We all knew this day was coming, but it has really crept up on us all rather quickly. A few months back, General Hospital Blog shared the news that Anthony Geary had announces his retirement, after over 3 decades on the daytime drama, General Hospital. His character Luke Spencer is legendary to say the least. Geary and co-star Genie Francis made history as the infamous Luke and Laura.
Tuesday, June 22nd, Anthony Geary taped his very last seen as Lucas Lorenzo Spencer. Luke will be departing Port Charles later this Summer. It was an emotional goodbye, as his friends and cast mates bid him farewell after 37 years in the iconic role. Geary was surrounded by GH stars including Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine), Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe), Kristina Wagner (Felicia Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin), and more. At the farewell, friend Maurice Benard told Geary, “Not having you here is going to be sad for me.”
Anthony Geary has won 8 Daytime Emmy Awards for his role as Luke Spencer. He has called GH his home for 37 climactic years.
Leaving General Hospital is bitter sweet for Geary. Although it’s sad to say goodbye, he looks forward to what the future holds for his personal life and his career. Geary tells Entertainment Weekly, “I’m excited to raise the curtain on act 3, to reinvent myself in my new home to pursue whatever opportunity there may be. It’s an exciting prospect to me. They’ve done a wonderful job of wrapping up the character. So this seems like the ideal time to go.”
As Geary walks away from the Daytime genre, he leaves with words of hope and encouragement for the industry and fans. In regard to the survival of daytime soaps, and the stir up involving the cancellation of One Life to Live and All My Children, Geary tells EW, “It was scary there for two or three years when every thing was being cancelled. The network thought that talk shows should take over because people weren’t going to be interested in soaps. But there has been a resurgence and I think that’s hopeful sign. I don’t believe it’s the end of the medium. Serialization is a great way to tell stories.”
Anthony Geary and Luke Spencer will be greatly missed by us at General Hospital Blog. Geary is an extremely talented actor, and Luke will never be forgotten. We wish him the absolute best in everything that comes his way going forward. It is sad to say goodbye, but there is a warm place in our hearts knowing that he gave so much to the industry for so long. Thank you Anthony Geary! We love you!