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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At Kelly’s, Duke and Shawn discuss the Jerome’s drug operation. Cocaine, and lots of it, is already available on the streets. Shawn thinks Jordan is involved too. She swears she’s on the up and up, but Shawn has reason to doubt her considering her history running drugs back in Maryland. She even did a few years in jail. Duke worries that if Shawn is wrong he could alienate TJ. Duke suggests they send Anna after Julian’s drug trade before talk turns to Sonny. Duke says he seems to be wrestling with guilt over AJ’s death before he leaves. Shawn calls Jordan but gets no answer.
At home, Sonny smirks to himself about AJ's case remaining unsolved. AJ's ghost appears and begins to taunt him. Sonny tries to ignore him and begins yelping until Duke interrupts. He guesses that the boss is feeling guilty. Duke repeats his pledge of loyalty to him. "Your secret is safe with me," he says as Michael arrives. Duke pays his condolences to Michael and departs. Distraught, Michael tells Sonny that the cops are closing in on the killer. Sonny warns him not to get his hopes up. Michael heads out and AJ's image returns to taunt Sonny some more.
At Kelly's, Shawn hopes that Jordan has come to her senses about her job. She hasn't and wishes he'd be more supportive. TJ strolls in and wonders what they are bickering about. She downplays and heads to work. Once again, TJ wonders why there is so much tension between Shawn and his mom. Shawn insists it's nothing. After TJ leaves for school, Duke drops in with some 'disturbing news'.