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Also Known As: Tony Geary Died:
Born: May 29, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Coalville, Utah, USA Profession: actor, producer, singer, acting teacher, toy salesperson

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Arguably the most popular male soap opera star in the history of the medium, Anthony Geary broke the mold of a typical soap character when he first breathed life into his controversial Luke Spencer on the hit daytime drama, "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ). Tall, somewhat gaunt, with pale, almost pasty skin and frizzy dark blond hair, Geary seemed odd fodder for leading man heartthrob status, yet he earned it in the afternoons. He joined "GH" in 1978 as a less-than-savory hitman, but within two years he was on the run with his true love Laura (Genie Francis), in not only one of the most cinematic daytime storylines of all time, but one which captivated the nation - even those who had never watched daytime TV. The hoopla surrounding the wedding of Luke and Laura in 1981 landed Geary and Francis on national newsmagazine covers and racked up the highest ratings ever for a daytime drama. Since that time, Geary attempted other roles on stage and screen, but because his "GH" characterization was so strongly identifiable, Geary had a hard time getting out from under the shadow of Lukas Lorenzo Spencer.

Arguably the most popular male soap opera star in the history of the medium, Anthony Geary broke the mold of a typical soap character when he first breathed life into his controversial Luke Spencer on the hit daytime drama, "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ). Tall, somewhat gaunt, with pale, almost pasty skin and frizzy dark blond hair, Geary seemed odd fodder for leading man heartthrob status, yet he earned it in the afternoons. He joined "GH" in 1978 as a less-than-savory hitman, but within two years he was on the run with his true love Laura (Genie Francis), in not only one of the most cinematic daytime storylines of all time, but one which captivated the nation - even those who had never watched daytime TV. The hoopla surrounding the wedding of Luke and Laura in 1981 landed Geary and Francis on national newsmagazine covers and racked up the highest ratings ever for a daytime drama. Since that time, Geary attempted other roles on stage and screen, but because his "GH" characterization was so strongly identifiable, Geary had a hard time getting out from under the shadow of Lukas Lorenzo Spencer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Carpool Guy (2005)
2.
 Disney's Teacher's Pet (2004) Voice Of John/Juan
3.
 Night Life (1991)
4.
 Scorchers (1991)
5.
 Night of the Warrior (1991) Lynch
6.
 High Desert Kill (1989) Dr Jim Cole
7.
 Crack House (1989) Dockett
8.
 UHF (1989) Philo
9.
 Do You Know the Muffin Man? (1989) Stephen Pugliotti
10.
 Pass The Ammo (1988) Stonewall
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Milestones close milestones

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Spotted in college production by Jack Alberston
1967:
Toured US in "The Subject Was Roses", co-starring with Albertson and Martha Scott
1969:
Film debut, "Blood Sabbath"
1969:
Appeared on NBC soap opera "Bright Promise"
1970:
Made primetime episodic debut on "Room 222"
1973:
Appeared on CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless"
1978:
Joined the cast of "General Hospital" (ABC) as Luke Spencer; left show in 1983, but returned for a series of guest appearances
1982:
First performed his own nightclub act
1983:
Made TV-movie debut in "Intimate Agony" (ABC)
1987:
Played Tom in "The Glass Menagerie" at Los Angeles Theatre Centre
1991:
Returned to "General Hospital" (ABC) as Bill Eckert, Luke Spencer¿s look-alike cousin
1993:
Reprised his role as Luke Spencer on "General Hospital" (ABC)
1994:
Appeared as 'Luke Spencer,' his GH character, on an episode of "Roseanne" (ABC)
2005:
Appeared in the film "Car Pool Guy" along with several other daytime stars
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Education

University of Utah: -

Notes

Geary won a Cindy Award in 1979 for producing the National Public Radio Show "The 9 p.m. Turn-On".

During the height of the Luka and Laura craze in the early 1980s, Geary was erroneously linked to Elizabeth Taylor in the tabloids.

"I've been in a number of movies. A host of forgettable favorites. It's funny, but when I'm traveling, sometimes late at night in hotels, I turn on the TV and there I am--and I think it's safe to go home." --Anthony Geary in Daily News, October 27, 1996.

"The recognition you get as a soap opera performer is wonderful, but it can be a double-edged sword. It can be less of an asset if you're looking for work in the theatre, onstage. But as I get older, I realize having this role is a pretty damn good gig." --Geary in Daily News, October 27, 1996.

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