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Legendary Actor Passed Away Over The Weekend, No One Knew Until Now

The family of Peter Hansen reports that the actor passed away on April 9, 2017 at his Santa Clarita, California home.

Hansen had a long and busy career. He appeared in more than 100 films and television series. He got his start on the 1950s show 'The Public Defender', and has appeared on such shows as 'Cheers', 'Magnum, P.I.', 'L.A. Law', 'Night Court', ‘The Golden Girls’ and 'Growing Pains'.

Hansen's biggest film role was in the 1951 science fiction movie, 'When Worlds Collide'. The story was about the Earth being on a collision course with another planet, and humans attempting to build a space ark in order to survive.

His most recent film appearance was in the 2002 movie, ‘Dragonfly’.

The actor is best known, however, for his long-time work on daytime soap opera 'General Hospital'. Hansen played the part of Lee Baldwin, an addictions counselor who went on to be mayor, from 1965 to 1986. Much of the role was focused on the character’s relationship with his adopted son, Scotty Baldwin.

Hansen took a hiatus from GH for a few years, reprising the role briefly in 1990. He then returned to the role from 1992 through 2004. Hansen also appeared as Baldwin on 'General Hospital' spin-off 'Port Charles' and went back and forth between the two shows until 2004.

Mr. Hanson won a Daytime Emmy as best supporting actor in 1979 for his role on ‘General Hospital’.

Before pursuing a career in acting, Hansen served in the military. He was a United States Marine Corps aviator in World War II and participated in the invasion of Peleliu in 1944.

This experience in the Marines gave the veteran a life-long love of flying. He owned a Cessna plane and enjoyed vacationing in the Sierra Nevada high country.

In 1993, Hansen's long-time wife, Betty, passed away. He is survived by his children, Peter and Gretchen, and three grandchildren.

Source: New York Times
Photo: Hollywood Reporter

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