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Anthony Geary Bids Farewell To General Hospital On His Final Tape Day!

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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.”

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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.

Anthony Geary final day on General Hospital

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Michael,

A class act a mesmerizing presence on screen. Way back in 1982 I worked for my Dad at our TV sales and repair shop. One day I had one of the TV’s on and it was GH, I glanced at it and saw this actor fighting with another actor. It was Tony Geary during the “David Gray” story line. I was hooked! 33 years later I still watch GH everyday. Thank you Tony for all the years of enjoyment you are on of a kind.

Mary Lou Miller
Mary Lou Miller

I was raising my then, two kids and just fell for this anti-hero character, Luke Spencer. And through the years of Tony’s artistic work on General Hospital, I really threw myself into General Hospital. I taped many years of GH and recently, started parting ways with all of them. Did I really think, I would watch every tape again? Don’t get me wrong, I still have memories of GH and today, after not watching for a few years, it isn’t the same. Most of the top actors and actress are doing their best to perform. Storylines also have changed. Where is my General Hospital of so long ago. In my memories. Back to Tony..thank you for your outstanding performances. I have been entertained. Thank you for saving Port Charles from the freeze..lol Good luck on your GH retirement, you have worked hard and now it is your time. It isn’t easy saying “so long”, but I willingly release you from the character of Luke. Time for you to make your memories. I hope you pop up in worthy news..take care, my friend. Mary Lou

su0000
su0000

Ohhh my gawd !!!
It is such a sorrowful moment-
the exit of the great, the legend, Anthony Geary !!
A legend never dies and aspires other to reach for the gold, also..

I can’t imagine GH without Tony/Luke..
GH is the only soap to have a great one a legend as Anthony Geary!!

I’m sure Tony will relax, dream, love, and start a new life at 68, he will live the dream..

(I hope he gets top notched stoned !!) eehh!

Harry
Harry

Well, considering you’ve only watched GH for about two minutes, I am sure you will be fine.

Rose
Rose

I’m finally going to weigh in on this after reading all comments on thread. It seems you either feel Tony, or you don’t, or like me are ambivalent. There is no right or wrong, no need to defend or back track on crossing the tee’s minutiae. Compound this with different generations of viewers, and changes from three major networks when Tony started, to more viewing opportunities than I can count…and of course you are going to get different opinions.

He’s leaving, and ABC and GH are milking it for all it’s worth. And deserving for all the years Tony logged…. except for the Fluke type ending..IMO.

I’m always happy for a celebration. Just wish there could be something comparable for for other actors of note who were unceremoniously lost to us because OLTL and AMC were axed.

CeeCee
CeeCee

So, su. How is Tony a legend and Genie isn’t? By definition, a legend is a luminary….a phenomenon known internationally and historically. His contribution is non-descript. O, yes, he may be very well known in the soap world, but what else? I certainly had not heard of him….never watched GH…or any in my family. But, I knew of Cary Grant, Liz Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Alan Ladd, Clark Gable, the Gabor sisters….etc. those are celebrities, not Geary. Oh, let’s not forget Einstein and Shakespeare…LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

CeeCee, he is a DAYTIME legend. All those great actors were famous for pictues that people saw all over the world. Tony got a taste of that with L&L’s wedding. It was a monumental occasion. They made TIME magazine’s cover. This is before your time. It means more to people who have followed the couples adventures for the past thirty some years. [Longer than you have been alive!] Genie is a legend. as well. Whats the difference? Tony has been on so many more years than her and has had his hand in so many plots. Is that her fault? I dont know. I view them as DAYTIME royalty, period!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
Hey, Timmm.
That’s exactly what I said…he is known in the soap world. He is not a legend, by definition. But, I guess if his fans want to affix that title on him, then sobeit.
As you say, he is daytime royalty, PERIOD. That’s as far as it goes. He has done nothing out of the ordinary to make him a legend. He won well-deserved Emmys. He held a job for 37 years. However, so did many others; not only in the entertainment world….but, in any job. With all due respect to Anthony, he will be forgotten within a few years.
I am only expressing an opinion. And, yes, Genie should fall under the same category.
I do not like the fact that he made Genie, whom I adore, feel less than…that made me lose so much respect for him……which means squat, right? I am nobody. What I think has no consequence. I cannot help the way I feel, Timmm. And, I will not apologize for my age, either. Peace, friend.

su0000
su0000

Timmm, hi..
recent Entertainment interview;

Geary cracked that he won’t miss watching video of Luke’s wedding to Laura in 1981. (At an astonishing 30 million, the nuptials remain the most-watched episode in daytime history.) “It was 33 years ago, people,” Geary quipped. “For Christ’s sake, let it go.”

