Pat Hingle

American actor (1924–2009)

Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle (July 19, 1924 – January 3, 2009)[1] was an American actor. He played Commissioner James Gordon in the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman films: Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin. Hingle and Michael Gough are the only two actors to appear in all 4 Batman movies. Hingle worked from 1954 through 2006.

Pat Hingle
Hingle as Thomas Edison in a General Electric ad, 1977
Martin Patterson Hingle

(1924-07-19)July 19, 1924
DiedJanuary 3, 2009(2009-01-03) (aged 84)
Cause of deathMyelodysplastic syndrome
Resting placeCremated, Ashes scattered into the Atlantic Ocean
EducationSaluda Elementary School
University of Texas
Radio Broadcasting
Alma materActors Studio
Years active1954–2006
Notable workBatman
Hang 'Em High
Splendor in the Grass
Batman Returns
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
Spouse(s)Alyce Faye Dorsey
(1947-1972; divorced),
Julie Wright
(1979-2009; his death)
Parent(s)Marvin Louise (nèe Patterson),
Clarence Martin Hingle

Personal life


Hingle was born on July 19, 1924 in Miami, Florida.[2] His parents were Marvin Louise (née Patterson), a schoolteacher and musician, and Clarence Martin Hingle, a building contractor.

Hingle enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1941, dropping out of the University of Texas. He served on the destroyer USS Marshall during World War II. He returned to the University of Texas after the war ended and earned a degree in radio broadcasting. He learned to act at the Actors Studio.

Hingle was married two times; first to Alyce Faye Dorsey in 1947 until they divorced in 1972. He was married to Julie Wright from 1979 until his death in 2009. Hingle had 3 children with Dorsey; Jody, Billy, and Molly. With Wright, he had two children. Hingle graduated from Weslaco High School in Weslaco, Texas in 1942.

Near death experience


In 1960, he had been offered the title role in Elmer Gantry, but Burt Lancaster filled the part because Hingle had been in a near fatal accident.[3] He was caught in his West End Avenue apartment building in an elevator that had stalled between the second and third floors. He crawled out and sought to reach the second floor corridor but lost his balance and fell fifty-four feet down the shaft. He fractured his skull, wrist, hip, and most of the ribs on his left side. He broke his left leg in three places and lost the little finger on his left hand. He lay near death for two weeks, and his recovery required more than a year.[4][5]

Hingle died on January 3, 2009 in Carolina Beach, North Carolina from Myelodysplastic syndrome, he was 84 years old.[6] Hingle was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the Atlantic Ocean.


Year Film Role Notes
1961 Splendor in the Grass Ace Stamper
1963 The Twilight Zone Horace Ford TV Show
Episode: "The Incredible World of Horace Ford"
1965 Daniel Boone Will Carey TV Show
Episode: "The Returning"
1968 Hang 'Em High Judge Adam Fenton
1971 Gunsmoke Dr. Chapman TV Show
1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Lyle Stricker
Norma Rae Vernon
1980 Stone Chief Gene Paulton TV Show
1983 Sudden Impact Chief Lester Jannings
1985 Brewster's Millions Edward Roundfield
1986 Maximum Overdrive Bubba Hendershot
1987 Baby Boom Hughes Larrabee
1988 The Land Before Time Narrator/Rooter Voice
1989 Batman Commissioner Gordon
1990 The Grifters Bobo Justus
1992 Citizen Cohn J. Edgar Hoover
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man Colonel Tucker
Batman Returns Commissioner Gordon
1995 Batman Forever
The Quick and the Dead Horace
1997 Batman & Robin Commissioner Gordon
2000 Shaft Judge Dennis Bradford
2001 Road to Redemption Grandpa Nathan Tucker
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Mr. Dennit Sr. Final movie role.


  1. "Character actor Pat Hingle dies at 84". 5 January 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  2. "Pat Hingle Biography (1924-2009)". January 4, 2009.
  3. "Pat Hingle dies at 84; veteran actor was perhaps best known for 'Batman' role". LA Times. January 3, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  4. Pat Hingle Trivia at
  5. Pat Hingle Archived 2012-11-07 at the Wayback Machine at
  6. "Actor Pat Hingle dies at age 84". January 4, 2009. Archived from the original on January 13, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2012.

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