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


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