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Pat Hingle
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Intro Actor
Was Actor Television actor Film actor Stage actor Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 19 July 1924, Denver, USA
Death 3 January 2009, Carolina Beach, USA (aged 84 years)
Star sign Cancer
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Pat Hingle and Nan Martin in "The Incredible World of Horace Ford", a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone.

Martin Patterson Hingle (July 19, 1924 – January 3, 2009) was an American character actor, who appeared in hundreds of television shows and feature films. His first film was On the Waterfront in 1954. He often played tough authority figures. Hingle was a close friend of Clint Eastwood and appeared in the Eastwood films Hang 'em High, The Gauntlet, and Sudden Impact. He also portrayed Jim Gordon in the Batman film franchise from 1989 to 1997.

Early life

Hingle was born 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. He attended Weslaco High School, where he played the tuba in the band. Hingle enlisted in the United States 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 to the service during the Korean War and served on the escort destroyer USS Damato.


Hingle as Commissioner Gordon in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman

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

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 earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957). 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 bartender Jock 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.

Another notable role was as the father of Warren Beatty's character in Splendor in the Grass (1961), directed by Elia Kazan, the director of On the Waterfront. Hingle was widely known for portraying the father of Sally Field's title character Norma Rae (1979). He also played manager Colonel Tom Parker in John Carpenter's TV movie Elvis (1979).

Hingle had a long list of television and film credits to his name, going back to 1948. Among them were The Fugitive (1964), Carol for Another Christmas (1964), Nevada Smith (1966), Mission: Impossible (1967), The Invaders (1967), 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), Cheers (1993), 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 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.

He played 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.

Personal life

Hingle married Alyce Faye Dorsey on June 3, 1947. They had three children: Jody, Billy and Molly. The couple later divorced. In 1979 Hingle married Julia Wright. He and his second wife had two children.


In 1959 while playing J.B. on Broadway, he was offered the title role of the 1960 film Elmer Gantry but lost it to Burt Lancaster because Hingle had a nearly fatal accident. He was trapped in the elevator of his West End Avenue apartment building in Manhattan, when it stalled between the second and third floors. He crawled out and tried to reach the second floor corridor, but lost his balance and fell 54 feet (16 m) 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.


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 2008. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Atlantic Ocean.

Selected TV credits and filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1954 On the Waterfront Jocko Uncredited
1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Warren Selvy TV series
Season 3 episode "Night of the Execution"
The Strange One Harold Koble
No Down Payment Herman Kreitzer
1960 Wild River Narrator Uncredited voice
1961 Splendor in the Grass Ace Stamper
1962 The Untouchables Mitchell A. Grandin TV series
Season 3 episode "The Case Against Eliot Ness"
1963 The Untouchables Barney Howe / Barney Retsick TV series
Season 4 episode "Junk Man"
The Twilight Zone Horace Ford TV series
Episode "The Incredible World of Horace Ford"
The Ugly American Homer Atkins
All the Way Home Ralph Follet
1964 Invitation to a Gunfighter Sam Brewster
Carol for Another Christmas Ghost of Christmas Present
1965 Daniel Boone Will Carey TV series
Episode "The Returning"
1966 Nevada Smith Big Foot
The Andy Griffith Show Fred Gibson TV series
Season 6 episode "Wyatt Earp Rides Again"
1967 Mission: Impossible R.J. McMillan TV series
Season 1 episode "The Confession"
The Invaders Brother Avery TV series
Season 2 episode "The Prophet"
1968 Sol Madrid Harry Mitchell
Jigsaw Lew Haley
Hang 'Em High Judge Adam Fenton
1970 Bloody Mama Sam Adams Pendlebury
WUSA Bingamon
Norwood Grady Fring
1971 Gunsmoke Dr. John Chapman TV series
7 episodes after Milburn Stone ("Doc") had heart surgery
1972 The Carey Treatment Captain Pearson
1973 One Little Indian Captain Stewart
Happy as the Grass Was Green Eric Mills
1974 The New Land Cadbury TV series
Episode "The Word is: Mortal" (never aired)
The Super Cops Inspector Novick
Nightmare Honeymoon Mr. Binghamton
1975 Hawaii Five-O Ormsbee TV series
Episode "The Defector"
1976 Independence John Adams
1977 The Gauntlet Maynard Josephson
Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo Doc Hodgins TV movie
1979 Elvis Colonel Tom Parker TV movie
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Lyle Stricker
Norma Rae Vernon
Disaster on the Coastliner John Marsh TV movie
1980 Running Scared Sergeant McClain
M*A*S*H Colonel Daniel Webster Tucker TV series
Season 8 episode "April Fools"
Stone Chief Gene Paulton TV series
1983 Going Berserk Ed Reese
Running Brave Coach Bill Easton
Sudden Impact Chief Lester Jannings
1984 In 'n Out Oscar Milstone
The Act Frank Boda
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Charles Boyce
Amazing Stories The Sheriff TV series
Episode "Santa '85"
The Lady from Yesterday Jim Bartlett TV movie
Brewster's Millions Edward Roundfield
The Rape of Richard Beck Chappy Beck TV movie
1986 Maximum Overdrive Bubba Hendershot
Murder, She Wrote Ret. Lt. Det. Barney Kale TV series
Episode "Unfinished Business"
1987 Baby Boom Hughes Larabee
1988 The Land Before Time Narrator / Rooter Voice
War and Remembrance Admiral William "Bull" Halsey TV miniseries
1989 Batman Commissioner James Gordon
1990 The Grifters Bobo Justus
The Kennedys of Massachusetts PJ Kennedy TV miniseries
1992 Gunsmoke: To the Last Man Colonel Tucker TV movie
Batman Returns Commissioner James Gordon
Citizen Cohn J. Edgar Hoover
1993 Cheers Gus O'Malley TV series
Episode "The Last Picture Show"
1994 Lightning Jack U.S. Marshal Dan Kurtz
1995 The Quick and the Dead Horace the Bartender
Batman Forever Commissioner James Gordon
1996 Wings Jack Hackett TV series
1 episode
Larger than Life Vernon
Bastard out of Carolina Mr. Waddell
1997 The Shining Pete Watson TV miniseries
Batman & Robin Commissioner James Gordon
A Thousand Acres Harold Clark
Horror Story Judge Caldwell
1999 Muppets from Space General Luft
2000 Shaft Judge Dennis Bradford
2000-2002 Batman OnStar commercials Commissioner James Gordon Voice
2001 Road to Redemption Grandpa Nathan Tucker
2001 Morning Major Sonny
2002 The Angel Doll Noah Roudabush
2005 The Greatest Adventure of My Life Gen. J.T. Boone
2006 Two Tickets to Paradise Mark's Dad
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Mr. Dennit Sr.
Waltzing Anna Mo Kegley
2007 The List Gus Eicholtz
2008 Undoing Time Judge Final film role
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