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Don Hastings


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Full Name
Donald Francis Michael Hastings

April 1, 1934 (age 89) (
Brooklyn, New York City, USA

Radio, theatre, television actor and screenwriter

Bob Hastings (Brother, deceased 2014)

Leslie Denniston (m. 1980), Noretta Nan Kennedy (m. 1956–1980)

Matthew Hastings, Julie Hastings, Katharine Hastings, Jennifer Hastings

Hazel Hastings, Charles Hastings

TV shows
As the World Turns, Captain Video and His Video, The Edge of Night, The Magic Cottage

Similar People
Eileen Fulton, Helen Wagner, Jon Hensley, Bob Hastings, Colleen Zenk

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Don Hastings

Donald Francis Michael "Don" Hastings (born April 1, 1934), is a longtime American actor, singer, and writer best known for his 50-year role as Dr. Robert "Bob" Hughes on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. Hastings was the third actor to portray Hughes and is the longest serving cast member of an American television soap opera, after the death of matriarch Helen Wagner of the same series.


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Hastings has been active in show business since 1940 and on television itself since 1947, primarily on soap operas. A rare exception was his appearance as Dave Carter in the 1958 episode "The Savage Payoff" of Beverly Garland's groundbreaking crime drama, Decoy.

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Born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, he lived his earliest years in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district. He started working in radio at the age of six, as a member of the "Bus Bunny" chorus on the serial Coast to Coast on a Bus. From 1944 to 1948, he acted in four Broadway plays. From 1949 to 1955, Hastings played Captain Video's teenaged companion, the Video Ranger, on the DuMont television series, Captain Video and His Video Rangers. He portrayed one of television's first superheroes designed to appeal to children.

Hastings was cast from 1956 to 1960 as Jack Lane on the CBS soap opera, The Edge of Night. He played Bob Hughes on As the World Turns from October 1960 until the show's final airing on September 17, 2010, and spoke the series' final line: "Good Night."

Hastings ranks fourth behind co-star Helen Wagner and British actors Eileen Derbyshireand William Roache in third and second place respectivily in having played the same role for the longest time on worldwide television. He did hold the record as the longest continuous actor in the history of television serials until November 2010, shortly after As the World Turns ended. William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow on the British soap Coronation Street, is now the record-holder, having played Ken Barlow since the first episode of Coronation Street in December 1960, two months after Hastings took over the role of Bob Hughes. Neither actor has taken a break during their tenures. The Guinness Book of Records states that the non-continuous record is held by Hastings' costar Helen Wagner, who played Nancy Hughes on As the World Turns, from April 2, 1956 until her death in May 2010. Wagner was off the program, or only appeared on a recurring basis, between 1981 and 1985.

Hastings is also a screenwriter, and wrote dialogue for both As the World Turns and Guiding Light under the name J. J. Matthews.

Personal life

Hastings lives in upstate New York with his second wife, actress Leslie Denniston, with whom he has a daughter, Kate. Hastings has two daughters and one son from a previous marriage. His son Matthew has been active in show business since 1999 as a writer, director, and producer. Hastings was the younger brother of actor Bob Hastings, who died in June 2014.


