Played Commissioner Gordon in '90s 'Batman'

Pat Hingle, a veteran actor whose career spanned stage, film and TV, including a recurring role as Commissioner Gordon in several Batman movies in the 1990s, died Saturday of cancer. He was 84.

Born Martin Patterson Hingle in 1924, he went to U. of Texas on a tuba scholarship. After a stint in the Navy during World War II, he earned a degree in radio broadcasting.

He later became a member of the Actors Studio, which led to a role in Broadway’s “End as a Man.”

He earned an acting Tony nom for 1958′s “Dark at the Top of the Stairs.”

Film roles included “On the Waterfront,” “Hang ‘Em High” and “Norma Rae.”

Hingle was a guest star in many TV series, including roles on dramas “Touched by an Angel,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Murder She Wrote,” “War and Remembrance” and “In the Heat of the Night,” as well as comedies “Wings,” “Cheers” and “Mash” to name just a few.

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

Seidman said 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.

She said Hingle had battled multiple health problems over the past several years.

Hingle’s 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.

He set up the Pat Hingle Guest Artist Endowment at the U. of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Survivors include his wife, Julia; five children; two sisters; and 11 grandchildren.

– Staff and wire reports

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