Arguably the most popular male soap opera star in the history of the medium, Anthony Geary broke the mold of a typical soap character when he first breathed life into his controversial Luke Spencer on the hit daytime drama, "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ). Tall, somewhat gaunt, with pale, almost pasty skin and frizzy dark blond hair, Geary seemed odd fodder for leading man heartthrob status, yet he earned it in the afternoons. He joined "GH" in 1978 as a less-than-savory hitman, but within two years he was on the run with his true love Laura (Genie Francis), in not only one of the most cinematic daytime storylines of all time, but one which captivated the nation - even those who had never watched daytime TV. The hoopla surrounding the wedding of Luke and Laura in 1981 landed Geary and Francis on national newsmagazine covers and racked up the highest ratings ever for a daytime drama. Since that time, Geary attempted other roles on stage and screen, but because his "GH" characterization was so strongly identifiable, Geary had a hard time getting out from under the shadow of Lukas Lorenzo Spencer.