Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy, Voice of Batman, Dies at 66

Kevin Conroy, the actor who was best known for his work on ‘Batman: The Animated Series,’ has passed away at the age of 66. Warner Bros. made the announcement Thursday morning, stating that Conroy died peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

Hugo Conroy voiced the iconic character of Batman in The Animated Series from 1992 to 1996. He continued his role as Batman in nearly 60 different projects, including 15 films, 400 episodes of television, and various video games. In recent years, he was a beloved figure at comic conventions.

Dear Kevin, you were more than just an actor that I had the pleasure of casting and directing – you were a friend for over 30 years who always radiated kindness and generosity. You will be deeply missed by all those who knew you. May your warm heart, delightful laugh, and love of life live on forever in our memories.

“I absolutely loved Kevin,” Hamill said. “He was one of my favorite people on the planet, and I saw him more like a brother than anyone else. He always tried to make the those around him happy and he succeed more often than not. Every time I got to see or talk with Kevin, it lifted my mood.”

Kevin Conroy

Conroy was born Nov. 30, 1955 in Westbury, New York and raised in Westport, Connecticut. He went to Julliard for acting alongside other great actors such as Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams whom he was also roommates with at the time. After finishing his schooling, Conroy landed roles on stage before moving onto guest appearances spots on different TV series throughout the 80s like Dynasty, Tour of Duty and Ohara. Some of his other Soap opera credits include Search for Tomorrow Another World In addition to those- Cheers , Murphy Brown Spenser: For Hire Matlock just to list a few..

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In 1992, Batman: The Animated Series debuted on Sept. 5, and it changed Conroy’s life and career trajectory forever. In 2017 he recalled to The Hollywood Reporter how moved he was the first time he saw the opening credits sequence.

“I remember Mark and I were at the WB sound studio to do ADR work and we got to watch the opening credits,” Conroy said. “We hear the opening theme with the strings and the lush colors. It was incredibly dramatic. And I looked at Mark and said, ‘Did you have a clue this is what we were doing?’ He said, ‘No, I’m blown away!’ We both felt we were a part of something really special.”

Even though it had been 30 years since the series aired, J.J. Abrams and The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves teamed up with Batman: The Animated Series’ Bruce Timm for a new take called The Caped Crusader. Though we don’t know if Conroy was supposed to be involved, he is known for animation but stepped into the live-action DC universe in 2019 to play Bruce Wayne in the CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover story. Most recently, he voiced Batman in the video game MultiVersus.

Over the years, many actors have voiced Batman, with Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck in particular stand out for their live-action takes. For Conroy, finding the voice was both a challenge and a choice that defined his legacy.

Kevin Conroy

“When I first started,” Conroy told THR in 2017, “I said to the director, ‘This is the most famous and powerful guy in Gotham. Are you telling me he just puts on a mask and no one knows it’s him? Seriously? There’s got to be more to the disguise.'” My template for the two voices was modeled after The Scarlet Pimpernel–a 1930s film. For Bruce Wayne, I played him as sort of a humorous playboy to counteract how brooding Batman naturally is.”

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Among Bruce Wayne’s (Batman) many successes, his favorite was the animated feature Mask of the Phantasm. It dealt with something Conroy could relate to on a personal level–Bruce Wayne’s unresolved feelings towards his late parents–given Conroy’s own difficult relationship with his father. After recording a scene that required intense emotion, director Andrea Romano came up to Conroy and said “[your performance] was beautiful.”

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