Peter Franklin Hansen
1921 - 2017
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December 5, 1921 - April 9, 2017 Peter was born December 5, 1921, in Oakland, California, to Sidney Henry Hansen and Lena Gertrude Young. Peter was raised in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Lincoln High School where he met Florence (Betty) Elizabeth Moe. He attended the University of Michigan then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Peter and Betty married on July 7, 1943. Peter flew combat in the South Pacific. He followed his dream of acting to the Pasadena Playhouse with Betty and daughter Kristen Elizabeth. He was signed by Paramount Studios, and featured in "Branded" (1950), with Alan Ladd, "When Worlds Collide" (1951) and "The Savage" (1952), with Charlton Heston. Peter acted on stage on Broadway, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. His many television appearances included Sea Hunt, Jim Bowie, Science Fiction Theatre, Perry Mason, The Lone Ranger, and Matinee Theatre. He was spokesman for Plymouth automobiles on Lawrence Welk, Steve Allen and Gary Moore variety shows. In 1961, he was news anchorman at KCOP-TV. His most memorable role was as Lee Baldwin on ABC's enduring daytime drama, "General Hospital," from 1965 to 2001, earning an Emmy in 1979 for Outstanding Supporting Actor. In 1997, he helped launch "Port Charles." He loved flying, owning his own Cessna for decades, spent many vacations in the Sierra Nevada high country. He led a devoted spiritual life at St. Nicholas of Myra Episcopal Church, Encino. Peter was husband to Betty for 50 years until her death in 1993. He shared 24 years then as companion to Barbara Wenzel. He is survived by son, Rev. Canon Peter Falconer Hansen (Giti), daughter, Gretchen Hansen Chartier (Dr. Robert); grandchildren Allison Severn, Erik Johnson (Aminy) and Jamal Hansen; and great-grandchildren. A memorial requiem will follow at a later date. Peaceful Reflections, 26752 Oak Avenue, Ste A, Santa Clarita, CA 91351, are handling the funeral arrangements.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2017.
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July 31, 2017
He was a fine actor and wonderful father. His daughter and I were friends at Reseda High School. I'll always remember her sixteenth birthday and the hayride and party he threw for her. He was my "older-man crush" from then on. Years later when I began watching General Hospital I was delighted to be able to enjoy his character. May he rest well in the Lords arms.
Barbara Greger Hambright
July 18, 2017
God Bless him and his family✝
Patricia Sprofera
July 18, 2017
I enjoyed watching him on GH from the beginning to his last appearance. He embodied his role with grace and dignity but it never really felt like a role since he was so natural at ever turn. He will be missed.
Judy Hatfield
July 16, 2017
Cathy Right
July 16, 2017
Peter Hansen was a Great actor and had a wonderful life. He will be missed by all of his fans..R.I.P. Peter ♡
Judy Arbic
July 14, 2017
He brought decency to the forefront as Lee Baldwin. That's saying a lot for a soap opera role. I admit I had an innocent crush on him. Hope his last years were full of joy surrounded by grandbabies. God bless his family.
Pam Peterson
July 14, 2017
Always enjoyed him on GH. He was obviously much more than an actor. Well loved, well lived.....his legacy lives on in our memories. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Blessings to all who knew him.
Julie Gerner
July 14, 2017
I loved him on General Hospital. When Kin Shriner came back, I hoped he would and Gail would make an appearances once in a while. He was a terrific actor. Rest in peace. My condolences to his family and friends
Vikki
July 14, 2017
Loved him in General Hospital. He was so very good at playing Lee Baldwin. I often wondered what he was doing after he left the show. So sad to here of his passing. He lived a wonderful life.
Sharon D
July 14, 2017
So sorry to hear. My condolences to the family and friends.
Darlene Hunt
July 14, 2017
Judith TITTLE
July 14, 2017
So sorry to hear about Peter Hansen. I had no idea he had passed. My condolences to his family. I watched him on General Hospital over the years. I just saw the episode that was dedicated to his memory...He has been and will be missed by all his fans. Again my sincere condolences to his family and fans.
