Full detailed profile on Thomas "TJ" Ashford Jr. Played by Tequan Richmond on General Hospital Daytime Soap Opera.
Thomas "TJ" Ashford Jr.
Actor: Tequan Richmond
Who played Thomas "TJ" Ashford Jr. over the years
Tequan Richmond (August 16, 2012 - present)
Useful information on Thomas "TJ" Ashford Jr.
* His real father was accidentally killed by Shawn Butler when they were marines.
Past: Busboy at Kelly's Diner
TJ Ashford came to Port Charles as a troubled teenager looking for the man who accidentally killed his father. That man was Shawn Butler, a Marine buddy of TJ’s father. TJ was to live with Shawn as a way to avoid military school and Shawn reluctantly agreed out of a sense of obligation for what happened with TJ’s father.
TJ met Molly Lansing-Davis at the high school and she offered to tutor him. TJ was still rebellious though, and after he was busted stealing her mother Alexis Davis' car, Alexis was able to get the charges dropped. Shawn encouraged TJ’s friendship with the responsible Molly.
She realized TJ couldn’t read and taught him in exchange for help boosting her popularity. But when a party he threw at Molly’s house got out of control, Alexis forbid Molly and TJ from seeing each other. Instead, they began to secretly date.
Alexis realized their secret and ordered them to not see each other, but Shawn convinced her to back off.
When Jerry Jacks poisoned the water supply they considered having sex so they could experience it together but decided to wait.
When Rafe Kovich Jr. came to Port Charles, TJ became jealous of his friendship with Molly. When Molly helped Rafe escape from prison, he was shocked at Molly’s actions. He demanded she stop seeing Rafe and warned Rafe off his girlfriend. After their prom at the Metro Court was canceled because of a shooting, TJ went out on the town with Taylor DuBois. He thought he caught Molly and Rafe in a romantic moment, so he slept with Taylor in a limo.
Molly found out about it and broke up with TJ, but they were eventually able to work things out. When Rafe and Taylor worked together to make Molly and TJ jealous, TJ and Molly were able to stay strong.
When TJ accidentally saw Morgan Corinthos shoot Max Giambetti in a mob confrontation at Sonny Corinthos’ warehouse, Shawn and Sonny knew he had to leave town to avoid being a target from the Jerome family. Before he could leave Port Charles, Rafe told police commissioner Anna Devane that TJ was a witness in the shooting. Anna took TJ to the station to get his statement, but he and Shawn told Anna to contact their lawyer. She advised TJ not to leave town.
Molly Lansing-Davis (dated)
Taylor DuBois (one-night stand)
Thomas Ashford Sr. (father; deceased)
Shawn Butler (legal guardian)
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At the coffee house, Jordan and Shawn tell TJ there are things about his father he doesn't know - like how he died. Shawn admits that when he shot his father it was no accident. TJ wonders if it's all lies. Jordan says Thomas attacked Shawn, who defended himself. Jordan and Shawn had an affair behind Thomas' back. Shawn says he was his best friend and the affair was over long before he died. Jordan explains it happened when Thomas was deployed in Haiti for a year. They ended it because they both loved him. Things went back to normal until Thomas found out. He lost it and wouldn't put his gun down. Shawn had no choice... They talk about what a good man TJ's father was; a hero. TJ cries. He asks why they told him this now. Jordan says they nearly died and he didn't know the truth. TJ thinks they're clearing their consciences. He asks if Shawn could be his father. They did a DNA test - Thomas found the letter which set him off. Thomas was his father by blood. TJ leaves. Shawn tells Jordan it could be worse - Thomas could have died without knowing TJ was his son. Jordan grimaces.
At the coffee house, Jordan runs into TJ, who has been worried about his mom after the Franco business. Jordan tells him that everyone is fine and they hug. Jordan says that Shawn is coming over and they have something to discuss with him.
Back at the coffee shop, Shawn arrives and he and Jordan sit down with TJ. They say they have to talk to him about his father.