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 68)
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 best known for playing the role of Luke Spencer on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital. Geary originated the role of Luke in 1978 and has since received a record eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Anthony Dean Geary was born in Coalville, Utah, a son of the late Dana (nee' Anderson)(2/10/1923-7/7/1997) and Russell Dean Geary (11/12/25-10/8/1991). His father was a building contractor and owner of a construction company. His mother was a homemaker and assisted his father in the business as the bookkeeper. His father was also the former mayor of Coalville, Utah. Both of Geary's parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[4] He has two sisters, Jana Geary Steele and DeAnn Geary Bond. Geary attended the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, on a theater scholarship. At age 21, he performed as a chorus boy with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on the Las Vegas stage. It was while performing there that he fell and scarred his chin.

Career[edit]

Geary made his first appearance on national television in an episode of Room 222 and later appeared in 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 George Curtis in The Young and the Restless who was a rapist, and in 1978 was hired for a 13-week story arc to play 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). His portrayal of Luke Spencer on General Hospital was well received and grew into a full contract role. The 1981 on-screen wedding of his character and Laura Webber holds the record as the highest rated soap opera episode of all time.[6]

He holds the distinction of winning a record eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He was first nominated in 1980, 1981, and had his first win in 1982.[7][8] Geary was nominated again in 1983, before leaving the show in 1984.

Anthony Geary holding his 8th Daytime Emmy next to General Hospital Online creator May Lee (a.k.a. Ms. Purple!!) - April 26, 2015

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 poor feedback from the viewing public, the character was killed off and Geary resumed the role of Luke in 1993.[6] Tony appeared in more than 50 stage plays, including an award-winning one-man show titled Human Scratchings in 1996. He 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]

Geary set a record in 2012 with his 7th Daytime Emmy win and again in 2015 for his 8th win for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Drama Series after 16 nominations for the same role of General Hospital's Luke Spencer. Geary publicly announced on Friday, May 8, 2015 he will be leaving his role on the long-running daytime drama series General Hospital. Geary finished taping his last scenes on the General Hospital set on Tuesday June 23, 2015. His storyline will continue into the summer.[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]

Filmography[edit]

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
1993–2015
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

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
1980
Soapy Award Best Actor General Hospital Won
[13]
1981
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[14]
1981
Soapy Award Best Actor General Hospital Won
[13]
1982
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[15]
1982
Soapy Awards Best Actor General Hospital Won
[13]
1983
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[16]
1993
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actor General Hospital Nominated
1994
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actor General Hospital Nominated
1997
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[17]
1998
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[18]
1999
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[19]
1999
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actor General Hospital Won
[20]
2000
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[21]
2000
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actor General Hospital Won
[22]
2002
Daytime Emmy Award America's Favorite Couple (shared with Genie Francis) General Hospital Nominated
2003
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[23]
2004
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[24]
2006
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[25]
2006
TV Land Award Most Wonderful Wedding (shared with Genie Francis) General Hospital Nominated
2007
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[26]
2008
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[27]
2009
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[28]
2012
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[29]
2015
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[30]

References[edit]

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  25. ^ "Ellen DeGeneres repeats sweep of Daytime Emmys". Kentucky New Era (Los Angeles: Taylor W. Hayes). Associated Press. May 1, 2006. p. 8. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
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