Irma Price
July 14, 2017
vOne of my favorites on GH. I saw him years ago visiting the Smithonian My best to the family
July 14, 2017
He was such a great actor his role he play was so real such a great man been watching gh as a kid
Jo Anna Brown
July 14, 2017
I remember Lee Baldwin on GH very well , sweet ,gentle man - I so enjoyed him as Scotty's father, so deeply saddened to hear of his loss. Forever in my Memory.❤
Helen Gilmore
Friend
July 13, 2017
Thanks to Peter Hansen, for his many years as Lee Baldwin on General Hospital.. He was truly a good actor, and he will be missed.
Terry Halbert
July 12, 2017
Standing ovation Mr Hansen. BRAVO.
Carol Moseley
June 4, 2017
So very sorry to know of Peter Hansens passing.. I remember him so well on General Hospital when my mom and I use to watch the show years back.... He, along with the other actors and actresses were great,.
R.I.P. Mr Hanson,
Mr. Terry Halbert
May 1, 2017
I remember all of the Hansen family, I was their neighbors when they lived in Van Nuys Californian. His daughter Kristen was my best friend. Wonderful memories.
Judy (Stewart) Courtney.
May 1, 2017
In honor of one of the greats
April 30, 2017
I grew up watching Mr. Hansen on General Hospital back in its heyday. The characters were so well developed and the acting so good. I especially loved the Baldwin family. I was very saddened to learn of Mr. Hansen's passing. It felt strangely like an actual family member had died. Thank you for entertaining us for so many years. God bless you and may you rest in peace.
Nancy Dietzen
April 23, 2017
I watched G H for many years with my mother. I fondly remember his character. What a wonderful actor. He will be missed.
Charles Johnson
April 21, 2017
TO THE HANSEN FAMILY, MY THOUGHTS, PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU & YOUR FAMILY AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. RIP REST IN PEACE. PETER HANSEN
JENNIFER BARIBAULT
April 18, 2017
Sympathy to the family and friends of Peter Hansen. May the memories of good times shared together help to heal the hurt you now feel.
R D
April 17, 2017
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Peter. Rest assured life is precious to our Creator. He promises to act in our behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:26
christian
April 17, 2017
I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. I hope you find comfort and help in God during this time of mourning. (Psalms 86:17)
M C
April 17, 2017
My condolences to the family. May you persevere in prayer to the God of all comfort. He promises to fortify you, strengthen you and help you endure during your grieving process. (Romans 12:12)
Linda
April 16, 2017
All my prays go out to he's wife
I am a big Fan GH & Wonderful actor Lee Baldwin
Sandi Nuno
April 16, 2017
A very fine gentleman, quiet and friendly. I'll always remember him as my "first crush" on General Hospital. The world was a better place because of his presence in it. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. It's sad for those left behind, but Peter is in Glory now. Rest in Peace, my sweet Lee Baldwin.
Joyce Hansbearry
April 15, 2017
Deepest condolence goes to the family. I'm very sorry for your loss. In times of sorrow, may you find comfort in cherished memories, and loving support from family and friends . May God become your refuge during this difficult time.
April 15, 2017
He was a great actor on General Hospital he will be greatly missed. He was funny on the Golden Girls. May you rest in peace Peter. You earned your Angel wings. Thank You for entertaining us . May your family find peace and guidance. Sending thoughts and prayers to your loving family
Rosalie Davis
April 15, 2017
RIP
michelle plakas-kaiser
April 14, 2017
I had the biggest crush on him when I was a kid. May God comfort you in your loss.
Julie Cracchiolo
April 14, 2017
My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
April 13, 2017
Peter, Gretchen, Family,

We enjoyed him on in soap opera and as a lover on the Golden Girls.
He was very funny and will be missed.
Praying for the family. PS.65:2-O Hearer of prayer, to you people all sorts will come.-PS.65:2
April 13, 2017
Matthew McGuire
April 13, 2017
To the Hansen family,friends,colleagues,and fans: Thank you for sharing your dear loved one with the world of entertainment. He shall be missed.May the God of comfort,comfort all who knew him.Our heartfelt condolences and prayers.
Wright's
April 13, 2017
My older sisters used to look at Peter Hansen as Lee Baldwin on General Hospital. I am so sorry to read about his death. Psalms 90:10 shows how he lived a long life of special mightiness from God. So keep his many memories close in your hearts and minds and cherish them forever. May the comfort of God be with you all during this time of grief.
