Pat Hingle

Pat Hingle


Pat Hingle, the character actor whose career stretched back to the 1940s and whose credits encompassed copious roles in theatre, film and television, died Jan. 3, 2009, at his home in Carolina Beach, NC. He was 84. The cause was myelodysplasia, a blood disorder, his wife, Julia, said. Tall and solid built, with a twang left in his rich, deep voice from his Southern upbringing (he was born in Miami and raised and schooled in Texas), he played everything from gangsters to policemen and every moral station in between. With his wide smile, twinkling deep-set eyes and bushy eyebrows, which seemed imbued with years of homegrown wisdom, he effortlessly drew the viewer in, but — somewhat like his contemporary and fellow Southerner Burl Ives — his folksy charm could turn malevolent just as easily as it could prove virtuous. As Angelica Huston's underworld boss in the film "The Grifters," he spoke to her with paternal warmth while calmly loading a sack full of oranges, with which he planned to beat her.

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  • Also known as: Martin Patterson Hingle
  • Born: Jul 19, 1924 in Miami, FL, USA
  • Death: Jan 3, 2009 in Carolina Beach, NC

Roles (20)

1776 Playbill - Opening Night 1776 (1997)
Opened Aug 14, 1997
  • as Benjamin Franklin (Original)
  • A Life (1980)
Opened Nov 2, 1980
  • as Kearns (Original)
The Lady From the Sea Playbill - March 1976 The Lady from the Sea (1976)
Opened Mar 18, 1976
  • as Dr. Wangel (Original)
The Lady from the Sea - March 1976
That Championship Season Playbill - Oct 1972 That Championship Season (1972)
Opened Sep 14, 1972
  • as Coach (Replacement)
The Selling of the President Playbill - March 1972 The Selling of the President (1972)
Opened Mar 22, 1972
  • as Sen. George W. Mason (Original)
Child's Play Playbill - Feb 1970 Child's Play (1970)
Opened Feb 17, 1970
  • as Joseph Dobbs (Original)
The Price Playbill - Feb 1968 The Price (1968)
Opened Feb 7, 1968
  • as Victor Franz (Original)
PB.Listing.Placeholder.BROADWAY.V4.jpg Johnny No-Trump (1967)
Opened Oct 8, 1967
  • as Harry Armstrong (Original)
cover_no_shadow The Odd Couple (1965)
Opened Mar 10, 1965
  • as Oscar Madison (Replacement)
  • Arrived on Feb 28, 1966
The Glass Menagerie Playbill - Opening Night, May 1965 The Glass Menagerie (1965)
Opened May 4, 1965
  • as The Gentleman Caller (Original)


Tony Award
1958 Best Featured Actor in a Play The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Nominee