I agree with Tony..
“For Christ’s sake, let it go.”

Harry
Harry

Thank you, Cee Cee,
Many of us are emotional about Tony leaving–we grew up watching Luke. He is an absolutely brilliant actor and I don’t think we will see his like again.
That said, I do think Laura is underrated. She is the Ginger Rogers to his Fred Astaire. Think about it–Rogers had to waltz, tango and dance backwards while wearing three inch heels and Astaire got all the credit.
I know you think Suoo is a an affable hoot of a gal, and sometimes I think so too. However, I think the age cracks she makes against Genie Frances (while not making the same age cracks against Geary, who is fifteen years older than Frances) are not only unnecessary, they’re downright mean spirited.
Finally, SuOO has felt compelled to come in here again and again and mock the sentimentality many of us long term GH watchers are feeling as we watch Geary perform his slow diving swan song. I realize she is a new GH watcher but why not pay some respect to the history? You are also a new GH viewer and you don’t feel compelled to mock the sentiment while mocking the fans.
I know you’re defensive of SUOO, but honestly, I think she comes off as being very passive aggressive and then when she is called on it she retreats back into ‘I’m-just-being-silly land’. If I could put her on filter I would but this forum does not afford us that luxury.
And SuOO? Tony Geary is retiring, we GET to indulge in a little reminiscing at this crucial period I am sorry you don’t get it but the rest of us do so please allow us to be in the moment without your constant criticism. Now is not the time.
Please give it a rest–you have no fondness for Luke and and Laura and you have said so over and over. We get it. To quote you quoting Tony Geary in the above comment,”For Christ’s sake, let it go.”
Let it go, SUoo.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@jimh.
Awww, Jim. I, for one, would never put down any decade/generation. Each had its own unique contribution to pop culture…well, except for disco….other than the BG’s I can’t ken that entire momentary insanity. Ergo, it didn’t last.
I am a rocker through and through….would never see me dancing to the tune of BOOGIE WONDERLAND….LOL. Maybe, LADY MARMALADE.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
Hello, Harry,
I would not dare dispute your love and respect for Mr. Geary. How could I take that away from you, when I feel the same way about Erika S. (Vicky Lord)?…. And, so many others.
I defend Su because she means well, albeit she gets carried away with her descriptive ‘missiles’, sometimes…LOL. I read between the lines…no malice behind anything she says…I ‘get’ her. Genie is not her favorite person. To Su, she is not even in the running when it comes to the over-glorified Tony.
You see? That is my opinion. I love Genie, I do not like Tony, so much. I do respect him as an actor. He did win his Emmys because he deserved them. But, I do not have to like him, do I?
By the same token I adore Michelle Stafford; you do not. We do not bash each other, do we? My point? We all have the right to express ourselves. I bash characters, but I respect the actor within the character. Am I making any sense?
The thing is, Su likes Tony. She wants him to go out with a bang…just not with Genie being given the same accolades. But, that’s her opinion to express. It’s all good, Harry, as long as we all respect each other, right? I thank you for giving me the time. I respect you. I think you are close to my Dad’s age. You said you started watching Geary at seventeen. That would take you into your fifties, yes? I picture you as very handsome and distinguished, with greying temples. ….stylish clothing from the best Haberdasheries. I bet there’s a humidor on your desk…..KIDDING…LOL.
But name calling is uncalled-for….rude and immature. …not you, dear Harry, not you.
I find that respect is reciprocal. One cannot expect respect if respect, the concept, is not respected….I don’t care how old one is.
I have parents to set me straight, if needed, not some stranger who has no idea who I am, and, most importantly, no right. I was always taught to defend myself in the face of any sort of adversity. I am sure you agree, Harry.
I do not toot my own horn, as you must have realized by now. But, you read me, Harry. I love literature. I love reading, I love History, I love the philosophers of any culture and era.
Thus, to be depicted as a mere ‘yungin’, scatterbrained what? I am a mother of two, and a wife. So crass, so low, even for such a seemingly cultured person, who i suspect, goes by two names. I will not indulge in lowering myself to the same level of name calling. I’d like to believe I have class. There are so many women on these sites with class, with whom I interact….Laurie, Nanci, Chrystie, Fanny, and, yes, su, ?…last but not least,
My bestie, Shay.
Hope I haven’t put you to sleep, Harry. ‘Nite. ( I hope I did not make too many typos)

