As portrayed by Anthony Geary, Luke Spencer was described as the most popular
character in soap opera history. One critic said, "Geary's individualism,
uniqueness and awesome range is the most notable in daytime (television)
history," a statement that is typical of the actor's reviews. He added to
his laurels by winning the 1981 Emmy Award as Outstanding Actor in a
Daytime Drama Series. Mr. Geary brought Luke Spencer back to the viewing
audience, and Port Charles, on October 29, 1993, and received his second
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in May, 1999. He was also nominated
in 1997 and 1998.
In January, 1991, Mr. Geary returned to General Hospital in the role of
Bill Eckert, a cousin of Spencer's, and a man of many, often dark, colors.
Mr. Geary was seen on-screen as both Bill Eckert and Luke Spencer as the
story progressed until the death of Eckert.
Mr. Geary has come a long way from Coalville, Utah, the small mountain
community of 800 where he was born. Tony was a gifted student, attending
the University of Utah as a Presidential Award Scholar in theater. Jack
Albertson saw Tony perform there, and cast him in The Subject Was Roses.
The production, starring Albertson and Martha Scott, toured Hawaii and
settled at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles, where Tony
decided to establish himself. His ensuing musical theater credits comprise
a catalogue of classics. A highlight in this period was his co-starring
engagement with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca at the Frontier Hotel in Las
Vegas in Your Show of Shows.
Mr. Geary has performed in more than 50 stage productions throughout the
United States. His appearance in the one-man show, Human Scratchings,
earned Anthony unanimous critical acclaim. His other extensive theatrical
credits include roles in productions of The Wild Duck, The Inspector General,
The Cat's Paw, The Glass Menagerie and Barabbas at the Los Angeles Theater
Center. In addition, he toured with a production of Jesus Christ Superstar,
portraying the title role. He also portrayed Octavius Caesar, opposite Lynn
Redgrave and Timothy Dalton, in a production of Shakespeare's Antony and
Cleopatra for PBS and the BBC.
Mr. Geary has made guest appearances on more than 40 television shows. Among
his TV credits are roles on Starsky & Hutch, Barnaby Jones, The Streets of
San Francisco, The Blue Knight, All in the Family, The Six Million Dollar Man,
The Partridge Family, Most Wanted, Mannix, The Mod Squad, Room 222, Doc Elliot,
Temperatures Rising, Marcus Welby, M.D., Hotel and Murder, She Wrote. He also
performed in the television movies, Perry Mason and the Case of the Murdered Madam,
Kicks, Sins of the Past, The Imposter, Intimate Agony and Do You Know the Muffin
Man?; and in the daytime dramas, Bright Promise and The Young and the Restless.
Mr. Geary's feature film credits include roles in U.H.F., It Takes Two, Pass
the Ammo, You Can't Hurry Love, Penitentiary III, The Disorderlies, Private
Investigation, Johnny Got His Gun, Scorchers and Night of the Warrior.
As a producer, Mr. Geary received a Cindy Award for the drama, Sound of
Sunshine, Sound of Rain, a children's story for Public Radio. He has also
taught improvisation and story-theater techniques.
Anthony Geary received unanimous critical acclaim, and a DramaLogue Award,
for his one-man show, Human Scratchings, performed to sold-out houses in
Los Angeles in 1996.
Mr. Geary competed in track and field and swimming events as a college
student, and also raced horses. He is a certified scuba diver as well as
an accomplished rollerblader. Tony also claims himself to be "the world's
oldest Hip Hop dancer".