Tyler Christopher (born Tyler Christopher Baker on November 11, 1972 in Delaware, Ohio, USA) is an American actor.
Christopher is best known for his role on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital as Nikolas Cassadine, scion of the powerful Cassadine family.
Christopher began his acting career on the daytime drama General Hospital as Nikolas Cassadine in July 1996. He immediately captured the hearts of fans and the notice of television critics. He won the Soap Opera Digest Award as "Best Newcomer" in 1997. His first run on the show was from 1996 to 1999.
Christopher returned to the show in 2003. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Younger Actor in 1998 and Best Supporting Actor in 2005. From 2004-2005, he also played the General Hospital character Connor Bishop.
During his hiatus from General Hospital, Christopher was cast as a regular (Ethan) on The Pretender and the two subsequent Pretender TV Movies. He landed the lead role in the CBS Pilot "Sam's Circus" and also the UPN Pilot "One for the Money". He also made numerous guest appearances on Charmed and Angel, CSI: Las Vegas, Boomtown, JAG, and many more. He also played Jacob Wheeler Jr. in Steven Spielberg's television mini-series Into the West which premiered on June 10, 2005.
Christopher starred in several independent features during his post-GH career: Out of the Black, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce, and Face The Music. All three are available on DVD.
Christopher is of Native American heritage (both his parents have Indian heritage).
He attended college at Ohio Wesleyan University.
He was nominated by the NAACP's Image Awards as Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, but lost to Kristoff St. John.
His ethnic background played a key part in his role as a half-white/half-Lakota in Into the West.
Christopher announced his engagement to rebound Brienne Pedigo, sports reporter from Indiana, in November 2006.
He was previously married to Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004. (Longoria was working in daytime at the time, as Isabelle on The Young and the Restless.)
He also dated his General Hospital co-star Natalia Livingston from 2004 to 2006.
In the mid-late 90s, he was engaged to former General Hospital co-star Vanessa Marcil.
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