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Pat Hingle, a veteran actor whose career included a recurring role as Commissioner Gordon in several Batman movies in the 1990s, has died after battling blood cancer.

He was 84.

Family friend Michele Seidman says Hingle died at his home in Carolina Beach shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.

Seidman says he decided to settle in the coastal town after shooting the movie "Maximum Overdrive" in the area in 1986. He lived there for more than 15 years.

Family spokeswoman Lynn Heritage says Hingle was diagnosed with myelodysplasia in November 2006.

His career in movies and television spanned six decades, and he was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1958. Hingle's last movie was "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," which was released in 2006.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press

Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 4, 2009.
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October 12, 2016
A wonderful actor who was a JOY to watch. I will definitely miss him.....PRAYERS & BLESSINGS
Valenda Newell
August 14, 2015
He was a great actor. I enjoyed watching all his movies. Just watched an episode of Gun Smoke where he played the Dr while Doc Adams was gone. Your still missed alot Pat.
Cynthia Rosinsky
December 10, 2014
Tony Robertson You were a wonderful friend and neighbor. Thanks for those Great meomorys ,and the gifts . Rip.
October 19, 2014
No matter if you were the tough-as- nails judge in Hang 'Em High or the cop who finally got his Red Ryder from Santa Claus (in The Twilight Zone, I believe it was) you were always someone you wanted as a family member! Thanks for sharing your talent.
September 5, 2014
What a great actor, I just watched him in another movie this time with Clint Eastwood. I had to look him up, what an amazing talent, his familt was truly blessed.
Mary Bocchino
February 5, 2014
Mary Strolis
January 22, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 26, 2013
Your light shines forever through the characters that you brought to life through your art. I am the daughter of your distant cousin but do not claim to be family . Yet, as an artist myself I would have loved to hear your stories. And no doubt, your story continues to be told through your precious family even today .
Sondra Stamey
August 19, 2013
Your brilliant smile lives on and on.
Laura M
June 23, 2013
I worked with Pat at Cecilwood and got my equity card that Summer. I had the good fortune to work with Lou Antonio, Lonnie Chapman, Curt Conway, Robert Armstrong and many other during a three year residency at the theater
Vincent Martorano
May 27, 2013
I remember standing behind Mr. Hingle once at a Harris-Teeter grocery store in Wilmington once and him dressed in casual clothing and wearing suspenders. He'd purchased some seafood and was paying by check. Not being one to pester celebrities I remained silent and assumed the cashier would recognize him due to the many times he'd been on the movie screen as well as TV, but she didn't. When the young lady asked to see his ID he didn't react as many self indulgent celebrities may have reacted he complied without so much as a "Don't you know who I am?" comment. He seemed to be a gracious man not the least egotistical. I always enjoyed watching him in whatever part he was portraying be it a heroic one or that of a villain which he performed with equal aplomb. It was a sad day when we lost him and offer this belated remark as it relates to him.
Roy Merritt
December 3, 2012
I have enjoyed Pat Hingle's acting on TV and films over the years I was growing up
and he left a mark because of his excellent portrayal of becoming the character he was playing , While I was looking at the great people in this profession such as Gregory Peck , Anthony Quin , Marlon Brando , Julie Christie , Warren Beatty, Lee Marvin , david Jannsen , Vivian Leigh I remembered Pat Hingle with all these names after all these years.Being in Pakistan didnt know he had passed away and now after reading so many things about him as internet Wikipedia stores a lot of history , I remember him with his smile and his larger than life personality , his command over his role. MISS YOU PAT MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY LIFE HAPPY .

Vaqar A Khan
Vaqar Khan
December 2, 2012
T L Ninsananda
May 18, 2012
October 31, 2011
In 1957 I was going to Chinese Language school in New Haven Connecticut and decided to see a play at the Schubert was "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" starring Pat Hingle....that began a long time appreciation of his stage and movie and T.V. appearances. He was so natural and convincing that one could imagine him as your next door neighbor and friend, and silently wish that he really did live next door. Then one year I was invited to a taping of "All In The Family"...lo and behold, who should be the 'guest star'...right, Pat Hingle; what a great surprise!! Life is a progressive story and you have experiences all along the way; only when you sit to revisit them do they have the chance to form a picture...I have compiled them in my mind and now realize what a complete actor he was. It is so easy to forget things when you are exposed to so many different things during a day, a year. But a death brings back all of the things you have stored away in your head and can finally put the pieces into a complete remembrance of the one who has gone. I can still hear his voice and see his smile..he was such a warm person and so very talented. Leaving a legacy means something will be preserved and remembered....for you Mr. Hingle I will remember you always. Peace.
Remember Always
January 19, 2011
very good actor.
November 24, 2010
Just yesterday i watched once again one of the Andy Griffin reruns where Pat Played the part of a wild west show manager.Thats one of my favorites,because Pat was in it.To me he was a very good actor,with a smile a mile wide.Thanks for entertaining me old friend.
Arci huntsman
Arcie Huntsman
March 7, 2010
For Pat...

