Thursday, May 10, 2012

FLASHBACK: Benjamin Hendrickson Dead At 55

Benjamin Hendrickson, 'As the World Turns' Actor, 55, Is Dead

Associated Press
July 8, 2006

HUNTINGTON, N.Y., July 7 (AP) — Benjamin Hendrickson, an Emmy Award-winning actor on the "As the World Turns" soap opera, committed suicide at his home on Long Island this week, police officials said. He was 55.

Suffolk County police officers, called by concerned neighbors, said they found him dead in bed on Monday; the cause was a gunshot to the head, they said.

Mr. Hendrickson was a member of the first graduating class of the Juilliard School of Drama, along with Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone. He appeared on Broadway in the early 1980's in the title role of "The Elephant Man" and in the 1984 revival of "Awake and Sing!"

He played Chief of Detectives Hal Munson for more than 20 years on "As the World Turns" on CBS, winning a Daytime Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in 2003. His last broadcast appearance on the show is scheduled for Wednesday.


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  2. That was such a hard show to watch. It was right after Jennifer had died on the show and Hal, Barbar, Will, Johnny, Dusty and the rest had to go through that and then the writers had to fabricate Hal's death off screen for that fall. It was agonizing knowing it was inevitably coming up. Hal was one of my favourite characters on ATWT. He had a charming scruffyness, kind of like Han Solo.

  3. God Bless You, Ben. We Still Miss You & Your Scruffy, Yet Endearingly Charming Manners & Performances!