Television Host Tom Hatten Dies At 92
Television Host, Popularly Known As The Host Of Popeye And Friends, Tom Hatten Dies At 92
- Television presenter Tom Hatten has died.
- The longtime host of Popeye and Friends died on Saturday, 16th March at the age of 92.
- His friend and the former KTLA show producer Joe Quasarano confirmed his death to the Los Angeles television station.
- He is survived by his partner of over 5 decades, Pete Menifee.
Popeye and Friends host Tom Hatten tragically passed away on Saturday, 16th March, multiple sources reported. He was 92.
His longtime friend and television producer Joe Quasarano announced the sad news to the Los Angeles television station.
Hatten also worked as an actor in small part on TV and films as well, however, he rose to the stardom as the host of the KTLA's Popeye and his Friends show and the family film series that ran until 1992.
Besides, he was an entertainment correspondent at KNX news radio for several years. Talking to LA Times in 1991, the late host told,
I don't mind having fun in small parts or doing a kids' show. I don't mind doing what I'm doing as long as I'm in the business.
Born and raised in Jamestown, South Dakota, Hatten moved to Idaho before he joined the US Navy just before World War II ended. Moreover, he attended the Pasadena Playhouse School of the Theater on the GI Bill and graduated cum laude in 1950.
Hatten is survived by Pete Menifee, his partner of 50 years.