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LOS ANGELES TIMES TUESDAY, JANUARY I, 1991 F15 said. "It's different, because he's a real reporter . . . I'm more of a 'suggester.' I like to like things and I like to be able to tell people with enthusiasm that I think they'll like it. I'm not out to skewer anybody. I like to find things to praise." When he Is not working on stage, Hatten said he attends several events a week parties, benefits and tributes as often as per formances. "I see things I want to see, and there aren't that many things I want to see," he said. Hatten said he likes to keep his 2V6-minute broadcasts low-key, "more like old-time radio," usually with three items of equal length. "I enjoyed listening to Jimmy Fidler and Louella Parsons and Hcdda Hopper and all these people from Hollywood." He also makes mistakes, which he is quick to acknowledge. In a recent one, which he said made him feel "like a moron," he said on the air that he hadn't heard of Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love." "I'm not any great intellect, I know that," he said, "and I don't want people to think that I am." THESE SHOWTIME! FOR FRIDAY 1228 TKHOUSH THURSDAY 13 HilkiklllujlXaUfl HOW MCMfPOWMy SttfM JimHeaaTm 100. 3:15. S:30, 7:45, 10.00 UNIVERSAL CITY late show fri.-sun. :is 18 CINEMAS (lit) SOS MU TK KO0KI(IMIt mm ATOP THE HILL 8.00. 10:11 AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS LATE SHOW FRI.-SUN. 12:30 PARKING (50 OF PARKINQ CHARGE NOW REFUNDED WITH ui.vi.ibj. , PURCHASE Of MOVIE TICKET) "'U'l'-SfVi? 'Sit NOWEOUIPPED FOR THE LATE amw'FfllT'JiH t?M HEARING IMPAIRED. LAIt WKJW r HI. -burl. T2.CU CAFE NOW OPEN ; fi TH GODFATHER r ART O(R) "I" FJK.MI lffiTSrVWJl TMH MEN AMD A UTTtl lADYfFG) SMUfftni OmWmmM 1:15,3:30.5:45.800. 10:15 llE50WFfll.'SUH. 11.15 LATE SHOW FRI.-SUN. 1230 ATM GOOfATHEI PAIT () mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 0t lltfM 1:30.500. 8:30 Tfl 3 4 1 1 'iVfl I AT 1 LATESHOW FRI.-SUH. 12.00 hdfldMUdA3UlJ fl, INDICATES NO PASSES. V.I.P. TICKETS ACCEPTED AT BARGAIN MATINEES 0NLYI MATINEES DAILY CENEPLEX BEVERLY CENTER 4S1-77W BEVERLY BLVD. AT LA CIENEGA A UNDttOARTU C0PIPG-U1 0ttf SIMM 100. 4 00. 7.00. 1000 LATE SHOW FRI.-SUN. 12:15 BROADWAY CINEMAS 458-1506 THIRD STREET PROMENADE 1441 3H0 STREET AT BROADWAY NOW E0UIPPE0 FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED. A KINDERGARTEN COP(PG-ll) CHy SIMM 2.00, 4.30. 7.00. 9 30 I s ALEXANDER GALLAItDO Los Angeles Tlmca Actor-reporter-host Tom Hatten after a performance of "Annie" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center: "I don't mind having fun in small parts, or doing a kids' show, as long as I'm in the business." The Fruits of Being a Second Banana Personality: Radio reporter and television host Tom Hatten is a jack-of-all-show-biz trades, and proud of it. By MARK I. PINSKY TIMES STAFF WRITER COSTA MESA If you missed Tom Hatten on KTLA-TV's "Tournament of Roses Parade Countdown" this morning or his small featured role as FDR in "Annie" last month at the Orange County Performing Arts Center or at the Pasadena Playhouse or the Shuhert in Los Angeles before that don t worry. You can probably catch him on the radio today, on television over the weekend, on tape at the video store, or in Palm bpnngs in February, where he'll be appearing in "Hello, Dolly!" Though a long way from being a headliner of "stage, screen and television, as the show-biz intro goes, the 64 -year-old Hatten is a ubiquitous figure on the local entertainment scene. As early as high school, "I knew I wanted to be in the arts somehow, but I never really sensed that I would be a huge, mammoth, household word a star," Hatten recalled in a dressing-room inter - view recently at the Performing Arts Center. Hattcn hasn't done badly, though. His "Entertainment Report" airs daily just before "9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on KNX (1070 AM) radio and his KTLA movie showcase, "Family Film Festival," punctuated with anecdotes and occasional interviews, continues Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. His