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'As the World Turns' Actor Commits Suicide
AOL News ^ | 07/07/06 16:13 EDT | unknown

Posted on 07/08/2006 7:39:03 AM PDT by napscoordinator

HUNTINGTON, New York (July 7) - Benjamin Hendrickson, an Emmy Award-winning actor on the "As the World Turns" soap opera, committed suicide this week with a gunshot to the head, police said.

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: actor; hollywood; suicide
For the soap fans. My wife is crushed. Well not crushed but wondering how the series will explain this. This show is her one negative that I put up with. I have heard other husbands put up with worse. lol.
1 posted on 07/08/2006 7:39:05 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

"As the Revolver Turns"


2 posted on 07/08/2006 7:40:51 AM PDT by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV

That was not necessary.


3 posted on 07/08/2006 7:44:35 AM PDT by Txsleuth (FREEPATHON TIME---PLEASE GIVE.)
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To: napscoordinator

Well, we all remember what happened when Joann's future
husband picked the Oleander for a bouquet on their wedding day....no good was going to come of that I could tell.

At least Marlena isn't possessed by the devil any more and
the Count D'mara is dead or so they say...


4 posted on 07/08/2006 7:45:37 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Txsleuth

I know, I just could not resist. It just came to me.


I hope I did not offend.


5 posted on 07/08/2006 7:46:41 AM PDT by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: napscoordinator

6 posted on 07/08/2006 7:47:25 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: napscoordinator

No worries. He'll be back in a year or two, and it'll turn out to have been his evil twin that shot himself...

...no, probably not this time. R.I.P.


7 posted on 07/08/2006 7:49:23 AM PDT by RichInOC (...I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I just couldn't resist.)
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To: napscoordinator

My wife also watches some soaps. IMHO, those shows should be called "We will make your stomach turn".


8 posted on 07/08/2006 7:51:37 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The media and the democrats are the biggest supporters of the terrorists.)
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To: napscoordinator

I used to watch ATWT back in the day and remember Hal. Always the good cop with a heart.


9 posted on 07/08/2006 7:53:11 AM PDT by rintense
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV

Not really...I felt bad after I posted that.

I have a dark sense of humor sometimes also.

Carry on......

LOL


10 posted on 07/08/2006 7:55:17 AM PDT by Txsleuth (FREEPATHON TIME---PLEASE GIVE.)
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To: napscoordinator

My favorite is The Young and The Relentless.


11 posted on 07/08/2006 7:55:17 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: napscoordinator

I don't know who this is..I have not watched soaps for many years they all ended the same..I never was a real big fan of soaps once I knew that they are all the same with the same plots over and over..


12 posted on 07/08/2006 7:57:25 AM PDT by Beth528
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To: Gay State Conservative

What about One Life to Live. I swear the characters on that show have had way more than one life each.


13 posted on 07/08/2006 7:59:05 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV

It was probably an automatic anyway.


14 posted on 07/08/2006 7:59:53 AM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: napscoordinator

"As the Stomach Churns"


15 posted on 07/08/2006 8:07:29 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: napscoordinator

Bump


16 posted on 07/08/2006 8:09:44 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator


Beloved Actor Benjamin Hendrickson, Dies At 55

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 over the weekend at his home in Huntington, New York.

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. His last air date as Hal Munson will be July 12, 2006.

http://www.cbs.com/daytime/atwt/about/justin/
17 posted on 07/08/2006 8:24:35 AM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: napscoordinator
I am very saddened by this news. ATWT has always been my favorite soap, even though I don't get to watch any of them much anymore. Hal Munson was a great charatcer and was played with great depth by Ben Hendrickson. Hal was a gritty, honest, blue-collar guy who grew up dirt poor in West Virginia and later found a calling in law enforcement. He was a rock on that show and will be sorely missed.

It's hard for me to understand suicide.

18 posted on 07/08/2006 8:24:54 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (Meet the new dictators of America.....Bill Keller, James Risen, Eric Lichtblau, and Dana Priest)
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To: napscoordinator

It was James Steimbech's fault


19 posted on 07/08/2006 8:29:49 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

Haven't watched in years but definitely remember him. You seem to be knowledgeable...any idea what might have led him to do this? Health problems? Personal relationship issues? Long-term bipolar battles? ???


20 posted on 07/08/2006 8:30:27 AM PDT by txrangerette ("We are fighting al-Qaeda, NOT Aunt Sadie"...Dick Cheney commenting on the wiretaps!!)
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To: napscoordinator

Didn't know him, but prayers for his soul.


21 posted on 07/08/2006 8:47:25 AM PDT by AntiGovernment (A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.)
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV

ROFL!


22 posted on 07/08/2006 8:48:53 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (What you know about that?)
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To: napscoordinator

Suicide? My Lord! I used to watch ATWT, and he was a great actor. He brought a realism and depth to his character that many cannot pull off.

I wonder if he had a serious illness?


23 posted on 07/08/2006 8:51:50 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (If you don't understand the word "Illegal", then the public school system has failed you.)
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV

I thought it was funny, H.


24 posted on 07/08/2006 10:35:39 AM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: rintense

It was on in the house I was grew up in and I remember mean rotten Dr. John Dixon back when he was married to Kim.

Heck they probably have adult grandkids now.

When I was a new mommy 27yrs ago General Hospital and the rape of Laura by Luke was the big story.

I was gaa gaa over Scotty and who was the skank who was always trying to get in his bed and break Laura and Scott up, she was the ex prostitute turn Nurse.

Have not watched soaps in 20yrs oh I take that back I watch the Spanish speaking ones once in awhile as a second language tool.


25 posted on 07/08/2006 12:11:28 PM PDT by Global2010 (Crude but true.)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Is this Bush's fault?


26 posted on 07/08/2006 12:13:38 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: rrrod

Hells bells, everything else it! Why shouldn't this one be too?


27 posted on 07/08/2006 12:42:11 PM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: Global2010

Lucy Coe?


28 posted on 07/09/2006 8:12:46 PM PDT by rikkir (Focus, people, focus, we still have work to do in November!)
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To: napscoordinator
This guy had fairly recently lost his mother to cancer. A slow death, I presume. Well I happen to catch one of the latest episodes (my wife TiVo's them, its her one guilty pleasure), and in it, the daughter of his character is dying from some disease. A slow, lingering, pathetic death, it was awful, dreadful, and in my mind, it was almost pornographic, the amount of angst and pathos the writers poured onto the screen. It was beyond pathetic.

I wonder if filming those scenes was a bit much for his character. The loss of his mother apparently hit him quite hard, I believe he lived with her up till then..

29 posted on 07/09/2006 9:06:48 PM PDT by Paradox (Removing all Doubt since 1998!)
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