ATWT's Benjamin Hendrickson Dies at Age 55

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New York, NY – Procter & Gamble Productions, CBS and As The World Turns are deeply saddened to announce the death of Benjamin Hendrickson, who played Chief of Detectives Hal Munson on the daytime drama.  Hendrickson, 55, passed away suddenly over the weekend at his home in Huntington, New York.  No cause of death was cited.

Hendrickson, who won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2003, has been with As The World Turns since 1985.  In addition to his work on the show, Hendrickson appeared on Broadway in the 1984 revival of Awake and Sing, Strider and in the title role of The Elephant Man.  His feature film credits include Spanking the Monkey, Regarding Henry, Consenting Adults and Manhunter.  Prior to joining As The World Turns, Hendrickson appeared on Procter & Gamble Productions’ 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,” says 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.  We will continue to mourn his passing.”

“Everyone at CBS Daytime is devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague Benjamin Hendrickson,” says Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS.   “Benjamin’s 21 year portrayal of Hal Munson is testimony to a gifted actor whose talent and loyalty will always be remembered by his fans and co-workers, as well as a very appreciative network.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his fellow cast members, the producers and everyone at As The World Turns during this difficult time.”

Hendrickson attended the Juilliard School where he was a member of the first class of the drama division and a founding member of The Acting Company, under the late John Houseman.

Born on August 26, 1950 in Huntington, New York, Hendrickson was an avid golfer and spent much of his down time on the green with his As The World Turns co-stars.  

Soapdom joins the cast, crew and producers of As the World Turns in mourning the loss of Oakdale's beloved Chief of Detectives.  Our hearts go out to his family and friends.   Soon as we learn where fans may send condolences, and/or honor his memory, we will let you know.

Hendrickson's last air date as Hal Munson will be July 12, 2006.

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