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Anthony Geary
Tony Geary
Tony Geary appears as Mike's eccentric friend Mike in the Season 1 "AITF" episode "Judging Books By Covers".
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1947-05-29) May 29, 1947 (age 77)
Birthplace: Coalville, Utah, U.S.
Years active: 1970–present
Character/Series involvement
Series: All in the Family
Episodes appeared in: "Judging Books by Covers" (Season 1)
Character played: Roger (Mike's friend)
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Anthony Dean "Tony" Geary (born May 29, 1947) is an American actor.[1] He is known for role as Luke Spencer on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital (1978 to 1984 and from 1993 to present). Geary has received record seven Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.[2][3]

Life and career[]

Geary was born in Coalville, UT, the son of a homemaker and a contractor.[4] attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and made his television debut in the episode of ABC comedy series Room 222. He later guest-starred on an early episode of All in the Family as Mike's eccentric hippie friend Roger with fellow future soap star Philip Carey, and well in 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 also starred in 1987's Disorderlies with rappers The Fat Boys.

In 1994, he appeared in an episode of Roseanne, alongside his co-star Genie Francis.


  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 on 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 on 2013-07-08.
  4. Anthony Geary Biography (1947-)
  5. Anthony Geary Biography - Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved on 2013-07-08.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 West, Abby (2008-03-31). Tony Geary Reflects on 30 Years of GH. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on September 8, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Lucci Gets Her First Emmy", The Seattle Times,, 1999-05-22. Retrieved on September 8, 2012. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "DeGeneres, ‘General Hospital’ win Emmys", MSNBC,, 2006-05-03. Retrieved on September 8, 2012. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Photo Gallery. LA Times. (2008-06-04). Retrieved on September 8, 2012.
  10. Daytime Emmy nominations snub Anthony Geary and (oh, no!) poor Betty White. Gold Derby/LA Times. (2010-05-12). Retrieved on September 8, 2012.
  11. TV Guide News (2008-06-21). Backstage at the Daytime Emmys Brings Laughs, Tears. TV Guide. Retrieved on 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 on September 8, 2012.

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