Pat Hingle


Actor
Pat Hingle

About

Also Known As
Martin Patterson Hingle
Birth Place
Miami, Florida
Born
July 19, 1924
Died
January 03, 2009
Cause of Death
Myelodysplasia

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 s...

Family & Companions

Alyce Dorsey
Wife
Married on June 3, 1947; divorced; mother of Hingle's three children; stage-managed first show Hingle was in at University of Texas.
Julia Wright
Wife
Married on October 25, 1979; met on location in El Paso, Texas when Hingle was filming "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" (1979); worked at the bank where the crew cashed their checks.

Notes

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.

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.

Hingle spent much of his film and TV career playing ambiguous fathers, sympathetic community leaders, veteran cops, crafty judges and other law enforcement personnel. Younger audiences may know him best as Police Commissioner Gordon in the feature "Batman" series, but some may recognize him as the conflicted police chief father of a catatonic rapist in Clint Eastwood's "Sudden Impact" (1983) or as mob boss Bobo Justice, who comes west to teach a painful lesson to Anjelica Huston about skimming mob money at the track, in "The Grifters" (1990). Equally comfortable in the Old West, he unjustly sentenced Eastwood to death in Ted Post's "Hang 'Em High" (1968), strode the prairie in such oaters as "Nevada Smith" (1966) and "Invitation to a Gunfighter" (1964) and even lent some iconic authority to his small role as a bartender in Sam Raimi's "The Quick and the Dead" (1995). In addition to his feature work, Hingle worked frequently on TV and in regional theater during the 90s, most notably as Big Daddy in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," before returning to Broadway as Benjamin Franklin in the revival of "1776" (1997).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Two Tickets to Paradise (2008)
The List (2007)
Waltzing Anna (2006)
Road to Redemption (2001)
Nathan Tucker
The Runaway (2000)
Shaft (2000)
Muppets From Space (1999)
Batman & Robin (1997)
James Gordon
The Member of the Wedding (1997)
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Mr Waddell
Larger Than Life (1996)
Vernon
Batman Forever (1995)
James Gordon
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Truman (1995)
Thomas Joseph "Tj" Pendergast
Lightning Jack (1994)
Marshall Kurtz
One Christmas (1994)
Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story (1994)
Citizen Cohn (1992)
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992)
Colonel Tucker
Batman Returns (1992)
James Gordon
Horton Foote's The Habitation of Dragons (1992)
Not of This World (1991)
Doc Avery
The Grifters (1990)
Batman (1989)
James Gordon
Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989)
The Town Bully (1988)
The Land Before Time (1988)
Voice
The Land Before Time (1988)
Narrator
Stranger on My Land (1988)
LBJ: The Early Years (1987)
Baby Boom (1987)
Kojak: The Price of Justice (1987)
Manhunt For Claude Dallas (1986)
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
The Falcon And The Snowman (1985)
The Rape Of Richard Beck (1985)
Chappy Beck
The Lady from Yesterday (1985)
The Fighter (1983)
Sudden Impact (1983)
Chief Jannings
Brewster's Millions (1983)
Going Berserk (1983)
Running Brave (1983)
The Act (1982)
Washington Mistress (1982)
Of Mice and Men (1981)
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)
Stone (1979)
Disaster On The Coastliner (1979)
Elvis (1979)
Norma Rae (1979)
America Lost and Found (1979)
Narration
Sunshine Christmas (1977)
The Gauntlet (1977)
Josephson
Tarantulas (1977)
Doc Hodgins
Escape From Bogen County (1977)
Independence (1976)
The Secret Life of John Chapman (1976)
Gus Reed
Deliver Us from Evil (1975)
The Last Angry Man (1974)
The Super Cops (1974)
Lieutenant Novick
Trouble Comes to Town (1973)
Cecil Tabor
Happy As the Grass Was Green (1973)
One Little Indian (1973)
Captain Stewart
The Carey Treatment (1972)
Capt. Pearson
Nightmare Honeymoon (1972)
Sweet, Sweet Rachel (1971)
Arthur Piper
If Tomorrow Comes (1971)
The City (1971)
Ira Groom
All the Way Home (1971)
Ralph
Bloody Mama (1970)
Sam Adams Pendlebury
Norwood (1970)
Grady Fring
WUSA (1970)
Bingamon
Sol Madrid (1968)
Harry Mitchell
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Judge Adam Fenton
Jigsaw (1968)
Lew Haley
Nevada Smith (1966)
Big Foot
The Glass Menagerie (1966)
Gentleman Caller
Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
Sam Brewster
A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)
All the Way Home (1963)
Ralph Follet
The Ugly American (1963)
Homer Atkins
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Ace Stamper
Wild River (1960)
Narrator
No Down Payment (1957)
Herman Kreitzer
The Strange One (1957)
Harold Koble

Cast (Special)

Beanpole (1990)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1990)
Performer
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (1989)
Casebusters (1986)
Narrator
Noon Wine (1985)
Bus Stop (1982)
General Electric's All-Star Anniversary (1978)
Twigs (1975)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Stephen King's The Shining (1997)
Simple Justice (1993)
The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990)
War and Remembrance (1988)
Wild Times (1980)

Life Events

1941

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

1950

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

1950

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

1953

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

1954

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

1955

Broadway debut as Joe Foster in "Festival"

1955

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

1958

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

1959

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

1960

Narrated Elia Kazan's "Wild River"

1961

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

1964

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

1965

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

1966

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

1968

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

1969

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

1973

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

1974

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

1980

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

1986

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

1988

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

1989

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

1990

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

1991

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

1992

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

1995

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

1997

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

1997

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

1997

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

2002

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

2006

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

2006

Co-starred in the comedy "Waltzing Anna"

Photo Collections

Splendor in the Grass - Movie Posters
Here are a few original movie posters from Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass (1961), starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty.

