The prolific voice actor who had a defining career as the voice of Batman for three decades died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer, confirmed Warner Bros.
The iconic Kevin Conroy was the voice of Batman for “Batman: The Animated Series” including fifteen films and multiple video games. Announcing the news of his death on Friday, series producer Warner Bros. confirmed the voice actor was battling cancer.
No one has played Batman more in comparison to Conroy who “has been the definitive Batman” according to Mark Hamill the voice behind Joker. Following Conroy’s death, the Star Wars actor said “It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got the exact right guy for the right part, and the world was better for it”. Hamill added that Conroy will “always be my Batman”.
Issuing a statement, Warner Bros. Animation said, Conroy’s portrayal of the Dark Knight will “will forever stand among the greatest… in any medium”. Meanwhile, Paul Dini producer for the animated series said that Conroy was a “hero in every sense of the word”. Dini added, “Kevin brought a light with him everywhere”.
Born in New York, Conroy started out as a trained theater actor attending Julliard. In 1991, casting director Andrea Romano scouted Kevin Conroy from hundreds of auditions and cast him immediately for “Batman: The Animated Series”. The actor played the role of a TV producer secretly living with AIDS in “Eastern Standard”, a role he claimed was close to him personally, growing up as a gay man in a devout Catholic family.
Known for being the “husky, brooding and dark” Batman, Conroy evolved over the years. Talking about his portrayal of the character, Conroy said, “I’ve often marveled as how appropriate it was that I should land this role… as a gay boy growing up in the 1950s and ’60s in a devoutly Catholic family, I’d grown adept at concealing parts of myself.”
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