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‘McHale’s Navy, ‘GH’ star Bob Hastings dies at age 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor best known from the 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” has died. Bob Hastings was 89.

Bob Hastings
Bob Hastings in a 1982 photo. (AP Photo/ABC Photo Archives)

Allison Knowles says her grandfather died Monday in his Burbank, California, home after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

Hastings won fans on “McHale’s Navy” as Lt. Carpenter, a bumbling yes-man. Other memorable roles were on “All in the Family” and “General Hospital.”

The Brooklyn, New York-born Hastings began his career at age 11 on radio dramas. He branched out into TV in its infancy, snagging a role on “Captain Video and His Video Rangers” in 1949.

Other early acting jobs included a recurring role on the military comedy “The Phil Silvers Show.”

Later TV appearances included “Ironside,” `’The Dukes of Hazzard,” `’Major Dad” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

His voiceover work continued as recently as the 2010 video game “Mafia II.”

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