The greatest actor of our genre has left the building, and it’s hard to comprehend. Nothing really prepares long time soap fans of General Hospital and Anthony Geary for the ABC soap opera to be without the iconic Luke Spencer, but so it has come to pass. Today during an extended two hour lunch break from filming, Tony Geary said goodbye to the place he has called home for mostly 37 years on this his final tape date: June 23rd, 2015.
According to Lynette Rice at EW.com, “After shooting his last scene before noon on GH’s Los Angeles set, Geary and about 200 members of the cast and crew of ABC sudser packed a soundstage to pay tribute to the 68-year-old actor.” EW.com has this exclusive photo of Tony leaving the set for the final time, too.
This afternoon, Geary was treated to walks down memory lane with photos, video clips of his time on the show, and of course, one last celebratory cake. While Tony addressed his long time cast mates and the crew, he was noticeably choked up when the likes of Kin Shriner (Scott), Finola Hughes (Anna), Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Leslie Charleson (Monica), Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe), and Genie Francis (Laura) showed up to say their goodbyes. Genie noted in a speech: “Thank you for putting up with me as a petulant teenager … Thank you for the best acting partnership I’ve ever known.”
The eight-time Daytime Emmy record holder and soap opera legend told EW.com exclusively on his final GH moments on and off-screen:“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.”
Beautiful photos and sentiments from GH cast members, who have been so touched and honored to work with Tony have begun being posted on social media with heartfelt messages including: Maurice Benard (Sonny) who tweeted: “To the legend Tony Geary not just a great actor but a great guy and I’m proud to call him my friend.” Vanessa Antoine (Jordan) posted on Instagram: “Some of my very first scenes were with #TonyGeary. Today #GeneralHospital says bye to 37 years of #LukeSpencer . He was so beautiful. Artist. Gentleman. Will miss him.” Laura Wright (Carly) tweeted: “I’m so grateful to have been one of your Caroline’s xo”
After the jump, watch this snippet of the Tony Geary on-set celebration on his final tape day at General Hospital! Then share your thoughts knowing this giant of a talent has exited the daytime drama’s soundstage at ABC for the final time.