Robert Francis Hastings, better known to most of us as Commissioner Gordon from BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, has died at the fine age of 89 years.
Ever time one of the actors from this series dies, I try to explain what an impact they had on me personally and I feel like I always fall short. It seems silly to hold actors in high regard, but the work they did on this particular show, changed my life frankly, and for that I cannot thank them enough.
Just like when your favorite author, painter, poet or whomever it was that made a mark on your life dies, it leaves you with a sense of something missing. The fine thing about it though, is that we have 4 seasons and several films worth of work that these people shared with us, that they created, and that will last, likely, forever.
Hastings was an integral part of a series where if you removed just one piece of the puzzle, it would have fallen apart and not had the impact it did on so many generations of fans. His voice was so strong and distinct that he will always be remembered as Commissioner Gordon.
Hastings had a pretty great career and starred in a lot of excellent shows, but he like the rest of the cast of BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, will always hold a special place in my heart and mind for the work they did bringing Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski’s vision to life.
Thanks for your many years of service Commissioner, go ahead, we’ll get the lights for you.