Emmy-winning actor Anthony Geary has made his final appearance in the hit soap opera “General Hospital” last July 27 where he portrayed the role of Luke Spencer for a very long time. In fact, Us Magazine reports that Geary debuted in the show back in Nov 20, 1978 where he was also known as Bobbie’s bad boy big brother. Moreover, the actor ended his role in “General Hospital” at age 68, having played Luke Spencer for about 28 years, E! reports.
While he was taping his final scenes for “General Hospital,” Geary told the Los Angeles Times a little bit about the character that won him several Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (he actually won another one this year, giving him the most wins a leading man has ever picked up for daytime). He said, “Luke really is iconic, one of the original gray hats of daytime. He was designed as the guy you love to hate and hate to love. He’s a classically romantic character, a classic anti-hero.”
Of his decision to leave the show for good, Geary remarked, “I feel very positive about my decision.” Moreover, he added, “That’s tempered by leaving a character that has been part of me for more than half my life.”
As for the future, Geary told Nightline that he will be opting for a change of scenery, preferably Amsterdam. He explained, “[I’ll] spend the summer on my boat and my bicycle and go back into my languages classes. I’ve been writing, so I’m going to concentrate on a book”
The actor was also not shy to admit that he would like to try acting in another language. He told Nightline, “I would like to experience what it’s like to play an American in a Hungarian movie, or play a Hungarian in a Dutch movie. I think that would be a fascinating experience.”
And as he moves on to a new chapter of his career, Geary is grateful to the show and the network that he has worked with for so long. He told TV Insider, “The people at ABC and at GH have been amazingly good to me, allowing me to live on two continents and treating me, for the most part, extremely well. This show has been a huge part of my life for over half my life and Luke Spencer is my alter ego.”
Meanwhile, a rep for ABC Daytime has also told TV Insider, “The door at GH will always be open to Tony and we hope that he will make a return visit at some point, even if just for a few weeks.”