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General Hospital Star Peter Hansen Dead At 95

| by Sheena Vasani

"General Hospital" star Peter Hansen died on April 9 at the age of 95 in Santa Clarita, California.

The 1979 Daytime Emmy award-winning actor played the role of lawyer and addiction counselor Lee Baldwin on and off for nearly 30 years, The New York Times reports.

He initially played Baldwin from 1965 to 1976 and again in 1977 to 1986, before returning in the early 90s and leaving in 2004. Hansen also starred in the soap opera's spin-off, "Port Charles."

Prior to the role, Hansen also starred in the 1951 Academy Award-winning film "When Worlds Collide." He also acted in the 1950s movies "Branded" and "The Savage."

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Other recurring television series roles included "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," "The Adventures of Jim Bowie" and "How the West Was Won." Hansen also made an appearance on TV shows "Cheers," "Perry Mason," "The Golden Girls," "Magnum P.I." and other shows.

Hansen was an aviator for the Marine Corps during World War II before starting a career in acting.

Hansen is survived by two children, Peter and Gretchen, and three grandchildren. His wife of 50 years, Betty, died in 1993. He had spent the past 24 years with companion Barbara Wenzel.

Colleagues and fans are mourning his death.

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"Peter was a terrific actor who was loved by the entire cast and crew," "General Hospital" executive producer Frank Valentini said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."

Fans were also heartbroken.

"I always liked him and the character he played," commented  one person on SoapCentral.com's Facebook post about his death. "My deepest condolences to all who loved him! Prayers for comfort and peace during this time!!"

"My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends," added another person. "I loved Lee and Gale. Hopefully GH acknowledges his passing on air."

"I don't remember him from General Hospital but I do remember him from Port Charles," chimed in a third. "At least we can say he had a long fulfilling life. Acting was his dream and he got to live that out."

Some fans shared their personal memories of the actor.

"Met Peter and Betty in the 1970's when they came into a restaurant where I was working in Crystal Lake, Illinois," recalled one Facebook user. "After several days of waiting on them, they gave me their number and said if I ever came to California to call them, which I did. We went to lunch with Betty and met Peter at the studio. That was so much fun. Met many of the cast. We kept in touch for years. What a lovely couple."

Sources: The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, SoapCentral.com/Facebook / Photo credit: ABC Television/eBay Item/Wikimedia Commons

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