Anthony Geary leaving General Hospital
Updated June 29:
Anthony Geary will make his on screen farewell as Port Charles’ Luke Spencer on Monday July 27. Geary taped his final “General Hospital” scenes on June 23.
Updated June 24:
Anthony Geary (Port Charles’ Luke Spencer) taped his final scenes at “General Hospital” on June 23. Two hundred members of the cast and crew gathered to say goodbye to Geary, who was treated to a video montage of some of Luke’s best moments over the years. Geary’s episodes are expected to air for another month. Mr. Geary made the decision to vacate his role of Luke this summer, noting that it was the ideal time to go both personally and professionally with the recent culmination of the Luke story.
“I signed on for a 13 week stint on General Hospital in 1978. Apart from an eight year hiatus in the 1980’s, Luke Spencer has been my alter ego ever since. I’d like to thank ABC, my producers and the ‘GH’ audience for a long and exciting ride,” Mr. Geary said.
“The name Anthony Geary is synonymous with daytime television. Tony is a true thespian, one who appreciates and respects his craft and his fellow actors, and someone who has been recognized by his peers with a record 8 daytime Emmy awards,” said Vicki Dummer, Executive Vice President, Current Series, ABC Entertainment Group. “We (ABC) are enormously grateful to Tony for his indelible body of work. He has been engaging daytime audiences for decades, all whom have laughed, cried and cheered at the outlandish antics of daytime’s true anti-hero. Professionally, Tony continues to challenge himself and finds new ways to invigorate the character of Luke, a role he originated, by breathing life into him and taking him from script to screen each weekday afternoon. As a 30+ year fan of ‘General Hospital,’ his farewell is particularly bittersweet, but the door is always open for Tony, (and, of course Luke Spencer) to return to the hallowed halls of ‘General Hospital.’ There will be plenty of adventure, excitement, romance and mystery in the weeks ahead all leading up to Tony’s goodbye,” she added.
Viewers are invited to take one more adventure with Luke as he desperately tries to save his son, Lucky (Jonathan Jackson), from a mysterious villain claiming to have kidnapped him. In order to protect his son, Luke is forced to break off his engagement with his love, Tracy. Once he reluctantly ends things with Tracy, Luke and his ex-wife Laura (Genie Francis), join forces to save their son’s life. Along the way, they will encounter familiar faces from Luke’s past including Holly (Emma Samms), their son Ethan (Nathan Parsons) and more. After several twists and turns, will Luke get to Lucky in time or will the lives of every member of the Spencer family be changed forever?
Several cast members shared goodbye messages and photos on Twitter.
— Ryan Carnes (@RyanCarnes1) June 24, 2015
— michelle stafford (@TheRealStafford) June 24, 2015
I will miss you Tony!! Bon Voyage!! pic.twitter.com/Vik3PR0OK2
— Kathleen Gati (@gatitweets) June 24, 2015
To the legend Tony Geary not just a great actor but a great guy and I'm proud to call him my friend pic.twitter.com/Imv24NZ7hi
— Maurice Benard (@MauriceBenard) June 24, 2015
Original Story May 9:
Anthony Geary (Port Charles' Luke Spencer) is leaving "General Hospital" as reported by Michael Logan at TV Insider. Geary has played Luke Spencer off and on since 1978. He's won eight Daytime Emmys for the role, including his latest at the 2015 Emmys, which is the most for any daytime actor.
Geary will continue taping episodes until his contract ends in late June, and he will remain on air about a month or so after his final tape date. An ABC representative states that, "The door at 'GH' will always be open to Tony and we hope that he will make a return visit at some point, even if just for a few weeks."
Geary's decision to retire was due in part to his health issues over the years, including having back surgery last year which he took time off the show to recuperate from. Geary has made Amsterdam a second home over the years and plans to settle there.
News of Geary leaving the show comes on the heels of the announcement that Genie Francis is returning to General Hospital as Luke's former love Laura Spencer. Soaps.com will keep you informed on Geary's final airdate when it is made known.
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- Dustin Cushman