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 comes into Anna’s office and confronts her over what she did to Faison. The two argue, Duke feels they both lied to the other and they should call it even and try and move on. Anna, however, feels what she did is not comparable to what Duke did. She fears that Duke is too in love with the life Sonny leads, and she doesn’t think she can continue their relationship. Duke reveals that he is taking over Sonny’s business while Sonny is in prison, so they’ll be in a relationship whether she likes it or not. He then walks out.
Sonny is brought in to see Duke in the interview room. Duke says he didn't turn on him. Sonny explains that he's already plead guilty for Carly's sake... and his. "You're a free man," the mobster tells him. Duke is thankful. Sonny requests that he take over the business. Duke suggests he ask Shawn but Corinthos is insistent. "Your business will be safe in my hands," Duke assures him. A cop announces that he's free to go. Once Duke leaves, Carly arrives.
Alexis calls Sam to say she has an emergency with a client and can't make it to the family dinner. Meanwhile, Anna is in her office going over the reports of Faison's death. Alexis enters and requests Julian's release. Anna doesn't see why she's sticking her neck out for him but agrees to sign the paperwork. As Alexis bustles out, Sloane shows up to lay into her about Faison again. They bicker and he warns that she will need to build a great defense. Kyle tells her how hard all of this is for him, but she'll be going away for a long time. After Anna is left to mull that over, Duke arrives at her door. Later, Julian is released. Alexis insists she did this for Luke. She insists on going to see him alone but Julian thinks they need to do it together.