Anthony grew up in Pittsburgh as the son of Italian immigrants. After graduating from high school, he traveled to the West Coast in what he once called a “late-’60s hippie exodus.” Anthony discovered a passion for acting at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He formed his own theatre company, studied drama at the University of Washington and Temple University, then moved to New York to seek fame and fortune.
Anthony first played the shady Marco Dane in 1977 on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live.” A decade later, he jumped networks and appeared as Rick Madison on NBC’s “Another World.” In 1992, Anthony reprised the role of Marco — this time on ABC’s “General Hospital” — a cross-over performance that earned him the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Anthony wrote and directed “Twisted,” a short movie that toured the film festival circuit. He also acted in several primetime TV shows, including “Moonlighting,” “L.A. Law,” “MacGyver,” “Wiseguy,” “Law & Order” and “Third Watch.” Anthony was briefly married to actress Brynn Thayer.
“He was a superb human being, a great actor, so much fun to be around, so volcanic and mesmerizing in his choices as an actor, so daring, take-away-the-net in his choices as a man,” actress Robin Strasser said on her telephone hotline.