• Anthony Geary is an American actor and producer born in Coalville, Utah, USA on 29 May 1947.
• He is best known for his role as Luke Spencer in "General Hospital".
• He has had roles in over 60 movies and TV series.
• He has won 14 of 33 award nominations, all for his performance in "General Hospital".
• His net worth is estimated to be over $10 million.
Who is Anthony Geary?
American actor and producer Anthony Geary was born in Coalville, Utah USA, on 29 May 1947, meaning that his zodiac sign’s Gemini. He’s had roles in over 60 movies and TV series, and is known best for his playing of Luke Spencer in 1,110 episodes of the romantic crime series “General Hospital” between 1978 and 2017, created by Doris and Frank Hursley, and which today stars Laura Wright, Maurice Benard and Steve Burton. It follows the lives of people who’ve found themselves in Port Charles, New York State, the series has been running since 1963, and has won 315 of its more than 1,000 award nominations.
Education and early life
Anthony and his sisters Jana Geary Steele and DeAnn Geary Bond were raised in Coalville by their mother Dana Anderson Geary who was a housewife, and father Russell Dean Geary who was a building contractor.
Anthony fell in love with acting when he was 15, after having watched his best friend perform in a school play; he then joined his high school’s drama club, and appeared in many plays prior to matriculating in 1965.
Anthony wanted to pursue acting straight away, but was urged by his parents to go after a college degree; he thus enrolled at university, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969.
Roles in TV series
Anthony’s debut TV series role was his playing of Tom Whalom in the 1970 episode “Choose One & They Lived Happily/Unhappily Ever After” of the family comedy “Room 222”, and the following years saw him appear in an episode or two of the drama “Bright Promise”, the comedy “All in the Family”, and the crime drama “Dan August”.
In 1976 and 1977, he portrayed Deputy Blake Jeffries in the popular crime mystery “Barnaby Jones”, which Edward Hume directed, and which starred Mark Shera, Lee Meriwether and Buddy Ebsen. It follows private detective Barnaby Jones who’s solving cases together with his daughter-in-law; the series aired from 1973 to 1980 and was nominated for six awards.
Anthony had only two TV series roles in the ‘80s: he played Eli Gilmour and Phil Tanner in two episodes of the 1985 romantic drama “Hotel”, and Sam Billings in the 1986 episode “The State of Ohio vs. James Wolsky” of the crime drama “You Are the Jury”.
The year 1994 saw him play Luke Spencer in the comedy “Roseanne”, which Roseanne Barr created, and in which she also starred alongside Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman. It follows the lives of an average American family, the series aired from 1988 to 2018 and won 53 of its 166 award nominations.
Anthony’s since had just three roles in TV series, as Clayton Cole in the 1995 episode “Who Killed the Centerfold?” of the crime mystery “Burke’s Law”, Luke Spencer in three episodes of the 1988 romantic fantasy “Port Charles” and Luke Spencer once again, in two episodes of the 2008 romantic drama “General Hospital: Night Shift”.
Anthony hasn’t had any roles since he left the cast of “General Hospital” in 2017, but hasn’t officially retired from acting.
Roles in movies
Anthony’s debut film role was as Redhead in the 1971 war drama “Johnny Got His Gun”, and some of his following appearances were in the 1972 horror “Blood Sabbath”, the 1974 thriller “Sorority Kill”, and the 1978 science fiction “The Return of Captain Nemo”.
He gained recognition in 1984, with his portrayal of Octavius Caesar in the historical romantic drama “Antony and Cleopatra”, directed by Lawrence Carra, and which starred Lynn Redgrave, Timothy Dalton and Nichelle Nichols. It follows Cleopatra whose lover Caesar has just been murdered, while she’s now found a new ally in Mark Antony. Some of Anthony’s other notable performances in the decade were in the 1987 crime thriller “P. I. Private Investigations”, the 1988 romantic comedy “You Can’t Hurry Love”, and the 1989 horror “Night Life”.
He appeared in only a couple of movies in the ‘90s, with the most popular amongst these was perhaps the 1993 drama “Whistlestop Girl”, written and directed by Richard Clayman, and in which Anthony starred alongside David Doty and Deborah Lemen. It follows a girl who’s having her eighth cup of coffee at a lonely diner, and is steadily falling in love with the waiter.
The 2000s saw Anthony appear in only three movies: the 2004 adventure comedy “Teacher’s Pet”, the 2005 comedy “Carpool Guy”, and the 2009 drama “Fish Tank”.
In 2016, he starred as Drum in the short thriller “The Obituary”, directed by Jonathan Marshall Thompson, and which also starred Johnny Cannizzaro; the movie follows Edward Easter who’s just reported the death of a loved one; this remains Anthony’s most recent film role.
Anthony co-produced the 1983 short animated movie “Sound of Sunshine – Sound of Rain”, for which he also received special thanks.
Some of the talk-shows in which he’s recently made a guest appearance include “The Wendy Williams Show”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and “Katie”.
Awards and nominations
Anthony’s won 14 of his 33 award nominations, with all of these having been for his performance in “General Hospital”.
He won three Soapy Awards for Outstanding Actor in 1980, ‘81 and ‘83, two Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in 1999 and 2000, and eight Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor between 1982 and 2015.
Love life and boyfriend
Anthony rarely speaks about his love life in public, and this secrecy, as well as his support for the LGBT community, has made his fans believe that he’s perhaps gay.
However, he’s revealed that he was once in a relationship with the famous late British-American actress Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, who starred alongside him in “General Hospital”; Elizabeth passed away on 23 March 2011, aged 79.
Some of Anthony’s fans nowadays believe that the popular actor’s bisexual, and that he once had a boyfriend in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, which is why he stated in an interview in 2008 that his heart was there.
Anthony seems to be unattached as of December 2022, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Anthony’s a certified scuba diver.
He played various sports and took part in many outdoor activities in his 20s, 30s and 40s, while he mostly enjoyed playing tennis and soccer with his friends.
The late American actress Anna Lee was Anthony’s mentor; she passed away in 2004, aged 91.
Anthony and the American actress Julie Frances Cobb were born on the exact same day.
He’s revealed that he was good at lying when he was a child, and that this is perhaps why he’s good at acting.
Anthony isn’t active on any of the popular social media networks.
His favorite actors are Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson and Anthony Hopkins, and some of his favorite movies include “The Father”, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” and “The Two Popes”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Anthony’s age is 75. His eyes are light blue and his hair’s gray, he’s 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall and weighs around 190lbs (87kgs).
Anthony’s net worth’s been estimated at more than $10 million, as of December 2022.