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The Cassadines are a fictional aristocratic family from the American soap opera General Hospital. Created by executive producer Gloria Monty, the family was first introduced in July 1981, with the arrival of brothers Victor, and Tony Cassadine. One month later Mikkos Cassadine was introduced. The Cassadines are descendants of Russian royalty[1] and own their own private island in Greece. Various family members have been sometime residents of Port Charles, living in Wyndemere Castle on Spoon Island. The family is known for their longtime feud with the Spencer family. After the family's initial appearance in 1981, they were absent from the series until the arrival of Stavros Cassadine in 1983. The Cassadine family owns and operates the international conglomerate Cassadine Industries. The family is currently represented on canvas by Alexis, Valentin, Sam, Kristina, Molly, Danny, Charlotte and Scout.

Stefan Nikolas Alexis Helena Cassadine.jpg
Created byGloria Monty and Thom Racina
Introduced byGloria Monty
Duration1981, 1983–1986, 1996—present
First appearanceJuly 8, 1981

BackgroundEdit

The Cassadines make their first appearance in the 1980s, when Mikkos Cassadine, the patriarch of the family, along with his brothers Victor and Tony, are involved in various nefarious plans, including the Ice Princess storyline,[2] a plot to freeze the world using a weather machine. When Luke Spencer foils their plan, the great feud between the Spencers and Cassadines begins.[3] Elizabeth Taylor originated the role of villain Helena Cassadine, Mikkos' wife, in this era. Her curse on Luke and Laura's wedding was watched by over 30 million viewers.[4]

TraditionsEdit

  • Cassadine line of succession
    The Cassadine title of "Prince" passes from eldest son to eldest son, and the authority that goes with it both symbolic and real. If a Cassadine Prince were to die without a male heir the title would die with him and the fortune he controlled would be scattered amongst the surviving family members.[5]
  • Cassadine Bacchanalia
    A traditional masquerade ball thrown in honor of a Cassadine engagement.[6]

Family membersEdit

Characters currently on the show are noted in bold; family members through marriage are in italics. Only current spouses or those married at the time of their death appear here.

Distant ancestorsEdit

  • Vladimir Cassadine
  • Anya Cassadine[7]
  • Prince Nikolai Cassadine
  • Nikolas Cassadine (I)[8]

AncestorsEdit

  • Prince Stanislaus Cassadine[9]
  • Ivan Cassadine - Based on Mikkos's middle name, which is "Ivanovich"—all of the children in the Cassadine family follow the Russian tradition of a patronymic.[11]
  • Irina Cassadine - According to Stefan, his grand aunt, making her Mikkos's aunt.[12]

First generationEdit

Second generationEdit

Third generationEdit

Fourth generationEdit

Other relationsEdit

  • In 1998 Nikolas was led to believe that he was not the Cassadine Prince. During this time Stefan attempted to convince him to try and hold on to control of the Cassadine Estate. Nikolas refused, stating that the Estate didn't belong to him if he was not the Prince, it belonged to "the Belgian Cassadines, and the Baron's children in Macao, and to Helena, Alexis and Cousin Mikhail who took Holy orders -- "[13]

Cassadine IndustriesEdit

Owned by The Cassadines. Cassadine Industries is a large international conglomerate, which was founded by the Cassadine family in the late 1970s as a front to cover for their dirty dealings. But the business took off, being controlled by Mikkos Cassadine, Stavros Cassadine, Helena Cassadine, Stefan Cassadine and Nikolas Cassadine amongst others. In December 2005, a single Cassandine Industries account was estimated to be worth $15 million at the time. As of May 2009, Cassadine Industries was estimated to be worth over 20 billion dollars. Reportedly in 2015, Helena Cassadine and Victor Cassadine had liquidated most of Cassadine Industries in order to finance their personal "projects". In 2015, Nikolas Cassadine obtained control of ELQ in order to save his family empire. In 2016, following Nikolas Cassadine's death, it was revealed that Valentin Cassadine is the sole heir to the Cassadine empire.

