Anthony Geary

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Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary.jpg
Geary in 2013
BornAnthony Dean Geary
(1947-05-29) May 29, 1947 (age 67)
Coalville, Utah, U.S.
Years active1970–present
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Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary.jpg
Geary in 2013
BornAnthony Dean Geary
(1947-05-29) May 29, 1947 (age 67)
Coalville, Utah, U.S.
Years active1970–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 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]


1970Room 222Tom WhalomEpisode: "Choose One & They Lived Happily/Unhappily Ever After"
1971All in the FamilyRogerEpisode: "Judging Books by Covers"
1971Johnny Got His GunRedhead
1971-1972Bright PromiseDavid LockhartSoap opera
1972Blood SabbathDavid
1972The Mod SquadJohnsonEpisode: "Good Times Are Just Memories"
1972The Partridge FamilyGreg HouserEpisode: "Ain't Loveth Grand?"
1973MannixEddie DeckenEpisode: "A Way to Dusty Death"
1973ShaftDavid OliverEpisode: "Hit and Run"
1973The Young and the RestlessGeorge CurtisSoap opera
1974Doc ElliotDennis GrahamEpisode: "The Carrier"
1974Sorority KillTony
1971-1975Marcus Welby, M.D.John Gavanelli2 episodes
1974-1976The Streets of San FranciscoGary Jelinek / Cajun / Joe Markham4 episodes
1976-1977Barnaby JonesDeputy Blake Jeffries / Nelson Mosley / Wilson3 episodes
1977Most WantedChopsEpisode: "The Driver"
1978The Return of Captain NemoBork
1978Project U.F.O. TV SeriesDarryl BiggsEpisode: "Sighting 4010: The Waterford Incident"
1978Starsky & HutchDelanoEpisode: "The Trap"
1978The Six Million Dollar ManArtaEpisode: "The Lost Island"
1978-1984 (1st Stint), 1993–present (2nd Stint)General HospitalLuke Spencer
1983Antony and CleopatraOctavius Caesar
1983Shaft of LoveDoug Hathaway
1983Intimate AgonyDr. Kyle Richards
1984Sins of the PastLt. Malovich
1984The ImpostorCade
1985KicksMartin Cheevers
1985HotelEli Gilmour / Phil Tanner2 episodes
1986You Are The JurySam BillingsEpisode: "The State of Ohio vs. James Wolsky"
1987P.I. Private InvestigationsLarry
1987DisorderliesWinslow Lowry
1987Penitentiary IIISerenghetti
1987Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered MadamSteve Reynolds
1988You Can't Hurry LoveTony
1988Pass the AmmoStonewall
1988It Takes TwoWheel
1988Dangerous LoveMickey
1989Night LifeJohn Devlin
1989Do You Know the Muffin Man?Stephen Pugliotti
1989High Desert KillDr. Jim Cole
1989Crack HouseDockett
1989-1990Murder, She WroteEric Grant / KGB Lt. Fyodor Alexandrov2 episodes
1990Sunset BeatUncredited RoleMade For TV Movie
1990Sunset BeatUncredited RoleEpisode: "One Down, Four Up" (TV Series)
1991-1993General HospitalBill Eckert (Also played by Geary in a Dual Role)Soap opera
1991Night of the WarriorLynch
1993Whistlestop GirlAndy
1994RoseanneLuke SpencerEpisode: "Suck Up or Shut Up"
1995Burke's LawClayton ColeEpisode: "Who Killed the Centerfold?"
1998Port CharlesLuke Spencer
2004Teacher's PetJohn / Juanvoice
2005Carpool GuyCarpool Guy
2008General Hospital: Night ShiftLuke SpencerEpisode: "Past and Presence", (Part One & Part Two)
2009Fish TankVan Man
2013Alice and the MonsterGeorge


  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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