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This must have been a very emotional day for everyone. While I am no longer a GH viewer, I remember with great fondness the wonderful performances Tony Geary gave through the years and congratulate him on a job excellently done. I wish him much happiness and success in the next chapter of his life.

lisa
lisa

Just surreal…..I don’t know what else to say.

Sly
Sly

Thank You Tony for all your hard work and dedication. You will be missed.

Kevin
Kevin

I am going to miss Tony Geary so much. Bye Bye Luke Spencer.

su0000
su0000

This so heartfelt..

Michael Fairman /Facebook..
Too awesome not to share;

Michael Fairman; Facebook ..

This afternoon, when I saw the reports begin to come in that today was indeed the final tape day at General Hospital in the historic and iconic soap career of Tony Geary… I had a lump in my throat, tears in my eyes, that the day is upon us. When I, or anyone, who watches General Hospital, thinks back to all of the incredible performances this man has given to the audience for almost four decades, there are just too many to count. Just this past April, we watched the remarkable 52nd anniversary episode in which he delivered as an exquisite a performance as they come … anywhere in any medium.
Tony has given us endless hours of entertainment and drama – from the young Luke on the run – to the older Luke facing his demons – to Luke’s love stories each unique with Laura and Tracy There will never be another actor like him, I don’t believe. So, I salute Tony! Cheers! As you go forward to your new life chapter, you leave behind an incomparable body of work that we will never forget.

163 people like this. (( and the count is rising!

su0000
su0000

Michale..
Your comment was very impassioned ..
I read it a couple of times and most importantly I felt it..
You saying your goodbye to Tony was from your heat and from decades of love for Tony in your heart and you shared it with us.. Thankyou.

Michael, you are a huge part of the soap world.
You have dedicated a huge part of your life to the soaps, and we/ I take all you do for us the fans for granted (shame on me..
I truly appreciate you, Michael.. Always with great respect for you..
Thank you for your beautiful words honoring Tony.

((also- thanks for having me a as guest on your forum and for putting up with me.
— I can become very enthusiastic lol

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

Thank you, tony u r great guy.. I’m get ready to taped this summer for my last moment to see him say goodbye to old friend over 37 years as for me twice from 1981-1992 and 2005 -present. I feel like going cry very soon. It’s very tough for him let it go I feel lucky I recorded of Ian Buchanans last days and Shawn butler,too.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I, too, would have had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes (as I often did, in the heyday of the halcyon days of Luke and Laura). But, regrettably, I just feel mad and hurt that Tony Geary could not have gone out with the same nervous energy, tenderness, and humor that he exhibited for some many years as the most unique actor I had ever seen. I began watching when he, as David, honed the character that became Luke Spencer. And I watched him in everything he has done. But he stayed too long at the fair. Something happened to that spontaneity and wit; perhaps he put a finger on the problem when he commented in a recent interview that he had “bullied and cajoled and sabotaged” in order to get his way. It was heartening to hear him at least say that much about the problem. But I so very much wish that he had given at least a cursory nod to the loyal fans, like me, that watched from the beginning, before all the hoopla and noice crowded out the purity of his talent. Instead, he continued to deride and redicule and sell short the intelligence of the fan–to his detriment as an actor, I feel. The actor’s job is to give a good performance, yes, but also to realize that he does not exist in a vacuum, that the actor is just talking if he is not relating to his audience. A performance should change the viewer in some way; at the very least, it should involve the actor and the audience. Tony Geary seems simply to have forgotten that. After carefully creating a wonderfully shaded and complex character, he arrogantly insisted on violating the very character he created. To put it succinctly, the Luke of today bears little resemblance to the character I grew to love. I am sad. I am even heartbroken that in the twilight of his career Tony Geary seems to realize that he went too far. He looks weary, lost, angry, sad, and distant–no longer engaged in his work or his character. And yes, I repeat, it didn’t have to be that way and I am mad and frustrated about that. But Genie is a class act as always to thank Geary graciously for “the acting class” and for being the “best acting partner” she ever had. I applaud her seeming serenity in the face of Tony Geary’s obvious anger. The light still comes back into her eyes when she looks at her acting partner; the light is no longer there in Tony Geary’s eyes. Unbearably sad for me to watch. Tony, I (along with my sister Sandra) championed your growth and progress and sparkle. We mourn the loss of it. Still, we wish for you, somehow, to find some serenity and peace as you leave GH and the character of Luke behind you. PS. We are still loyal and will look forward to that memoir you keep… Read more »

