RIP, Tom Hatten!
A true legend of the entertainment industry, Tom Hatten, sadly passed away on March 16 at the age of 92.
During childhood weekends, I fondly remember tuning to the Family Film Festival on @KTLA. These memories are comforting, as it recalls a time that So Cal felt less like a sprawling metropolis, and more like the familiar place I called home. Farewell, #TomHatten 🧡 pic.twitter.com/3aFXHOprFg— Sangeeta Morar 💕🐘 (@SJMorar) March 17, 2019
Hatten could be called a “pioneer” of the television industry, who brought the entertainment shows on a brand new level.
During his lasting career in Hollywood, Hatten appeared in dozens of successful films, including Spies Like Us and Sweet Charity.
Hatten was a big fan of music, especially jazz and cabaret. He also performed on the Broadway stage.
The beloved host will be remembered by his longtime partner, Pete Menifee. The couple kept their relationship happy and strong for more than 50 years.
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) March 16, 2019
Fans and friends pay tributes to the late star
God Bless Him and His Family..........He was a great man and will be missed by many.— Peggi Ortiz (@OrtizPeggi) March 18, 2019
Such sad news. Tom was a ubiquitous and welcoming presence at KTLA when I was there, and I also got to work with him at KNX. And his evil “Spies Like Us” character proved him a great actor: it was shockingly unlike his serene real personality. Thanks, Tom. https://t.co/vL0q8azB9G— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 17, 2019
Farewell Tom Hatten! What an incredible privilege to spend time with him last month at the Billy Wilder Theatre where he was honored. A man who truly shaped our childhood! pic.twitter.com/BLQnjOqFuE— Vintage Los Angeles (@alisonmartino) March 16, 2019
RIP Tom Hatten, and the Sunday mornings of my childhood. https://t.co/h8eR3QsWqt— David Berger (@davidberger) March 16, 2019
It’s always sad when the greatest of the great leave this Earth forever. Rest in peace, dear Tom Hatten! You will be missed so much.