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General Hospital star Peter Hansen dies aged 95

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
12 April 2017
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General Hospital actor Peter Hansen has sadly died aged 95. According to his family, the star passed away in Santa Clarita, California on Sunday. He was best known for his role in the hit US soap opera, and played the character Lee Baldwin from 1965-1976, 1977-1986 before rejoining the show in 1992 for another 12 years.

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Peter starred in When World's Collide

His character began as an addiction counsellor at the famous hospital being going on to become the Mayor of Port Charles, and eventually returning to the hospital to serve on the board of directors. His storylines throughout his time on the show ranged from a struggle with alcoholism to several love triangles. The Daytime Emmy-award winning actor also starred in films such as When Worlds Collide and The Savage. 

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The actor, who was born in 1921 and raised in Detroit, attended the University of Michigan and served in the US Marine Corps before finding success in Hollywood. He was also a spokesman for Plymouth automobiles and appeared in over 100 TV shows and films throughout his career.  The actor is survived by his son Peter, his daughter Gretchen and his three grandchildren, Allison, Erik and Jamal as well as his partner, Barbara Wenzel. His wife of 50 years, Betty, passed away back in 1993.

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