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    "Batman," "McHale's Navy" star Bob Hastings dead at 89 - CBS News

    "Batman," "McHale's Navy" star Bob Hastings dead at 89



    Veteran screen and voice actor Bob Hastings has died at the age of 89.

    Granddaughter Allison Knowles says he died Monday in his Burbank, Calif., home after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

    Hastings was best known from the 1960s sitcom "McHale's Navy," starring Ernest Borgnine. He was also well-known in the 1990s as the long-running voice ofCommissioner James Gordon on Fox's highly-acclaimed "Batman: The Animated Series," often reprising the role in later spinoffs and feature-length film adaptations.

    The Brooklyn, New York-born Hastings began his career at age 11 on radio dramas. He branched out into TV in its infancy, snagging a role on "Captain Video and His Video Rangers" in 1949. Other early acting jobs included a recurring role on the military comedy "The Phil Silvers Show."

    Hastings won fans on "McHale's Navy" as Lt. Carpenter, a bumbling yes-man.

    He also had memorable turns on "All in the Family" and "General Hospital." During the 1960s, he provided the voice of Clark Kent/Superboy on several animated programs.

    In addition to "Batman," later TV appearances included "Ironside," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Major Dad" and "Murder, She Wrote."

    His voiceover work continued as recently as the 2010 video game "Mafia II."
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    I saw this earlier today. I really liked this guy. He was a great character actor, and will be missed.
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    ^ Agree. RIP...

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    i remember him as Burt Hastings as Captain Ramsey on General Hospital. RIP
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    Yep me too. A nice long life. RIP.
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    Aw! RIP. He was awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    i remember him as Burt Hastings as Captain Ramsey on General Hospital. RIP
    Was it a serious character on GH? It's hard to think of him as doing something that wasn't some kind of comic foil.

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    he was a police capt, but then it turned out he was in the mob.
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    One of my favorite story lines. Really well done. Bert Ramsey was a solid, by the book cop. He was made co-police commissioner (the other was a woman) and it was revealed to the audience that he had enough and went to the dark side because he'd been passed over too many times.

    He had an ulcer and was always drinking milk with Chinese food.

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