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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TJ is at Corinthos Coffee when Nathan comes in asking if Nina has been there. She hasn’t, so Nathan heads out. Later Jordan comes in to see her son. TJ reveals that he knows about her and Shawn. Jordan says she didn’t tell him about them only so he didn’t shut Shawn out like he shut her out. TJ assures his mom that he won’t ice Shawn out because they are together. Jordan says they aren’t together anymore. TJ isn’t shocked and says Shawn is a stand-up guy, why would he be with a drug dealer. Jordan tries to tell TJ that she’s not the woman that he thinks she is, but TJ says her actions speak louder than words. Jordan says when this is all over she hopes that he understands everything she’s done has been to protect him. She leaves in tears.
TJ gifts Molly and Shawn some PCU gear at Kelly’s, then ribs Shawn about his secret girlfriend. He thinks it’s time Shawn tells them who the lucky lady is. Shawn takes a call while Molly realizes she isn’t feeling well and decides to go home. TJ bothers Shawn for more information. Shawn hates sneaking around on TJ and tells him the truth, that he’s been seeing Jordan. TJ’s shocked and worries about the fact they work for different mob bosses. But TJ accepts it and is glad Shawn told him. Meanwhile, Ned and Olivia have lunch outside, but she can’t eat because she’s so worried about Dante and Lulu. Ned tells her to lean on her faith, and strokes her hand. She decides to relieve Sonny of babysitting duties and thanks Ned for being such a good friend. He stares after her when she leaves. Alexis runs into Ned and they talk about how worried Olivia is. Ned wishes he could do more to help Olivia and admits to Alexis they have been spending more time together lately. When he confirms they are just friends, Alexis asks him out. She needs a nice new man and despite their checkered past they’ve always been friends. Ned has always considered her challenging and agrees to give it another go. He has no problem letting her use him to get over yet another gangster.