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Old 01-05-09, 04:09 AM
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Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

Batman actor Pat Hingle has died following a battle with leukaemia. He was 84.

Hingle, who is most famous for his role as Commissioner Gordon in Batman and the franchise's three sequels, passed away at his home in Carolina Beach, North Carolina on Saturday.

The veteran actor kicked off his career in 1948, and was ready to hit the Hollywood big time after landing the title role in 1960 movie Elmer Gantry.

But Hingle's acting dreams were sidelined after he fell down an elevator shaft and was forced to give up the part in order to recover from his horrific injuries. Actor Burt Lancaster was subsequently given the role.

He restarted his career playing Warren Beatty's father in 1961 film Splendor in the Grass.

Hingle many film credits include Brewster's Millions, Baby Boom and The Quick and the Dead, before playing Gotham's police chief in Tim Burton's 1989 adaptation of the caped crusader comic strip.

He is the only actor alongside Michael Gough - who plays Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred - to star in all four of the original Batman movies.
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Wow! I was thinking of him recently due to that lookalike you see during the fineral scene in The Dark Knight.

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Before, during and after his BATMAN appearances, he had an incredible career on stage, and was in the original Broadway cast of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, among others. I am sure he would want to be remembered for his theater work at least as much as for his pop TV and movie appearances, so here goes - thank you for all these Broadway performances, Pat Hingle:


1776 [Revival, Musical, Comedy, History]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Benjamin Franklin] Aug 14, 1997 - Jun 14, 1998

A Life [Original, Play]
Starring: Pat Hingle [Kearns] Nov 2, 1980 - Jan 3, 1981

The Lady from the Sea [Revival, Play, Drama]
Starring: Pat Hingle [Dr. Wangel] Mar 18, 1976 - May 23, 1976

That Championship Season [Original, Play]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Coach] - Replacement Sep 14, 1972 - Apr 21, 1974

The Selling of the President [Original, Musical]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Sen. George W. Mason] Mar 22, 1972 - Mar 25, 1972

Child's Play [Original, Play, Drama]
Starring: Pat Hingle [Joseph Dobbs] Feb 17, 1970 - Dec 12, 1970

The Price [Original, Play, Drama]
Starring: Pat Hingle [Victor Franz] Feb 7, 1968 - Feb 15, 1969

Johnny No-Trump [Original, Play]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Harry Armstrong] Oct 8, 1967 - Oct 8, 1967

The Glass Menagerie [Revival, Play, Drama]
Starring: Pat Hingle [The Gentleman Caller] May 4, 1965 - Oct 2, 1965

The Odd Couple [Original, Play, Comedy]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Oscar Madison] - Replacement
(Feb 28, 1966 - ? ) Mar 10, 1965 - Jul 2, 1967

A Girl Could Get Lucky [Original, Play, Comedy]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Andy Willard] Sep 20, 1964 - Sep 26, 1964

Blues for Mister Charlie [Original, Play]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Parnell] Apr 23, 1964 - Aug 29, 1964

Strange Interlude [Revival, Play, Drama]
Starring: Pat Hingle [Sam Evans] Mar 11, 1963 - Jun 29, 1963

The Deadly Game [Original, Play]
Starring: Pat Hingle [Howard Trapp] Feb 2, 1960 - Mar 5, 1960

J.B. [Original, Play, Drama]
Performer: Pat Hingle [J. B.] Dec 11, 1958 - Oct 24, 1959

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs [Original, Play, Drama]
Starring: Pat Hingle [Rubin Flood] Dec 5, 1957 - Jan 17, 1959

Girls of Summer [Original, Play]
Also Starring: Pat Hingle [Jules Taggart] Nov 19, 1956 - Jan 5, 1957

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [Original, Play, Drama]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Gooper] Mar 24, 1955 - Nov 17, 1956

Festival [Original, Play, Comedy]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Joe Foster] Jan 18, 1955 - Feb 5, 1955

End as a Man [Original, Play]
Performer: Pat Hingle [Harold Koble] Oct 14, 1953 - Jan 16, 1954
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Front page news here in Wilmington. Very Sad. RIP
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Even though Gary Oldman owns the role, I always liked him as Commissioner Gordon in the first 3 Batmans(let's pretend the 4th never happened).


R.I.P. Pat
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The guy did so much stuff Batman is far from the first thing of think of. The first thing that comes to my mind is the Eastwood movies he was in.
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Re: Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

After Commissioner Gordon, I always think of him as Gus from his guest appearance on Cheers. I still enjoy the bit where Norm sits down and orders a beer, they say hi to each other and it takes a moment before Norm realizes, "Hey! Gus is back!"
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RIP Mr. Hingle
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Nobody mentioned Maximum Overdrive and his arbitrary inventory of artillery under his truck stop?

RIP.
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Re: Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

Originally Posted by MinLShaw
After Commissioner Gordon, I always think of him as Gus from his guest appearance on Cheers. I still enjoy the bit where Norm sits down and orders a beer, they say hi to each other and it takes a moment before Norm realizes, "Hey! Gus is back!"
I was thinking of him from Brewster's Millions.

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Re: Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

i'm surrised Michael Gough is still alive (Alfred in the first 4 batman movies)
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Re: Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

Rewatch The Grifters, everyone.
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Re: Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

Originally Posted by Zen Peckinpah
Nobody mentioned Maximum Overdrive and his arbitrary inventory of artillery under his truck stop?

RIP.
That was the first film I thought of.
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Re: Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

Originally Posted by rw2516
The guy did so much stuff Batman is far from the first thing of think of. The first thing that comes to my mind is the Eastwood movies he was in.
That was my 1st thought. THE GAUNTLET.
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Re: Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

Originally Posted by rw2516
The guy did so much stuff Batman is far from the first thing of think of.
A recurring minor role in Batman movies are the least of his accomplishments. I'll always remember his chilling musings on the less orthodox uses for oranges in The Grifters, and his fiery turn as Warren Beatty's dad in Splendor in the Grass.
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Re: Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

Fell down an elevator shaft?!?!?!
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Not to mention all the tv westerns he did. RIP indeed
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Re: Batman Star Pat Hingle Dies

The first movie I think about when I think about Pat Hingle is Hang 'Em High. Man, what a performance! He had the ability to be comedic and dramatic at the same time.

The other Pat Hingle performance that I think of is when he made a guest appearance on M*A*S*H. He played Colonel Daniel Webster Tucker in the episode April Fools, and was absolutely BRILLIANT. That may be my favorite performance that I've seen him give.

I loved Pat Hingle. Still do. He will be missed. (I'll bet Clint shed a tear or three when he heard the news.)

R.I.P.

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