Beloved Batman actor Kevin Conroy has died at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer

Beloved Batman actor Kevin Conroy has died at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer

Batman actor Kevin Conroy has died at age 66 after a brief battle with cancer, his representatives confirmed Friday. He was best known for voicing DC’s iconic superheroes Batman: The Animated Series And Arkham the video game.

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

“Kevin’s warm heart, delightful deep laugh and pure love of life will be with me forever,” Andre Romano, the director who cast Conroy, said in a statement.

He has played superheroes in DC’s follow-up shows Batman Beyond, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, as well as several animated movies, including The Incredibles. Mask of the PhantasmAnd like video games injustice And this year Multiversus (his last performance in the role). He portrayed a live-action version of the character in Arrowverse 2019 Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event.

Earlier this year, Conroy wrote a A deeply personal story for DC Pride 2022 Comic Anthology The struggles he faced as an actor after coming out as gay helped him find his voice Bruce Wayne, whose crusade against crime is driven by the pain of witnessing his parents’ murder. Batman pays homage to comic publisher DC Conroy Making this poignant story free to read on its DC Universe Infinite comic subscription service, it said on Friday.

“It seemed to roar from thirty years of frustration, confusion, rejection, love, longing … longing for what? An anchor, a harbor, a sense of security, a sense of identity,” he wrote in the story. Finding Batman. “Yes, I can relate. I know this terrain well. I could feel Batman rising from the depths.”

Fellow actor Mark Hamill, who played the Joker in the 90s animated series and Arkham games, said in a tweet that He loved Conroy “like a brother.” He also released a statement hailing him as a “brilliant actor”.

“For generations, he was the definitive Batman. It was one of those perfect situations where they got the right guy for the right part and the world was better for it,” he said in a statement. “His Rhythm and nuance, melody and delivery — all of which helped inform my performance. He was the ideal partner — it was 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, Warm greetings to fans. Diane Pershing, who played Poison Ivy in the animated series, As mentioned in a Facebook post that he will be “greatly missed not only by the cast of the series, but by his fans around the world.”

Paul Dini, one of the producers of the animated series, paid tribute to the late actor Glorious Tweeted Pics Batman looks out over the Gotham City skyline.

“Kevin brought a light with him everywhere,” Deeney said in a statement. “Give it all in the recording booth, or Feeding first responders during 9/11, or making sure that every fan who ever waited for him had a moment with Batman. A hero in every sense of the word. immutable Eternal.”

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