David Lewis, Emmy-winning longtime character actor whose stage, TV and film career spanned four decades, died Dec. 11 of natural causes at his home near Los Angeles. He was 84.

He began his career in 1943 when he appeared in the Broadway play, “Goodbye Again.” He also appeared on the Great White Way in “Little Women,” “The Wild Duck,” “The Streets Are Guarded,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Between Covers.”

Lewis relocated to Hollywood during the early 1950s and appeared in several features including “That Certain Feeling,” “The Apartment,” “Kid Galahad,” “A Girl Named Tamiko,” “John Goldfarb, Please Come Home” and “The Boston Strangler.

On the small screen, Lewis starred in the daytime drama “Bright Promise” from 1969 until 1973. TV appearances included six “Perry Mason” episodes, two “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” segments and numerous appearances on “Batman,” “Bewitched,” “Cannon” and “The Rockford Files.”

Lewis achieved continuing success on television when he essayed the role of Edward Quartermaine on “General Hospital,” a role he played from 1978 until his retirement in 1993.

Lewis garnered a Daytime Emmy as outstanding actor in a supporting role in a daytime drama series in 1982 and received four additional nominations in the same category (1983, 1984, 1985 and 1988).

He is survived by a sister.