Bob Hastings, 89; ‘McHale’s Navy’ star

Mr. Hastings was also in the cast of “General Hospital.”

ABC Archives/File 1982

Mr. Hastings was also in the cast of “General Hospital.”

LOS ANGELES — An actor best known from the 1960s sitcom ‘‘McHale’s Navy,’’ has died. Bob Hastings was 89.

Allison Knowles said her grandfather died Monday in his Burbank, Calif., home after a battle with prostate cancer.


Mr. Hastings won fans on ‘‘McHale’s Navy’’ as Lieutenant Carpenter, a bumbling yes-man. He had other memorable roles on ‘‘All in the Family’’ and ‘‘General Hospital.’’

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Hastings began his career at age 11 on radio dramas. He branched out into television in its infancy, snagging a role on ‘‘Captain Video and His Video Rangers’’ in 1949.

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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.’’

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