Pat Hingle

Actor, Laborer, Waiter
A sturdily built performer with a large square head and a rustic voice, Pat Hingle has been a solid character player on stage, screen and TV for over four decades. He began acting as a student at the University of Texas ... Read more »
Born: 07/19/1924 in Miami, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (116)

Angel Doll 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The List 2007 (Movie)

Gus Eicholtz (Actor)

Two Tickets to Paradise 2007 (Movie)

Mark's Dad (Actor)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Mr. Dennit, Sr. (Actor)

Waltzing Anna 2006 (Movie)

Mo Kegley (Actor)

The Court 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

MORNING (Down Home Entertainment) 2001 (Movie)

Major Sonny (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Road to Redemption 2001 (Movie)

Nathan Tucker (Actor)

Runaway 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Honorable Dennis Bradford (Actor)

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

General Luft (Actor)

A Thousand Acres 1997 (Movie)

Harold Clark (Actor)

Batman & Robin 1997 (Movie)

Commissioner Gordon (Actor)

Stephen King's The Shining 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Member of the Wedding 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Gothic 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

Vernon (Actor)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

Police Commissioner James Gordon (Actor)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

Horace the Bartender (Actor)

Lightning Jack 1994 (Movie)

Marshall Kurtz (Actor)

Simple Justice 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

Police Commissioner Gordon (Actor)

Not of This World 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Beanpole 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

Bobo Justus (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman 1989 (Movie)

Police Commissioner James Gordon (Actor)

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Skies 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Land Before Time 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Land Before Time 1988 (Movie)

of Rooter (Voice)

Baby Boom 1987 (Movie)

Hughes Larrabee (Actor)

Casebusters 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Maximum Overdrive 1986 (Movie)

Hendershot (Actor)

Brewster's Millions 1985 (Movie)

Edward Roundfield (Actor)

The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 (Movie)

Mr Boyce (Actor)

The Rape of Richard Beck 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Berserk 1983 (Movie)

Ed Reese (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Running Brave 1983 (Movie)

Coach Easton (Actor)

Sudden Impact 1983 (Movie)

Chief Jannings (Actor)

The Fighter 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Bus Stop 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Of Mice and Men 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Act 1981 (Movie)

Frank Boda (Actor)

Stone 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

Vernon (Actor)

Stone 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

Lyle Striker (Actor)

The Gauntlet 1977 (Movie)

Josephson (Actor)

Independence 1975 (Movie)

John Adams (Actor)

Twigs 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Deliver Us From Evil 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Angry Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

One Little Indian 1973 (Movie)

Captain Stewart (Actor)

All the Way Home 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy As the Grass Was Green 1972 (Movie)

Eli (Actor)

If Tomorrow Comes 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Super Cops 1972 (Movie)

Lieutenant Novick (Actor)

Nightmare Honeymoon 1971 (Movie)

Henry Binghamton (Actor)

The Carey Treatment 1971 (Movie)

Detective Captain Pearson (Actor)

The City 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloody Mama 1970 (Movie)

Sam Pendlebury (Actor)

Wusa 1970 (Movie)

Bingamon (Actor)

Norwood 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hang 'Em High 1968 (Movie)

Judge Adam Fenton (Actor)

Jigsaw 1968 (Movie)

Lew Haley (Actor)

Sol Madrid 1968 (Movie)

Harry Mitchell (Actor)

The Glass Menagerie 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)

Big Foot (Actor)

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

Sam Brewster (Actor)

All the Way Home 1963 (Movie)

Ralph Follett (Actor)

The Ugly American 1963 (Movie)

Homer Atkins (Actor)

Splendor in the Grass 1961 (Movie)

Ace Stamper (Actor)

Wild River 1960 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

No Down Payment 1957 (Movie)

Herman Kreitzer (Actor)

The Strange One 1957 (Movie)

Harold Knoble (Actor)

A Clear and Present Danger (TV Show)

Actor

Bastard Out of Carolina (TV Show)

Actor

Citizen Cohn (TV Show)

Actor

Disaster on the Coastliner (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From Bogen County (TV Show)

Actor

Gunsmoke (TV Show)

Actor

Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV Show)

Actor

Kojak: The Price of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

LBJ: The Early Years (TV Show)

Actor

Manhunt For Claude Dallas (TV Show)

Actor

Noon Wine (TV Show)

Actor

One Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger on My Land (TV Show)

Actor

Sunshine Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet, Sweet Rachel (TV Show)

Actor

The Ballad of Andy Crocker (TV Show)

Actor

The Habitation of Dragons (TV Show)

Actor

The Lady From Yesterday (TV Show)

Actor

The Member of the Wedding (Movie)

Officer Wylie (Actor)

The Town Bully (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Trouble Comes to Town (TV Show)

Actor

Truman (TV Show)

Actor

War and Remembrance (TV Show)

Actor

Washington Mistress (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Times (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A sturdily built performer with a large square head and a rustic voice, Pat Hingle has been a solid character player on stage, screen and TV for over four decades. He began acting as a student at the University of Texas and made the move to NYC in the late 1940s. There, Hingle studied at the American Theater Wing and became a protege of director Elia Kazan at the Actor's Studio. He was soon working regularly on the NY stage, where he would appear in four Pulitzer Prize-winning plays ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" 1955, "J.B." 1958, "Strange Interlude" 1963 and "That Championship Season" 1973). Hingle performed initially on TV in an adaptation of "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (1950) for CBS' "Suspense", and his feature acting debut came in a small part as a bartender in Kazan's "On the Waterfront" (1954). He shone in a breakthrough supporting role in Kazan's "Splendor in the Grass" (1961), as the brusque father of Warren Beatty, but the greatest part of his career would have been the one that got away. Offered the title role in "Elmer Gantry" (1960), Hingle nearly died from a fall down an elevator shaft, preventing him from playing the role that would win Burt Lancaster a Best Actor Oscar.

