General Hospital alum Peter Hansen dead at 95
Long-time Port Charles actor passes away at home.
Soaps.com is saddened to report that Peter Hansen, who played the part of Lee Baldwin, passed away on April 9 in his home in Santa Clarita, CA at the age of 95. Hansen replaced the original Lee Baldwin, played by Ross Elliot, in 1965 and appeared on both “General Hospital” and the spin-off “Port Charles.” Hansen appeared originally from 1965 until 1976, and then returned in 1977 until 1986. He appeared briefly in 1990, and then on and off between 1992 and 2004. Lee Baldwin was a lawyer and father to Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner). He was also an addiction counselor and once served as the mayor of Port Charles. In 1979, Hansen was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Shriner posted his thoughts on his on-screen father’s passing to Twitter.
Hansen had a long career, appearing on other television shows such as “The Lone Ranger,” “Science Fiction Theatre,” “Gomer Pyle: USMC” and “Perry Mason.” He also starred on the big screen in “When Worlds Collide,” “The War of the Roses,” and “The Savage.” Hansen grew up in Detroit, MI. Before heading to Hollywood to act he attended the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Marine Corps flying combat missions during World War II.
Hansen’s wife of 50 years, Betty, passed away in 1993. He spent the next 24 years with Barbara Wenzel. Hansen is survived by his son Peter, daughter Gretchen and grandchildren Allison, Erik and Jamal. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Kin (@kinshriner) April 11, 2017
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