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Kevin Conroy
Born November 30, 1955 (1955-11-30) (age 54)
Westbury, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present

Kevin Conroy (born November 30, 1955) is an American actor of stage, screen and voice, best known for his voice role as Batman in numerous animated television series, feature films, and video games that comprised the DC Animated Universe.

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Biography

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Early life

Born in Westbury, New York, Conroy moved to Westport, Connecticut when he was about 11 years old. He moved to New York in 1973 when he earned a full scholarship to attend Juilliard's famous drama division, where he studied under actor John Houseman. While there, he almost ended up living with future Superman actor Christopher Reeve, but ended up rooming with Robin Williams who was in the same group as both Kevin and Kelsey Grammer.[1] In 1978, after graduating from Juilliard, he toured with The Acting Company, Houseman's acting group, and, in 1979, he went on the national tour of Ira Levin's Deathtrap.[2]

Career

In 1980, he decided to try his hand in television, and moved out to California. He landed a role in the daytime soap opera Another World. He became associated with the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, where he performed in productions of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. From 1980 to 1985, he acted in a variety of contemporary and classic theatre pieces, including the Broadway productions of Eastern Standard and Edward Albee's adaptation of Lolita. In 1984, he played the title role in Hamlet in the New York Shakespeare Festival. He returned to television in the 1985 TV movie Covenant, and had a role on another daytime soap drama, Search For Tomorrow. He was a series regular on Ohara in 1987, and on Tour of Duty from 1987 to 1988, before starring in a series of television movies. He has also guest starred on shows such as Cheers, Dynasty, Search For Tomorrow, and Matlock.[3]

He almost landed the part of Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings, but lost out to Tim Daly (who coincidentally, as a voice actor, later portrayed Superman in The WB's Superman: The Animated Series). He was confirmed to be performing on the fourth season of The Venture Bros. as Captain Sunshine, a caricature of Batman and Superman.[3]

Batman

Vocally, Kevin Conroy is best known to audiences for his role as Batman in the Emmy Award-winning television show Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), which started the DC Animated Universe (DCAU). Conroy continued to voice-play Batman in the subsequent DCAU series The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999), Batman Beyond (1999-2001), Justice League (2001-2004), and Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006). His tenure in the role also includes the DCAU films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998), Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000), and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003). He also voice-played Batman for the character's guest appearances in Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock and The Zeta Project. And more recently in the animated film "Batman: Gotham Knight" (2008).

Conroy is well remembered by fans for being the first person in animation to use two distinct voices to portray Bruce Wayne and Batman, which was Conroy's idea.[2] In a tally of performances that include every episode, movie, and guest appearance made as Batman, Conroy has portrayed the superhero longer than any other actor in either live-action or animation.

Additionally, he also voiced Batman in the video games The Adventures of Batman and Robin (1994), Batman Vengeance (2001), and Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (2003), Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), as well as the 2001 revamp of Batman Adventure - The Ride,located at the Warner Bros. Movie World theme park in Queensland, Australia. Kevin also voice-played Batman alongside his DCAU co-star Mark Hamill as The Joker and Jason Hillhouse as Dick Grayson in a feature of a storyboard scene included in the 2005 Special Edition DVD release of Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film. This scene depicted the origin of Robin, which wasn't filmed because the film makers ultimately felt it was out of place with the rest of the film. In the season four premiere of The Batman, an animated series unrelated to the DCAU, Conroy voiced Robin's father, John Grayson.

Like the rest of the main cast from Justice League, Conroy was not involved in the 2008 animated feature Justice League: The New Frontier, which is not set in the DCAU, although producer Bruce Timm has said it's likely Conroy will return as Batman in future productions.[4] Later that year, Conroy did return as Batman for the animated film Batman: Gotham Knight,[5] which takes place between the live-action films Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.[3] In 2009, Conroy played Batman in a voice-over role for the hit video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, which also starred his animated series co-stars Mark Hamill and Arleen Sorkin as the Joker and Harley Quinn respectively. He also voiced the character in the animated film Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.[6] Conroy also voiced an alternate Batman in an upcoming episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, alongside previous DCAU castmates Dana Delany and Clancy Brown. He also starred as the Phantom Stranger in the episode Chill of the night.

Personal life

Conroy's hobbies include traveling, running, cycling, and painting. In his spare time, he also does work with foster kids. He has two brothers and one sister, as well as a chocolate Labrador named Bear.

In recent years, he has pursued a writing career.

He took part in the California AIDSRide from San Francisco to Los Angeles.[citation needed]

After the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, Conroy helped out in the relief efforts by volunteering to do cooking duties for officers and firefighters.[7] On the Batman: Gotham Knight DVD's commentary, he told the story about it, and how another cook found out he was the voice of Batman. He asked if he could tell everyone, and Conroy agreed, though he thought no one would even know who he was. At the other cook's urging, Conroy yelled in the voice of Batman, "I am vengeance! I am the night! I... am... Batman!" (a line he had famously delivered in the episode "Nothing to Fear" from Batman: The Animated Series) eliciting cheers from the first responders eating at the relief center. They began telling him what their favorite episodes were, and how they had watched the show with their kids. He said it was the first time he had seen any of them smile or laugh since the attacks a week earlier.

