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Played by Chad Brannon
Zander was always known as the bad boy with a sensitive side that few
saw. He was very passionate about things and always trying to get out of
When Zander first appeared on the scene, he worked at a local rave and
sold drugs to kids for the mobster Joseph Sorel. It was believed that he was
responsible for the death of undercover cop Ted, who was found lying dead
next to Emily Quartermaine. It was later revealed that Zander had, in fact,
saved Emily’s life, but when a plan to dump the body went wrong, Zander got
scared, grabbed Emily at gunpoint and drove away. While on the run, Zander
and Emily fell in love. Jason tracked them down, so Emily begged him not to
kill Zander. She told her brother that Zander didn't kill the cop and that
Sorel was behind it. Jason let him go but told him not to come back.
However, Zander did come back to Port Charles to see Emily because he
couldn't stay away from her. He wanted her to run away with him, but she
persuaded him to turn himself in. He agreed to it, but Nikolas and Lucky saw
them talking in the park and attacked Zander. Despite Emily's protests, they
called the cops and Zander went to jail. Emily was able to get Alexis Davis
to be Zander's lawyer and she got him a deal, so he was released. When Sorel
tried to kill him, Emily persuaded Sonny Corinthos to protect Zander until
he could testify against Sorel. During that time, Sorel made many attempts
on Zander’s life but he survived.
Emily's family hated Zander and tried to separate the couple. They
shipped her off to boarding school, but Zander followed and brought her back
to Port Charles. When they returned, Edward faked an assault on himself and
claimed that Zander was responsible. Zander was arrested, and Emily broke up
with him as part of a deal with Edward to get the charges against Zander
dropped. Everyone eventually found out what Edward had done, and Zander was
released. She moved in with Zander, above Kelly's, against her family's
Zander and Emily had good times together and even went to her prom. The
two made love that night for the first time but that happiness would be
short-lived; Sorel would not leave the two alone. He had some of his men try
to kill them, so they decided they had to leave town. At the same time,
Skye Quartermaine became jealous of the attention Emily got from their father, so
she offered to help Zander and Emily get out of town. She gave them some
money to catch a bus and leave Port Charles, but when they got to the
station, one of Sorel's men was waiting for them. The bus crashed into a
train and Emily was temporarily paralyzed. After another attempt was made by
Sorel to kill them, Zander begged Emily's parents to send her away to rehab
and not tell him where they were sending her, in order to keep her safe.
After Emily left, Zander became involved in Sonny Corinthos' life. During
this time, he rescued Carly and Alexis from Sorel and went to work for Sonny
at his warehouse, doing some side jobs for him. When Sonny had
kidnapped and held at his warehouse, he persuaded Zander to go in and have
AJ sign off his rights to Michael. When AJ got free, he called and told
Emily that Zander had held him down and poured alcohol down his throat for
Sonny. Emily believed AJ and dumped Zander. Estranged from
asked Zander to watch over Carly without telling her he was doing so. The
two became good friends. When Emily told Zander that she had started dating
someone else, Zander took it very hard and became self-destructive. He
kissed Carly in revenge, but she reminded him that they were just friends.
She was mad when she found out that Sonny told Zander to watch out for her,
but Zander made her believe that he truly liked spending time with her, and
she eventually warmed to the idea. She didn't realize that he had begun to
have real feelings for her. They almost slept together, but Zander realized
that she was only interested in making Sonny jealous, so he pushed Carly
Sonny fired Zander when he accused Jason of putting the moves on Carly.
Zander decided he was through with the Corinthos family and sold the
information he had on Sonny as revenge. When Sonny found out, he had Jason
beat him up. Elizabeth found Zander and took care of him. They began to grow
close and an attraction between them developed. When Elizabeth was kidnapped
by another mobster, Rosco, and put in a crypt, Zander attempted to rescue
her but got thrown in with her. In their attempt to escape, they broke a gas
line and passed out. When Jason came to rescue them, the crypt blew up and
Zander suffered some injuries. Zander and Elizabeth eventually became
lovers, but she was torn between him and Jason. Although she picked Zander,
Zander continued to fight and go after Jason.
