Soap Actor Hendrickson Dies at 55

Jul 5, 2006  •  Post A Comment

“As the World Turns” star Benjamin Hendrickson died over the weekend at his home in Huntington, N.Y. The Emmy winner was 55. There was no word about cause of death Wednesday.

His last airdate as Hal Munson will be July 12.

“‘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,” “ATWT” executive producer Christopher Goutman said in an announcement Wednesday. “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.”

Mr. Hendrickson’s staying power on the CBS soap “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,” said Barbara Bloom, senior VP for daytime programs at CBS.