Duke Lavery (as played by Ian Buchanan on General Hospital)

Useful information about Duke Lavery

* Money laundering for Burt Ramsey's organization.
* Served prison time for his involvement in organized crime.

Who's played Duke Lavery over the years?

Ian Buchanan (1986–89, August 27, 2012 - May 12, 2015)
Greg Beecroft (1989–90)

Current and Past Occupation

Past: Mob associate.
Past: Owner of Duke's Club.

Past History

Once arriving in Port Charles from Scotland, Duke was quickly involved with Anna Devane in a romance. He was the owner of the elaborate Duke's Nightclub, which just happened to be laundering cash for the mob. He decided to leave the crime life behind for her. Other members of the organization weren't willing to let that happen. During his conflict laden departure from the business, he got to know his father Angus and learned he had a sister somewhere. Meanwhile, Anna's house was bombed, bringing Robert Scorpio back to town to investigate and he was sure Duke was involved.

Duke teamed up with Robert and Anna to bring down corruption and crime in town. He wound up being paralyzed by a bullet meant for Robert. After a brief stay in prison, he was reunited with his half-sister, a nun from Canada. They almost had an affair before they found out the truth. He reunited with Anna, but not before helping to cover up some crimes for his sister. This was soon uncovered by a reporter, who leaked it to Anna on her wedding day to Duke. That ruined their wedding.

Eventually, Duke managed to win Anna back and they were married in the highlands. However, his lingering involvement in organized crime continued to cause friction. After he became stuck in a power struggle with Olivia Jerome, she used sex and violence to try and get rid of him. Anna wound up losing her baby in an elevator rigged to kill Duke and was then arrested for putting Olivia in a coma. She was eventually cleared and Olivia was sent to an asylum.

Duke testified against his former crime colleagues, faked his own death and went into witness protection.

Years later, Duke turned up in a psychiatric facility in Lucerne, Switzerland where Robin was being secretly held. He quickly made his way back to Port Charles and into Anna's life.

Past Marriages

Married to Anna Devane (Married: October 19, 1987; dissolved by his presumed death)

Flings and Relationships

Camellia (dated)
Anna Devane (lovers)


Mary Fitzhugh (mother)
Angus McKay (father)