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Michael, I admire your devotion to the soaps and your gentlemanly ways, but I beg to differ re the 52nd anniversary episode. That one show was the final undoing of the character of Luke as Tony Geary developed him over the years. The Luke character he originally created was a mixture of dark and light but one that was overwhelmingly optimistic about his ability to overcome the odds–and, most importantly, I feel, to overcome his childhood. The anniversary episode made him and his entire family victims of that childhood. Playing a victim is thankless and has no payoff for the actor or the audience. The audience feels only pity and pathos rather than empathy. Great drama ultimately uplifts the audience, even great tragedy, if the audience can relate to the character who, though he doesn’t always know enough to make the right decisions, he and/or the audience comes away having become more wise or having learned something about himself or about humankind. I don’t know if Tony wanted to play “Breaking Bad” or “The Walking Dead,” but his acting came off only as over-the-top and one-dimensional. I’m sure the objective TG would hate those words but they are accurate as I perceived the scenes in that show; indeed, the whole so-called “Fluke” year or two was disastrous. I so wanted TG to go out with grace while on top. That did not happen and, for that, I feel only sadness and loss.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I, too, see a difference in Geary’s performance these last few days. I think it’s a combination of things…he’s already checked out of The Hospital…emotionally and mentally…looking forward to his new start…less invested in the continuing story…and, his health. Though he had back surgery he still seems to be Hun he’d over and in pain. Back problems can be excruciating, and surgery
Doesn’t help. Robin Strasser was off OLTL for a while and has spoken about the pain she was in during several episodes she taped. In the end, actor or fan, we’re all human…and “life gets in the way…”

Still…endings are always sad….

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Uggggg! Should read…”seems to be in pain,” and surgery doesn’t always help.

Donnamarie Ramos
Donnamarie Ramos

I am sorry to see Anthony Geary leave General Hospital. I have been a huge fan of his since I was about 14 years old. The character Luke will never be forgotten, no one could play that part other than Anthony Geary himself. I will miss you alot. Thank you for your wonderful acting skills. I am glad that Genie Francis has come back to see you two together. Luke and Laura will always be my super couple. I wish you all the best, you are a touch of class, and you will never be forgotten. Good luck Donnamarie Ramos

Joe
Joe

I’ve always dreaded this day. I feel like GH has been cancelled. I already miss him!

gloria
gloria

Last time I felt such a loss was when OLTL went off the air. Love this man-just love him. He looks SO good this past week-I just wish we hadn’t wasted the last months of his character with him being so UGLY & so not Luke. Although I understand why they did it-to explain his history but still It was really hard to watch. I used to get so excited when Tony came back from his long summer vacations every year, like being glad to see an old friend. I understand he feels it is time but gosh, the Luke & Laura heyday seems like yesterday. I was a teenager working a summer job then & would call my sister at home & make her lay the phone next to the tv so I could hear GH while I was at work! At work I would say I was “on hold!” ha. Good luck, health & happiness to Anthony Geary. Thanks for all the wonderful years!

Dawn Landrum
Dawn Landrum

Good luck Tony Geary it has been a pleasure watching you on GH for the last 20 years enjoy your Act 3.

Kathleen
Kathleen

He deserves a great big giant hug from all of us.

