Donald Francis Hastings
Don started his show business career at the age of six when he accompanied his older brother Bob to the children's radio program in which Bob sang. When the producer heard that Don could sing too, he had Don audition for the program, Coast to Coast on the Bus
. The exposure that Don received led to a part in the national company of Life With Father
in 1941. Don toured with the company for three years and has acted ever since.
Don made his Broadway debut in the 1944 production of I Remember Mama
After working sporadically in theater and television, Don turned to television full time in 1944 playing the ranger in Captain Video
until that show's cancellation. He also guest starred in a number of television series including Studio One and daytime dramas A Date with Life and Modern Romances.
In April 1956, Don joined the cast of his first daytime drama, The Edge of Night before he landed the role of Bob Hughes on ATWT.
In addition to his acting ability, Don is a talented writer. In addition to being a member of the Writer's Guild, he wrote scripts for ATWT from 1971-72 and also has written for Guiding Light.
Don has toured with co-star Kathryn Hays in the musical concert act, Hastings and Hayes on Love and they both were cast members of an off-Broadway production of Algonquin Sampler
Don is married to actress Leslie Denniston whom he met on ATWT. They live in New York state with their daughter, Katharine Scott Hastings (b. 9/23/82). Don also has two daughters, Jennifer and Julie, plus a son, Matthew, from a previous marriage. Don's hobbies include travel and golf.
As The World Turns
Dr. Bob Hughes
October 1960 to September 17, 2010
Engaged to Kill
Dr. Albert Lennox
The Edge of Night
1956 to 1960
Crunch and Des
Studio One in Hollywood
Captain Video and His Video Rangers
The Video Ranger
The Secret Files of Captain Video
The Video Ranger
The Magic Cottage
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre
Coast to Coast on the Bus
Summer and Smoke
A Young Man's Fancy
On Whitman Avenue
I Remember Mama
Life with Father
Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)
Silver Circle Award
Given by the Academy of Television Arts & Science in 1993 for his many years of achievement in the television industry.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
DATE OF BIRTH: April 1, 1934
MARITAL STATUS: Married, Leslie Denniston