Actor Peter Hansen Dies

Award winning veteran daytime drama actor Peter Hansen died April 9 in Santa Clarita, California at the age of 95. An official cause of death was not given.

He is best known for his role of lawyer on the daytime drama “General Hospital” off and on for nearly 40 years. During his time on GH, Hansen also portrayed an addiction counselor, the Mayor of Port Charles, and a member of the GH Board of Directors.

Like many GH regulars, Hansen also helped launch and appeared on “Port Charles” – the short lived 30 minute drama that was a spin-off of “General Hospital”.

Appearing in over 100 film and television productions, made his screen debut in 1934 as Lodewijk in “Willem van Oranje” at only 13 years of age. It would be another 16 years before Hansen would appear on screen again.

In 1950 Hansen appeared in the film “Branded”. From there his other film roles include “The Last Outpost”, “When Worlds Collide”, “The Savage”, an uncredited role as a young aide in “The Ten Commandments”, “Apache Rifles”, Tauron in the made for television movie “Alexander the Great”, “The War of the Roses”, and “Dragonfly”.

In 1954 Hansen made his television debut in an episode of “Cavalcade of America”. His other television roles include “Space Patrol”, “Public Defender”, five episodes of “The Lone Ranger”, “Climax”, “The Gray Ghost”, six episodes of “Science Fiction Theatre”, “Perry Mason”, “The Silent Service”, “Sea Hunt”, “Death Valley Days”, “The Untouchables”, “Dr. Kildare”, “Petticoat Junction”, Lieutenant Colonel Van Pelt in four episodes of “Gomer Pyle USMC”, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, seven episodes of “How the West Was Won”, “The Golden Girls”, and “Cheers”.

Hansen earned a Daytime Emmy for his role as Lee Baldwin.

He was born Peter Franklin Hansen on December 5, 1921 in Oakland, California but was raised in Detroit. He served in the United States Marine Corps where he was a combat pilot in the South Pacific during World War II before pursuing a career as an actor.

Predeceased by his wife of 50 years Betty, Hansen is survived by his children Peter and Gretchen, grandchildren – Allison, Erik, and Jamal, and great grandchildren.

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