Harry
Harry

Luke entered the room with a roar back in the day and his charisma filled the set to such a degree that the viewers got high just from watching him.
Laura, dewy eyed beautiful Laura, kind of grounded that unbridled enthusiasm. I remember Luke looked frenetic, like he was about to jump out of his skin and then his eyes rested on Laura and peace, love and serenity kind of grounded him. It was a merger between sky and earth.
Then Luke entered middle age with a world weary sense of regret–the charisma was still there but it did not crackle with energy. No, it kind of simmered like red hot coals dying off into the dusk.
Now Luke faces his senior years and does so with wisdom, resignation and mostly, with love.
Tony Geary sparked with talent from the get go– often thought that his Afro was caused by his electric personality merging with the static caused by his polyester, high top disco pants.
I was seventeen when I first laid eyes on Luke, and as Frank Sinatra sang, “it was a very good year.”
No one but Luke Spencer and yes, his coupling with Laura doubled this power, could interject his fictional presence into viewers’ lives making it all just crackle with positivity.

su0000
su0000

Dear Harry.
You are bursting with reminiscing and nostalgia..
It’s good to see you so engulfed and happily reentering the days of yore ..

ohh dear gawd! Disco polyester high top pants (you’d think one would want to forget that horrid era .. ah ha!

I will say; A talent as Tony Gery comes to soaps once in a lifetime..
General Hospital shining star ..

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

One day 30 years from now circa 2045 young people will look back at 2015 and say ‘Did people really watch the Kardashians’, dye their hair purple and listen to Miley Cyrus…whats a CD…lol!!! P.S.,…back in the 70s/80s had you’d been there i bet you’d been strutting to Disco Duck…lol

davlestev1
davlestev1

Su0000 why would anyone want to forget bell bottoms and platform shoes? Some of them had fish in them that floated around while you went about your activities. Fire engine red was seemingly here to stay along with leisure suits. Mine was sea foam green. I proudly wore it to my brothers wedding in 1974. Barbara Streisand was big and getting bigger. Saturday Night Live was the B-O-M-B…The Midnight Special/American Bandstand/Soul Train were HOT HOT HOT…and I was sneaking into disco’s and clubs with my cousins and brothers but not drinking. It was the MUSIC!!! And then there was the soaps. It was Love of Life..Edge of Night..Another World..As the World Turns..Karen on One Life..Erica on AMC and Dee on RH..and then Soap Digest came out..and I read the rumblings of GH impending doom..wasn’t really into it and I remember deciding to watch again after a while..I had stopped after Phil Brewer had left I think..and there was Leslie/Cam..Rick/Alan/Monica ..The Dante’s and the whole Laura saga..I was so taken in by Genie Francis who reminded me of Mia Farrow’s Allison Mckenzie on Peyton Place..My mom and her sisters loved their soaps and talked about them constantly and if we wanted to watch they didn’t care less..I got hooked very young..then along came Tony Geary..Jackie Zeman..Scott Shriner..Heather..Jeff..coupled with watching Karen Wolek’s shenanigans on One Life To Live..and it was game over for years to come. I remember watching Tony Geary on Young and Restless also. LOVED me some Vanessa Prentiss (K.T. Stevens)…LoL…I remember the heartache when Laura disappeared but the fun of seeing Tony Geary with the Templeton sisters..Emma Samms..He gave a great ending performance in a sometimes clumsy and confusing story that only rose to the level it did of on the edge of your seat viewing because of Tony Geary. He will be missed…but Good Luck to him…and THANKS TONY GEARY….Oh yeah…TAKE SONNY WITH YOU…LOL

Rose
Rose

Su…as a follow up to Harry and Davlestev’s comments, in many way, when Tony came to Port Charles it was a more happy period, compared to now. Disco was fun and the music was catchy. No so much today except for the Happy song. So It’s hard to let that go. And as a disclaimer , I was also into Prince and some punk. I’m sure you in particular would have liked Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads that came out around that time.

Harry
Harry

Suoo, knock off the ridicule.
Really, it’s getting as old as the bell bottoms and platforms.
As you like to tell us long time GH fans, get over it.

Rose
Rose

Along with all of your astute observations this comment shows you are also a poet!!! And a bit of a softie at heart. :))

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Beautifully said, Harry, as usual.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Harry, this was your best written comments ever…i really loved it!!!

