An actor who was a regular on the 1960s ABC sitcom "McHale's Navy" has died. TV Guide reports that Bob Hastings died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Hastings, 89, died June 30.
Hastings played Lt. Elroy Carpenter, the aide to Captain Binghamton, played by Joe Flynn, on "McHale's Navy," with the character earning nicknames such as "Carpy" and "Little Leadbottom" from McHale and his men. McHale was played by Ernest Borgnine.
"Born Robert Francis Hastings, he began his career at 11 on radio shows such as 'The Daily Radio Gang' and 'Adventures in King Arthurland.' Hastings then took a break from entertainment to enlist in the Army Air Corps during World War II. When he returned from overseas, Hastings went back to radio, giving voice to the comics icon Archie Andrews until 1953," the story reports.
"Hastings moved to television in 1949, where he appeared on 'Captain Video and His Video Rangers' and 'Sergeant Bilko.' His other credits include 'All in the Family' and 'General Hospital,'" the piece adds.
Bob Hastings, left, with Joe Flynn on "McHale's Navy"