Benjamin Hendrickson, who played Chief of Detectives Hal Munson on the “As the World Turns,” died July 1 of an apparent suicide in Huntington, N.Y. He was 55.Hendrickson, who won a Daytime Emmy for supporting actor in 2003, had appeared on “As The World Turns” since 1985. On Broadway, he appeared in the 1984 revival of “Awake and Sing,” “Strider” and in “The Elephant Man.” His feature film credits include “Spanking the Monkey,” “Regarding Henry,” “Consenting Adults” and “Manhunter.” Born in Huntington, New York Hendrickson attended the Juilliard School where he was a founding member of the Acting Company, under John Houseman. He started his acting career on soaps “Another World,” “Guiding Light” and “Texas.” “‘As The World Turns,’ Procter & Gamble Productions and the entire daytime community have lost a dear friend and a talented actor who brought to life the character of Hal Munson,” said “As The World Turns executive producer Christopher Goutman. “Benjamin always joked that he was hired for one day, then before he knew it he’d impregnated the leading lady and had to sign a contract. He intended to stay with the show for one year. How lucky for us and the fans that we had him for 21 years.” Hendrickson’s last episode airs Thursday.
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