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Bob Hastings' many ties to the DC Universe

by Greg Belfrage

Actor Bob Hastings has lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer. Family members say Hastings died Monday at his home in Burbank, California.

Hastings is being remembered most for his role as Lt. Carpenter, the boot-licking aide to Captain Binghamton, on the 1960's television series, McHale's Navy .

However, I'd argue that Hastings is far better known for characters which few people knew he played.

Hastings provided the voice of Commissioner Gordon in Batman: The Animated Series , as well as the show's many spin off movies.

Hastings was one of many reputable television actors whose wonderful voices gave the series great depth. Other prominent 1960's actors who appeared on the series included Michael Ansara (Mr. Freeze), Roddy McDowall (Mad Hatter) and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Alfred).

In fact, Hastings had many ties to the DC universe of characters.

Fans of the classic Adam West Batman television series know Hastings as Major Beasley in the episode, "Penguin Sets a Trend".

Hastings also voiced other classic DC characters.

Older geeks and nerds, like me, remember Hastings as the voice of Superboy in Filmation's 1966 cartoon, The Adventures of Superboy .

Hastings also provided a number of voices for The Super Friends in the 1970's.

Once again, Hastings wasn't the only well-known actor whose lent his voice to the cartoon. Legendary voice talents Casey Kasem (Robin) and Ted Knight (narrator - clip below) also worked on the series.

Hastings' true legacy won't be McHale's Navy, but the many rich cartoon characters he voiced that will live for decades to come.

Hastings was 89 years old.

Greg Belfrage is a lifelong Star Trek fan, Batman toy collector, sci-fi movie maniac and hopeless geek. He can be reached at greg.belfrage@mwcradio.com .

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