Full detailed profile on Duke Lavery Played by Ian Buchanan on General Hospital Daytime Soap Opera.
Actor: Ian Buchanan
Who played Duke Lavery over the years
Ian Buchanan [(1986–89, August 27, 2012—)]
Useful information on Duke Lavery
* Money laundering for Burt Ramsey's organization.
Past: Mob associate.
Past: Owner of Duke's Club.
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.
Married to Anna Devane (Married: October 19, 1987; dissolved by his presumed death)
Anna Devane (lovers)
Mary Fitzhugh (mother)
Angus McKay (father)
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On the docks Jordan meets with Duke and Shawn to talk business. When Jordan leaves to check on a shipment, Shawn confides in Duke that Fluke is still posing as Luke and that Sonny believes he’s Bill Eckert. Shawn tells him that Sonny’s asked him to dig up Bill’s grave to find out if he’s dead or not. Jordan, who is hiding around the corner, hears all of this. Later Jordan trails Shawn when he leaves.
In a flashback at the docks, Felicia, her friends and family post her first campaign poster for mayor. In the present, Duke and Lucy look at the poster and think about how hopeful they all were back then. Duke and Lucy lament about the loves they’ve since lost.
Back at Metro Court, Anna prepares to leave when Duke and Lucy arrive. Duke and Sloane have words. Sloane gets a call that the box has been recovered and returned to city hall, so he leaves. Later Anna confronts Duke about his two employees dumping the box into the river. Duke claims innocence and tells Anna she has no proof. Anna marches off and Lucy apologizes to Duke as she stole the box in the first place. Lucy flashes back to stealing the box at the courthouse. The race was being contested over one district that Mayor Lomax felt she was a shoe-in to win, but the ballots had Felicia’s name misprinted on them. Lucy was given the box as she was on the election committee, so she stole it after Mayor Lomax promised to throw her friend Duke in jail. In the present, both Duke and Lucy promise not to sell each other out if it comes to it.