While working for Roy DiLucca against Sonny, Zander got involved with the
new mobster in town: Luiz Alcazar. Zander snuck onto Alcazar's yacht to try
and figure out the identity of the mystery woman on board. He was caught,
beaten, and tossed overboard to drown. He survived, but he had amnesia and
couldn't remember much of anything. Elizabeth took care of him while Jason
protected both of them from Alcazar's men. When Zander regained his memory,
he hid it from Elizabeth at first and began making an attempt to turn his
life around. He gave a statement to the cops about what happened on the boat
and went to work for Ned at ELQ.
Zander soon went back to his old habits by agreeing to help Ned go after
Sonny. His past also caught up with him when he discovered his estranged
father had come to Port Charles. He had flashbacks of his brother's death
and immediately went back to using drugs to ease his pain. When Zander wound
up in jail for trashing Jake's bar, he had to agree to see a therapist in
order to stay out of prison. The therapist turned out to be his father,
Cameron Lewis. They traded insults regarding old wounds before Cameron
stormed off. Zander told his new friend Gia that several years earlier his
older brother had been killed in a hunting accident, and Cameron blamed
When Zander nearly died of a drug overdose, Gia rushed to his side and
tried to get his father to see the damage he had done to Zander. Cameron
began to realize the consequences of his judgment and hostility; however, it
would be some time before father and son would work out their problems. Gia
continued to help Zander get his life back on track, even though her fiancé,
Nikolas, did not want this to happen. Desperate to hang on to Gia, Nikolas
tried to bribe Zander to get out of town. Zander refused. He grew closer to
Gia after she broke up with Nikolas.
Soon after, Emily returned to Port Charles and to Zander's arms. When
Zander caught Emily injecting herself with something, he begged her to get
help; he didn't realize that she was taking alternative medication for
breast cancer. He promised to help her through "rehab.", but Emily persuaded
Zander to give her some space, during which time Zander got beat up by a
drug dealer. Gia found him and even covered for him when drugs were found in
his jacket. Emily picked a fight with him and called Gia to make sure that
Zander didn't do anything stupid in anger. Later they made up and spent time
When a drug dealer that Zander had harassed for selling to kids
confronted Zander with a gun, a struggle ensued and Zander got shot. Later,
the guy turned up dead and Scott tried to pin the murder on Zander. However,
Emily had Nikolas bail Zander out.
Suddenly, Emily dumped Zander and claimed to be in love with Nikolas.
Zander was blindsided and found comfort in Gia's arms. Gia knew the truth
about Emily, but Emily pushed her to develop a relationship with Zander.
When Zander found out Emily had breast cancer and had lied to him due to her
need to "protect" him from watching her die, he rushed to her side. Zander
and Nikolas were both in love with her by this point, but aside from their
fighting, they managed to remain civil as she fought for her life. Certain
she was going to die, Emily married Zander at her hospital bedside. Then she
recovered and they moved into Nikolas's old cottage. They tried hard to be
happy and even watched over baby Kristina for Zander's father. Zander did
not want to face that Emily was truly in love with Nikolas and had only
married him out of guilt.
However, Zander did come face to face with this fact when Nikolas's new
wife, Lydia, showed him pictures of Nikolas and Emily making out in the
cottage. Enraged, Zander attacked Nikolas, who was already in the hospital.
Afterwards, Zander demanded that Emily make a choice: Nikolas or Zander.
Although she chose Zander at first, Emily could not ignore her feelings for
Nikolas. Zander realized this and broke off the relationship before she
could leave him. After some encouragement from Gia, Zander decided to try to
fight for Emily. On Halloween night, Zander found Emily in the arms of
Nikolas, making love at the cottage. Devastated, Zander met up with
Elizabeth, who’d had a fight with her husband Ric. They fell into bed
together for one night of passion. Zander didn't have any regrets the next
morning, but Elizabeth did.
Zander then started working for Faith Rosco, which ultimately led to his
demise. He tried killing Jason. Elizabeth tried to convince Zander to give
up his career as a criminal but Zander refused. Zander finalized his divorce
from Emily with few words but later shed tears over the loss of Emily.
