Today marks the end of an era for “General Hospital” fans, as well as colleagues. Multi-Emmy winning actor Anthony Geary wrapped up his 37 year run on the long running ABC soap. The alphabet network is promoting one last adventure for the Spencer clan as Luke and Laura search for a missing Lucky.
Throughout the years, Geary has played memorable stories as the Spencer patriarch, some of which included the infamous Ice Princess storyline where Luke saved the town of Port Charles from freezing to death. Of course, the most memorable moment was when Luke and Laura got married in November 1981. That episode remains to be the highest rated episode to date for daytime television.
One of my favorite “GH” moments, however, was a scene in 1998 that involved Geary and Jonathan Jackson in his explaining Laura’s rape. That probably had to be an incredible standout moment for both actors.
In the span of his 37 years, Geary also played the role of Luke’s look-alike cousin, Bill Eckert, from 1991-1993. He would eventually begin playing Luke again in October of that year, with Genie Francis’ Laura by his side.
As folks begin to say goodbye to the actor as well as character of Luke, colleagues also took to social media to express their sincere goodbyes:
Tristan Rogers: Today is Tony’s last tape day on GH. Sadly I won’t be there for the goodbye . My day at Y&R is too complex. But I’ll be there in spirit.
Greg Vaughan: Mr. Tony Geary, as one of the many whom adore you, your mark is untouchable! It was a privilege & honor to share the stage beside you as a pier, you as my mentor, and my dear friend, but to portray your son in the 21st decade of GH, I will always cherish the memories we created & proud to see you its you ridding off into the the sunset! Yours truly, Cowboy #gregvaughan #tonygeary #generalhospital #abc #lukeandlucky #2003-2009
Maurice Benard: To the legend Tony Geary not just a great actor but a great guy and I’m proud to call him my friend
Laura Wright: I’m so grateful to have been one of your Caroline’s xo
Geary may have taped his last airshow today, but expect him to still be seen as Luke Spencer for the next several weeks. What are some of your favorite Luke Spencer/Anthony Geary moments from the past 37 years? Drop a comment below.
Here is the scene that features the 9 minute monologue from Anthony Geary as Luke recounts Laura’s rape: