Actor Bob Hastings passed away on June 30, 2014, at the age of 89.
And, “best known” was he for the role of Lt. Elroy Carpenter, the prissy, nervous, and brownnosing aide to Joe Flynn’s Captain Binghamton for four seasons on McHALE’S NAVY (1962-1966).
After that, Bob Hastings embarked on a long, nearly four-decade, association with characters from DC Comics, starting as the voice of Filmation’s SUPERBOY…
…thru his now-iconic portrayal as Commissioner Gordon in BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES. Imagine that the youthful-voiced portrayer of characters like Archie and Superboy, in his later years, could so perfectly epitomize the older, hardened crime-war veteran that is James Gordon!
There was even an unusual stopover at the BATMAN 1966 TV series, where he essentially recreated Lt. Carpenter as an Army major, doing the “prissy, nervous, and brownnosing” thing to a general played by Alan (voice of Fred Flintstone) Reed!
|Call me "SIR!"|
Along the way, Hastings was “Kelsey” the bartender for several seasons of ALL IN THE FAMILY…
|"Call ME "SIR", too!"|
|Don't worry, Kolchak! Bob Hastings' Commissioner Gordon's got that Werewolf covered in the illustration below!|