Geary in 2013
|Born||Anthony Dean Geary
May 29, 1947
Coalville, Utah, U.S.
Anthony Dean "Tony" Geary (born May 29, 1947) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Luke Spencer on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital (1978 to 1984 (first stint) and from 1993 to present (second stint)). Geary has received a record seven Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Life and career
Geary was born in Coalville, Utah, the son of a homemaker and a contractor. He attended the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and made his television debut in an episode of Room 222. He later guest-starred on early episodes of All in the Family, The Mod Squad, Mannix, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Streets of San Francisco and Barnaby Jones.
Geary's first daytime role was in NBC soap opera Bright Promise from 1971 to 1972. He later played the rapist George Curtis in The Young and the Restless, and in 1978 was cast as Luke Spencer in ABC soap General Hospital. His character in General Hospital began as a hit man and later as a rapist who fell in love and subsequently married his victim, Laura Webber (played by Genie Francis).
Geary received Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1980, 1981, and had his first win in 1982. Geary was nominated again in 1983, before leaving the show in 1984.
In 1991, Geary returned to General Hospital as Luke's cousin and look-alike Bill Eckert, due to the actor's desire to play something other than Luke. However, due to audience feedback and demand, the character was killed off and Geary resumed the role of Luke in 1993. Geary was nominated in 1997 and 1998 for Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor, and had his second win in 1999, and his third in 2000. He received another nomination in 2003, and had his fourth win in 2004. When Geary won for the fifth time in 2006, he set the record for most lead actor wins. Geary received another Emmy nomination in 2007, and in 2008, he again set a record for most lead actor wins with his sixth Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor.
Having received his last nomination in 2009, Geary again set a record in 2012 with his seventh win for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Drama Series.
A notable exception from his series of dramatic roles is the part of a scientist/studio engineer in the comedy/spoof movie UHF. He appeared in 1987's Disorderlies, with rappers The Fat Boys.
|1970||Room 222||Tom Whalom||Episode: "Choose One & They Lived Happily/Unhappily Ever After"|
|1971||All in the Family||Roger||Episode: "Judging Books by Covers"|
|1971||Johnny Got His Gun||Redhead|
|1971-1972||Bright Promise||David Lockhart||Soap opera|
|1972||The Mod Squad||Johnson||Episode: "Good Times Are Just Memories"|
|1972||The Partridge Family||Greg Houser||Episode: "Ain't Loveth Grand?"|
|1973||Mannix||Eddie Decken||Episode: "A Way to Dusty Death"|
|1973||Shaft||David Oliver||Episode: "Hit and Run"|
|1973||The Young and the Restless||George Curtis||Soap opera|
|1974||Doc Elliot||Dennis Graham||Episode: "The Carrier"|
|1971-1975||Marcus Welby, M.D.||John Gavanelli||2 episodes|
|1974-1976||The Streets of San Francisco||Gary Jelinek / Cajun / Joe Markham||4 episodes|
|1976-1977||Barnaby Jones||Deputy Blake Jeffries / Nelson Mosley / Wilson||3 episodes|
|1977||Most Wanted||Chops||Episode: "The Driver"|
|1978||The Return of Captain Nemo||Bork|
|1978||Project U.F.O. TV Series||Darryl Biggs||Episode: "Sighting 4010: The Waterford Incident"|
|1978||Starsky & Hutch||Delano||Episode: "The Trap"|
|1978||The Six Million Dollar Man||Arta||Episode: "The Lost Island"|
|1978-1984 (1st Stint), 1993–present (2nd Stint)||General Hospital||Luke Spencer|
|1983||Antony and Cleopatra||Octavius Caesar|
|1983||Shaft of Love||Doug Hathaway|
|1983||Intimate Agony||Dr. Kyle Richards|
|1984||Sins of the Past||Lt. Malovich|
|1985||Hotel||Eli Gilmour / Phil Tanner||2 episodes|
|1986||You Are The Jury||Sam Billings||Episode: "The State of Ohio vs. James Wolsky"|
|1987||P.I. Private Investigations||Larry|
|1987||Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam||Steve Reynolds|
|1988||You Can't Hurry Love||Tony|
|1988||Pass the Ammo||Stonewall|
|1988||It Takes Two||Wheel|
|1989||Night Life||John Devlin|
|1989||Do You Know the Muffin Man?||Stephen Pugliotti|
|1989||High Desert Kill||Dr. Jim Cole|
|1989-1990||Murder, She Wrote||Eric Grant / KGB Lt. Fyodor Alexandrov||2 episodes|
|1990||Sunset Beat||Uncredited Role||Made For TV Movie|
|1990||Sunset Beat||Uncredited Role||Episode: "One Down, Four Up" (TV Series)|
|1991-1993||General Hospital||Bill Eckert (Also played by Geary in a Dual Role)||Soap opera|
|1991||Night of the Warrior||Lynch|
|1994||Roseanne||Luke Spencer||Episode: "Suck Up or Shut Up"|
|1995||Burke's Law||Clayton Cole||Episode: "Who Killed the Centerfold?"|
|1998||Port Charles||Luke Spencer|
|2004||Teacher's Pet||John / Juan||voice|
|2005||Carpool Guy||Carpool Guy|
|2008||General Hospital: Night Shift||Luke Spencer||Episode: "Past and Presence", (Part One & Part Two)|
|2009||Fish Tank||Van Man|
|2013||Alice and the Monster||George|
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