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Also Known As: Died: January 3, 2009
Born: July 19, 1924 Cause of Death: myelodysplasia
Birth Place: Miami, Florida Profession: Cast ...
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Some sources give Hingle's birth place as Miami, Florida, but more recent material places it in Denver, Colorado. Similarly, his year of birth is variously reported as 1923 and 1924.

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

He won a Clio Award for his portrayal of Thomas Edison in General Electric TV commercials.

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!" --Pat Hingle quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 11, 1997

"I know that if I had played Elmer Gantry, I would have been more of a movie name. But I'm sure I would not have done as many plays as I've done. I had exactly the career I had hoped for. And I never, never forget that I'm the recipient of the blessing that is life. It was given to me to try again." --Hingle in THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 11, 1997

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