( b. Jul 19, 1924 Miami, Florida, USA - d. Jan 03, 2009 Carolina Beach, North Carolina, USA ) Male
Pat Hingle, a versatile character actor of stage and screen who became accustomed to winning critical praise in a career that spanned five decades, has died. He was 84.
Mr. Hingle first attracted the attention of critics in 1953 when he appeared on Broadway in “End as a Man” as a genial but loutish football player caught up in murky doings at a military academy in the South. When the play, by Calder Willingham, was made into a film called “The Strange One” in 1957, Mr. Hingle got the same role and similar notices.
Over the years, he took on a dizzying mix of roles and seemed to do them all with ease and considerable skill. In the 1960s, he played both Hector in “Troilus and Cressida” and Macbeth at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn. He also played the gruff and messy Oscar in “The Odd Couple” on Broadway.
He played a sprightly Benjamin Franklin in the 1997 Broadway revival of “1776”; a gay J. Edgar Hoover in the 1992 HBO movie “Citizen Cohn”; and Warren Beatty’s father in the 1961 film “Splendor in the Grass.”
He could be a relatively benign character, like the harness salesman in William Inge’s “Dark at the Top of the Stairs” on Broadway, or a quite sinister one, like the sadistic gangster who stubbed out his cigar on Anjelica Huston’s hand in the 1990 film “The Grifters.” On the other side of the law he was Police Commissioner Gordon in Batman movies, beginning in 1989.
Martin Patterson Hingle was born on July 19, 1924, in Miami. He came to New York in 1952, joined the Actors Studio and began to get parts both onstage and in films. His early movies included “On the Waterfront” (1954) and “No Down Payment” (1957).
During the 1954-55 Broadway season, he played Gooper in Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” When he appeared in “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” in 1957.
He got the title role of a morally aware businessman in the Archibald MacLeish play “J.B.” in 1958. The play was directed by Elia Kazan.
Source: NY Times