10 Soap Opera Patriarchs We've Loved and Lost
No. 7: Hal Munson, As The World Turns
The tragic suicide of actor Benjamin Hendrickson in 2006 resulted in his popular character Hal Munson being written off As The World Turns that same year. The courageous, top cop was gunned down while on assignment in Washington, D.C.
While much younger than most of the late patriarchs on our list, Hal had an equally impressive number of progeny. Daughters Nikki and Jennifer (adopted) and sons Adam, Will and Parker all mourned the loss of their father. Also affected by his passing were wives Barbara Ryan (Colleen Zenk), Carly Tenney (Maura West) and Emily Stewart (Kelley Menighan Hensley).