Van Hansis, born September 25, 1981 in Greenfield, MA, is an American actor best known for his role on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns as Luke Snyder.
Hansis made his first appearance on As the World Turns December 14, 2005, taking over the role from Jake Weary. Shortly after taking over the role of Luke, the character came out as a gay man in a storyline in spring 2006.
Hansis graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. Prior to joining ATWT, Hansis starred in the Broadway play The Laramie Project, among other stage shows. In 2006 he also starred in the short film The Time Machine.
Hansis received a BFA in Acting from the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked professionally at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, in productions of On the Razzle, Twelfth Night, and The Indian Wants the Bronx.
Hansis has traveled extensively, having studied theatre in Moscow during his time at Carnegie Mellon. He also visited various countries in Latin America as a child.
A recent transplant to New York City, Van bike rides around his new city, every chance he gets. He is also teaching himself to cook.
In an Out Magazine interview, he mentioned a few of his favorite "gay things": He admires Ian McKellen, thinks Rufus Wainwright writes the best lyrics, counts Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt as his favorite musicisian, and thinks Velvet Goldmine is a great movie.
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