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Radio and television actor Robert Francis "Bob" Hastings dies at 89 years old

By Mila Whiteley,

McHale’s Navy star Robert “Bob” Hastings died at 89 years old on Monday, after struggling with prostate cancer on and off for 15 years.

Known for his role as Lt. Elroy Carpenter in the 1960s sitcom McHale’s Navy, Hastings also had a long career as a radio actor, a career that began when he was 11 years old, as reported by the Burbank Leader.

Hastings lent his voice to shows such as The Daily Mirror Radio Gang and Adventures in King Arthurland. After spending time in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Hastings returned and acted as the voice of Archie Andrews in the Archie Comic radio spin-off, according to IMDb.

Reached by the Burbank Leader, Hastings’ younger brother Don Hastings, who used to act in As the World Turns, stated, “I miss him. He was a great guy. He was a good father and a good husband. That's hard to be in show business.”

Before his death, Bob Hastings was treated at both the Disney Family Cancer Center and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

 

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