For the past few years, Gary Oldman has been the man shining the bat signal high into the sky. But before Christopher Nolan took on the world of the Dark Knight and reinvented it, there was a different Commissioner in town -- Pat Hingle, who lost his battle with blood cancer on Saturday at the age of 84.

In 1989, he became Commissioner James Gordon in Tim Burton's Batman, filling the role through all four of the films -- from the great Michael Keaton days, all the way through to the abysmal and embarrassing Batman and Robin. But while his law-enforcing time in Gotham might be his most recognizable role, it's only a small portion of his work. His 54-year career took him from recent films like Talladega Nights to Muppets from Space and Splendor in the Grass, and even his first (uncredited) role as Jocko in On the Waterfront back in 1954.

Rest in peace, Mr. Hingle. You will be missed.
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