Filmography

  • How To Pick Up Girls! (1978; TV movie) - Bartender
  • Another World (1980-1981; TV series) - Jerry Grove #2
  • Born Beautiful (1982; TV movie) - Stan
  • Kennedy (1983; TV mini-series) - Ted Kennedy
  • George Washington (1984; TV mini-series) - John Laurens
  • Search For Tomorrow (1984-1985; TV series) - Chase Kendall
  • Covenant (1985; TV movie) - Stephen
  • Dynasty (1985-1986; TV series) - Bart Fallmont
  • Ohara (1987; TV series) - Capt. Lloyd Hamilton
  • Tour of Duty (1987-1988; TV series) - Capt. Rusty Wallace
  • Killer Instinct (1988; TV movie) - Dr. Steven Nelson
  • So Proudly We Hail (1990; TV movie) - Francis Crosby
  • The Face of Fear (1990; TV movie) - Frank Dwight Bollinger
  • Hi, Honey - I'm Dead (1991; TV Movie) - Brad Stadler
  • Battle in the Errogenous Zone (1992; TV movie) - Mondo Ray
  • The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton (1992; TV movie) - Hunter Roy Evans
  • Chain of Desire (1992) - Joe
  • Rachel Gunn, R.N. (1992; TV series) - Dr. David Dunkle
  • Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995; TV series) - Bruce Wayne/Batman and Dr. Thomas Wayne
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993; theatrical film) - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • The Adventures of Batman and Robin (1994; video game) - Batman
  • Island City (1994; TV movie) - Col. Tom Valdoon
  • The Office (1995; TV series) - Steve Gillman
  • Superman: The Animated Series (1997, 1998, 1999; TV series) - Bruce Wayne/Batman (guest appearances)
  • The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999; TV series) - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998; DTV film) - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Crusaders of Might and Magic (1999; video game) - Drake
  • Batman Beyond (1999-2001; TV series) - Bruce Wayne
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000; DTV film) - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • The Zeta Project (2001; TV series) - Bruce Wayne (guest star; episode: "Shadows")
  • Batman: Vengeance (2001; video game) - Batman
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (2001; video game) - Fisherman
  • Justice League (2001-2004; TV series) - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Static Shock (2002, 2003, 2004; TV series) - Bruce Wayne/Batman (guest appearances)
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003; video game) - Lord Jack/Cleaner/Commando
  • Lords of EverQuest (2003; video game) - Lord Palasa
  • Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (2003; video game) - Batman
  • Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003; DTV film) - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006; TV series) - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • The Batman (2006; TV series) - John Grayson (guest star; episode: "A Matter of Family")
  • Batman: Gotham Knight (2008; DTV film) - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Ben 10: Alien Force (2008; TV series) - Alien X (Bellicus)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009; video game) - Batman
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009; DTV film) - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • The Venture Bros (2009; TV series) - Captain Sunshine (guest star; episode: "Handsome Ransom")
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum sequel (2010; video game) - Batman
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2009-2010; TV Series) - Batman of Zur-En-Arrh[8], Phantom Stranger
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies 2 (2010) - Bruce Wayne/Batman

Stage plays

Stage Play Character played Location performed Year
Accounts  ? Hudson Guild  ?
Come Back Little Sheba  ? Roundabout Theatre  ?
Deathtrap  ? (on Broadway) 1979
Eastern Standard  ? Golden Theatre (Broadway) 1989
The Greeks  ? Hartford Stage  ?
Hamlet Hamlet New York Shapespeare Festival 1984
Hamlet Hamlet Old Globe Theatre, San Diego  ?
King Lear  ? San Diego Shakespeare Festival  ?
The Last Yankee Lenny Hamilton Signature Theatre 12/30/97 - 2/8/98
Lolita  ? (on Broadway)  ?
A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander New York Shakespeare Festival 1984
A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander Old Globe Theater, San Diego 1982
Mother Courage  ?  ?  ?
Much Ado About Nothing  ? San Diego Shakespeare Festival  ?

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Preceded by
Adam West
Voice of Batman
1992-2006
Succeeded by
Rino Romano
Preceded by
Jeremy Sisto
Voice of Batman
2008-present
Succeeded by
Diedrich Bader (concurrent)

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Kevin Conroy (born 1955-11-30) is an American actor of stage, screen, and voice, perhaps best known for his portrayal of DC Comics superhero Batman in numerous animated series and features that comprised the DC animated universe.

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  • People fantasize about being a hero and helping someone in trouble. Batman is that fantasy realized--not just for Bruce Wayne, but for the audience. Inwardly, Bruce Wayne is still an adolescent watching his parents being murdered. That will never leave him. And people really relate to that.
  • I love doing the voice of Batman because of the quality of the animation. The music is particularly incredible. Another bonus is getting the opportunity to work with some very respected actors who do not usually do voice work.
  • To me, Batman is definitely Bruce Wayne's darker side. The challenge is playing it as two separate aspects of the same person. I have to create the illusion of a Dark Knight, who's mysterious and strong.
  • He [Bruce Wayne] is Batman. He became Batman the instant his parents were murdered. Batman needs Bruce, however hollow that identity feels to him from time to time. Bruce keeps Batman human.
  • His absorbed, psychoanalytic approach to Bruce Wayne was fantastic, and the way he did a 180 degree role reversal in portraying a strong, silent force as Batman was even better. These movies are truly the highlight of Keaton's acting career.
  • To be fair, I must give credit where credit is due. Although Kilmer is clearly no Michael Keaton - except for a few corny lines, which are mainly the writers' fault, and a slight lacking when it comes to the portrayal of a dark side - he did a much better job than I expected.

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