Actor Pat Hingle

July 19, 1924 - January 3, 2009
Actor Pat Hingle


Martin Pat Hingle, 84, of Carolina Beach died Saturday January 3, 2009 at his home with his wife at his side.

Pat was born in Miami, Florida July 19, 1924 the son of the late Clarence and Marvin Patterson Hingle. A veteran actor whose career included a recurring role as Commissioner Gordon in several Batman movies in the 1990’s.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years Julia Hingle, sons William Hingle and wife Nancy of New City, NY, Gregory Swanson and wife Judy of Dallas TX, daughters Jody Smith and husband Jerry of PA, Molly Manitone and husband Charles of NJ and Katherine Joy and husband Richard of Spokane, WA, and eleven grandchildren.

A public memorial tribute to veteran actor Pat Hingle will be from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Sunday, January 25, 2009 in the Main Stage Theater of the Cultural Arts Building on the campus of UNCW.

On a later date Pat’s ashes will be scattered at sea during a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UNCW Pat Hingle Theater Guest Artist Fund, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • January 08, 2009
    David Rollins says:
    I offer you peace and solace in your moment of grief. I met Pat through a friend, Dick Scholfield, who himself passed away a few years ago. Pat and I used to meet in the strangest place, like K-Mart and on planes. He was a fantastic person and I am better for having known him. I will miss him very much.

  • March 24, 2020
    Barron Pilgrim says:
    What a great actor.

  • January 07, 2009
    Tony Loreti says:
    Good,talented, cordial a few words to describe Pat Hingle. In 97 when I was Mayor, he took time from a busy schedule ( he was in the play 1776 in NY ) to write me a letter.He said," he and his wife Julie loved that Village ( Carolina Beach ) and all the people in it we've come to know." The Entertainment Community as well as our's will miss him.

  • January 05, 2009
    Scott Wilson says:
    This was a terrific actor. I realize the stage is more rewarding for most thespians, but it is fortunate for us and for future generations that performances are captured on film. Mr. Hingle's portrayals in the film SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS was unforgettable, and deserved a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, it seemed to me. That he was not at least nominated for an Emmy for the Reginald Rose teleplay THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF HORACE FORD in the 1963 TWILIGHT ZONE was a major injustice. I am sure the nominations and awards or lack thereof did not bother this fine actor though. He lit up any film he was in and commanded attention. In any role I've seen him play over nearly 50 years, when he was on camera he was always the most interesting character in the scene. I can think of no one even remotely like him today, sad to say. My sympathy to his family and to the town that clearly loved and appreciated him. Scott Wilson

  • January 14, 2009
    Jeff Goodwin says:
    My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Pat Hingle. I worked with Mr. Hingle on several movies and TV shows and always had much respect for him. The lights of "Hollywood" shine a little less bright now. Jeff Goodwin