Thanks for the memories.


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.

© Joe Fazio
~ /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
January 5, 2010
Very sorry. Pat was a great actor, who made the movies he was in great. You always recognized that voice, that commanded your attention.
Mark LePage
December 4, 2009
Back in the late 90's I worked for Sears appliance repair in Wilmington NC and had a call to do a PM service on the Hingle's washer and dryer but at the time I didn't know Mr Hingle was an actor. So I drove? up to the front of their 2 story modest home on the beach in Carolina beach and this man greets me on the porch and says how ya doin fella? I say good and follow him into the house and all the time thinking to myself, I know this guy from somewhere but cant place it,So inside the house he says the washer and dryer are up stairs and he would be on the phone awhile and if I needed anything his wife would help, as I walk up the stairs I look at the wall to my? right and see Martin "Pat" in many photos with other actors and then I know where I have seen him from. I had no idea he had died and also found out he was born in my home town Miami. My take on Martin Hingle, He was a humble descent down to earth person. My late condolences.
Dan Fenner
September 2, 2009
To the Hingle family

Such a sad loss to so many.
Philip Hingle
January 16, 2009
sorry for your great loss, pat was a great actor, and he enjoyed life as it could be seen in al of his movies.
may he rest in peace.

big maximum overdrive fan
charles hector
January 11, 2009
I am so sorry for you loss. My dad passed away from the same rare blood disease 2 years ago. May God be with you at this difficult time.
Vicki Pinegar
January 10, 2009
Richard H. Herrick
January 10, 2009
Simply one of the best of all time at his craft......God rest you
Michael Crane
January 9, 2009
Mr. Hingle was a national treasure. His gifted talent for acting has brought joy to many. May his family and friends find peace in this time of sorrow. He is now home with the Lord.
Bob Kelsnick
January 9, 2009
My deepest sympathy to the Hingle family. You can be proud of the joy Mr. Hingle brought to the lives of so many with his gifted acting. He was great in every role he played. My all time favorite movie of Mr. Hingle's was "Hang em High" with Clint Eastwood. His memory will always endure. Thank you Mr. Hingle. You are at home with God now.
January 9, 2009
George Thompson'f buddy, who complemente me looking like Pat the same age. Don't think much, but complimented, none the less.
January 9, 2009
I have long been a close friend of George Thompson, Pat's cousin. We have been friends for some 35 or 40 years. George complemented me the other day by saying I reminded him of Pat and even looked a bit like him. This was a tremendous compliment as Pat Hingle was a real hero of mine!....You see, old men can have heros too.
Kindel Mcneill
Houston, Texas
Kindel McNeill
January 9, 2009
peace be with you
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
baba loo
January 9, 2009
I am sitting here thinking back to the many roles I remember Mr. Hingle in. I would like to expresses my deepest sympathy to the family and friends. May we all take comfort in the scriptures. At Acts we are told "I have hope toward God, which hope these [men] themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous."(Acts 24:15) In this we know we will see him again. May you take comfort in this until then.
Tenna Clemons
January 9, 2009
To Mr Hingle's Family;

There are no words to ease your loss during this time. May your memories and loving personal experiences with Mr Hingle carry you through as time passes.

Mr. Hingle's broad range of acting endeared him to millions of people. I will miss him.

Regina Komara
January 9, 2009
Jim Patterson
January 9, 2009
To the Hingle family, we are so sorry for your loss. May the peace of God comfort you in your time of tribulation. Philip. 4:7.
Jo Anne
January 8, 2009
Dear Hingle Family,

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. John 5:28,29 brought us great comfort recently. We hope you too will find that promise comforting.

