Kevin Conroy dies at the age of 66

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The quintessential Batman to millions of people, Kevin Conroy, has passed away at the age of 66.

Born in 1955, Kevin Conroy received a full scholarship in 1973 to attend Juilliard’s acting department.

He moved to New York City in 1973 when he received a full scholarship to attend Juilliard’s acting department. There he studied with John Houseman and lived with Robin Williams. He graduated in 1978 and then began touring with Houseman’s acting company, The Acting Company.

After that time, he moved into theater and television acting, eventually ending up in voice acting with the launch of Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. Since then, he has voiced the characters of Bruce Wayne & Batman on numerous projects including Batman beyond, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: Mask of the Phantasmthe Rocksteady Arkham games and many more.

He finally got the chance to play Bruce Wayne in live action in The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover.

Paul Dini, one of the creative people behind it Batman: The Animated Series shared a wordless tribute to the actor.

Many fans have said over the years that Conroy’s voice is now what they hear when reading a Batman story. He will be truly missed by Batman fans everywhere.

Warner Bros. Discovery has issued the following press release.

kevin conroy,

OUTSTANDING VOICE OF BATMAN,

DIES AT 66

NEW YORK, NY (November 11, 2022) – Actor Kevin Conroy, the most popular voice of Batman in the character’s animated history, died Thursday at the age of 66 after a brief battle with cancer.

A renowned stage, film and television actor, Conroy achieved unprecedented voice actor fame as the title character of the seminal Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1996). He set unbroken records as the quintessential Batman, bringing the superhero to animated life in nearly 60 different productions, including 15 films – highlighted by the acclaimed Batman: Mask of the Phantasm; 15 animated series with almost 400 episodes and more than 100 hours of television; as well as two dozen video games. Conroy also starred as live-action Bruce Wayne in the Arrowverse 2019-2020 crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths.

In recent years, Conroy has been a remarkable force on the con circuit, greeting fans with the same warmth, respect and enthusiasm they reserved for him.

“Kevin was far more than an actor for me to cast and direct – he was a dear friend for over 30 years whose kindness and generosity knew no bounds,” said Emmy Award-winning casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano. “Kevin’s warm heart, his wonderfully deep laugh and his pure zest for life will accompany me forever.”

“Kevin was perfect,” recalled Mark Hamill, who redefined the Joker as a counterpart to Conroy’s Batman. “He was one of my favorite people on this planet and I loved him like a brother. He really
cared about those around him – his decency shone through everything he did. Every time I saw him or spoke to him, my spirits lifted.”

Conroy was born on November 30, 1955 in Westbury, New York and grew up in Westport, CT. Conroy began to establish himself on the acting scene while studying at The
Julliard School – where he studied alongside the likes of Christopher Reeve, Frances Conroy and his roommate Robin Williams.

Conroy began his career with his love of theater and kept him on stage both in New York and at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. The actor received rave reviews for his starring role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Public Theatre, Eastern Standard on Broadway, Arthur Miller’s

The Last Yankee and in the title role of Hamlet at the 1984 New York Shakespeare Festival. He has also appeared in films and on television, most notably in the mid-1980s when he had recurring roles in Dynasty, Tour of Duty and Ohara; successful runs of soap operas Search for Tomorrow and Another World; and guest starring on popular shows like Cheers, Murphy Brown, Spenser: For Hire, and Matlock.

But it was his peerless, nuanced performance as the voice of Batman that put Conroy on the map — and on fans’ radar — when Batman: The Animated Series debuted on September 5, 1992. From that point on, Conroy was forever linked to the Dark Knight – in television series such as Batman Beyond and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited; Movies from Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: Gotham Knight to Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero and Batman: The Batwoman Mystery; and more than two dozen video games.

“Kevin was a brilliant actor,” said Hamill. “He’s been the ultimate Batman for generations. It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got just the right man for just the right role, and the world was a better place for it. Its rhythms and subtleties, tones and delivery – all of these also helped influence my performance. He was the ideal partner – it was such a complementary, creative experience. I wouldn’t have made it without him. He will always be my Batman.”

“Kevin brought a light to everything,” said Paul Dini, producer of Batman: The Animated Series, “whether it was in the recording booth where he was at his best or during 9/11
making sure every fan who has ever waited for him had a moment with his Batman. A hero in the truest sense of the word. Irreplaceable. Eternal.”

Conroy is survived by husband Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy, and brother Tom Conroy. Memorial services are coming up.




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