‘General Hospital’ Actor Peter Hansen Dies at 95

Peter Hansen Obit Dead
Courtesy of Peter Hansen Family

Peter Hansen, best known for his long run as lawyer and volunteer addiction counselor Lee Baldwin on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” has died. He was 95.

Hansen died Sunday in Santa Clarita, Calif., according to his family.

His first run on “General Hospital” spanned 1965-1976, followed by a second between 1977 and 1986. He re-joined the show briefly in 1990, and then again from 1992-2004. His work won him a Daytime Emmy for supporting actor in 1979. In addition to the soap opera mainstay, Hansen also appeared in the spinoff “Port Charles.”


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Outside television, Hansen starred in the 1951 Academy Award-winning sci-fi film “When Worlds Collide” with Barbara Rush and John Hoyt. The year before he was featured in “Branded” with Alan Ladd as the kidnapped son of a rich rancher. In 1952 he played a U.S. cavalry lieutenant in “The Savage” with Charlton Heston.

He also had guest roles in several television shows including “The Goldbergs,” “Sea Hunt,” “Cheers,” “Science Fiction Theatre,” “Perry Mason,” “The Lone Ranger,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Magnum P.I.” He also had recurring roles on “Gomer Pyle: USMC,” “The Adventures of Jim Bowie,” and “How the West Was Won.”

His wife, Betty, died in 1993. Hansen is survived by son Peter, daughter Gretchen and grandchildren Allison, Erik and Jamal.

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  1. Helen Gilmore says:

    He will be missed , I had loved those on GH ❤️

  2. kimarsha2013 says:

    He was a warm and endearing as well as classy addition to the cast of GH.. I love his scenes with Scotty and Laura…but his presence on the show made you long for more scenes with him in it. RIP Peter Hansen

  3. Loved him on G. H.. He brought an elegance to the show.

  4. R. Richmond says:

    To the Family of actor Peter Hansen…I am sorry for your loss. With this note, however, I’m hoping you will find comfort in the heartfelt truth stated at Acts 24:15 and John 5:28 and 29. I have also lost loved ones in death but I hold onto the hope mentioned above because it is the truth. How wonderful to know that when circumstances are ideal we will, again, be able to enjoy the company of those whom we held so dear (Psalms 37:11 and 29).May you find comfort now, and joy in our future expectations. RR, former Second City actress, Chicago

  5. gretchen chartier says:

    Thank you for all your warm and caring comments. Dad passed away in his home which he bought in 1961 in Tarzana California on Sunday – April 9th. It was his wish to die in his home and we made that possible after he left the hospital on Friday before his death.

  6. James says:

    Sincere condolences to his friends and family. Watched him on GH since 1981.

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