SubsidiariesEdit

  • Cassadine Drilling Company
  • Cassadine Construction
  • General Hospital
  • Emily Bowen Quartermaine Clinic
  • Equinox Corporation

EmployeesEdit

ResidenceEdit

Family treeEdit

Legend

Lines Boxes
  • Dashed = Romance/Marriage
  • Solid = Child
Character is currently on the Show
Character not on the Show
Character is deceased or presumed dead
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stanislaus Cassadine
 
Katya Cassadine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnmed Cassadine
 
Unnamed woman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ivan Cassadine
 
Unnamed woman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Petros Cassadine
 
 
 
 
 
Sophia Cassadine
 
Tony Cassadine
 
Victor Cassadine
 
Helena Cassadine
 
Mikkos Cassadine
 
Unknown woman
 
 
 
Kristin Bergman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laura Webber
 
Stavros Cassadine
 
Stefan Cassadine
 
Valentin Cassadine
 
Lulu Spencer
 
Sonny Corinthos
 
Alexis Davis
 
Julian Jerome
 
Kristina Cassadine
 
Ric Lansing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Courtney Matthews
 
Nikolas Cassadine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charlotte Cassadine
 
Drew Cain
 
Kristina Davis
 
 
Sam McCall
 
Jason Morgan
 
Molly Lansing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spencer Cassadine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scout Morgan
 
Lila McCall
 
Danny Morgan

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Dear Soaps, On General Hospital,..." TV Guide. tvguide.com. 2001-10-17. Archived from the original on 2013-02-05. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Dear Soaps, I'm still trying to..." TV Guide. tvguide.com. 2001-10-24. Archived from the original on 2013-02-05. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  4. ^ Aurthur, Kate (2005-11-30). "Prepare the O.R. (and A.A.): Dr. Drake Is Back". The New York Times. nytimes.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Wendy Riche (Executive producer); Robert Guza, Jr. (Head writer) (August 3, 1998). General Hospital. Season 35. Episode 9049. ABC. General Hospital Transcript Monday 8/3/98.
  6. ^ Wendy Riche (Executive producer); Robert Guza, Jr. (Head writer) (May 6, 1998). General Hospital. Season 35. Episode 8986. ABC. General Hospital Transcript Wednesday 5/6/98.
  7. ^ a b Jill Farren Phelps (Executive producer); Megan McTavish (Head writer) (January 16, 2002). General Hospital. Season 39. Episode 9935. ABC. General Hospital Transcript Wednesday 1/16/02.
  8. ^ Jill Farren Phelps (Executive producer); Robert Guza, Jr. and Charles Pratt, Jr. (Head writers) (September 8, 2003). General Hospital. Season 41. Episode 10356. ABC. General Hospital Transcript Monday 9/8/03.
  9. ^ Jill Farren Phelps (Executive producer); Robert Guza, Jr. (Head writer) (April 28, 2010). General Hospital. Season 48. Episode 12046. ABC. General Hospital Transcript Wednesday 4/28/10.
  10. ^ Jill Farren Phelps (Executive producer); Robert Guza, Jr. and Charles Pratt, Jr. (Head writers) (July 4, 2003). General Hospital. Season 41. Episode 10311. ABC. General Hospital Transcript Friday 7/4/03.
  11. ^ a b c Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman (Head writers); Scott McKinsey (Director); Andrea Archer Compton (Script writer) (July 11, 2016). General Hospital. Season 53. Episode 13596. ABC.
  12. ^ Wendy Riche (Executive producer); Robert Guza, Jr. (Head writer) (May 13, 1998). General Hospital. Season 35. Episode 8991. ABC.
  13. ^ Wendy Riche (Executive producer); Robert Guza, Jr. (Head writer) (December 29, 1998). General Hospital. Season 35. Episode 9053. ABC. General Hospital Transcript Tuesday 12/29/98.