Relationships

Alyce Dorsey

Wife
Stage-managed first show Hingle was in at University of Texas Married in 1947 Later divorced

Clarence Hingle

Father
Abandoned family in the early 1930s

Marvin Hingle

Mother

Jody Hingle

Child
Mother, Alyce Dorsey

Molly Hingle

Daughter
Mother, Alyce Dorsey

Billy Hingle

Son
Mother, Alyce Dorsey

Ernest Patterson

Grandfather

Julia Wright

Wife
Met on location in El Paso, TX when Hingle was filming "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" (1979); worked at the bank where the crew cashed their checks Married Oct. 25, 1979 until his death in 2009

EDUCATION

HB Studio

New York , New York
Studied with Uta Hagen

Actors Studio

New York , New York

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York 1949 - 1950

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas 1949
Dropped out to join the Navy in 1941, but returned after the war and graduated

Milestones

2006

Cast opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"

2006

Co-starred in the comedy "Waltzing Anna"

2002

Returned to series TV as regular on the ABC drama "The Court"

1997

Had a fourth go as Commissioner Gordon in "Batman & Robin"

1997

Acted the part of Benjamin Franklin in the Broadway revival of "1776"

1997

Portrayed Officer Wylie in the USA movie "The Member of the Wedding"

1995

Again played Commissioner Gordon for Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever"

1992

Reprised the role of Commissioner Gordon for Burton's "Batman Returns"

1991

Played J. Edgar Hoover in the HBO movie "Citizen Cohn"

1990

Cast as mob boss Bobo Justice in "The Grifters" opposite Anjelica Huston

1989

Portrayed Police Commissioner James Gordon in Tim Burton's "Batman"; took the job so his wife could see London

1988

Cast as a regular in the short-lived CBS drama "Blue Skies"

1986

Gave an amusing performance as a true screen swine, in Stephen King's directorial debut "Maximum Overdrive"

1980

Debut as a TV regular, played Chief Paulton on the short-lived ABC detective series "Stone"

1974

Played a colorful Depression-era doctor in the ABC TV-movie, "The Last Angry Man"

1973

Succeeded Richard A. Dysart as Coach in Jason Miller's "That Championship Season" on Broadway

1968

TV-movie debut, "The Ballad of Andy Crocker" (ABC)

1968

First film with Clint Eastwood, "Hang 'Em High" (also appeared with Eastwood in "The Gauntlet" 1977 and "Sudden Impact" 1983)

1966

Played the Gentleman Caller in a CBS-TV adaptation of "The Glass Menagerie"

1965

Appeared in the first stage revival of "The Glass Menagerie"

1964

Appeared as Parnell James in the Broadway production of James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr Charlie"

1961

Breakthrough feature supporting role as Warren Beatty's father in Kazan's "Splendor in the Grass"

1960

Narrated Elia Kazan's "Wild River"

1959

Received rave reviews in title role of Archibald MacLeish's "J.B." on Broadway

1958

Nominated for a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play for William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

1955

Broadway debut as Joe Foster in "Festival"

1955

Cast as Gooper in the Broadway production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1954

Made feature acting debut in Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront"

1953

Made Off-Broadway debut as Harold Koble in "End as a Man"

1950

First television appearance was in a CBS production of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

1950

Began professional acting career in a non-union stock company in New York

1940

Joined the U.S. Navy in December 1941 and served on the destroyer USS Marshall during World War II

Offered the title role in "Elmer Gantry" (1960), but could not do it due to near fatal accident; Burt Lancaster won a Best Actor Oscar as Elmer Gantry

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources give Hingle's birth place as Miami, FL, but more recent material places it in Denver, CO. Similarly, his year of birth is variously reported as 1923 and 1924.

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Hingle received a honorary PhD in 1974 from Otterbein College in Westerville, OH.

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In 1960, Hingle had been offered the title role in "Elmer Gantry" (1960), but could not do it due to a near fatal accident; he was caught in an elevator in his West End Avenue apartment building that had stalled between the second and third floors, he crawled out, trying to reach the second floor corridor, lost his balance and fell 54 feet down the shaft, fracturing his skull, wrist, hip and most of the ribs on his left side, breaking his left leg in three places and losing the little finger on his left hand. He lay near death for two weeks and his recovery took more than a year.

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About his brush with death: "It's a miracle I survived it. I was back on Broadway within a year, though at first I couldn't walk without the help of a cane. My left leg was put together with nails and clamps, this and that. But I had such kindnesses given me. I was at Knickerbocker Hospital up in Harlem and Daniel Petrie, the director called. He said 'I've got a television job for you. It's a character in the hospital. We'll just fly you out here.' The doctor said, 'Are you out of your mind?' My sense returned to me then. I saw him years later and said 'You son of a gun, you did such a kindness to me. How it picked up my spirits to know there was still work!" - Hingle quoted in The New York Times, Aug. 11, 1997

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