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Encyclopedia > Tom Hatten

Tom Hatten (born November 14, 1927 in Jamestown, North Dakota) is a veteran radio, film and television personality best known as the long-time host of The Popeye Show and Family Film Festival on KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles in the 1960's and 70's. He has also appeared in dozens of musicals, movies and television shows, often portraying characters in the military. KTLA, channel 5, is a television station in Los Angeles, California. ...


Hatten served in the Navy during World War II and later used his GI Bill scholarship to study acting at the Pasadena School of Theater, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1950. In 1952, he started working at the KTLA studios in Hollywood, filling a number of odd broadcasting jobs before landing the part of the good-natured "Skipper" in the station's nautically-themed afternoon children's program, the "Pier 5 Club," which eventually came to be called "The Popeye Show" after its most popular feature. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The G. I. Bill of Rights or Servicemens Readjustment Act of 1944 provided for college or vocational education for returning World War II veterans as well as one-year of unemployment compensation. ... The Pasadena Playhouse is a historic theatre located in Pasadena, California. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ...


Hatten hosted The Popeye Show on Channel 5 from 1956 to 1964, with reruns airing throughout the 1970s. The program featured classic Popeye cartoons, as well as other animated shorts from Max Fleischer and Associated Artists Productions. Tom returned to KTLA in 1976 after a twelve year absence to host Popeye and Friends in color; this version of the show lasted until 1988. Between cartoons, Hatten -- an excellent drawer -- would take a "squiggle" submitted by a viewer and work it into a sketch of a popular cartoon character or scene, often from the Popeye show. Hatten's improvised "squiggle" drawings became one of the show's most popular and endearing features and helped forged a strong connection between the host and his young audience. For other uses, see Popeye (disambiguation). ... Max Fleischer (July 19, 1883–September 11, 1972) was an important pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon. ... Associated Artists Productions was a distributor of theatrical features and short subjects for television founded in 1953 and headed by Elliott Hyman. ...


The "Family Film Festival" was a weekend afternoon feature on KTLA 5 between 1978 and 1988, with Hatten screening a classic movie, often from the 40's or 50's. During breaks in the show, he would offer anecdotes about the film's history or its actors, or even conduct brief interviews with a cast or crew member.


Hatten's acting credits on stage include Annie (as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt). He also portrayed a corrupt military officer in the movie Spies Like Us, with Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase. He appeared as Captain Murdock in several episodes of the television show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and had a minor role as an officer in three episodes of Hogan's Heroes. Hatten provided the voice of the character Farmer Fitzgibbons in the animated movie The Secret of NIMH. Annie is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882–April 12, 1945), 32nd President of the United States, the longest-serving holder of the office and the only man to be elected President more than twice, was one of the central figures of 20th century history. ... Spies Like Us is the name of a 1985 comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and Donna Dixon. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Chevy Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. ... Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from September 25, 1964 to May 2, 1969. ... Hogans Heroes was an American television situation comedy that ran from September 17, 1965 to July 4, 1971 on the CBS network for 168 episodes. ... The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 animated film adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book Mrs. ...


For nearly twenty years, Hatten also worked as an award-winning entertainment reporter for KNX 1070 Newsradio in Los Angeles, filing regular reports on the movie industry, new films, and celebrity news. He left the station in 2007. This article is about the AM radio station. ...


He is left-handed.


External links

  • L.A. Local TV Legends - Tom Hatten
  • [1] Tom Hatten at KNX 1070
  • Tom Hatten Interview (Part I) on Marty's Corner, 2004
  • Tom Hatten Interview (Part II) on Marty's Corner, 2004

 
 

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