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'Batman' voice actor Kevin Conroy dies at 66

By ANI BUREAUS Published Nov 14, 2022 11:07 am

American actor Kevin Conroy, best known for voicing Batman in the Warner Bros. animated series, passed away at 66 after a battle with cancer.

Warner Bros. confirmed his death on Nov. 11.

"Kevin's warm heart, delightfully deep laugh and pure love of life will be with me forever," Andrea Romano, the director who cast Conroy in the role, said.

Mark Hamill, who famously voiced Joker, on Twitter said he was "stunned by the loss of this brilliant actor." 

"Words can't express my admiration and respect for the man. I loved him like a brother," Hamill said.

Conroy's work in Batman: The Animated Series—which aired 85 episodes from 1992 to 1995—received high praise from critics and comic book fans, many of whom have since deemed him as the one and only Batman.

His portrayal of Batman in several other DC productions such as the video games Batman: Arkham and Injustice was also well-loved.

Conroy was born on Nov. 30, 1955, in Westbury in New York. He studied acting at The Julliard School under John Houseman with actors including Christopher Reeve, Frances Conroy, and Robin Williams.

He made his acting debut in Temstocles Lopez's 1992 romantic drama Chain of Desire, which he also wrote and directed. He also played a recurrent character on the NBC serial opera Another World and made guest appearances on episodes of iconic shows including Cheers, Murphy Brown, and Dallas.

Since his big break as the voice of Batman in the animated series, Conroy appeared in other DC Universe Animated Original Movies, such as Batman: Gotham Knight (2008), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), Justice League: Doom (2012), Batman: The Killing Joke (2016), and Justice League vs. the Fatal Five (2019), his final credited appearance as the Caped Crusader in the silver screen.

Conroy's last appearance as Batman in a video game was in the crossover fighting game MultiVersus earlier this year. He also did voice work for other video games, as well as other franchises like Masters of the Universe and Scooby-Doo.

Conroy is survived by his husband Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy, and brother Tom Conroy. (ANI)

(Editor's Note: Minor changes were made in this republished article.)