R.I.P. Kevin Conroy, the longtime voice of Batman

Kevin Conroy in 2021

Kevin Conroy in 2021
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Kevin Conroywho worked for decades as the voice of Batman on television, in films and in video games, has died at the age of 66. Warner Bros. confirmed his death this morning.

Conroy first lent his voice to Bruce Wayne and Batman in 1992 Batman: The Animated Series. I would go ahead lend your voice to Gotham’s fictional hero in 15 movies, 400 episodes of TV and video games.

“Kevin was much more than an actor I had the pleasure of casting and directing – he was a dear friend of over 30 years whose kindness and generous spirit knew no bounds,” says acting and dialogue director Andrea Romano The Hollywood Reporter. “Kevin’s warm heart, wonderfully deep laugh and pure love of life will be with me forever.”

“Kevin was perfection,” says Mark Hamill, who lent his voice to the Joker in the acclaimed animated series, among other projects. “He was one of my favorite people on the planet and I loved him like a brother. He truly cared about the people around him – his decency shone through everything he did. Every time I saw him or spoke to him, my spirits were lifted.”

Diane Pershing, who lent the voice of Poison Ivy Batman: The Animated Series, announced the news of Conroy’s death on her Facebook page.

“Very sad news: our beloved voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, passed away yesterday,” she writes. “He was sick for a while, but he really spent a lot of time on the weak, to the delight of all his fans. He will be greatly missed not only by the cast of the show but also by his legion of fans around the world… RIP my friend.”

Born in 1955, Conroy grew up in Westport, Connecticut. He continued to study the game at Jualliard that elbows the likes of Christopher Reeves and Robin Williams. His career took him from the stage to television shows and serials before landing the life-changing role of Wayne/Batman for Bruce Timm’s animated series.

“I remember Mark and I were in the WB sound studio doing ADR and we got to watch the opening credits,” Conroy brought back memories in 2017.
“We hear the opening theme with strings and lush colors. It was incredibly dramatic. I looked at Mark and said, ‘Did you have any idea we were doing this?’ He said, ‘No, I’m excited!’ We both felt that we were part of something really special.”


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