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‘General Hospital’ Actor Peter Hansen Dies at 95

Variety logo Variety 4/11/2017 Erin Nyren
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Peter Hansen, best known for his long run as lawyer and volunteer addiction counselor Lee Baldwin on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” has died. He was 95.

Hansen died on Sunday in Santa Clarita, Calif., according to his family.

His first run on “General Hospital” spanned from 1965-1976, followed by a second between 1977 and 1986. He re-joined the show briefly in 1990, and then again from 1992-2004. His work won him a Daytime Emmy for best supporting actor in 1979. In addition to the soap opera mainstay, Hansen also appeared in the spinoff “Port Charles.”

Outside of television, Hansen starred in the 1951 Academy Award-winning sci-fi film “When Worlds Collide” with Barbara Rush and John Hoyt. The year before he was featured in “Branded” with Alan Ladd as the kidnapped son of a rich rancher. IN 1952 he played a U.S. cavalry lieutenant in “The Savage” with Charlton Heston.

He also had guest roles in several television shows including “The Goldbergs,” “Sea Hunt,” “Cheers,” “Science Fiction Theatre,” “Perry Mason,” “The Lone Ranger,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Magnum P.I.” He also had recurring roles on “Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C.,” “The Adventures of Jim Bowie,” and “How the West Was Won.”

His wife, Betty, died in 1993. Hansen is survived by his son Peter, daughter Gretchen and grandchildren Allison, Erik and Jamal. In Memoriam 2017: Stars We've Lost This Year


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