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 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 was originally hired for a 13-week in General Hospital, which grew into a full contract role.
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.
Episode: "Choose One & They Lived Happily/Unhappily Ever After"
All in the Family
Episode: "Judging Books by Covers"
Johnny Got His Gun
The Mod Squad
Episode: "Good Times Are Just Memories"
The Partridge Family
Episode: "Ain't Loveth Grand?"
Episode: "A Way to Dusty Death"
Episode: "Hit and Run"
The Young and the Restless
Episode: "The Carrier"
Marcus Welby, M.D.
The Streets of San Francisco
Gary Jelinek / Cajun / Joe Markham
Deputy Blake Jeffries / Nelson Mosley / Wilson
Episode: "The Driver"
The Return of Captain Nemo
Project U.F.O. TV Series
Episode: "Sighting 4010: The Waterford Incident"
Starsky & Hutch
Episode: "The Trap"
The Six Million Dollar Man
Episode: "The Lost Island"
1978-1984 (1st Stint), 1993-present (2nd Stint)
Antony and Cleopatra
Shaft of Love
Dr. Kyle Richards
Sins of the Past
Eli Gilmour / Phil Tanner
You Are The Jury
Episode: "The State of Ohio vs. James Wolsky"
P.I. Private Investigations
Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam
You Can't Hurry Love
Pass the Ammo
It Takes Two
Do You Know the Muffin Man?
High Desert Kill
Dr. Jim Cole
Murder, She Wrote
Eric Grant / KGB Lt. Fyodor Alexandrov
Made For TV Movie
Episode: "One Down, Four Up" (TV Series)
Bill Eckert (Also played by Geary in a Dual Role)
Night of the Warrior
Episode: "Suck Up or Shut Up"
Episode: "Who Killed the Centerfold?"
John / Juan
General Hospital: Night Shift
Episode: "Past and Presence", (Part One & Part Two)
Alice and the Monster
Text from this biography licensed under creative commons license