By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/3/2014 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Bob Hastings on television was best known for portraying spineless "yes man" Lieutenant Elroy Carpenter on "McHale's Navy." Hastings would be a semi-regular on "All in the Family" and was a voice actor in video games right up until 2010. Hastings has passed away from prostate cancer at the age of 89.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Passing away at his home in Burbank, California, his granddaughter confirmed Hastings' passing.
He began his acting career at the age of 11 in the golden days of radio. He provided the voice to the popular comic book character "Archie Andrews" until 1953. He was featured in "Coast-to-Coast on a Bus," "The National Barn Dance," "The Sea Hound" and other serial programs.
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Hastings also provided the voice of the Raven on "The Munsters," Commissioner Gordon on various "Batman" shows and Superboy in 1970s TV cartoons. His voiceover work continued as recently as the 2010 video game "Mafia II."
Hastings served in the Army Air Forces as a B-29 navigator during World War II, and then returned to radio work.
Hastings began working in the-then young field of television in the 1940s, starring in "Captain Video and His Video Rangers." He appeared several times on "The Phil Silvers Show," who would become his costar on "McHale's Navy."
Hastings appeared on "McHale's Navy," which aired on ABC from 1962 to 1966. Other memorable TV roles were on "All in the Family" and "General Hospital."
Born April 18, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., met his future wife, Joan, as a teenager, and they married in 1948. They remained married for 66 years, up until his passing.
Hastings is survived by daughters Tricia Stone and Mary Joan Shaughnessy; sons Bob Jr. and Michael, who is a former Burbank mayor; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and his brother Don, who played Dr. Bob Hughes on the soap opera "As the World Turns."