Charles & Lauren
January 8, 2009
To The Hingle Family

Words can't ease the pain you are feeling at this time. Only time and memories of the life you all shared with Mr. Hingle will slowly ease it.

Mr. Hingle gave Wilmington, NC, a gift when he decided to move here and become a valued member of our community. He went out of his way to be courteous to his fans. I am one.

Thank you Hingle family for adding so much to our town. Bless you all.

Barbara Alford (Wilmington, NC)
Barbara Alford
January 8, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Angela Carter
January 8, 2009
Pat's Hingle's portrayal as Warren Beatty's father in "Splendor in the Grass" hit me hard when I was 15 in 1961. It was powerful, unforgettable, and was the kind of performance that, whenever I saw him again in many other parts, forced me to flash back to "Splendor."

Anyone reading this who has never seen "Splendor in the Grass" (directed by Elia Kazan, screenplay by Wm. Inge, co-starring Natalie Wood) has missed a great deal.

What a powerful and convincing character actor he was.
Dennis Caracciolo
January 8, 2009
I always enjoyed his films. H e was great! I loved him in Hang em high! Even in his B movies like Brewsters Millions! You will be Missed Mr Hingle. God Bless!
Jonah Fugo
January 8, 2009
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Teri Karnas
January 8, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Dee Guerrero
January 8, 2009
I'm sorry for your loss. Mr Hingle's talent brought much joy and enjoyment to millions and is still appreciated. God bless!
Karen Markuz
January 8, 2009
The has taken another terrific actor,but a special guardian angel. May God Bless, he will be missed but not in the memories and hearts of everyone including the family.
Gladys Demson
January 7, 2009
One of those great, believeable character actors in the mold of Ken Curtis ("Festus" on Gunsmoke), Slim Pickens, and Stuart Margolin ("Angel" on Rockford Files). Theirs is/was a unique talent, which benefited many....

J. Max (Norcross, Ga)
January 7, 2009
Thank you for your wonderful performance in Splendour in the Grass. May you rest in peace.
A fan, Rosanna
Rosanna Garcia
January 7, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Jim Kemph
January 7, 2009
I was very sad to hear of Mr Hingle's passing. While on vacation one year my husband and I saw Pat at Cape Fear I can only asume it was a grandson with him I got my picture of him without bothering him I had seen him in so many movies I always enjoyed his smiling face he will be missed very much.
tiny Conner
January 7, 2009
The world lost a great performing artist.
Mary Stanley
January 7, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
January 7, 2009
Pat Hingle was one of my favorite character actors. He was so down to earth. He will be missed.
Lonnie Smathers
January 7, 2009
I last saw Pat when he was on my flight, returning from Hawaii after doing a Hart to Hart movie. We had been in the same class in high school in a tiny school in South Texas. He hadn't changed--still sweet and kind. And, he was truly one of the best actors of all time--he made every part his very own. He will be so missed. My prayers go to his family--may they find comfort in knowing he was loved all over the world.
Mary McAlpin
January 7, 2009
Have loved everything I have ever seen Pat in. He was so down to earth. Saw him about a year ago at his doctor's office and he was so nice to everyone and took time to talk to everyone that spoke to him. He was the greatest
Jane Benovitz
January 7, 2009
I always enjoyed him. He was a great character actor.
Carly Sheppard
January 7, 2009
Thank you for all the entertainment, for all those years of fun. Rest in peace.
Henryk Zaleski USN (Ret)
January 7, 2009
As a freshman in college long ago (1957), I saw Pat in "JB" on Broadway, and I was mesmerized by my first professional play. The cast was just fantastic in the best sense of that word. After fifty years and more than fifty plays myself, last year I did JB in California; it was of Pat that I was thinking during that run.
He was a superb artist, yet a humble man in his address of artistic relevance. In role after role, you lived a good and worthy life, Pat. Now, enter into the kingdom of God.
Jack McGee
January 7, 2009
God bless Pat Hinkle and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Long live Comissioner Gordeean. A batman fan forever.
Dudley & Betty Haas
January 7, 2009
Sorry for your tragic loss. He was a very good actor and will truley be missed. May God be with you during this sorrowful time.

