Tom Hatten, an actor, writer and television host for Popeye and Friends and Family Film Festival, has died. He was 92.
His death was confirmed by his friend and former KTLA producer, Joe Quasarano, who told the Los Angeles television station that Hatten passed away on Saturday, March 16.
On a warm and beautiful day locally, perhaps it is only fitting that we learn of the passing of a warm and really beautiful man. Local media legend, and an actor with considerable credits, Tom Hatten has died. He was 92 years old. On @ktla he hosted the "Family Film Festival" pic.twitter.com/nYw320sGJg— Sam Rubin (@SamOnTV) 16 March 2019
The longtime broadcaster joined KTLA station as an announcer in 1952. He hosted the children’s show Popeye and Friends for 12 years from 1976 to 1988, and Family Film Festival for 14 years from 1978 to 1992.
The television presenter also worked as an entertainment editor at KNX 1070 News Radio (1978 - 2007) where he kept local residents informed about Hollywood.
Born on November 14, 1926, in Jamestown, North Dakota, Tom served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He used benefits from the G.I. Bill in order to attend the Pasadena Playhouse.
Besides his broadcast career, Tom appeared on six episodes of 1960's Gomer Pyle: USMC. He portrayed a military officer in the series, Hogan’s Heroes and The Man from U.N.C.L.E..
He also starred in Spies Like Us (1985) and Sweet Charity (1969). The late actor is survived by his partner, Pete Menifee, and several nieces and nephews.
Rest In Peace Tom Hatten!
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