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Bob Hastings (born April 18, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York - June 30, 2014 in Burbank, California) was a character actor whose career has encompassed radio, television, film, and animation voice-overs. His main DCAU role has been Gotham Police Department Commissioner James Gordon, though he occasionally doubled in bit parts. Hastings passed away on June 30, 2014 from pancreatic cancer, almost two months after Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., the voice of Alfred Pennyworth.
Hastings began his career in New York radio in the early 1940s, performing as an adolescent singer on The National Barn Dance and as part of the young repertory company on Coast to Coast on a Bus. By 1944, he was playing the lead on Archie Andrews (based on the comic books) along with episodic work on other series through the 1940s and 1950s, including a few henchman on the radio Superman series and frequent appearances on The Cavalcade Of America and the sci-fi series Dimension X and X-Minus One.
Hastings made the adjustment to television as early as 1949, initially working in both New York and Hollywood, with early on-camera appearances on Captain Video (a regular as cadet Hal), The Phil Silvers Show (as various military aides), and Car 54, Where Are You. He became increasingly prominent as a regular foil on sitcoms, notably as Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy, saloonkeeper Tommy Kelsey on All In The Family, and even a stint as the voice of the cuckoo clock raven on The Munsters. He also played Superboy in various Filmation Superman shorts between 1966 and 1969.
Hastings' other TV work included guest spots on a range of sitcoms, dramas, and fantasy shows, including Green Acres, The Rockford Files, The Incredible Hulk, and Murder, She Wrote, to name a few. Film credits are highlighted by The Poseidon Adventure, along with Harper Valley P.T.A., Don Knotts vehicles The Love God? and How to Frame a Figg, and the Disney movies Moon Pilot, The Boatniks, Charley and the Angel, and No Deposit, No Return. In animation, he was heard regularly as Henry Glopp on Jeannie and D.D. on Clue Club.