Wanda Irwin--Madison, MS
Wanda Irwin
January 6, 2009
I always enjoyed his smile and his acting; he will be greatly missed.
S. Ellis
January 6, 2009
January 6, 2009
He graced many a TV screen in my years as boy and man. One of his lesser-known role was man-child toymaker Horace Ford on one of the hour-long Twilight Zone episodes from the early 60s. Tough acting assignment, but Mr. Hingle made it look like child's play. Thank you for your art, Mr. Hingle. Blessings and comfort to those who grieve for you.
d.a. august
January 6, 2009
I remember seeing Mr. Hingle as a Guest Artist at William Paterson College in NJ starring in a production of Saroyan's "The Time Of Your Life". What a great experience for many young actor's working alongside of this consumate professional. Thank you for giving us that opportunity .
Chuck Herfurth
January 6, 2009
Always enjoyed Pat's acting. Loved him in Kurt
Russell's "Elvis". He'll be missed.

Randolph Molidor/NC
January 6, 2009
To the Hingle Family----I've watched Mr Hingle in lots of shows and enjoyed his acting. He seemed liked a great guy.

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is my thoughts.
Ronald, Susan, and Diana Bruintjes
January 6, 2009
I loved watching him as the new Dr. Chapman on "Gunsmoke" and the brilliant Thomas Edison. Wow! And I just found out he served his country in WWII and the Korean War which makes him one the heroes we can thank for
the many freedoms we Americans enjoy everyday. What a great man.
Clarice Barron
January 6, 2009
Pat Hingle was one of the best actors in everything he did--he always commanded attention and I will miss him very much.
Show em how it's done Pat---on that big stage in the heavens.
Rex Burgoon
January 6, 2009
I enjoyed his acting in "Hang 'Em High". The earliest movie I knowingly saw him in also had Marilyn Monroe as a neighbor. Eisenhower was president then. I saw it on cable. I would not be suprised if it is found that at some time in his career that he may have even recorded (sung or spoken word) a country song.
Hingle did good characters and a few that did not behave good (Maximum Overdrive).
January 6, 2009
A great actor. I loved watching his movies when I was growing up. God Bless him and his family in this time of sorrow.
Pamela Matteson
January 6, 2009
One of the great ones.May God and your memories comfort you during this time of sorrow.
Herbert C. Tatum
January 6, 2009
In Loving Memory of Pat Hingle:
We thank the Hingle family for sharing Pat with us for many years. I loved him in "Hang Em High" with Clint Eastwood and "The Gauntlet" also with Clint. Gary Oldman will now have to carry Pat's torch as Commissioner Gordon in the next series of "Batman" films. Pat was great and very convincing in all the roles I remember him from. He was a class act in guest starring roles. When I close my eyes I can still hear his voice. He played an uncle of Parker's in "In the Heat of the Night" tv series. You will live on in your movies. God needed you for his great roles, too. My your family be strengthened at this time of great loss.
Mary Jeffers
January 6, 2009
I would like to send my condolences to the family of Pat Hingle. My wife and I have fond memories of him and his movies. The same way we can remember the wonderful things Pat did, so can our creator. We all can look forward to a time when Jesus' words at John 5:28 and 29 will come true: “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life.” At that time there will be memories of resurrections of life instead of memories of deaths.
January 6, 2009
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
January 6, 2009
What a wonderful actor Pat was. I especially loved him in westerns. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
In deep Sympathy,
Sally McCoy
January 6, 2009
I first met Pat Hingle in line at Food Lion many years ago. Saw him occasionally, and he was always the most gracious person to all his fans. My prayers are with the family at this time. He is now performing on the biggest stage in the universe. God Bless.
Gloria Lindquist
January 6, 2009
To the Hingle family,
We offer our condolences. May you find comfort in all your precious memories. (John 5:28,29)
Daniels Family
January 6, 2009
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort:
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
II Corinthians 1:3,4
January 5, 2009
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
January 5, 2009
My family and I would like to give you our deepest sympathies and love to such a fine actor and human being. We will miss you and we love you.
Steven Patterson
January 5, 2009
My condolences to the family of Pat Hingle. He was a great actor and is my distant cousin. His great grandfather and my great great grandfather were brothers. Although my family never met your family, I was always proud to see the Hingle name on the TV screen or movie screen. Rest in peace cousin.
Kevin Hingle
January 5, 2009
To Pat Hingle's family and friends:

I really didn't know that much about Pat until he became the commish of Gotham. As a longtime batfan, I noticed the actor in the new films, which time wise are supposed to be before Pat's movies, resembles him at a younger age. Guess they didn't want to tamper with what Pat already perfected. What a shame to loose another actor associated with the caped crimefighter in such a short time.

