The Burbank Leader is reporting that actor Bob Hastings has passed away at the age of 89 at his home in Burbank. Hastings died from prostate cancer, his third bout with the disease in since he was diagnosed 15 years ago.
Hastings began his career in radio but was able to make the jump to television with the role of Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale’s Navy. He started working in radio at the age of 11, working steady until he enlisted in the Army Air Corp in World War II where he was a B-29 Navigator. Upon he return he went back to work in radio as the voice of Archie Andrews until 1953. In television he guest starred on many of the popular series in the 80s including The Dukes Of Hazard, Murder She Wrote and Remington Steele.
In 1992 he was hired to voice Commissioner James Gordon opposite of Kevin Conroy’s Batman. A role he would continue to do from Batman: The Animated Series, through The New Adventures Of Batman and on to the Gotham Girls in 2003. Hastings also played Gordon in the Superman animated series, the Static Shock series and the Batman video games made in 2003.
A rosary for Hastings will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Saint Finbar Catholic Church in Burbank. The funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.