Videos

Movie Clip

Norma Rae (1979) - It Goes Like It Goes Real photos of the young Sally Field (title character), Martin Ritt directing factory scenes from Opelika, Alabama, and Jennifer Warnes' much-praised rendering of the Oscar-winning song by David Shire and Norman Gimbel, opening Norma Rae, 1979.
Norma Rae (1979) - Things Can Get To You Still not comfortable in her new job as a floor supervisor, Sally Field (title character) strikes up a sudden acquaintance with fellow mill worker Sonny (Beau Bridges), her dad (Pat Hingle) not approving, in Martin Ritt's Norma Rae, 1979.
No Down Payment (1957) - Born At The Right Time At the barbecue Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens are new arrivals David and Jean, all are accustomed to Tony Randall (as Jerry) drinking, Barbara Rush, Sheree North, Patricia Owens and Joanne Woodward as spouses, Cameron Mitchell as Troy, Pat Hingle the host Herm, in the suburban exposè No Down Payment, 1957.
No Down Payment (1957) - Open, Serving All Of Southern California Pretty fascinating as a record of early suburban LA, interstates and roads around Pacific Palisades, Martin Ritt directing Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens in the car, Cameron Mitchell, Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Sheree North, Barbara Rush among their neighbors-to-be leaving church, opening No Down Payment, 1957.
No Down Payment (1957) - This Is A Snap The first full go-round of the four suburban couples, Pat Hingle and Barbara Rush greet new neighbors Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens, observed by Sheree North, then Joanne Woodward with spouse Cameron Mitchell, Tony Randall the last to appear, Martin Ritt directing from the novel by John McPartland, in No Down Payment, 1957.
Hang 'Em High - Tumbleweed Wagon For reasons not explained, shopkeeper Rachel (Inger Stevens) gets to inspect fugitives (including "Cooper," Clint Eastwood) brought to town for hanging by Bliss (Ben Johnson), Judge Fenton (Pat Hingle) observing, in Hang 'Em High, 1968.
Wild River (1960) - Rugged Individualism Joining the narration by Pat Hingle, after footage of 1930’s Tennessee River flooding, we meet Montgomery Clift as Tennessee Valley Authority official Glover, arriving at his new post, meeting Betty (Barbara Loden, wife of the director/producer Elia Kazan), opening Wild River, 1960.
Splendor In The Grass (1961) - They're Kind Of Dull Kansas, 1927 Stamper family Christmas photo, reckless Ginny (Barbara Loden, who would marry director Elia Kazan), introduces her bootlegger boyfriend to father (Pat Hingle) and brother Bud (Warren Beatty), in Splendor In The Grass, 1961.
Splendor In The Grass (1961) - Two Kinds Of Girls Self-made millionaire Ace Stamper (Pat Hingle) dismisses daughter Ginny (Barbara Loden) before his sexually repressed star athlete son Bud (Warren Beatty) tries to talk about his future, in Elia Kazan's Splendor In The Grass, 1961.
Bloody Mama (1970) - Open, That's What You Call Family The young girl here is Lisa Jill, her comments perhaps voiced by Shelley Winters, who plays the character she’ll grow up to be, in what amounts to an origin myth for Kate “Ma” Barker, custom title song by Don Randi, Al Simms and Bob Silver, in Roger Corman’s outrageous Bloody Mama, 1970.
Carey Treatment, The (1972) - You Take A Tough Line Crisp scene from a movie director Blake Edwards wound up disowning due to studio-enforced cuts, pathologist Carey (James Coburn) meets cop Pearson (Pat Hingle), having just visited a friend wrongly charged with killing a young woman in a botched abortion, in The Carey Treatment, 1972.
Norma Rae (1979) - They're Watching Me North Carolina mill worker Sally Field (title character) gets promoted for griping by Gardner (Lonny Chapman), causing almost immediate conflict with her fellow-employee father (Pat Hingle), early in Martin Ritt's Norma Rae, 1979.

Trailer

Family

Ernest Patterson
Grandfather
Railroad engineer.
Clarence Martin Hingle
Father
Contractor. Abandoned family c. 1930.
Marvin Louise Hingle
Mother
Schoolteacher, musician and radio writer.
Jody Hingle
Child
Mother, Alyce Dorsey.
Billy Hingle
Son
Mother, Alyce Dorsey.
Molly Hingle
Daughter
Mother, Alyce Dorsey.

Companions

Alyce Dorsey
Wife
Married on June 3, 1947; divorced; mother of Hingle's three children; stage-managed first show Hingle was in at University of Texas.
Julia Wright
Wife
Married on October 25, 1979; met on location in El Paso, Texas when Hingle was filming "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" (1979); worked at the bank where the crew cashed their checks.

Bibliography

Notes

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