Famous Character Actor, ‘Commisoner Gordon’; Pat Hingle Dead at Age 84

In Films/Film stars, obituaries on January 5, 2009 by Editor Z


Pat Hingle, the portly actor who often played countless roles in countless movies and is perhaps best known as Commissioner Gordon in Batman (1989), Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman&Robin; died Saturday night at the age of 84. Hingle suffered from myelodysplasia.

Hingle was a World War II Veteran, who after the War came home and earned a degree in radio broadcasting from the University of Texas. His acting career began in the 1950s in television and motion pictures, with a small uncredited role in On the Waterfront in 1954.

Hingle guest stared on a plethora of early television shows such as the Goodyear Television Playhouse, Kraft Television Theater, the Phil Silvers Show, the Untouchables, the Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Gunsmoke amongst others.

But he was more notable in film in roles that spanned from the 1960s to as recently as 2006 in such classics which include: Splendor in the Grass (1961), Nevada Smith (1966), Hang’em High (1968), The Gauntlet (1977), Norma Rae (1979), Sudden Impact (1983), Brewster’s Millions (1985), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), and an endless array of others.

Associated Press:

Pat Hingle, a veteran actor whose career included a recurring role as Commissioner Gordon in several Batman movies in the 1990s, has died at 84 after battling blood cancer.

Hingle died at his home in Carolina Beach on Saturday night.

He settled in the coastal town in North Carolina after shooting the movie Maximum Overdrive in the area in 1986. He lived there for more than 15 years.

Family spokeswoman Lynn Heritage says Hingle was diagnosed with myelodysplasia in November 2006.

Also according to his wiki, Hingle was originally supposed to play the title role in the 1960 classic Elmer Gantry, but a severe fall from an elevator shaft that resulted in several injuries and broken bones prevented him from doing so.


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