Bob Hastings, Lt. Carpenter on ‘McHale’s Navy,’ Dies at 89

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Bob Hastings, a character actor best known for his role on 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy” as Lt. Elroy Carpenter, the bumbling, sycophantic aide to Captain Binghampton, died June 30 in Burbank, Calif., of pancreatic cancer. He was 89.

Hastings also recurred on “All in the Family” as Tommy Kelsey, the owner of the bar that Archie frequents and later buys.

The actor worked in television from its very earliest years, with a role as Hal on the DuMont network’s “Captain Video and His Video Rangers” in 1949.

Hastings recurred on “The Phil Silvers Show” in various roles in the late 1950s and guested on “Gunsmoke,” “Ben Casey,” “Dennis the Menace” and “Twilight Zone.”

He was a series regular on “McHale’s Navy” from 1962-66 and appeared in the two features spun off from the series in 1964 and 1965.

Hastings got his start in radio as the voice of the title character in the Archie Comics spinoff “Archie Andrews,” and he did a great deal of voicework during his long career in television for series including “The Munsters” (he was the uncredited voice of the raven); 1966’s “The New Adventures of Superman”; 1978’s “Challenge of the SuperFriends”; and a number of Batman-related series, including “Batman: The Animated Series,” for which he was the voice of Commissioner Gordon.

In the late ’60s he guested on series including “Hogan’s Heroes,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Flying Nun” and appeared repeatedly in various roles on “Green Acres” and “Adam-12.” He was busy in the 1970s with guest roles on shows including “My Three Sons,” “Room 222,” “Love, American Style,” “The Odd Couple,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Ironside,” “The Rockford Files,” “The Love Boat,” “Quincy, M.E.” and many more.

As the years progressed Hastings spent more of his time doing voiceover work. He had most recently provided a voice for the videogame “Mafia II” in 2010.

Hastings appeared on the bigscreen in films including “The Bamboo Saucer,” “Angel in My Pocket,” “The Love God?,” “The Boatniks,” “How to Frame a Figg,” and “The Poseidon Adventure.”

Robert Francis Hastings was born in in Brooklyn.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, whom he married in 1948, and four children.

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  1. Mr. Hastings also had a memorable turn as good police chief-turned bad Burt Ramsey an ABC’s “General Hospital” in the 1980s.

  2. Julie Hastings says:

    Dear Uncle Bobby ,, I will miss you Very Much !!!! All you did for this Family by Sharing your love to all of us,You Got your Golden Wings form God for all your Hard Work on Earth and for this Family, My you Rest in Peace ,Miss you for Ever Your Niece Julie Hastings oxox

  3. John R. Harry says:

    Mr. Hastings: You made a life of making other people laugh and that is a pretty good way to spend one’s life. I enjoyed your performances in all of the many shows you did and, of course, nobody could have done more to make a Lt. Elroy Carpenter the ultimate “Yes” man to Joe Flynn’s Captain Binghampton. You will be missed by millions of smiling people-not a bad a legacy. Rest in Peace. You did good.

  4. Jake says:

    The guy made me laugh! Rest in Peace Mr. Hastings.

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