As We Love Soaps has counted down the 50 Greatest Soap Actors of All Time, we have brought you quotes from current and former co-stars, producers and writers sharing their thoughts and memories of each. With the revelation that Anthony Geary has been named #1 by our panel, we have exclusive reaction from those who have worked with him on GENERAL HOSPITAL.
Jill Farren Phelps: (executive producer of GENERAL HOSPITAL) I remember the first moment Tony walked on the GENERAL HOSPITAL stage all those years ago. He was this magical presence from the start – captivating and fearless and funny and brilliant. With Tony's entrance into GENERAL HOSPITAL, a legend was born and a new standard was set.
I feel absolutely privileged to work with Tony today. He’s still a magical man – generous and humble and such an incredibly brave performer. I’m not ashamed to say that after all these years, Tony Geary continues to take my breath away.
Jonathan Jackson: (works with Geary on GENERAL HOSPITAL) For me, Anthony Geary is not only the best daytime actor of all time, but one of the best actors of his generation period. Film, television or theatre; Tony Geary is on another planet from the average performer.
His raw, nuanced, fierce and unpredictable craft, along with his natural gift as a storyteller and writer enable Tony to explore the heights and depths of the human experience with passion and precision. He is a truly gifted and dedicated actor as well as an amazing person of grace and humility.
Julie Marie Berman: (works with Geary on GENERAL HOSPITAL) Tony is very special to me. He respects me, never judges me, and in turn, inspires me. I've always talked about my admiration for his work, and more importantly, his creativity and play in the work. But the man, himself, is the reason we love him on TV. He takes risks. He loves life. He's unbelievably funny. His hair is an artform. Tony is an unforgettable, wonderful human being. I truly love that man to death.
Nathan Parsons: (works with Geary on GENERAL HOSPITAL) Anthony Geary is one of those rare artists who is truly fearless in his work. He crashes through boundaries, regardless of the cost, to uncover the truths most are too afraid to reveal. Working with him, I have learned the meaning of integrity. I have learned to fight for what I believe in and to not be afraid to break the status quo. He built a legacy that defined our medium so its no surprise he was voted #1. He's earned it.
Brandon Barash: (works with Geary on GENERAL HOSPITAL) Tony has mastered the art of playing the anti-hero. He has that intangible element of seemingly effortless complexity to his performance...a true gem. I frequently refer to his clips on youtube for inspiration - something I've done since I was cast.
Kin Shriner: (worked with Geary on GENERAL HOSPITAL) It is wise when playing ping pong play with someone better and it will improve your game. That is what mr. Geary is to me as an actor. He improves my game and everybody else's and after all these years... I still can't beat him. I have worked with quite a number of actors in daytime on a lot of shows and Tony is the greatest of all.
Jacklyn Zeman: (worked with Geary on GENERAL HOSPITAL) Tony Geary is the big brother I always wanted. On camera he has star quality and is always interesting and exciting to watch.