Batman actor Pat Hingle has died following a battle with leukaemia. He was 84.
Hingle, who is most famous for his role as Commissioner Gordon in Batman and the franchise's three sequels, passed away at his home in Carolina Beach, North Carolina on Saturday (03Jan09).
The veteran actor kicked off his career in 1948, and was ready to hit the Hollywood big time after landing the title role in 1960 movie Elmer Gantry.
But Hingle's acting dreams were sidelined after he fell down an elevator shaft and was forced to give up the part in order to recover from his horrific injuries. Actor Burt Lancaster was subsequently given the role.
He restarted his career playing Warren Beatty's father in 1961 film Splendor in the Grass.
Hingle many film credits include Brewster's Millions, Baby Boom and The Quick and the Dead, before playing Gotham's police chief in Tim Burton's 1989 adaptation of the caped crusader comic strip.
He is the only actor alongside Michael Gough - who plays Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred - to star in all four of the original Batman movies.