Elizabeth repeatedly tried to tell Zander about their baby, but each time,
Zander cut her off before she could get the words out. Seeing his attitude,
Elizabeth was reluctant to tell Zander that he was going to be a father.
Ric convinced Elizabeth that Zander had the right to know. They told
Zander together aboard the Haunted Star, and Ric did his best to persuade
Zander to sign over his parental rights to him. Zander agreed at first but
later changed his mind. He used the paternal rights issue to blackmail Ric
into framing Nikolas for the murder of Cody McCall.
Zander planned to send Nikolas to prison so that he could reunite with
Emily. Ric complied until it became obvious to too many people what was
going on. When Zander attacked Nikolas during a visit and then demanded that
Nikolas be charged with assault, Ric had Zander arrested instead. Ric then
convinced Zander that he could make a jury believe that Zander had killed
Cody to frame Nikolas. Zander signed away his paternal rights to keep Ric
from convicting him.
No longer caring about what happened to him or anyone else, Zander told
Faith he would kill Jason during the delivery of a shipment. However, the
cops showed up as well and a shoot-out ensued. One of the cops was shot in
the back. When D.A. Ric pressed Faith about it, she named Zander as the shooter
in exchange for Ric's protection against Sonny and Jason.
Unable to prove his innocence when the cop named him as the shooter,
Zander went on the run. He urged Maxie to hide him at her house, and she
reluctantly agreed. They shared a tender moment while talking about lost
love. He confronted Emily and tried to convince her that he still loved her.
Nikolas came on the scene, so Zander threatened to kill Nikolas in front of
her. In a scuffle over the gun, Zander got shot in the leg. Maxie snuck
Zander into a room in the basement of the Port Charles Hotel and then went
to the hospital to get Zander pain medicine for his wound. Cameron caught
Maxie stealing the medicine and pressed her to let him help Zander. Zander
reluctantly allowed his father to remove the bullet but made him leave
afterwards by pretending to hold Maxie hostage. Nikolas discovered that
Zander was hiding in the basement of the hotel and confronted him. He
knocked Zander out and locked the door. Then he notified Ric of Zander's
location. When the police came to arrest him, a fire broke out in the room
he was in. The fire spread through the entire hotel, and a body pulled out
of the basement was believed to be Zander's. Distraught over his son's
death, Cameron walked into the burning hotel. He encountered
Luke and Lucky
in the building and saved Lucky from being crushed by a falling beam before
being crushed himself.
Emily felt guilty and distraught over Zander's death as well. (She later
learned that the body was not Zander’s. However, no one knew where Zander
A few days later Ric, Elizabeth, Emily, and Nikolas all received letters
from Zander, courtesy of a lawyer. Each letter accused the person's
significant other of killing Zander. The two couples spent the next few
weeks trying to figure out who killed Zander. First Nikolas was arrested,
since he was the last person to see Zander alive and had locked him in the
room, leaving Zander no way out of the fire. The charges were later dropped.
Elizabeth finally admitted to confronting Zander before the fire and
knocking him out. Unwilling to let Elizabeth pay for Zander's death, they
persuaded Jason to say that another cop, Capelli, had admitted to killing
Zander before dying following a confrontation with Jason. The mystery was
finally solved. Or was it?
After Elizabeth confessed, evidence began to surface that Zander might
still be alive. Emily saw him everywhere she went, but she thought that she
was hallucinating. She went to the cottage she had shared with Zander in
order to finally say goodbye. Instead, she found Zander, in the flesh. He
had knocked out the maintenance guy in the basement of the hotel and
accidentally killed him, then started the fire to burn up the remains. Then,
he hid out at the guy's apartment. Zander told Emily that he loved her and
they should be together. Emily realized that Zander was mentally unstable.
He took her hostage and demanded that she make love to him; if she didn't,
he would kill Nikolas. When Emily agreed, Zander couldn't go through with
it. When the cops arrived outside after being tipped off by Elizabeth, Emily
tried to soothe Zander and coax him into giving himself up. She refused to
leave without Zander and he finally agreed to walk outside with her. Emily
had already informed the cops that Zander was unarmed. Once outside, Zander
pushed Emily away and made a move as if he was reaching for a gun. The cops
then opened fire, and Zander died in Emily's arms.
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