My sincerest sympathies,
January 5, 2009
Mr. Hingle's Family,
I am truly sorry for your loss. I'm sure you know Pat had fans of many ages. Just to let you know, he had 5 in this family ranging from 6 to 47, thanks to movies like "Larger Than Life" which we just got today. Thank you for giving him to us!
Kristie Trezise
January 5, 2009
You will be missed. Thanks for all the great work you did in your career.
William Thames
January 5, 2009
My heart goes out to you and your family. I only had the priviledge of meeting Pat once, but the friendship and love that both of you shared with my brother David was one of his greatest blessings. I always admired Pat's work and he will be missed. I guess it's fitting that Pat and David made their journeys to heaven within the same year. I'm sure David greeted him with a smile and a hug. I bet they're already making plans to revive Tuesdays with Morrie again! Take care and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you.
Elizabeth Wright Hall
January 5, 2009
what an awesome actor. rest in peace.
susann deloatch
January 5, 2009
Richard H. Herrick
January 5, 2009

I never had a chance to meet you and yet I shall never forget your work. I've traveled a many a time to the Wlimington Area and never was but praise spoken for you. Bless you and rest well.
Dwayne Helms
January 5, 2009
To the Hingle Family:

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of yet another talented actor who made the movies and tv enjoyable entertainment.

How comforting to know that Mr. Hingle is now in God's memory with the hopes of being among the many who will enjoy a wonderful life on a peaceful, righteous earth in the future.

January 5, 2009
One of the greatest actors of our time - charactor or otherwise - he will be missed
Andrew Giacomazza
January 5, 2009
You made so many people happy with your numerous great performances.

Job well done. RIP
Jocelyn Cool
January 5, 2009
To the family of Pat's. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I enjoyed the movies/shows I saw him in. I know he will be missed, but you have good memories. May God be with you all at this time.
Christine Distelhorst
January 5, 2009
To the family and friends of Pat Hingle, He was a really great actor. I will miss seeing his face on the big screen. May God comfort you all at this time.
January 5, 2009
January 5, 2009
I remember Pat from his days as a truly memorable actor in summer stock at the Cecilwood Theater in Fishkill, NY. It was always a pleasure to see him step out onto the stage, and his later successes were well-deserved!
Mary Costantin
January 5, 2009
I have watched many shows featuring Pat. To me he was the consummate actor. We will certainly miss him. My deepest condolences go out to his family and fans who loved him so dearly as I did.
Raymond Viverette PO Box 64
January 5, 2009
Pat! May you rest in Peace in Gods Hands . Like all your movies. you will be miss, a fan of your!
Andy Szurley
January 5, 2009
To the Family of Pat Hingle,
A great loss to all of us,on the passing of a great
actor who felt like an old friend. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
S. Liederman
January 5, 2009
My sincere condolences to the Hingle family. I really enjoyed the parts that he played over the years.
He will be sadly missed, but will live on in all the great roles that he played in the films. Rest In Peace
Don Wright
January 5, 2009
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Fair winds and following seas, sailor.

Thank you for your service to this nation.
Harold Simpson
January 5, 2009
A great actor, he will be missed. My condolences go out to his family and friends
A. Gibbs
January 5, 2009
To Pat's family;
No doubt you know he has fans all over the world. My favorite part he played was in the movie with Natalie Woods and Warren Beatty; Splender in the Grass. Superb performance.
May he rest in peace.
A Connecticut Fan.
January 5, 2009
I had the honor of meeting and working with Pat in 2002. It was a brief, but impactful relationship. We immediately had an affinity for one another. But then, I suspect Pat made everyone feel like that. "Never knew a stranger", as my stepfather used to say. Pat was a gentleman and a human being of the first order. And that simple fact was why he was such a good actor; he genuinely was interested in you and listened to what you had to say. It didn't matter whether or not he agreed with you; he was completely present. Pat had a great life. But what a loss for the acting community and for all of us who were lucky enough to meet him. My heartfelt condolences to Julie, his children and grandchildren.
Miguel Sandoval
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