Batman star dies

Pat Hingle, known to film audiences as Commissioner Gordon in the “Batman” movies, has died at the age of 84.

Family friend Michele Seidman says Hingle died at his home in Carolina Beach shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.

Seidman says he decided to settle in the coastal town after shooting the movie “Maximum Overdrive” in the area in 1986. He lived there for more than 15 years.

Hingle’s many film credits include “Brewster’s Millions” (1983), “Baby Boom” (1987), “The Grifters” (1990) and “The Quick and the Dead” (1995). He played the role of Commissioner Gordon in Tim Burton’s “Batman” and “Batman Returns” and again for Joel Schumacher in “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin”.