Three decades ago, Anthony Geary won his first Daytime Emmy for playing Luke Spencer on “General Hospital. Since then, he has racked up another five wins (1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008) and is tied with Erika Slezak and Justin Deas for the most victories at six each.
All of our Experts expect him to break that tie this year as he claims a record seventh Best Actor award. So strong is the support for Geary, that he has odds of just 8 to 13 to prevail again on his 14th nomination.
In second place is Darnell Williams, who won this award with his only previous bid in 1985 for his role as Jesse Hubbard on “All My Children.” He had previously claimed the supporting Daytime Emmy in 1983 as part of the first African American supercouple on daytime TV. His character came back from the dead in 2008, remaining on the ABC sudser till it left the air last fall. He has odds of 11 to 2.
Despite playing patriarch Eric Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful” since the series debuted in 1987, John McCook has been nominated just once (2001) for Best Actor. He lost that bid to David Canary who won the last of his five awards for his dual roles on “All My Children.” McCook has odds of 9 to 1 to win his first Daytime Emmy.
Robert S. Woods began playing Bo Buchanan on “One Life to Live” in 1979. In 1983, he won the first of his six bids for Best Actor. His last nod came in 2000 and with the axing of the show in January, this is his second last chance to pick up a bookend. However, he has odds of just 14 to 1.
Geary’s co-star Maurice Benard won this race in 2003 on the second of his five bids for playing Sonny Corinthos. He has odds of 16 to 1 to repeat.
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