Actor Anthony Geary is set to quit “General Hospital”.
The 67-year-old actor, who has portrayed Luke Spencer on the daytime drama for more than 20 years, has revealed his plans to leave the show when his current contract expires, reported Ace Showbiz.
“The people at ABC and at ‘GH’ have been amazingly good to me, allowing me to live on two continents and treating me, for the most part, extremely well,” he said.
“This show has been a huge part of my life for over half my life and Luke Spencer is my alter ego. But I’m just weary of the grind and have been for 20 years.”
Explaining his decision to quit the show, he said, “There was a point after my back surgery last year where it became clear to me that my time is not infinite. And I really don’t want to die, collapsing in a heap, on that ‘GH’ set one day.
“That wouldn’t be too poetic. In fact, it would be poetically incorrect. I have another life and I want time to explore it. Ever since I discovered Amsterdam and made it my home, I have found my artistic and social fulfillment there.”
Geary began his first stint on “GH” in 1978 until 1984. He later returned to the show in 1993 and has since been part of the cast until the show’s current season. He has received a record eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Luke Spencer.