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Name: Martin Patterson Hingle                                                         
Born: 19 July 1924 Denver, Colorado                                                   
Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle (born July 19, 1924) is an American actor.             
Hingle was born Martin Patterson Hingle in Denver, Colorado, the son of Marvin       
Louise (nee Patterson), a schoolteacher and musician, and Clarence Martin Hingle,     
a building contractor. Hingle enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1941,             
dropping out of the University of Texas. He served on the destroyer USS Marshall     
during WWII. He returned to the University of Texas after the war and earned a       
degree in radio broadcasting.                                                         
In 1960, he had been offered the title role in Elmer Gantry, but could not do it     
due to a near fatal accident; caught in an elevator in his West End Avenue           
apartment building that had stalled between the second and third floors, he           
crawled out, trying to reach the second floor corridor, lost his balance and         
fell 54 feet down the shaft, fracturing his skull, wrist, hip and most of the         
ribs on his left side, breaking his left leg in three places and losing the           
little finger on his left hand. He lay near death for two weeks and his recovery     
took more than a year.                                                               
Hingle is traditionally known for playing judges, police officers, and other         
authority figures. While he is probably best known in recent times for playing       
Commissioner Gordon in the 1989 film Batman and its three sequels, Hingle has a       
long list of television and movie credits to his name, going back to 1948. Among     
them are Hang 'Em High (1968), Sudden Impact (1983), Road To Redemption (2001),       
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979), Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive (1986),     
The Grifters (1990), Citizen Cohn (1992), Muppets from Space, and Shaft (2000).       
Along with Michael Gough, who played Alfred Pennyworth, he is one of only two         
actors to appear in all of the first four Batman films.                               
In the 1997 revival of the musical 1776, Hingle played Benjamin Franklin, with       
Brent Spiner as John Adams. In 2002, he was a regular cast member of ABC's           
series The Court.                                                                     
Recently, he appeared in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, as the         
original owner of Dennit Racing.