Hastings was born in New York on
April 18, 1925, and got his first work in radio in the mid-1940s. He went from
radio into early TV and wound up with a recurring role on The Phil
Silvers Show. He had continuing parts on many series, including The
Munsters and All in the Family. He battled cancer on and off
during the last 13 years of his life, finally succumbing to pancreatic cancer
at the age of 89 on June 30, 2014 (dying the same day as director Paul Mazursky
and writer Frank M. Robinson).
Bob Hastings was the first Hollywood
actor I ever met, on the backlot of Universal Studios in August 1968. He signed
my Disneyland autograph book, and if I could find it, I'd scan it.