Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Peter Hansen Dead at 95

Emmy Award-winning General Hospital actor Peter Hansen died on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Santa Clarita, California. He was 95.

Hansen played the character of attorney Lee Baldwin off and on the iconic ABC soap opera between 1965 and as late as 2004. In 1997, he also played the character on the spin-off series, Port Charles. He was nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards in 1974 and 1979 for his work on General Hospital

He retired from acting soon after his 2004 appearance on General Hospital, when Lee and Gail Baldwin paid their respects at Lila Quartermaine's funeral.

Peter Franklin Hansen was born December 5, 1921, in Oakland, California. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, he joined the Pasadena Playhouse. By the 1950s, he was signed by Paramount. His film credits included supporting roles in Branded (1950), When Worlds Collide (1951), and The Savage (1952).

Hansen played numerous roles on television, including Science Fiction Theatre, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Simon & Simon, Gomer Pyle: USMC, and How the West Was Won. He also memorably played the guy who courted all three of the stars on The Golden Girls, and the CEO who owned the bar on Cheers. Other daytime roles included Peter Morrison on Ben Jerrod.

Hansen was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Florence "Betty," who died in 1993. He is survived by his longtime companion, Barbara Wenzel; a son, the Rev. Canon Peter Falconer Hansen; a daughter, Gretchen Hansen Chartier; three grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

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