HomeTVGeneral HospitalFrank Valentini on Ian Buchanan’s General Hospital Return: “This is The Real Duke” Jamey Giddens August 28, 2012 General Hospital 21 Comments Anyone worried that General Hospital was planning to do an "Is This Duke?" storyline can rest easy. The soap's boss Frank Valentini revealed to TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan that Ian Buchanan is once again playing the real Duke Lavery! Said Valentini: "We will eventually find out that the Duke Lavery we saw die all those many years ago was an imposter. This is the real Duke." To find out how Duke's return will affect Anna (Finola Hughes) and Luke's (Tony Geary) budding romance visit TV Guide! Photo of Frank Valentini courtesy of his Twitter profile 21 Responses pumpkin August 28, 2012 I am not familiar with his character so this is new for me. Log in to Reply samanthadelayed August 28, 2012 Amen and let the good times role! Log in to Reply SavePortChuck August 28, 2012 Very excited about this but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE… can the next undead character be Alan Quartermaine???? Log in to Reply nysam August 28, 2012 Thanks for spoiling it! I actually preferred Gregory Beecroft playing Jonahtan Paget playing Duke Lavery. Was never a fan of Ian Buchanan’s Duke. I always felt he was a bit soft and that Anna was always taking care of him more than him taking care of her. Log in to Reply pjc722 August 28, 2012 Great way to explain away a horrible recast! Excited for this chapter in GH and will say that I am excited NOW with the changes on the show. I will say it’s just too crowded with both bad guys – sonny, todd, joe jr, jerry AND super packed with heroes with the return of Duke added to John, Dante, the new cop coming on board, Steve, Patrick etc. Please start weeding the cast down or tell multiple stories but only showcase a couple a day. As it is now, its too many people in one story. Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 August 28, 2012 The Duke recast really was horrible. I’m excited!!!! Log in to Reply SoapyBitch August 28, 2012 Ian Buchanan will always be Dick Tremayne to me… Never watched him on GH. I know he’s done tons of daytime and I always admired him because he’s always looked old (and dashing), but (um) has he had some work done? Looking at his eyes pains me. I’ll just focus on his great teeth. Regardless, I am excited when they bring back characters from years past. Log in to Reply The_Moustache August 29, 2012 i’m glad they’re explaining the new-old face. they never bothered to on All My Children when Janet Green returned in the 2000’s, not looking anymore like Robin Mattson. Log in to Reply TV Gord August 29, 2012 I agree, The_Moustache, especially since Robin was a better Janet Green. Kate Collins may have been a great Natalie, but RM was the only Janet Green for me! Log in to Reply liason4real August 29, 2012 GH fans wanted their vets, well, Duke Lavery is a vet! I suspect we will see more vets down the road, because RC/FV had a lot of them return to OLTL before the show went off the air. Log in to Reply Camp is not a sustainable model August 29, 2012 @TV Gord: How dare you! Kate Collins IS the only Janet Green! She is the ace-boon! Robin M as Janet? Blasphemy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMHfWifp7ys&feature=share&list=ULmMHfWifp7ys Log in to Reply Lulu in the sky August 29, 2012 I am SO happy Duke has returned to GH..Its been way way too long. He and Anna were so unbelievably hot back in the day. Very excited about my show and I havent’ said that in a long long time! Log in to Reply Yoryla August 29, 2012 On a sidebar note: I can’t stop staring at that pic of Frank Valentini. He is just so hotttt. I know if I would see him in real life I would be totally mesmerized :love: Log in to Reply THEBEST August 29, 2012 [quote=TV Gord]I agree, The_Moustache, especially since Robin was a better Janet Green. Kate Collins may have been a great Natalie, but RM was the only Janet Green for me![/quote] !!!!!!!!!!!!! Log in to Reply thebookerman August 29, 2012 The number of people who steal people’s identities in RC/FV soaps > The number of people who steal other’s identities in real life. Log in to Reply tfcocs August 29, 2012 I agree, Yoryla; he is prettier than any man in the cast, and that is saying a LOT. Log in to Reply ChrisGa August 29, 2012 [quote=Yoryla]On a sidebar note: I can’t stop staring at that pic of Frank Valentini. He is just so hotttt. I know if I would see him in real life I would be totally mesmerized :love:[/quote] I was wondering how long it would take for someone to point out the obvious. Talk about a daytime hunk who I’d like to see caught in a nude pic scandal; he’s hotter than anybody on that Top 20 list. Log in to Reply The_Moustache August 29, 2012 the Frank Valentini sex tape needs to leak NOOOOOOOW! Log in to Reply js3557 August 29, 2012 I always thought that Duke was too soft for Anna. I prefer her with a more rugged guy, like Robert. I hate hate hate her with Luke. I would rather have her with Mac than either Duke or Luke. She also has chemistry with McBain. Log in to Reply angrierblackerman August 29, 2012 Did Frank Valentini really just slip a Doppelganger storyline in there without us knowing? In any case, I am thrilled to see Ian Buchanan return to GH! Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott August 29, 2012 Yes…Frank is a real yum-yum. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.