Luke Spencer’s death last month prompted multiple General Hospital characters to recall his most outrageous adventures. There was the time he saved Port Charles from evil mobster Frank Smith. There was the time he saved the whole world from the evil Cassadine weather machine. But that’s not even the strangest actor Tony Geary went through.
Tony Geary — In A Different Light
While Luke had Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) by his side for both of those adventures, and Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) or Holly Sutton (Emma Samms) as sidekicks for some other bizarre encounters — Sword of Malkuth, anyone? Aztec Treasure? Monkey virus? But are you familiar with the time Tony Geary went green…with leprechauns?
Time and Place
It was November 1981 (which, fashion-wise, was still basically the 1970s…which was a pretty psychedelic time). Geary was guesting on the Osmond Family’s holiday special. Considering that it was November, and the world holiday was in the title, the average person would have expected Christmas revelry. Maybe with some token Hanukkah festivity thrown in. Maybe even a mention of Kwaanza or Diwali. Nope, in November of 1981, the GH star celebrated the holiday season by…being descended up by leprechauns.
Tony Geary: In Disguise
OK, they weren’t actual leprechauns. They were tiny Osmonds in tiny green tuxes and tiny green bowler hats. (Geary, for the record, was just wearing a large sweater. No green tux, no green bowler.) The actor clarified that they were, in fact, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. In November. And then he sang to them. About rainbows.
When Luke and Laura first returned to GH in 1993, Luke sure acted like he loved being a dad to son Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson). When Laura told him she was pregnant with Lulu, he sure acted delighted.
Years later – at Geary’s urging – Luke claimed that he actually always felt trapped by parenthood, and wasn’t really into the kid thing. We suspect this incident with the Osmond leprechauns was the triggering incident that caused the lifelong trauma. See for yourself, here.
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