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Luke Spencer on General Hospital
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Mr. Geary has come a long way from Coalville, Utah, the small mountain community of 800 where he was born. Tony was a gifted student, attending University of Utah as a Presidental Award Scholar in theater. Jack Albertson saw Tony perform there, and cast him in "The Subject Was Roses." The production, starring Albertson and Martha Scott, toured Hawaii and settled at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles, where Tony decided to establish himself. His ensuing musical theater credits comprise a catalog of classics. A highlight in this period was his co-starring engagement with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in the "Your Show of Shows." Mr. Geary has performed in more than 50 stage productions throughout the United States. His extensive theatrical credeits include roles in productions of "The Wild Duck," "The Inspector General," "The Cat`s Paw," "The Glass Menagerie," and "Barabbas" at the Los Angeles Theater Center. In addition, he toured with a production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," portraying the title role. He also portrayed Octavious Caesar, opposite Lynn Redgrave and Timothy Dalton, in a production of Shakespeare`s "Anthony and Cleopatra" for PBS and the BBC. Mr. Geary has made guest appearances on more than 40 television shows. Among his TV credits are roles on "Starsky and Hutch," "Barnaby Jones," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Blue Knight," "All in the Family," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "The Partridge Family," "Most Wanted," "Mannix," "The Mod Squad," "Room 222," "Doc Elliot," "Temperatures Rising," "Marcus Welby, M.D.,"Arthur Hailey`s Hotel" and "Murder, She Wrote." He also performed in the television movies, "Perry Mason and the Case of the Murdered Madam," "Kicks," "Sins of the Past," "The Imposter," "Intimate Agony" and "Do You Know The Muffin Man?" and in the daytime dramas, "Bright Promise" and "The Young and The Restless." As a producer, Mr. Geary received a Cindy Award for the drama, "Sound of Sunshine, Sound of Rain," a children`s story for Public Radio. He has also taught improvisation and story-theater techniques. Mr. Geary competed in track and field and swimming events as a college student, and also raced horses. He is a certified scuba diver as well as an accomplished rollerblader. Tony also claims to be "the world`s oldest Hip Hop dancer." As portrayed by Anthony Geary, Luke Spencer was described as the most popular character in soap opera history. One critic said, "Geary`s individualism, uniqueness and awesome range is the most notable in daytime (television) history," a statement that is typical of the actor`s reviews. He added to his laurels by winning the 1981 Emmy Award as Outstanding Actor in Daytime Drama Series. In January, 1991, Mr. Geary returned to "General Hospital" in the role of Bill Eckert, a cousin of Spencer`s and a man of many, often dark, colors. Mr. Geary was seen on-screen as both Bill Eckert and Luke Spencer as the story progressed, until the death of Eckert.
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Anthony Dean "Tony" Geary (born May 29, 1947) is an American actor. He is best known for playing the role of Luke Spencer on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital. Geary originated the role of Luke in 1978 and has since received a record eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
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