Harry
Harry

Thank you Nancy, Rose and Jim–now I have tears in my eyes.
This is akin to how I felt when Letterman retired.
Yes, to use a tired old cliche-it’s the end of an era.

Margie
Margie

Yes, goodbye dear Luke. I loved 75% of it.

Now bring on a good story for Laura!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Well said Harry … Thank you!

Shay
Shay

Applause, applause, Harry!….You’ve been absolutely on fire here with your comments par excellence! Touche’ and keep on keepin’ on!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

We become “attached” to characters we’ve known for so long…so like in real life…there’s a loss when he or she’s not there anymore. Waves of nostalgia…Bon voyage, “Luke”….

Dan
Dan

Been watching General Hospital since I was in high school, and Anthony Geary playing Luke Spencer has always been the one constant on the show for me. He’s been the heart and soul of GH. You always knew, regardless of what the storyline might have been, you were always gonna get his best work. After 37 years and 8 well deserved Emmys, he’s finally walking off into the sunset. A true television and soap icon, he will be sorely missed.

Thank you Tony for all the years of enjoyment, it’s been a pleasure watching the acting master class that you put on for so many years. GH will continue on, hopefully for many more years to come. But no one will ever be able to fill your shoes. Best wishes, and all the happiness and success in the world on whatever the next chapter of your life holds.

su0000
su0000

I hope-
Tony will be sent off in a huge bang, not a whimper..
All stars when their last day come want to go in a big bang!
Going out in a whimper is an insult..

Tony needs to die in a huge BANG! .. It is only befitting for the King..

I hope RC & FV give Tony the honor and kill him with love and heart ..

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

All good things must come to an end…it will seem strange without him!!!

Timmm
Timmm

He was one of a kind, for sure. I remember when he thought Laura was dead and she appeared to him on the lawn at the Mayor’s mansion. Those were the days with the big budgets and the “On Location” shoots. Tony just got better and better at his craft as the years went on. This past years black and white episode should be sent to the Smithsonian Institution and locked away as a TV treasure. He put on an acting clinic, for sure. I will miss him. It wont be as tough because Tony took long breaks from the show. I dont blame him, he earned that benefit. He walks away with his head held high and his final act in front of him. I dont think we will ever see him back on GH. He seems to have no rear view mirror and I admire that most in him. Bless you Tony and thank you for all your talent.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

PS The “David” I was referring to in an earlier post is, of course, the David Tony Geary played in Bright Promise, a short-lived daytime drama.

I was so impassioned in my earlier post! As an English teacher, I feel the need to correct two words: “ridicule” and “noise.” LOL.

Aden
Aden

I love your posts!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Thanks so very much, Aden!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

BTW, I LOVE your name!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ironically, Ivor Francis, father of Genie Francis, also appeared on Bright Promise…i rarely watched that one but my mother never missed an episode…i wonder if Ivor was on when Tony appeared and were in any scenes together?…i no longer recall the shows storylines since i wasnt into this show as i was with other soaps but i think David was a little unbalanced if i recall…i wish those epps were never erased…i would watch it all now!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You’re right Ivor Francis was on Bright Promise, and I believe he appeared concurrently with Tony Geary. Don’t know if they had any scenes together. The story was set on a college campus. Tony Geary (David) was a very shy young man. And maybe he had been abused in some way. I think he was an orphan, living in a small room (I can still see him in that room). The actress that played Gail Baldwinon GH was married, I believe, or maybe in a relationship with the character played by Dabney Coleman (great actor–remember him in Nine to Five movie, and may others as well as other television programs? The took an interest in Tony Geary, particularly the female character, and attempted to draw him out. Such touching performance by Tony–really a precurser to Luke in his tenderness mode with Laura. The actor that originally played Mr. Quartermaine was also in Bright Promise. A great cast. And Gloria Monty directed! So, I guess when Bright Promise went off the air and she went to direct/”save” GH from cancellation, she called up TG. According to the way TG tells it, he said to her: “I don’t like soap operas.”
She said back to him: “Neither do I; let change them.” And they did, didn’t they?

