As General Hospital and pop culture television fans prepare to watch Monday’s July 27th episode of the ABC daytime drama series, which will feature the final scenes of eight-time Daytime Emmy winner and icon, Anthony Geary as Luke Spencer, the actor had a few parting shots and thoughts for the Los Angeles Times in a terrific piece on the daytime legend.
Just exactly what is said as Luke departs Port Charles on today’s airshow is yet to be seen in most of the country, but for many, this is a a major landmark in a historic 37-year career on General Hospital. As for his final decision to leave GH, which he has been contemplating for 15 years now, Geary related: “I feel very positive about my decision. That’s tempered by leaving a character that has been part of me for more than half my life.”
And as far as today’s big final wrap-up, as viewers tune in with hankies ready to say farewell to the much beloved, and at times, much maligned character of Luke Spencer, Geary said it is very challenging to wrap it in some bow: “They’ve given me a terrific wrap for my character. He’s been a difficult, eclectic character to find a logical motivating conclusion for, but they’ve done that.”
Even in the wake of being very public about not wanting to hear about Luke and Laura (Genie Francis) ad nauseam, Geary did pay homage to his time with Francis and their on-screen chemistry, when he smiled and said: “Those clear eyes, that porcelain skin. When Genie looked up at me, I really felt like somebody. She gave me romance. I gave her danger. That was the gift we handed each other without realizing it.”
So, daytime’s unconventional leading man, who broke the mold for daytime actors, is taking his final bow today on General Hospital. Hard to believe, but it is truly an end of an era.
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