as Tony Cooper
Tony grew up believing himself to be the son of Rex and Laura Delaney Cooper. In 1971, Laura reluctantly admitted that Tony was actually the son of former lover Harry Wilson, who now called himself Ike Harding. When Tony learned the truth, he spurned his parents and left town with Pamela Matthews.
In 1972, his adopted father Rex became paralyzed from accident at Delaney Brands, Tony returned to Somerset. He married Ginger Kurtz, whose corrupt father Leo Kurtz now owned Delaney Brands. After Ginger was raped and nearly miscarried their unborn son, Tony moved his family to Whispering Beaches, a suburb of Somerset. There, Tony befriended wealthy matron Hilda Benson, an astrologer whose business manager Martin Nell was conspiring to kill her for her fortune. Martin stabbed Hilda and framed Tony for the crime; however, Tony was ultimately cleared.
as Tony Cooper
After his exoneration in the Benson murder, Tony moved back to Somerset with Ginger and their son Joseph Rex. He got a job as manager of Paisley's Department Store. Unfortunately, his boss -beautiful Victoria Paisley- was the happiest homewrecker this side of Bay City!
Vicky quickly seduced Tony into an affair, but the guilt from their relationship caused him to suffer a full scale heart attack in flagrante delicto. Although he survived, Tony decided to end his marriage to Ginger, whom he thought would leave him anyway. Tony's father Rex, now living in California, returned to Somerset, intending to reunite his son and daughter-in-law. Back with Ginger, Tony had another heart attack, and learning that a California surgeon could successfully cure his heart condition, the Coopers moved there permanently.
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