So Long, Commissioner James Gordon Source:The Associated Press January 4, 2009
Pat Hingle, a veteran actor whose career included a recurring role as Commissioner James Gordon in Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, has died after battling blood cancer. He was 84.
Family friend Michele Seidman says Hingle died at his home in Carolina Beach shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.
Family spokeswoman Lynn Heritage says Hingle was diagnosed with myelodysplasia in November 2006.
His career in movies and television spanned six decades, and he was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1958. Hingle's last movie was Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which was released in 2006.
For a generation, he was Commissioner Gordon to three different guys playing Batman.
I do have a favorite line from him, in Batman Returns when they found a Batarang planted by the Penguin to frame Batman for killing the ice princess:
Lucas said "no" to the third trilogy back before the Lord of the Rings movies were made. After that, he's been saying (in interviews) that if he could do the trilogy properly, he might just shoot it all in 16-18 months and be done with it.