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‘McHale’s Navy’ star Bob Hastings dead at 89

‘McHale’s Navy’ star Bob Hastings dead at 89

BOB HASTINGS:The voice of "Archie" and star of the 1960s series "McHale's Navy," Hastings (seen here in 1982) died on Monday at the age of 89. Photo: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran Hollywood actor Bob Hastings, best-remembered as a bootlicking lieutenant in the 1960s television World War II comedy “McHale’s Navy,” has died at the age of 89.

Hastings died at his home in Burbank, California, on Monday after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer, granddaughter Allison Knowles said.

The Brooklyn-born Hastings first earned recurring roles on 1950s TV comedy “The Phil Silvers Show” and small parts on other programs before landing the role of yes-man Lieutenant Elroy Carpenter on “McHale’s Navy.”

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Hastings also appeared in several episodes of 1970s comedy “All in the Family” as well as performing voice work in dozens of episodes of 1990s program “Batman: The Animated Series.”

Hastings, a World War II veteran who voiced Archie Comics character Archie Andrews from 1945 to 1953 on NBC radio, was the older brother of Don Hastings, an actor best-known for his role as a physician on soap opera “As the World Turns.”

Hastings is survived by his brother and four children, as well as by grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by Mary Milliken and Matthew Lewis)

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