Betty
April 13, 2017
A very talented actor. Enjoyed watching him on GH as Lee Baldwin. He was always very kind hearted. May he be RIP. Sending prays to his family at this difficult time
Fran Greenblatt
April 13, 2017
My condolences to the family. May God grant you peace to cope with your loss Phillippians 4:6,7.
April 12, 2017
May the God of all peace bring comfort to Hansen family and friends at this difficult time.
Carlotta
April 12, 2017
Valenda Newell
April 12, 2017
Prayers
April 12, 2017
Prayers to his family wonderful actor on general hospital
Dolly Gable
April 12, 2017
Family and Friends of Peter....I'm sorry to read about the passing of your loved one. My heartfelt condolences to all who knew him....
April 12, 2017
Godspeed.
Dee
April 12, 2017
My condolences to the family....
Sandra Perez
April 12, 2017
Family, we grieve with you in this difficult time. Hold on to your precious memories of Peter and allow those memories to be as mantle piece on your hearts.
Jenkins Family
April 12, 2017
My Condolences to your family. Thank you for all the joy you have brought to many. Bless you for, Sir, for you will be missed. Semper Fi.
Rhodes
April 12, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
G. Freeman
April 12, 2017
He was a constant on General Hospital for many years. A great actor and kind man.
Pam
April 12, 2017
I knew you as Gretchen's Dad and know how much you will be missed. Love and comfort to all the family!
Vi
Vicki Prince
April 12, 2017
My deepest Condolence to the family of Peter Hansen may you find comfort in knowing that others shares your sorrow with you. Take Comfort in knowing that God keeps those who dies in his memory for they are precious in his eyes. Psalm 116:15.
Mary Green
April 12, 2017
What a long and full life! So many cannot say the same. Peter Hansen's fine legacy will surely be remembered. May he forever be in our hearts and in God's book of life.
April 12, 2017
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
April 12, 2017
My condolences to the Hansen and extended families of Peter for the loss of your dear father, grand, g-grandpa, longtime companion and friend. May the love and comfort of God be ever present with you during this difficult time (Daniel 12:13) ~ Linda, Queens, NY
April 12, 2017
RIP..
April 12, 2017
Semper fi
April 12, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss. God shares your grief and wants to comfort you and all those who are mourning for this precious family member. Isaiah 57:18
April 12, 2017
U will be sadly missed what a talented actor I would race home from school to watch General Hospital to see my favorite characters U were by far one of my favorite May u rest In peace with sympathy
Jeanine Martinc
April 12, 2017
Dear Hansen Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Peter. I followed him for many many years on General Hospital. He was the consummate professional. May he rest in peace.
Frances C. Uva
April 12, 2017
Thank you for many years of playing Lee Baldwin. RIP
April 12, 2017
I love the post from Ginger! What a character you were. Always loved Lee Baldwin! Another great is dead. So sorry for your loss.
April 11, 2017
Rest in peace.tu for ur role on gh.
chris cazzato
April 11, 2017
RIP Peter! You were a wonderful actor!
Kathleen Weber
April 11, 2017
Loved Mr. Hanson, as the person using the best of "commonsense in ethics and reasoning," on the long running GH. He brought the character to life, as the all knowing lawyer of GH, imparting his wisdom to his "family" on the show. He always seemed as if he were a true gentleman in both his character portrayal and in his personal life as well. My sincerest condolences to the family of this wonderful man.
April 11, 2017
Loved you on GH and your other work as well. My condolences to your family. You seemed to live a great life! Godspeed
Kara Obey
April 11, 2017
What a handsom sweet man. And so soft spoken. I hope yo had a good life. RIP
Pat Catapano
April 11, 2017
Enjoyed the entertainment you provided over the years. You were a great part of GH. You will be missed by so many. Prayers for your family and friends.
Sheila Noreikis
April 11, 2017
Thank you for all the wonderful years of entertainment you provided us. What a gracious gentleman.
Carol Morris
April 11, 2017
Prayers are with you and your family at this time. Have always loved Lee Baldwin and was always glad to see him return. You were a staple at GH and you will be missed by many
Pam Lewis,
April 11, 2017
You brought great joy to this fan from GH..Rest in peace ,Peter. Sending condolences to family
Phyliss Gladney-Wood
April 11, 2017
Loved you on GH, God Speed, and prayers to your family
Alesha Lane
April 11, 2017
RIP dear Mr. Hansen. How I loved your performances. Sympathies to your family and friends.
louise wisinski
April 11, 2017
You dear sweet man, you will be missed. Condolences to your family.
