Young and Restless’ David Hedison Dead at 92
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Soap opera alum’s career spanned decades.
Soaps.com is sad to share the news that actor David Hedison, who played Arthur Hendricks on The Young and the Restless, and Spencer Harrison on Another World, passed away in Los Angeles on July 18 at the age of 92.
Hedison was pre-deceased by his wife, Bridget, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 71 following a battle with breast cancer. He is survived by his two daughters, Alexandra Hedison, an actress on The L Word married to Oscar-winning actress, Jodie Foster, and Serena Hedison, a film and television producer. Hedison’s family stated, “Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father. He loved us all dearly and expressed that love every day. He was adored by so many, all of whom benefitted from his warm and generous heart. Our dad brought joy and humor wherever he went and did so with great style.”
David Hedison, who was born May 20, 1927 and served in the United State States Navy for 18 months beginning near the end of World War II in 1945, enjoyed an acting career on both stage and screen that spanned decades, beginning with a role on the television series Danger in 1954. He went on to appear in numerous TV series of the time, including Five Fingers and Perry Mason, and notably, his best-known role of Captain Lee B. Crane in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. In the 1970s he played characters on Medical Center, The Manhunter, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, and Wonder Woman. The 1980s saw Hedison join such popular series as Charlie’s Angels, TJ Hooker, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. He also appeared on the television series produced by his wife, Dynasty and The Colbys. The actor’s first foray into daytime television was in the role of Spencer Harrison, father of Ryan Harrison (Paul Michael Valley) on the soap opera Another World in 1992. A dozen years later in 2004 he took on the role of Judge Arthur Hendricks on The Young and the Restless, a character who interacted with Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton), and was eventually revealed to be the father of Katherine’s son, Tucker McCall (Stephen Nichols).
Soaps.com extends condolences to David Hedison’s family and friends. View photos of other soap opera actors lost in 2019 in our gallery below…