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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Duke wanders into the Metro Court. He calls to check in with Sonny. Michael pops up with the baby and calls Duke a 'flunky'. They trash each other. Michael reminds him of all that AJ did for him and accuses him of being a hypocrite. Meanwhile, Sabrina walks in. Lucy rushes up to her and starts babbling about the Ball. Sabrina turns down the invitation to perform and points out she no longer works for GH. Since she's still a nurse, Lucy says that's all that counts and badgers her into participating. They notice the argument across the room and interrupt. Michael and Sabrina take off to the bar. They talk about Carlos and she explains she saw him lurking earlier. She suspects that he's in trouble again. Across the room, Lucy and Duke rehash the past year and their break-ups. He thanks her for helping to pick up the pieces of his life. She cares about him a lot but promises to bow out if he thinks he can work things out with Anna. He takes her hand and assures her there is no going back for him and Anna. "But we can move forward, if that's what you'd like," he adds.
At Kelly's, Duke orders Jordan to kill Julian. "Why me?" she asks. He's sure she's the perfect person for the job. She refuses, insisting it's a bad idea. He repeats his order. She wonders if he thinks she's a mole. Duke keeps repeating his order and she finally agrees. Carlos watches from the window until Sabrina interrupts. They discuss his upcoming trial and he wonders if she'll tell the cops about his confession. He urges her tell them the truth. Carlos explains that he and Julian have set their problems aside and his lawyer thinks he'll get off. She wishes he wasn't back in the mob.