Mary SF
Mary SF

I have only been watching GH for the last three years so I am not qualify to remark on the man’s legacy– but what you guys can’t see is I just gave him a standing ovation. No more needs to be said.

LindaTNo1
LindaTNo1

Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan are equal Legends. There are others in Daytime equally the greatest in the genre, David Canary is one of them. Tony Geary is fine but there are actors such as David Canary who had successful Primetime AND Daytime careers and Tony Geary is not of that elite group.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you, Linda. Finally, someone who does not see Geary as a BIG DEAL.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am not certain what your reply has to do with my post. The highest honor any actor wants is to know their audience was entertained by what their performance. By offering TG a standing ovation I was offering my respect for entertainment value I got in the last three years watching him. I never said there aren’t other actors who do great work, nor do I think Mr. Geary is be all and end all of actors.

I am going to assume you just meant to post a general comment not directed at my post and just hit reply under my comment because it was the last comment on the thread for a bit.

But if you were directly responding to my comment, then I will say, if had watched the shows those actors you mentioned were on, and they were retiring I would applaud them too–if I was moved by their work. I have never looked at acting as a contest– I don’t believe in who is better than whom– I only go by how I was moved by a performance– or by a body of work.

I’m sorry if you didn’t feel his body of work deserved a standing ovation. I did. I stand by it.

su0000
su0000

None have been awarded 8 emmy’s, as Tony..
Tony does deserve a standing ovation and as matter of fact he has had 8 standing ovations from his peers. And in 2016 I believe he will get his 9th Emmy.
The ones you mentioned are great but they are not Tony Geary, and there has been no others that is noted as the #1 as has been, and proven so by his peers/Enny’s
There is always a King of The Hill, and that is Tony..

LindaTNo1
LindaTNo1

8 Emmy’s means very little. ONE of those Emmy’s belongs to the great Darnell Williams for his work in 2011 (birth/baby switch). No one comes close. Darnell has been robbed several times. At awards ceremonies it is a courtesy to rise and applaud the actors receiving an award as a simple gesture of respect and protocol. It does not necessarily mean a standing ovation, per se.
There are quite a few Kings of the Hill in daytime serials. David Canary one of them and Darnell Williams.
The AA actors have always been neglected and cheated out at award love in Daytime and the record speaks for itself. Victoria Rowell, Y&R, is right.
It is a sad state of affairs that Tony has 8 of them but Darnell only has 2 and no AA actor seems to have much luck in getting roles, nominations, and/or awards at all these days. There is no balance anymore and that is the tragedy in daytime.
So 8 awards does not always equal truth and reality in daytime, and the AA actors are fully aware of this.

Fanny
Fanny

Quiet please, there’s a gentleman on stage
he may not be the latest craze….
But he’s acting and he means it
And he deserves a little silence…

Quiet please, there’s a man up there
he’s been honest through his acting
Long before our consciousness was raised
Now doesn’t that deserve a lot of praise…..

So put your hands together and help him along
All that’s left of the actor is what’s left of the role
Stand for the ovation
Give him one last celebration

Quiet please, that’s Luke Spencer up there
who’s telling us about his life, his loves, his crosses to bare
none of US would had had the courage to share
Give him your respect if nothing else.

Put your hands together and help him along
all that’s left of the actor is what’s left of the role
Rise to the occasion
Give him one last, SALUTATION❗️

Quiet please, that’s Anthony Geary on that stage
Director, turn the final page
When it’s over we can all go home
He lives on the stage alone.

Org: Song/ writers Peter Allen/ Carole Bayer Sager
“Quiet please, there’s a lady on stage”

Rose
Rose

Fanny…you are really wearing your heart on your sleeve. Nice of you to think of Tony that way.

Timmm
Timmm

Love it!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Beautiful, Fanny!! Vous avez le Coeur et l’ame d’ange.
You said your Maman is French? I am sure she must have called you ange many times….because you are.

Fanny
Fanny

Dear CeeCee … I responded immediately to your touching and lovely
words…unfortunately my post was not published ? Too much French
I guess. Thank you….for reminding me that my Maman always called
us (her children) Mon Coeur et Mon Ange…that was just her way.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Fanny.
You are very welcome, Fanny. Your goodness shines through your posts.

