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Actor Bob Hastings dies at 89: Star of 'McHale's Navy' began his career on the radio at an early age
The Burbank Leader ^ | July 1, 2014 | Alicia Banks

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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TOPICS: Humor; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bobhastings; mchalesnavy; obituary
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1 posted on 07/01/2014 8:20:20 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
Rest in Peace Mr. Hastings!



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2 posted on 07/01/2014 8:22:41 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: EveningStar

He was pretty good.


3 posted on 07/01/2014 8:23:13 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: EveningStar

That’s also Phil Silvers in that pic too. Died 1985.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 8:24:38 PM PDT by tflabo (o)
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To: EveningStar

B-29 navigator during World War II
Born 1925.......

Todays kids cannot even read or write well.


5 posted on 07/01/2014 8:24:49 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: tflabo

Joe Flynn on the left, Bob Hastings on the right.


6 posted on 07/01/2014 8:26:53 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: tflabo
That’s also Phil Silvers in that pic too. Died 1985.

Actually, that is Joe Flynn ( though he does look like Phil Silvers)

7 posted on 07/01/2014 8:27:19 PM PDT by TheCipher (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself- Mark Twain)
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To: tflabo

No, it’s Joe Flynn.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0283499/?ref_=tt_cl_t2


8 posted on 07/01/2014 8:27:21 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: EveningStar
Elroy!

He did a good job portraying the idiot, brown-nosing, groveling sidekick. I wonder if he ever got promoted?

9 posted on 07/01/2014 8:27:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: EveningStar

RIP

Not many of the guys from McHale’s Navy are left. There’s Tim Conway, Gavin MacLeod and I don’t know who else.


10 posted on 07/01/2014 8:28:10 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


11 posted on 07/01/2014 8:31:19 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I suspect “Groober” is probably deceased as he was one of the older crewmen. Fuji might still be alive.


12 posted on 07/01/2014 8:32:53 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: EveningStar

Ooops, my bad... it is Joe Flynn... egads-— sorry.


13 posted on 07/01/2014 8:33:59 PM PDT by tflabo (o)
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To: EveningStar

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


14 posted on 07/01/2014 8:35:28 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: EveningStar

OK, did not watch TV back then, which one was Hastings?


15 posted on 07/01/2014 8:35:51 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: EveningStar

Ah, disregard my previous post, still ignorant on early TV stars. Do dimly recall Phil Silvers as something Bilko.


16 posted on 07/01/2014 8:37:32 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

Met him at a old time radio con here in Cincinnati; a class act.


17 posted on 07/01/2014 8:38:23 PM PDT by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here.)
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To: yarddog

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).


18 posted on 07/01/2014 8:42:33 PM PDT by greene66
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To: doorgunner69

Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phil_Silvers_Show


19 posted on 07/01/2014 8:43:57 PM PDT by tflabo (o)
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To: tflabo

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”.


20 posted on 07/01/2014 8:47:20 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: EveningStar
He was also the voice of Commissioner Gordon in Batman the Animated Series.



21 posted on 07/01/2014 8:53:54 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: yarddog

“F Troop” also came from the same source. And “Hogan’s Heroes”.


22 posted on 07/01/2014 9:01:09 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: tflabo

That’s not Phil Silvers


23 posted on 07/01/2014 9:03:35 PM PDT by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: tflabo

No, that’s not Phil Silvers. That;s Joe Flynn, Captain Binghampton.


24 posted on 07/01/2014 9:14:26 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: EveningStar

McHale’s Navy was one of my favorite 60s comedies along with
Get Smart and Hogan’s Heros. I think McHale’s Navy might have
become a little PC for the time. Recall they changed WWll theaters
from the Pacific to Europe. Even as a kid at the time I thought
Hollywood was becoming a little hinky about continuing to make
the Japanese look foolish. Anybody have the real backstory about
the change of setting? I’ll peruse Wiki.

RIP, Mr Hastings.


25 posted on 07/01/2014 9:47:34 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: tflabo

You are thinking of sgt bilko played by phil silvers.


26 posted on 07/01/2014 10:37:09 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: TheCipher
Actually, that is Joe Flynn ( though he does look like Phil Silvers)

Not really.

Take away the glasses and there isn't much resemblance.


27 posted on 07/01/2014 10:58:34 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Sivad

At your suggestion, I went to Wiki because I had no recollection of the change of setting in the last season from the South Pacific to Italy. Guess I’d lost interest in the show by that point since I was in junior high by then so it was all about the “cool” factor for what to watch on TV.


28 posted on 07/01/2014 11:43:54 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: greene66

One of the crew members was the son of one of the Johnny and Jack country singing duet. It has been so long, I can’t remember...


29 posted on 07/02/2014 1:15:22 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: EveningStar

RIP, Mr. Hastings.

My Dad was a WW2 Navy Vet, and My Uncle Bill was on a PT Boat.

Both of them absolutely LOVED that show.

(I can still hear the theme song in my head!)


30 posted on 07/02/2014 5:38:47 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“Not many of the guys from McHale’s Navy are left. There’s Tim Conway, Gavin MacLeod and I don’t know who else”

A distant Cousin of mine was one of McHale’s crew. He rarely had any lines, just ran around a lot to Borgnine’s commands. Not sure if he is still alive.


31 posted on 07/02/2014 6:41:13 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


32 posted on 07/02/2014 9:22:28 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: DAC21

Look up his name on IMDb. It should tell you.


33 posted on 07/02/2014 9:23:04 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: DAC21

I don’t think Gavin MacLeod had many lines either.


34 posted on 07/02/2014 9:29:58 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Besides Tim Conway, the only other original cast members who were there for all 138 episodes that are still alive are:

John Wright (Willy Moss)
Yoshio Yoda (Fuji Kobiaji)


35 posted on 07/02/2014 3:30:36 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (If you ain't CAV, you ain't.......)
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