Local TV personality Tom Hatten dies at 92

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Radio, film and television personality Tom Hatten, known as the longtime host of The Popeye Show (originally The Pier Point 5 Club) and Family Film Festival on KTLA Channel 5 in the 1960s through the ‘80s, died on March 16 at 92.

Hatten was one of the television “pioneers”—from the 1950’s and 1960’s—-with programs done “live”—no matter what mistakes happened. He also appeared in dozens of musicals, movies and television shows.

Hatten was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and used the GI Bill to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. He graduated cum laude in 1950.

Family Film Festival was a weekend afternoon feature on KTLA between 1978 and 1992, with Hatten screening a classic movie, often from the ‘40s, ‘50s or ‘60s. 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. –Wikipedia


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