Mercenary Matt Connolly decided to put an end to his life of action and
adventure and settle down in the quaint town of Pine Valley. Little did
his know, appearances were deceiving. Erica Kane hired Matt to pilot a
news helicopter to break out his old friend Jeremy Hunter, who was wrongly
imprisoned for the murder of Earl Mitchell. Jeremy had called on Matt's
services earlier that year to save Erica and Brooke English who has crash
landed in South America.
Matt became Adam Chandler's lackey in his ploy to publically embarass
Travis Montgomery, Erica's latest beau. Matt showed off his racing skills
in Travis' annual car race, appealing to Robin McCall.
Matt dated Nina Cortlandt, but their relationship was doomed from the
start. Nina was still very much in love with her first husband, Cliff
Warner. The couple accidentally ran into Cliff while visiting Martha’s
Vineyard. Matt knew his relationship was doomed. He could see Cliff was
still in love with her too. After the breakup, Matt confronted Cliff and
told him to stop hurting Nina and admit to his feelings. By the end of
the year, Cliff and Nina remarried.
1987: After Cliff’s apparent death at the hands
of rebel soldiers in South America, Matt worried for Nina’s mental
health. Matt followed Nina to Martha’s Vineyard where she wanted
to be alone with her thoughts. Nina begged Matt to leave her alone, but
Matt refused. Her rage turned into passion, and they made love that night.
Nina asked Matt to marry her. The next morning, they eloped.
Back in Pine Valley, Cliff made a surprise return. Nina cheated on Matt
to be with Cliff again. But, when Cliff learned about Nina’s marriage
to Matt, he left her. Matt tried to pick up the pieces of their broken
Nina was pregnant with Matt’s son. Matt knew that their marriage
would never work out if they remained in Pine Valley. Matt got a new job
in the Mid-west, and the Connolly’s left to make a new home there.
1989: Nina insisted on returning to Pine Valley when
their son, Mikey Connolly, fell ill with a strange disease. Matt knew
she wanted Cliff’s opinion about the situation. Though Mikey would
be cured of the ailment, another bombshell was waiting for the Connolly’s:
Mikey was Cliff’s son. Matt knew that Mikey was the only thing stopping
Nina from turning back to Cliff. He packed his bags and returned to Chicago