It's nice to know your getting through to people, but the
bottom line is , if I wasn't getting through to people , I wouldn't be on the show. So, as
I'm still on the show, I must be doing something right "
Tristan is proud to be the first Australian actor to become successful on American
television and has been able to retain his heritage. "There were two actors before
me, Chips Rafferty and Rod Taylor. But Chips was primarily a supporting actor and Rod was
forced to adopt an American accent to play the leading man roles. But I'm the first
leading man who's been allowed to retain his Australian accent on American television and
I'm very pleased that it's proving successful."
But too much success too fast also has it's emotional consequences. "No matter who
you are on General Hospital you attract a lot of attention, far more than if you were on
any other daytime program, or a lot of nighttime shows. You're in the spotlight right from
the word go. Then suddenly you're so wound up in the press and glamour you forget the
reason you're on the show and blow the whole thing. This is when you need someone to undo
the pressure and bring you back to earth. I was fortunate - I had my wife to browbeat me.
Some people don't have anyone. And unless you've got a very firm hold on reality, this
business can screw you up so bad. I saw it happen to a lot of people on the set last
Another of the bad things about Hollywood is that even really good actors don't get
work if their "numbers" don't add up. "Everything here is reduced to a
common denominator - money. Someone looks at you and sees dollar signs. Actors who are
good should be working, but for some reason networks don't think they'll see, so they
don't hire them. But I can't get emotional about it. I know lots of guys who are fantastic
performers, yet the producers will pick some jerk who can't act his way out of the
bathroom. But who the hell knows? It's the producers money and his show, so it's his right
to do what he feels is appropriate."
Then there's the real business side of the business. "I make the money and Barbara
manages it. There are so many bloodsuckers out there - publicists, accountants, lawyers -
it drives me crazy just thinking about it. Everyone wants to be a part of your entourage.
People are doing your interviews for you, arranging your appearances for you, and suddenly
you think 'they won't let me go to work; they'll be doing that for me too.' An actor is a
product. You're being merchandised. And you have to watch how it's being done or else your
face can wind up printed on women's panties. After that, you won't last long; your image
will be distorted. It's this selling I hate. But if Barbara and I don't get involved, some
son of a bitch will do it without my approval and I'll have no control whatsoever. I use
the word control a lot, but it's important because you're on the verge of going out of
control all the time."
"Barbara and I have grown closer in closer in terms of discussing things more. We
have important business decisions to make. Sometimes we argue but invariably something
good comes out of it. I always know she's on my side."
In an interview, Barbara grumbled that their time alone together was few and far
between. "He's so darn busy, I'm lucky if I get a few minutes to spend with him alone
anymore. I have to make the most of our minutes alone in the car together when we go from
place to place."
It was important to Tristan that Barbara do her own thing. She "needs something
just for her as a person. Right now, both our lives revolve around GH She hasn't
given up acting, she's biding her time while deciding what she wants to do - acting or
journalism or whatever."
In a interview with TV Guide, Tristan stated that "A marriage in this town is the
eighth wonder of the world if it's successful. When the business consumes everything, when
that's all your talking about, all of a sudden you find that things that were
insignificant at one time have festered." And sadly what was once on of Hollywood's
most stable marriages, dissolved under the pressure and Tristan and Barbara divorced in