Pat Hingle

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Pat Hingle
Hingle.jpg
Hingle as Judge Adam Fenton in Hang 'Em High (1968).
BornMartin Patterson Hingle
(1924-07-19)July 19, 1924
Miami, Florida, U.S.
DiedJanuary 3, 2009(2009-01-03) (aged 84)
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of deathMyelodysplastic syndrome
Resting placeCremated, Ashes scattered into the Atlantic Ocean
ResidenceCarolina Beach, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
EducationSaluda Elementary School
Alma materActors Studio
OccupationActor
Years active1954–2009
Notable work(s)Batman, Hang 'Em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Shaft
Home townHouston, Texas
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
Spouse(s)Alyce Faye Dorsey
(1947-1972; divorced),
Julie Wright
(1979-2009; his death)
Children5
ParentsMarvin Louise (nèe Patterson),
Clarence Martin Hingle
 
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Pat Hingle
Hingle.jpg
Hingle as Judge Adam Fenton in Hang 'Em High (1968).
BornMartin Patterson Hingle
(1924-07-19)July 19, 1924
Miami, Florida, U.S.
DiedJanuary 3, 2009(2009-01-03) (aged 84)
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of deathMyelodysplastic syndrome
Resting placeCremated, Ashes scattered into the Atlantic Ocean
ResidenceCarolina Beach, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
EducationSaluda Elementary School
Alma materActors Studio
OccupationActor
Years active1954–2009
Notable work(s)Batman, Hang 'Em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Shaft
Home townHouston, Texas
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
Spouse(s)Alyce Faye Dorsey
(1947-1972; divorced),
Julie Wright
(1979-2009; his death)
Children5
ParentsMarvin Louise (nèe Patterson),
Clarence Martin Hingle

Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle (July 19, 1924 – January 3, 2009) was an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Hingle was born Martin Patterson Hingle in Miami, Florida (some sources say Denver, Colorado), the son of Marvin Louise (née Patterson), a schoolteacher and musician, and Clarence Martin Hingle, a building contractor.[1] Hingle enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1941, dropping out of the University of Texas. He served on the destroyer USS Marshall during World War II.[2] He returned to the University of Texas after the war and earned a degree in radio broadcasting.

Acting career[edit]

Pat Hingle as Commissioner Gordon.

Hingle began acting in college, and after graduating he moved to New York and studied at the American Theater Wing. In 1952 he became a member of the Actors Studio. That led to his first Broadway show, End as a Man.[3]

On Broadway, he originated the role of Gooper in the original Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). He played the title role in the award winning Broadway play J.B. by Archibald MacLeish(1958). He appeared in the 1963 Actors Studio production of Strange Interlude, directed by Jose Quintero, and That Championship Season (1972). He won a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957).[3]

Hingle's first film role was an uncredited part as a bartender in On the Waterfront (1954). Later in his career he was known for playing judges, police officers, and other authority figures. He was a guest star on the early NBC legal drama Justice, based on case histories of the Legal Aid Society of New York, which aired in the 1950s.[4]

Another notable role was as the father of the character played by Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass (1961), which was directed by Elia Kazan, who was also the director of On the Waterfront. He was also widely known for portraying the father of the title character, played by Sally Field, in Norma Rae (1979).[3]

Hingle had a long list of television and movie credits to his name, going back to 1948. Among them are Hang 'Em High (1968), Sudden Impact (1983), Road To Redemption (2001), When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979), Brewster's Millions (1985), Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive (1986), The Grifters (1990), Citizen Cohn (1992), The Land Before Time (1988), Wings (1996), and Shaft (2000). Hingle played Dr. Chapman in seven episodes of the TV series Gunsmoke (1971), and Col. Tucker in the movie Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992). In 1963, Hingle guest-starred in an episode of The Twilight Zone called "The Incredible World of Horace Ford" as the title character. In 1980, he appeared in the short lived police series Stone with Dennis Weaver.[5]

He is probably best known in recent times for playing Commissioner Gordon in the 1989 film Batman, and its three sequels. He is one of only two actors to appear in the four Batman films from 1989 to 1997; the other is Michael Gough.

In November 2007, he created the Pat Hingle Guest Artist Endowment to enable students to work with visiting professional actors at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hingle married Alyce Faye Dorsey, on June 3, 1947 and had children Jody, Billy, Molly. The couple later divorced and in 1979 Hingle married Julia Wright. He had three children with his first wife and two children with his second. [1]

Accident[edit]

In 1960, he had been offered the title role in Elmer Gantry, but Burt Lancaster filled the part because Hingle had been in a near fatal accident. He was caught in his West End Avenue apartment building in an elevator that had stalled between the second and third floors. He crawled out and sought to reach the second floor corridor but lost his balance and fell fifty-four feet down the shaft. He fractured his skull, wrist, hip, and most of the ribs on his left side. He broke his left leg in three places and lost the little finger on his left hand. He lay near death for two weeks, and his recovery required more than a year.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

Hingle died at his home in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, of myelodysplasia on January 3, 2009; he had been diagnosed with the disease in November 2006. His ashes were scattered into the Atlantic Ocean.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year 1966Film Season 6, Episode 20 the Andy Griffith Show

Wyatt Earp Rides Again (31 Jan. 1966)

Role Fred GibsonNotes
1961Splendor in the GrassAce Stamper
1963The Twilight ZoneHorace FordTV Show
Episode: "The Incredible World of Horace Ford"
1964Carol for Another ChristmasGhost of Christmas PresentTV movie
1965Daniel BooneWill CareyTV Show
Episode: "The Returning"
1966Nevada SmithBig Foot
1968Hang 'Em HighJudge Adam Fenton
1971GunsmokeDoctor ChapmanTV Show 12 Episodes after Milburn Stone had heart surgery
1975Hawaii Five-OOrmsbeeTV Show Episode 8: "The Defector"
1976IndependenceJohn Adams
1977The GauntletMaynard Josephson
1979When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?Lyle Stricker
1979Norma RaeVernon
1980StoneChief Gene PaultonTV Show
1983Sudden ImpactChief Lester Jannings
Going BerserkEd Reese
1985Brewster's MillionsEdward Roundfield
1985The Falcon and the SnowmanCharles Boyce
1986Maximum OverdriveBubba Hendershot
1987Baby BoomHughes Larabee
1988The Land Before TimeNarrator & RooterVoice
1989BatmanCommissioner Gordon
1990The GriftersBobo Justus
1992Citizen CohnJ. Edgar Hoover
Gunsmoke: To the Last ManColonel Tucker
Batman ReturnsCommissioner Gordon
1995Batman Forever
The Quick and the DeadHorace
1997Batman & RobinCommissioner Gordon
1999Muppets from SpaceGeneral Luft
2000ShaftJudge Dennis Bradford
2001Road to RedemptionGrandpa Nathan Tucker
2006Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyMr. Dennit Sr.Final film role.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pat Hingle Biography (1924?-)". Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Wise, Stars in Blue.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Actor Pat Hingle dies at age 84". January 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Justice". The Classic TV Archive. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pat Hingle at the Internet Movie Database

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Preceded by
Neil Hamilton
Commissioner Gordon Actor
1989 - 1997
Succeeded by
Gary Oldman