Beloved Batman Actor Kevin Conroy Dies at 66 Following Cancer Battle


Batman actor Kevin Conroy has died aged 66 after a “short battle with cancer,” his representatives confirmed Friday. He was best known for voicing DC’s iconic superhero in Batman: the animated series and the Arkham video games.

After starting his career on stage (he played Hamlet in 1984) and appearing in TV shows such as Dynasty, Another World, and Cheers, Conroy was cast in a career-defining role as Batman, and the animated series began in 1992.

“Kevin’s warm heart, wonderfully deep smile and pure love for life will always stay with me,” Andrea Romano, the director who cast Conroy in the role, said in a statement.

He also played the superhero in DC’s sequel shows Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited, in addition to several animated films such as the incredible Mask of the Phantasm. He portrayed a live-action version of the character in the Arrowverse’s 2019 Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event.

Earlier this year, Conroy wrote a: deep personal story for DC Pride 2022 comic anthology about how coming out as gay helped him find his voice as Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego.

Fellow actor Mark Hamill, who played the Joker in the 90s animated series and Arkham games, praised Conroy as a “brilliant actor.”

“For several generations, he’s been the definitive Batman. It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got just the right man for the exactly right part, and the world was better for it,” he said in a statement. “His rhythms and subtleties, tones and delivery – all of that also helped inform my performance. He was the ideal partner – it was such a complementary, creative experience. I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my batman.”

Conroy was also a regular on the convention circuit, greeting fans warmly. Diane Pershing, who played Poison Ivy in the animated series, noted in a Facebook post that he will be “dearly missed not only by the cast of the series, but also by its legion of fans around the world.”

Paul Dini, one of the producers of the animated series, paid tribute to the late actor with a solemn tweeted image of Batman overlooking the Gotham City skyline.

“Kevin brought a lamp everywhere,” Dini said in a statement. “Whether he gives it his all in the recording booth, or… feeding first responders during 9/11, or making sure every fan who’s ever waited for him had a moment with their Batman. A hero in every sense of the word. irreplaceable. Forever.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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