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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Jordan flashes back to being in bed with Shawn. She keeps thinking about her husband Tommy. He feels terrible about them cheating on him too. "If you want it to stop, you have to be the one to walk away," he challenges her. She snaps out of it. Scott meets her at the court house and thanks her for handing him Shawn. Ashford wants a deal for him and claims she can get him to give up Corinthos. Downstairs, Shawn sits in his cell, recalling how Jordan betrayed him. TJ arrives for a visit. He always figured this might happen but never thought his mom would be the one to put Shawn behind bars. He rants about her until Shawn stops to say it's not cool. They argue. TJ doesn't know how he can look her in the eye again. Jordan arrives. Her son won't talk to her and exits. Jordan tells Shawn that she got him a deal with Baldwin if he'll testify that Sonny ordered him to kill Jake. She begs him to take it. He refuses. She begs him to do it for TJ. As they argue, she blurts out, "You are his father!" Back upstairs, Sloane meets with Baldwin. The attorney tells him about the deal they are offering Butler. That sounds good to Sloane. He asks for charges against a Jerome associate.
Shawn lashes out at Jordan at the station, claiming she never loved him and just used him. Jordan can’t believe he has made this all about himself because he shot an innocent woman while trying to murder another man. They argue when Shawn claims TJ may not understand her disloyalty. Jordan lets Shawn know that it was Duke who ordered Bruce to kill her, and he only paid for TJ’s tuition out of guilt. She storms out of the room, leaving him for Dante to deal with. TJ later arrives and Jordan says they need to talk.
Ric arrives at the station to speak with Shawn, and in private he lets Shawn know that Sonny won’t rat him out. Shawn already knew that. He tells Ric about Jordan being undercover and that Sonny needs to be warned. Meanwhile TJ begs Jordan to ask Sonny to help Shawn, but Jordan says she can’t. Jordan tells her son that she is an undercover cop and has been since coming to Port Charles. She explains everything to him, and says she never told him the truth in order to protect him. TJ is furious that she lied to him, and he doesn’t understand how the only person she’s been able to nail is Shawn, the man who took care of him. Jordan thought she could shield Shawn, as she loved him. TJ doubts she understands love and says she’s nothing but a liar. He tells her that he wants nothing from her and walks off.