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McHale’s Navy star Bob Hastings dead at 89

Radio and TV actor Bob Hastings passed away on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times. His family reported that he died at his home in Burbank, California, at the age of 89 of prostate cancer.

Hastings’ start in television began in 1949 on a show called Captain Video and His Video Rangers when he was 24 years old, but his entertainment career truly began at age 11 on the radio. The experience launched a long career of acting in many all-American classics throughout the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, such as I Dream of Jeannie, My Three Sons, Hogan’s Heroes, The Munsters, All in the Family, Murder She Wrote and alongside Sally Field in The Flying Nun. In addition, Hastings appeared on General Hospital in 1981.

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General Hospital also said goodbye to show veteran John Ingle in 2012. Ingle, better known as patriarch Edward Quartermaine, passed away at the age of 84 after a long run on the soap opera and worked on the show almost up until the time of his passing.

Hastings was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Elroy Carpenter on McHale’s Navy, which is still in syndication and can be seen often on TV during the day. He racked up 155 film and television credits over the years, most recently doing voice work for the Mafia II video game in 2010.

Hastings also had a penchant for acting in superhero films. He worked on many Batman, Superman and Spider-Man animated series and television shows.

His McHale’s Navy co-star Ernest Borgnine preceded him in death in July 2012. Borgnine, who gave voice to the “Mermaid Man” on SpongeBob SquarePants, was well-liked within the entertainment industry and was acting up to his death at the age of 95.

Hasting is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan; daughters Tricia Stone and Mary Joan Shaughnessy; sons Bob Jr. and Michael; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Don.

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