Anthony Geary

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Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary.jpg
Geary in 2013
Born Anthony Dean Geary
(1947-05-29) May 29, 1947 (age 67)
Coalville, Utah, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–present

Anthony Dean "Tony" Geary (born May 29, 1947) is an American actor.[1] 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.[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Geary was born in Coalville, Utah, the son of a homemaker and a contractor.[4] 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.[5] 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 was originally hired for a 13-week in General Hospital, which grew into a full contract role.[6]

Geary received Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1980, 1981, and had his first win in 1982.[7][8] 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.[6] However, due to audience feedback and demand, the character was killed off and Geary resumed the role of Luke in 1993.[6] Geary was nominated in 1997 and 1998 for Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor, and had his second win in 1999,[7] and his third in 2000. He received another nomination in 2003, and had his fourth win in 2004.[9] When Geary won for the fifth time in 2006,[8][9] he set the record for most lead actor wins.[6] Geary received another Emmy nomination in 2007, and in 2008, he again set a record for most lead actor wins with his sixth[10] Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor.[11]

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.[12]

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.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
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 Blood Sabbath David
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"
1974 Sorority Kill Tony
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
1984 The Impostor Cade
1985 Kicks Martin Cheevers
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 Disorderlies Winslow Lowry
1987 Penitentiary III Serenghetti
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
1988 Dangerous Love Mickey
1989 UHF Philo
1989 Night Life John Devlin
1989 Do You Know the Muffin Man? Stephen Pugliotti
1989 High Desert Kill Dr. Jim Cole
1989 Crack House Dockett
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
1991 Scorchers Preacher
1993 Whistlestop Girl Andy
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


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "General Hospital's Anthony Geary: "We'd Been Living on Death Row" - Today's News: Our Take". 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards 2012 winners: ‘General Hospital’ wins big as Anthony Geary takes home record seventh award - Zap2it". 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  4. ^ Anthony Geary profile,; accessed August 31, 2014.
  5. ^ "Anthony Geary biography". Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  6. ^ a b c d West, Abby (2008-03-31). "Tony Geary Reflects on 30 Years of GH". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Lucci Gets Her First Emmy". The Seattle Times ( Associated Press. 1999-05-22. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "DeGeneres, ‘General Hospital’ win Emmys". MSNBC ( Associated Press. 2006-05-03. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Photo Gallery". LA Times. 2008-06-04. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Daytime Emmy nominations snub Anthony Geary and (oh, no!) poor Betty White". Gold Derby/LA Times. 2010-05-12. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ TV Guide News (2008-06-21). "Backstage at the Daytime Emmys Brings Laughs, Tears". TV Guide. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ Toomey, Alyssa (2012-06-23). "Daytime Emmy Awards: Today Beats GMA; One Life to Live and All My Children Honored". E! Entertainment Television. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 

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