Job Actor
Years active 1951-2009
Known for Judges, police officers, authority figures
Top Roles Ace Stamper, Jocko, Narrator, Judge Fenton, Ghost of Christmas Present
Top GenresDrama, Western, Crime, Romance, War, Action
Top TopicsPeriod Piece, Christmas, Book-Based
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Shares birthday with Gibb McLaughlin, Isabel Jewell, Tim McIntire  see more..

Pat Hingle Overview:

Character actor, Pat Hingle, was born Martin Patterson Hingle on Jul 19, 1924 in Miami, FL. Hingle died at the age of 84 on Jan 3, 2009 in Carolina Beach, NC .


Thickly-set, light-haired American actor with natural scowl. A former construction worker, he enrolled at the Actors' Studio and broke into the theatre in 1950, TV and films in 1954. At first cast as surly, edgy types - apart from a role as one of the "eight new stars" in Fox's No Down Payment - he took increasingly sympathetic, if still grouchy parts later in his life, while still never quite finding his niche in the cinema.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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By Caftan Woman on Jan 5, 2009 From Caftan Woman

Talented character actor has passed away at the age of 86.It was in the role of Dr. Chapman on "Gunsmoke" that I first became aware of his sterling presence. He replaced Milburn Stone as Dodge City's medical man for a time during Stone's health crisis. His introductory episode is one of... Read full article

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Pat Hingle Quotes:

Judge Adam Fenton: [hands Cooper a cup of coffee] Here, if that hangin' rope didn't kill ya, maybe my coffee will.

Judge Adam Fenton: Nineteen marshals and one court to commandeer 70,000 square miles. A happy hunting ground filled with bushwackers, horse thieves, whiskey peddlers, counterfeiters, hide peelers, marauders - they'd kill you for a hat band. Now that's why there's a badge in my desk, Cooper, itching to sit on somebody's chest... and no takers!

Judge Adam Fenton: Pick up the badge, Mr. Cooper.
[Cooper glares at Fenton]
Judge Adam Fenton: Pick up the badge, or leave justice to me and my men.

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Pat Hingle Facts
Studying acting with Uta Hagen at the Herbert Berghof Studios, he later was a strong disciple of the Actors Studio in New York. It was Elia Kazan, who gave Hingle his big screen break by casting him in the unbilled role of a bartender in On the Waterfront (1954). Later he played Warren Beatty's browbeating father in Kazan's Splendor in the Grass (1961). Kazan also cast him as the original Goober on Broadway in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof".

Diagnosed in November 2006 with a blood disorder, myelodysplasia. He died over two years later.

He lost the lead role in the film Elmer Gantry (1960), which could have been a turning point in his screen career, when he, trying to escape a stalled elevator in his apartment building on the West Side, fell more than 50 feet down the shaft. He fractured his skull, hip, wrist, and most of the ribs on his left side, also breaking his left leg in three places. A finger had to be amputated. Near death for two weeks, he spent a year relearning to walk. Burt Lancaster inherited the role and won an Oscar.

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