most recent film appearance, as a heavy in "Spies Like Us," is available on videotape. Over nearly four decades on the local scene, Hattcn has also been a composer, announcer, commercial pitchman, writer and pop and jazz concert producer. He is a member of five industry unions: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Variety Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity and Writers Guild of America. Several generations of Southern Californians are most familiar with Hattcn as the doodling, uniformed host of KTLA's "Popcye and His Friends" daily kids' show in the early '60s and again in the late '70s. Onesuch fan, director John Landis, recounted his own unsuccessful efforts as a 10-year-old to get his own kiddie puppet show on "Popcye" when he offered Hatten the "Spies" part. "I don't mind having fun in small parts, or doing a kids' show," Hatten said. "I don't mind doing what I'm doing as long as I'm in the business." Of his many entertainment hats, acting on stage is clearly Hattcn's favorite, even though it is confined mostly to second- and third-banana parts in road shows and revivals that rarely merit more than a few lines in reviews. His minimally requited love affair with acting may seem at odds with his radio and television visibility. But in a common show-business conundrum, the work that gives him the greatest satisfaction provides the least remuneration. "I'd be very poor if I lived off what I've made in acting on stage," Hatten acknowledged. A native of South Dakota who later moved to Idaho, Hatten joined the Navy just before the close of World War II and attended the Pasadena Playhouse School of the Theatre on the GI Bill, graduating cum laude in 1950. An evaluation by a playhouse director, which Hatten quotes from memory, proved prescient: "Tom is a good, good 'type.' He'll make a wonderful 'second man.' " That kind of praise, Hatten said, "doesn't bother me at all" The next year Hatten appeared on ABC's "Space Patrol" and, in 1952, was spotted by KTLA's Klaus Landsberg and hired as a staff announcer. For the next dozen years, he served as a jack-of-most-trades and utility infielder at the independent station. With Stan Chambers, another KTLA veteran, Hattcn covered some of the early Rose Parade telecasts. In the mid-'GOs, Hatten shifted gears, doing guest shots on such television series as "Hogan's Heroes" and "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," appearing in summer-stock productions, three Billy Barnes Revues and' writing for such game shows as "Hollywood Squares" "the nadir of my career," although it was "a lot of fun." Hattcn returned to KTLA in 1976, launching "Family Film Festival" in 1978. When Gary Franklin left the "Entertainment Report" at KNX in 19S6, Hatten took over. His reports, often based on news stories and column items from the day's Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Daily Variety, contain little original reporting. When a movie star or industry figure dies, he usually has a personal reminiscence or a bit of trivia to add to the obituary. "I've been accused of following ambulances not true," he said. "But I'm interested in somebody not being with us anymore, and I assume people will be." The people at KNX "realized early on that I didn't want to be Gary Franklin, going to every movie that comes out," Hatten A TM GOWATMt MOT JBjl) Dt0SlTM 130, 5:00.8:30 LATE SHOW FRI.-SUN. 12:00 ATM GODFATHER PAITB(I) Dfc!tM 1:30.500.8:30 LATE SHOW FBI. -SUN. 12.00 A UHOaOAITEN COP(PG-ll) At SImm 1:30.4:00.7:00,930 IATESH0WFRI.-SUN. 11:45 AKWOOOARTW COP(rO-ll) SbmIdI RkmAm 08 2:15, 4:45. 7:45. 10:1$ LATE SHOW FRI.-SUN. 12:30 A TK lOWM OF TH VAMTKS(I) D&r SIMM 1:45. 4:30. 7:15. 10t LATE SHOW FRI.-SUN. 12:30 ATM RUSSIA HOUtt(R) SaOj Dmm 1:45.430.7:15. 1000 LATE SHOW FRI.-SUN. 1230 MOIMABl(PO-11)0MkT SIMM 1:30,4.00, 7.00.930 LATE SHOW FRJ-SUN. 11:45 EDWARD lOSSOtHAHOS(rG-U) SMtidlKMAM 1.04 3:15, 530, 7:45. 10.00 LATE SHOW FRI.-SUN. 12:15 Mmm HM,3O0.SiM. 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