Trish Halick
April 11, 2017
God Bless him. ..Loved him on GH...Rest In Peace
Joshua Dickson
April 11, 2017
Rest in peace dear Mr. Peter Hanson, Lee Baldwin. You have always been one of my favorite actors on anything I've ever seen you in. God rest your soul. You will be dearly missed by all.
Diane Hunsel
April 11, 2017
Peter was our client for voice overs and commercials years ago. My joy was to call him to ascertain his future schedule on General Hospital so that we might book him for other work. He and I would feign English accents, pretend to be famous characters, and generally make happy fun out of those phone calls. He was a true gentleman. Rest in sweet peace, good man. Do let me know your 'shedule...'sic). Love, Ginger at Jack Wormser's.
Ginger Blake
April 11, 2017
I loved him in general hospital. I always thought he was very goodlooking and talented. Prayers go out to his family.
Ann Biersack
April 11, 2017
RIP Peter another great person we have lost .Thought's are with Peters Family
Ms Karen Cook
April 11, 2017

FLY THE LINE, SIR ...

THE BOYS HAVE YOUR 6 ...

SEMPER FIDELIS
COLONEL77
April 11, 2017
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE HANSEN FAMILY LOVED HIM AS LEE BALDWIN ON GENERAL HOSPITAL MAY HE R.I.P HE WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTORS ON THE SHOW HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THAT KNEW HIM AND LOVED HIM
SHARON GLOU
April 11, 2017
Godspeed Mr. Hanson. You earned your wings, so rest easy!
Vickie Martin
April 11, 2017
I watched you as Lee Baldwin for so many years and had the pleasure to meet you and Betty at several of the General Hospital Fan Club Luncheons that Sue Corbett and I put together. You and John Beradino, who's club I also ran, were wonderful actors who always made time for their fans. The show has not been the same since you both left. My heart goes out to your family and fans. Thank You for such a wonderful character as Lee Baldwin.
Barbara Williams
April 11, 2017
Rest in peace Peter Hanson "Lee Baldwin". God has gained another angel.
Mary Dattner
April 11, 2017
Peter was a great inspiration to us all at the Pasadena Playhouse and my prayers and good wishes to his lovely family.
Aileen Koch Gordien
April 11, 2017
You were a handsome man and a great actor. You were missed when you left GH. My condolences to your family.
Barbara Jenkins
April 11, 2017
Thoughts and preys to Peter's family and loved ones. We have lost a great acter and he will be missed,Thoughts and preys to Peter's family and loved ones. We have lost a great acter and he will be missed
A Mathews
April 11, 2017
Godspeed Peter, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni.

Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.

Thank you for your service to this nation.
Harry Simpson
April 11, 2017
OH HOW I LOVED PETER HANSON IN GENERAL HOSPITAL HE LOVED HIS jESSICA SOOO THESE SOAP OPERAS CANT HOLD CANDLE STICK TODAY
Frances Gilmer
April 11, 2017
I loved watching him play Lee Baldwin. I also enjoyed him and Kin Shriner as father and son on General Hospital. I was just thinking about him the other day.
April 11, 2017
RIP Mr Hansen, to your family my prayers are being sent to you and I want to let you know the joy I received watching you on tv.
Susan Scaduto
April 11, 2017
My sincerest condolences to his family.I remember him for years as steve Baldmin in General Hospital ..I watched him since 1978to 2001. S.I.P
Iraida Rivera Qar
April 11, 2017
Another Angel is in heaven looking after us all. May his family know how much he will be missed.
Lorie Overcash
April 11, 2017
My condolences to the family. Your father was a great actor. I so loved his portrayal of Scott Baldwin's dad on GH.
Angela Brown
April 11, 2017
So sad...he will always be remembered fondly as Scott's dad...Lee Baldwin...RIP Peter Hanson
Ginger Rocco
April 11, 2017
May he R.I.P.. Sending prayers to his family.
Carolyn Harris
April 11, 2017
Valencia Walker
April 11, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family and friends , I thank you Peter for allowing me the honor to be able to watch you for years and years . May you rest in peace and know you will never be forgotten .
Lisa Grasso
April 11, 2017
Very sorry for your families loss. Loved seeing peter on general hospital
Chris Paradiso
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