Bob Hastings, star of 'McHale's Navy,' dies at 89

By Daniel S Levine,

Bob Hastings, a prolific television actor best known for his role as Lt. Carpenter on McHale’s Navy, has died. He was 89-years-old.

Hastings’ death was first confirmed by The Burbank Leader. He died Monday at his home in Burbank, California, following a third bout of pancreatic cancer.

UPDATE: The Burbank Leader has updated their article, stating that Hastings had battled prostate cancer, not pancreatic cancer as earlier reported.

The Brooklyn-born actor had been in the entertainment industry from a very young age, providing voices for radio shows at age 11, notes People. However, he left that job behind during World War II, serving as a B-29 navigator.

When he came back from the war, he returned to radio, but transitioned to television easily in 1949. His first major part came on the Phil Silvers Show, playing a lieutenant. He continued making appearances on countless classic shows, including Dennis The Menace and The Munsters.

For many though, he’ll be remembered as yes-man Lt. Carpenter on McHale’s Navy. The show ran from 1962 to 1966. The series starred Ernest Borgnine and also included two theatrical films.

Later in life, he went back to voice-only work, taking jobs for animated shows and movies. He even voiced Commissioner Gordon on the classic Batman: The Animated Series and other Batman-related shows in the 1990s. His last credit is for the 2010 video game Mafia II.

“It seems my dad's legacy is continuing,” his son, Michael, said. “He told us we have to give back, it's not ours for the taking. He was a true American.”

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