As the World Turns (TV Series) as
Bob Hughes / Dr. Bob Hughes / Merchant / ...
- Ohio State University (2002) - Bob Hughes
- Holden & Lily wed (1998) - Dr. Bob Hughes
- Seth &_Angel's Wedding Day (1993) - Dr. Bob Hughes
- Before Mac & Nancy's Wedding (1988) - Dr. Bob Hughes
- Sierra and Craig get married. (1987) - Dr. Bob Hughes
- 30th Anniversary (1986) - Dr. Bob Hughes
- The Ceremony (1985) - Dr. Bob Hughes
- Special Gifts (1985) - Dr. Bob Hughes
- Come Fly with Me (1983) - Dr. Bob Hughes
Eureka (TV Series) as
Baseball Game Announcer
- Founder's Day (2010) - Baseball Game Announcer (voice)
Engaged to Kill (TV Movie) as
Dr. Lennox
Decoys as
Medical Examiner
Our Private World (TV Series) as
Dr. Bob Hughes
- Episode #1.1 (1965) - Dr. Bob Hughes
Deadline (TV Series) as
Johnny Morgan
- Chain Reaction (1959) - Johnny Morgan
The Edge of Night (TV Series) as
Jack Lane
Decoy (TV Series) as
Dave Carter
- The Savage Payoff (1957) - Dave Carter
Crunch and Des (TV Series)
- Shakedown Cruise (1955)
Studio One (TV Series) as
Ensign Zorn
- Shakedown Cruise (1955) - Ensign Zorn
The Big Story (TV Series) as
George Hanson
- The American Archer-Shee Case (1955) - George Hanson
Captain Video and His Video Rangers (TV Series) as
The Video Ranger / Video Ranger
- The Swordsmen of Lyra (1955) - The Video Ranger
- Doctor Pauli's Planet (1955) - The Video Ranger
- The Return of Tobor (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Star Smugglers (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Enemy from Within (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Man from Tomorrow (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Star Ship of the Past (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Plunder of Orca (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Invisible Saboteur (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Talisman of Power (1953) - The Video Ranger
- I, Tobor (1953) - The Video Ranger
- Operation Treachery (1953) - The Video Ranger
- Black Planet Academy (1953) - The Video Ranger
- Errand of Mercy (1953) - The Video Ranger
- Adventure on Phobos (1953) - The Video Ranger
- The Wonkie (1953) - The Video Ranger
- The Black Nebula (1953) - The Video Ranger
- The Quest for the Philosopher's Stone (1953) - The Video Ranger
- Spartak Returns (1953) - The Video Ranger
- The Green King (1952) - The Video Ranger
- The Threat of the Rogue World (1952) - The Video Ranger
- Space Race (1952) - The Video Ranger
- Operation Venus (1952) - The Video Ranger
- Operation Micromail (1952) - The Video Ranger
- Birth of the 'Galaxy' (1952) - The Video Ranger
- Shipwrecked (1952) - The Video Ranger
- In the Clutches of the Klaw (1952) - The Video Ranger
- The Space Hawk (1951) - The Video Ranger
- The Power of Leonis (1951) - The Video Ranger
- Code of Honor (1950) - The Video Ranger
- Al Hodge Replaces Richard Coogan in the Lead Role. (1950) - Video Ranger
- Misc Vid 4; Su Ching Sing (1950) - Video Ranger
- Lazy K Ranch (1950) - Video Ranger
- Misc Video 2; the Sparrow (1949) - Video Ranger
- Captain Video Prepares to Visit Regus (1949) - The Video Ranger
The Secret Files of Captain Video (TV Series) as
The Video Ranger
- Beginnings (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The 'Q' Effect (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Wendigo (1954) - The Video Ranger
- Tooth and Claw (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Plague Ship (1954) - The Video Ranger
- The Salted Planetoid (1954) - The Video Ranger
- Into Thin Space (1953) - The Video Ranger
- The Glop (1953) - The Video Ranger
- Envoy of Death (1953) - The Video Ranger
- Blaster Martin (1953) - The Video Ranger
- His First Command (1953) - The Video Ranger
The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
The Video Ranger
- Episode #4.15 (1950) - The Video Ranger
The Magic Cottage (TV Series)
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- Long Lost Brother (1949) - (as Donald Hastings)
As the World Turns (TV Series) (1971-1972)
Guiding Light (TV Series)
SoapTalk (TV Series) as
- Episode dated 5 April 2006 (2006) - Self
- Episode dated 12 May 2004 (2004) - Self
The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Special) as
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Special) as
60 Minutes (TV Series documentary) as
Self - President, Lincoln Electric Company (segment "Lincoln Electric")
- Lincoln Electric/Caitlin's Story/Kirk Douglas (1992) - Self - President, Lincoln Electric Company (segment "Lincoln Electric") (as Don Hasting)
After Hours: Singin', Swingin' and All That Jazz (TV Special) as
Bicentennial Minutes (TV Series short) as
Self - Narrator
- Episode #1.724 (1976) - Self - Narrator
Lamp Unto My Feet (TV Series) as
Self - Narrator
- Irish Celtic Arts (1976) - Self - Narrator
The Lee Phillip Show (TV Series) as
- Episode dated 11 February 1972 (1972) - Self
The Magic Cottage (TV Series) as
- Martin Balsam, Hal Cooper (1954) - Self
Celebrity Parade for Cerebral Palsy (TV Special) as
Archive Footage
TV Guide Looks at Science Fiction (TV Movie documentary) as
The Video Ranger
They Went to the Stars (TV Movie documentary) as
The Video Ranger


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