Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bob Hastings Dead at 89

Bob Hastings. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
Actor Robert "Bob" Francis Hastings, Sr. died on June 30. He was 89 and had battled pancreatic cancer for 15 years.

Hastings got his show business start in radio after WWII as the voice of Archie Andrews in the show of the same name (a spin-off of the Archie Comics series) on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Hastings made the transition to television smoothly in 1949 in early galactic-action series like Captain Video and His Video Rangers and Atom Squad. His first recurring role was as a lieutenant on The Phil Silvers Show.

Most of his career has been spent in television, and he's notable for roles such as Captain Binghamton's yes-man Lieutenant Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy, one of the two Tommy Kelsey's on All in the Family, and Captain Burt Ramsey on General Hospital (1979-1986).

Among his other television roles was Barney in The Edge of Night and Ed Foyle in Kitty Foyle.

Hastings has also done much voice work, including playing The Raven on The Munsters, Superboy on the The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure cartoons in the 1960s and, in recent years, the voice of Commissioner Gordon on the animated Batman: The Animated Series cartoons.

"I miss him. He was a great guy," younger brother Don Hastings, who long portrayed Dr. Bob Hughes on the soap As the World Turns, told the Burbank Leader. "He was a good father and husband."

He is also survived by his wife, Joan, and four children.

Watch a memorable scene between Bob Hastings and Tristan Rogers on General Hospital below:

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