NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Anthony Geary is leaving "General Hospital," the soap opera where he has played the character of Luke Spencer for nearly three decades.

NEW YORK (AP) Actor Anthony Geary is leaving "General Hospital," the soap opera where he has played the character of Luke Spencer for nearly three decades.

Frank Valentini, the show's executive producer, said Friday it was Geary's decision to leave. He will be written out of the show for an episode that will air on the ABC daytime drama this summer.

Actress Genie Francis, who played Laura to Geary's Luke for many years but left the show two years ago, will briefly return to participate in Geary's exit. Their 1981 wedding on "General Hospital" was a huge television event.