Bob Hastings in a later photo. Hastings' prolific career of acting and voice-over work in radio, television and film spanned over seven decades.
|Born:||April 18, 1925|
|Birthplace:||Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.|
|Died:||June 30, 2014(aged 89)|
(m.1940s – 2014)
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Character played:||Tommy Kelsey (seasons 1-6)|
Robert "Bob" Hastings appeared as Tommy Kelsey, the owner of Kelcy's Bar on All in the Family in seasons 1-6. A respected film, radio, and television character actor, Hastings also provided voices for video game and numerous animated cartoon characters.
Early life and career
Hastings was born in on April 18, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, a son of Charles and Hazel Hastings, Sr. His father was a salesman. Hastings started in radio on Coast-to-Coast on a Bus ([NBC). After serving in World War II as a navigator on B-29s, he played the role of Archie Andrews in a series based on the Archie comic book series on the NBC Red Network, later just the NBC Radio Network, after NBC divested itself of its Blue Network in 1942. Archie Andrews was sponsored by Swift & Company food products. Hastings later moved to television in 1949, performing in early science-fiction series, including Atom Squad. His first recurring role was as a lieutenant on Phil Silvers' show Sergeant Bilko in the late 1950s.
Most of his career has been spent in television, including two episodes on Green Acres as an Airforce officer and a sheriff respectively. Also Hastings was remembered for roles including Captain Binghamton's aide, yes-man Lieutenant Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy called "Carpy" and "Little Leadbottom" by McHale and his men, and Captain Ramsey on General Hospital. He was also the voice of the Raven on some of the episodes of The Munsters. He was briefly the host of the game show Dealer's Choice, and had a recurring role as bar owner Tommy Kelsey on All In The Family.
After McHale's Navy, Hastings was a regular on the Universal Studios lot, where Universal paid actors during downtime to be on the grounds and talk to tourists. According to an interview on Time Travel Radio, he got along so well with the people that he became one of the few regulars on the tour.
Hastings played Cousin Phantom of the Opera in the TV movie The Munsters Revenge. Hastings was in the 1968 Universal film Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady? starring Bob Denver. Hastings was in the 1971 comedy movie How To Frame A Figg, starring Don Knotts. Hastings also was in the movie Harper Valley P.T.A. in which he played Skeeter Duggan, a member of the PTA board who had been kidnapped at the orders of its dishonest president to commit election fraud.
In 1967, Hastings recorded an LP for Home Records Inc. entitled Bob Hastings Sings For The Family (HR-101), with 12 songs arranged and conducted by Bob Caudana.
Hastings had also done voice work for animation and commercials, including Beany on Beany and Cecil, The Raven on the Munsters series, Superboy in the The New Adventures of Superman cartoons of the 1960s, D.D. on Hanna-Barbera's Clue Club, and the voice of Commissioner Jim Gordon in the popular Batman: The Animated Series and its various spinoffs in the DC animated universe, such as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures and several Batman video games.
His earlier work in animation included doing the voice Henry Glopp on Hanna-Barbera's animated series Jeannie in 1973 and additional voices on Challenge of the Superfriends.
Personal and later life
Hastings was the brother of longtime As the World Turns soap opera star Don Hastings. He was married to wife Joan (Rice) Hastings for over 60 years and had four children, 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
He continued to tour the country as a participant in various Old-Time Radio Conventions, reading scripts for such shows as Archie Andrews and The Bickersons. He appeared at the 2010 Cincinnati Old-Time Radio Convention, the Old Time Radio Showcase 2010 in Bellevue, Washington in June, and at the Friends of Old Time Radio Convention in Newark, NJ in October 2010.
Hastings died on June 30, 2014 (at age 89) from prostate cancer.
- Bob Hastings at the Internet Movie Database
- Bob Hastings interview http://www.cinemaspy.com/Interviews/Interview-Bob-Hastings/2815