Pat Hingle

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Pat Hingle
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Hingle as Judge Adam Fenton in Hang 'Em High (1968).
Born Martin Patterson Hingle
(1924-07-19)July 19, 1924
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Died January 3, 2009(2009-01-03) (aged 84)
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of death
Myelodysplastic syndrome
Resting place
Cremated, ashes scattered into the Atlantic Ocean
Residence Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Nationality American
Education Actors Studio
Alma mater University of Texas[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1951–2009
Notable work(s) Batman, Hang 'Em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Shaft
Home town Houston, Texas
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Spouse(s) Alyce Faye Dorsey
(1947-1972; divorced),
Julie Wright
(1979-2009; his death)
Children Five
Parents Marvin 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.[2] 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. He returned to the University of Texas after the war and earned a degree in radio broadcasting in 1949. As a Navy Reservist, he was recalled into the service during the Korean War and served on the escort destroyer USS Damato.[1]

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] In 1997, he played Benjamin Franklin in the Roundabout Theatre revival of the musical 1776, with Brent Spiner and Gregg Edelman.

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 were Nevada Smith (1966), Hang 'Em High (1968), The Gauntlet (1977), 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. He also guest starred in the TV series Matlock and Murder, She Wrote. 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. They had children Jody, Billy and 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.[2]

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.[3] He lay near death for two weeks, and his recovery required more than a year.

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 Film Role Notes
1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Warren Selvy TV Show

Season 3, episode 13, "Night of the Execution"

1961 Splendor in the Grass Ace Stamper
1963 The Twilight Zone Horace Ford TV Show
Episode: "The Incredible World of Horace Ford"
1964 Carol for Another Christmas Ghost of Christmas Present TV movie
1965 Daniel Boone Will Carey TV Show

Episode: "The Returning"

1966 Nevada Smith Big Foot
1966 The Andy Griffith Show Fred Gibson TV Show

Season 6, Episode 20 "Wyatt Earp Rides Again"

1968 Hang 'Em High Judge Adam Fenton
1971 Gunsmoke Dr. John Chapman TV Show 7 Episodes after Milburn Stone had heart surgery
1975 Hawaii Five-O Ormsbee TV Show Episode 8: "The Defector"
1976 Independence John Adams
1977 The Gauntlet Maynard Josephson
1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Lyle Stricker
1979 Norma Rae Vernon
1980 M*A*S*H Colonel Daniel Webster Tucker TV Show, guest appearance
Stone Chief Gene Paulton TV Show
1982 Gunsmoke: To the Last Man Colonel Tucker TV movie
1983 Sudden Impact Chief Lester Jannings
Going Berserk Ed Reese
1985 Brewster's Millions Edward Roundfield
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Charles Boyce
1986 Maximum Overdrive Bubba Hendershot
1987 Baby Boom Hughes Larabee
1988 The Land Before Time Narrator & Rooter Voice
1989 Batman Commissioner Gordon
1990 The Grifters Bobo Justus
1992 Citizen Cohn J. Edgar Hoover
Batman Returns Commissioner Gordon
1995 Batman Forever
The Quick and the Dead Horace
1997 Batman & Robin Commissioner Gordon
1999 Muppets from Space General Luft
2000 Shaft Judge Dennis Bradford
2001 Road to Redemption Grandpa Nathan Tucker
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Mr. Dennit Sr. Final film role.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wise, Stars in Blue. pp. 173–176.
  2. ^ a b "Pat Hingle Biography (1924?-)". Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hotz, Amy (January 4, 2009). "Actor Pat Hingle dies at age 84". StarNews online. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Justice". The Classic TV Archive. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pat Hingle at the Internet Movie Database

Sources[edit]

  • Wise, James E., Jr. and Anne Collier Rehill. Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America's Sea Services. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997. ISBN 978-1-55750-937-6. OCLC 36824724

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