Lynne
Lynne

I am very sad to see Tony Geary leave General Hospital. I had the good fortune to meet him one day at Century City. He was charming. Just the greatest actor around! Just a natural he was. It won’t be the same without you Luke!!!!!!! Please, come back one day will you.

angela
angela

This marks the end of an era. Daytime will not be the same without Tony Geary. 37 years ago he first graced us and what a ride it has been! Thank you Tony. You made us laugh, cry at times you excited, bewildered and confused us but you always, always entertained us. I wish you all the best in whatever comes your way, but most of all I thank you. God bless.

dmr
dmr

I was born in 1980 and have watched some old clips on YouTube. I would MUCH rather see a montage of flashbacks than this lackluster Luke and Laura “adventure,” a recast of Jennifer Smith (although, the actress did a great job), and the onslaught of Lulu scenes (Lulu reminds me of an annoying little sister, not a mature wife and mother). Anyhoo, I digress…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, my gosh…dmr. We are almost the same age. I was born in 1986. No wonder we have a meeting of the minds.
I agree with what you mean about this latest Luke/Laura escapade, albeit I give credit to Laura for rising above any rumored coldness towards her from Tony. I am not sure if the writers are trying to re-enact/re-create what once was between these two, or what?! The fact remains, it is silly and inane. Where is the bang-send-off? All these vets have been paraded before us ( I do welcome all of them….I appreciate that…I love those I recognize) , and more to come….but, what is the correlation? Tony’s ‘arrivederci’ could have been projected a different way without this lackluster adventure which does not hold attention. The big quest is to find Lucky? Is anyone sitting at the edge of his/her seat? We know Lucky will appear sooner than later, so the interest dissipates/wanes more and more as ‘the sky meets the morning sun’ each passing day.
Yes, dmr; about whiny, pouty Lulu. Firstly, I would never keep anything from my husband. He his my confidant. He knows my heart and souls….as I do his. So, for the writers to place Dylan(sp.) smack in the middle of this ‘kidnapping drama’ instead of Dante is just plain stupid. Despite the fact that he is a cop, he would still keep his wife’s confidence. Inunderstand it is done to create suspense, suspicion and distress/ conflict between Lulu and Dante….especially now, where there is a potentially home wrecker in the mix……Valerie !!!!!
This situation can only steer in one direction….Dante and Valerie going at it……All I can say? Dante better be careful not to get bitten in places he wants to keep in one piece. That’s all.
Sorry, for the short story, dmr….LOL. Later.

Angela
Angela

Wow. You guys were babies in the golden era of GH. Tony never hid hid feelings about the popularity of L&L it was common knowledge, but still 30 million people tuned in in 1981 to see their wedding (How old were you guys in 81?). That being said he is Tony Geary! There will never be another,and i think 8 emmys proves my point.

Jennifer
Jennifer

I wish we could see the whole goodbye, it would be a nice piece for ABC .Com to add for us.
I’ve watched GH for as long as I can remember and it will be sad to see him go.

janet
janet

I have liked Luke in the past. But lately biting the hand that feeds you is just plain dumb. he makes nasty comments about L&L the couple that put him on the top. others have named actors who have acted on all the mediums but I can’t recall them saying things like get over it. etc. Tony wanted to be the one who killed jake, and left his kids in a brothel to run away. he wanted his own way. evil nasty Luke he got it. Sure now that lots of his old fans say we will not mss you. I hope now that laura retuned they find a good man for her. Knowing FranknRon she will be the next one destroyed. Look at Nickolas and Lucy Coe. Oh yes Tony don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you , on your way out. Plus I agree take Sonny with you.

su0000
su0000

LOL
at least Tony can act 🙂

T
T

Tony Geary. Whether you love him or hate him, he is a legend in his own right. A class act. Hope he finds some rest and relaxation, and I hope ‘the powers that be’ have found a way to write Luke off in a way that signifies what he’s meant to this show after all of this time.

DT
DT

Where was Robert? They were the best buddy team on tv. Tristan nd Luke were simply the best. Nobody did it better.

Joan
Joan

Today I went for lunch at the farmers market and you Luke sat at the next booth
I will never forget how nice you were to me and let me take some photos
Good luck to you Luke

Joan from Miami

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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