He’s a celebrated and award-winning actor, and now, Ian Buchanan, perhaps best known as Duke on General Hospital, is celebrating something more!
Today is the actor’s birthday, as he was born on June 16, 1957 in Hamilton, Scotland. Buchanan sadly lost both of his parents when he was a teenager. Later, while visiting Spain, a photographer took note of Buchanan’s striking good, which later led to him having a successful modeling career.
Buchanan hit the soap scene in 1986 when he was cast opposite Finola Hughes (Anna) as Duke Lavery on GH. Duke literally filled Anna’s dance card when the two shared a passionate tango and a supercouple was born.
Alas, Buchanan left the show and subsequently, a character named Jonathan Paget (played by Greg Beecroft) came to Port Charles. It was later revealed that he was Duke (which turned out to be false) and then that character died.
Fast-forward to 2012 when viewers learned that Duke (played by Buchanan) was actually alive! It’s a testament to the actor’s popularity that fans gleefully welcomed him back into their living rooms after a 23-year absence.
In between his runs as Duke, Buchanan played James on The Bold And The Beautiful (which he won an Emmy for playing), Dr. Greg Madden on All My Children, and Ian McCallister on Days Of Our Lives.
In prime time, Buchanan has appeared on Twin Peaks, The Nanny, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and Columbo. In his Columbo episode, Buchanan’s character killed the one played by Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS).
Next up, he can be heard as the narrator in the upcoming film A Mermaid For Christmas.
Soap Hub joins Buchanan’s family, friends, and fans in wishing him a happy birthday and many happy returns! And, you can too with the Tweet link below.