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 runs into Anna at Kelly’s and the two bicker about Julian’s release from prison. Anna says the charges against Julian have been dropped. Duke says if the authorities won’t deal with Julian then he will. Duke storms off and Anna gets a call.
Back at Julian’s place, Duke arrives to make Julian an offer. Duke asks Julian to hand over his territories to him and simply walk away with the fresh start he’s been given. Julian refuses and warns Duke he’s learned a lot these past few months, he’s not the same Julian. Duke tells Julian that he will bury him and storms out.
Back at General Hospital, Nikolas gets a moment alone with his son while Patrick and Emma say a prayer in the chapel. Duke arrives after hearing about Spencer and Emma’s accident to see how things are. Anna is surprised, but he says that he’ll never stop caring about her or her family.
Duke drops by Sonny’s place to deliver a baby gift, as well as give Sonny back the keys to his kingdom. Sonny says he can’t accept them, as he can’t be associated with the business until his custody case is resolved. He says he needs Duke to keep running the business.