Anthony Geary first joined the cast of General Hospital in 1978 as Luke Spencer. As portrayed by the legendary actor, Luke Spencer was described by the New York Post 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. Mr. Geary has won six Daytime Emmy® awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, his most recent in 2008. Equally impressive, Mr. Geary holds nominations for the award in 1980, 1982, 1996, 1997, 2003, and 2007.
In January 1991 Mr. Geary returned to General Hospital after nearly a decade in the role of Bill Eckert, a cousin of Luke's and a man of many (often dark) colors. He began playing Luke again in 1993. 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, UT, the small mountain community of 800 where he was born. Mr. Geary was a gifted student, attending the University of Utah as a Presidential Award Scholar in theater. Jack Albertson saw him 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 Mr. Geary decided to establish himself. His ensuing musical theater credits comprise a catalogue of classics. Highlights in this period were his co-starring engagement with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in Your Show of Shows and a tour as Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar.
Mr. Geary has performed in more than fifty stage productions throughout the United States. His appearance in the one-man show, Human Scratchings, performed to sold-out houses in Los Angeles in 1996, earned him unanimous critical acclaim and a DramaLogue Award. 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. 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 forty 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?. He also appeared in the daytime dramas Bright Promise and The Young and the Restless.
Mr. Geary's feature film credits include roles in UHF, 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. In addition, Mr. Geary is seen in the independent feature film Carpool Guy, which was directed and stars Corbin Bernsen.
As a producer, he 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.
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 roller blader.