Veteran stage and screen actor David Lewis, who originated the role of Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital in 1978, died Dec. 11, 2000 after battling a long illness.

Lewis started his career at the Erie Playhouse as an apprentice, working his way up to one of the company's leading men. He remained with the organization for 12 years, also serving as assistant to the company's founder and director. He appeared in more than 20 Broadway productions, including The King of Hearts and The Wild Duck. His numerous motion picture credits include The Apartment and The Absent-Minded Professor. Before playing the Quartermaine's patriarch, Lewis appeared as Henry Pierce on Bright Promise. On the small screen, Lewis played Warden Crichton on several episodes of Batman in the sixties, and guest starred in many series and TV movies.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, 22212 Ventura Blvd., Suite 300, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.