Skip to comments.Actor Bob Hastings dies at 89: Star of 'McHale's Navy' began his career on the radio at an early age
Posted on 07/01/2014 8:20:20 PM PDT by EveningStar
Robert "Bob" Francis Hastings, Sr., a radio actor who found his footing in television, notably for portraying "yes man" Lt. Elroy Carpenter on the popular sitcom "McHale's Navy," has died. He was 89.
Hastings died Monday at his Burbank home. He had pancreatic cancer, his third bout with the illness in 15 years.
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He was pretty good.
That’s also Phil Silvers in that pic too. Died 1985.
B-29 navigator during World War II
Todays kids cannot even read or write well.
Joe Flynn on the left, Bob Hastings on the right.
Actually, that is Joe Flynn ( though he does look like Phil Silvers)
No, it’s Joe Flynn.
He did a good job portraying the idiot, brown-nosing, groveling sidekick. I wonder if he ever got promoted?
Not many of the guys from McHale’s Navy are left. There’s Tim Conway, Gavin MacLeod and I don’t know who else.
Thanks to syndication, I was able to watch McHale’s Navy in the early 1980s. Always good for a laugh what with all that classic comedic talent that they had.
I suspect “Groober” is probably deceased as he was one of the older crewmen. Fuji might still be alive.
Ooops, my bad... it is Joe Flynn... egads-— sorry.
Wow. Just didn’t realize he was that advanced in years. I loved McHale’s Navy and Bob was one of the reasons why.
TV was fun in those days
OK, did not watch TV back then, which one was Hastings?
Ah, disregard my previous post, still ignorant on early TV stars. Do dimly recall Phil Silvers as something Bilko.
Met him at a old time radio con here in Cincinnati; a class act.
Gruber (Carl Ballantine) actually only died a few short years ago. He lived to a good old age. The guy who played Virgil died about a year ago or so, as did Borgnine himself.
I guess the only ones from the show still surviving are Tim Conway, the guy who played Fugi, Gavin MacLeod, and the hillbilly character Willy (who was the real-life son of husband-wife country superstars Kitty Wells and Johnny Wright, if memory serves me).
Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko
McHale’s Navy was basically a takeoff on Phil Silvers’ “You’ll Never Get Rich” except changed to Navy and WWII. As was the cartoon “Top Cat”.
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