By Tom Rose
Veteran character actor Pat Hingle, best known as Commissioner Gordon in the Batman movies, has died, of Myelodysplasia, a type of blood cancer, at his home in Carolina Beach, N.C. He was 84.
In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Hingle is remembered for his everyman look, mid-western twang and solid acting skills that brought him success in the theater, TV and the movies.
The L.A. Times remembers him this way: “He wasn’t a household name, but his solid, broad, hang-dog screen face became a household image. On film, he worked with stars ranging from Clint Eastwood to the Muppets. He was Sally Field’s father in “Norma Rae” and Warren Beatty’s in “Splendor in the Grass.” He played the bartender who needles Marlon Brando about his former prize-fight style in “On the Waterfront,” and he was the sadistic crime boss who terrorizes Anjelica Huston with a bag of oranges in “The Grifters.”
His TV credits include TheTwilight Zone, The Untouchables, Route 66, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, Mission Impossible and Hallmark Hall of Fame.
Pat Hingle is survived by Julia, his wife of 29 years; five children; 11 grandchildren; and two sisters.