Kevin Conroy is dead: The voice of Batman died of cancer at the age of 66

By | November 12, 2022

Kevin Conroy, best known for voicing Batman on Warner Bros.’ long-running TV show “Batman: The Animated Series,” has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 66.

“Batman: The Animated Series” originally aired for 85 episodes from 1992-1995 on Fox Kids. Conroy’s deep and brooding Batman voice has been widely praised by critics and comic book fans alike, with many describing the actor as the Caped Crusader. The series also featured Mark Hamill’s memorable performance as the Joker.

“Kevin was perfection,” Hamill said in a statement. β€œHe was one of my favorite people on the planet, and I loved him like a brother. He truly cared for those around him – his kindness shone through in everything he did. Every time I see him or talk to him, my spirits are lifted.

Conroy became so popular in his voice role as Batman that he continued with the character in other DC projects, including the “Batman: Arkham” and “Injustice” video game franchises. He has also appeared in several DC Universe animated original films including “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) among other films. The 2019 “Justice League” animated film is Conroy’s last credited appearance as Batman, and his latest video game credit is as Batman for Warner Bros.’ “MultiVersus” since the beginning of this year.

“He’s such an iconic character. He’s part of the American cultural landscape. It’s amazing to be a part of it and contribute to it,” Conroy told DC in a 2014 interview.

In the live-action space, Conroy made his debut in the 1992 romantic drama “Chains of Desire,” written and directed by Themistocles Lopez. He had a recurring role on the NBC soap opera “Another World” and appeared in classic series such as “Dallas,” “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers.”

Conroy’s voice was not limited to Batman. He has also lent his talents to franchises such as “Scooby-doo” (in the 2019 sequel “Scooby-doo and Guess Who?”) and “Masters of the Universe”. In the latter franchise, he appeared in Netflix’s “Masters of the Universe: Revelations” (playing Mer-Man in 2021) and “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (playing Hordak earlier this year).

“Warner Bros. Animation is saddened by the loss of our dear friend Kevin Conroy,” WB Animation said in a statement. β€œBatman’s epic performance will forever stand among the greatest images of The Dark Knight in any medium. We send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones and join his fans around the world in honoring his legacy.

Conroy recently wrote “Finding Batman,” which premiered earlier this year as part of DC Pride 2022. Conroy was openly gay, making him the only gay actor to portray Batman. The “Finding Batman” actor has come to terms with his own sexuality while playing the Caped Crusader.

Conroy was born in Westbury, NY in November 1955 and studied under John Houseman at The Juilliard School alongside the likes of Christopher Reeve, Frances Conroy and Robin Williams. He is survived by his wife Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy and brother Tom Conroy.

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