Anthony Geary

Active - 1963 - 2005  |   Born - May 29, 1947 in Coalville, Utah, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy

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University of Utah alumnus Anthony Geary was in soap operas almost from his matriculation into professional acting. His first TV role was on the long-forgotten ABC daytime drama Bright Promise in 1969; he also made his film bow that year, in the equally obscure Blood Sabbath. Not quite dashing enough for leading-man roles, Geary settled early on for character roles, ranging from fey (he was mistaken for a homosexual by Archie Bunker on a 1971 All in the Family episode) to ferocious. When cast as Luke Spencer on General Hospital in 1978, Geary was at first going through his standard villainous paces, sexually assaulting the married Laura Baldwyn (Genie Francis). Audience response to Luke, however, was astonishingly positive, and soon the antiheroic Mr. Spencer was a good guy (albeit with shady underworld connections), eventually making daytime TV ratings history when he married Laura in November of 1981. Geary ended up winning a 1982 Emmy for his fascinating performance as Luke. He left General Hospital in 1984 to pursue other career vistas; he headlined his own nightclub act, the "Smut Queens," and also starred in theatrical productions (in his pre-Luke years, Geary performed with the touring company of Jesus Christ Superstar). His plans for film stardom dwindled to silly supporting parts in sillier films, notably Disorderlies (1988) and UHF (1989). Geary returned to General Hospital in 1990 -- not as Luke, but as Luke's cousin Bill Eckert (complete with Italian-Teutonic accent). Anthony Geary at last resigned himself to reviving the Luke Spencer character, beginning with General Hospital's 1993-94 season.

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  • Had a Mormon upbringing.
  • Attended college on a theater scholarship.
  • Scarred his chin from a wrongly timed dance leap he took in a performance as a Las Vegas chorus boy with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca in 1968.
  • Guest starred in a 1971 episode of All in the Family, playing a character whom Archie Bunker assumed was gay.
  • Appeared on the NBC soap Bright Promise in the early '70s.
  • In 1978, was cast as Luke Spencer on ABC's General Hospital; won six Daytime Emmys in the role. Luke and Laura's November 1981 GH wedding was the most-watched event in daytime television history.
  • Left GH in 1984 to pursue other acting options, but returned to the show in 1991.
  • Has appeared in more than 50 stage plays, including an award-winning one-man show titled Human Scratchings in 1996.
  • Enjoys scuba diving.