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 - May 12, 2015)
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 Sonny’s place, Sonny dreams that Duke is still alive and his death was faked to throw off their enemies. He jolts awake in bed and Carly comforts him. Sonny and Carly talk about Julian, who claims someone in his organization went rogue and killed Duke. Sonny is giving Julian the chance to prove this. Later Carly calls Jake and leaves him a message about Sonny being out for blood and begs him to be careful.
On the docks, Duke collapses to the ground and Anna calls the paramedics seeing he’s been shot. She demands Duke stay with her and asks who did this. He says, "He caught me off guard in the parking garage," and then passes out. He comes to only long enough to say Jordan is in danger and that he tried to call the hit off. Anna tells him that Jordan is alive and the man he sent is dead. Anna tells him they will fix this and go away together the way they planned. She tries to keep him conscious by talking about all the things they can do together.
Julian and Alexis arrive at the hospital as the paramedics bring Olivia and the baby in. The baby and Olivia are rushed into a cubicle while Patrick asks Julian to remain in the waiting room and let them do their work. In the cubicle, Patrick tells Olivia that the baby’s body temperature is down and they are trying to stabilize him to help him breath. Ned comes in and stays by Olivia’s side and assures her the baby will be okay. Later Duke is brought in and tended to by Patrick. Alexis and Sam question Julian about Duke’s shooting. Before he can say anything, Anna walks up and slaps him. She calls him a coward who doesn’t have the balls to shoot someone himself, he just calls on his lackeys to do it for him. She vows to make Julian pay when she gets the evidence against him and she won’t wait for the courts or due process. Anna storms off and Alexis begs Julian to tell her that he wasn’t responsible for this. Before he answers, a nurse runs out of the room with the baby. Julian rushes in and learns that the baby is stable, but not out of the woods yet. In another OR room, Duke begins to crash. Later Patrick comes out and tells Anna that he’s so sorry. Anna runs into the room where Duke’s body lays on the table. She tells him that they were supposed to be going away together and begs him to wake up.