Kevin Conroy, best known for voicing Batman on the long-running Warner Bros. television series “Batman: The Animated Series,” has passed away after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 66.
“Batman: The Animated Series” was originally broadcast on Fox Kids for 85 episodes between 1992 and 1995. Critics and comic book fans praised Conroy’s rich, gravelly Batman voice, with many considering the actor to be the quintessential Caped Crusader. Mark Hamill gave a spectacular performance as the Joker in the series.
“Kevin was flawless,” Hamill declared in a statement. “He was one of my favorite individuals on earth, and I loved him like a brother. He genuinely cared for those around him; his decency shined through in all that he did. Every time I saw him or chatted with him, my mood improved.”
Conroy was so well-liked for his voice work as Batman that he reprised the role in numerous subsequent DC ventures, such as the “Batman: Arkham” and “Injustice” video game franchises. In addition, he has appeared in other DC Universe Animated Original Movies, 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 others.
The 2019 animated film “Justice League” is Conroy’s final film credit as Batman, and his most recent video game credit as Batman is this year’s “MultiVersus” from Warner Bros.
Conroy told DC in a 2014 interview, “He’s such a legendary character.” “He is so ingrained in the cultural landscape of America. It’s an incredible thing to have contributed to and to be a part of.”
Conroy made his live-action film debut in the 1992 romance drama “Chain of Desire,” which was written and directed by Temstocles López. In addition, he played a recurrent part on the NBC soap opera “Another World” and appeared in episodes of legendary television series including “Dallas,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Cheers.”
Conroy’s voice work extended beyond Batman. He also contributed his abilities to franchises such as “Scooby-Doo” (he voiced a character in the 2019 series “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?“) and “Masters of the Universe.” In 2021, he portrayed Mer-Man in episodes of Netflix’s “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” and “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (playing Hordak earlier this year).
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“Warner Bros. Animation is very saddened by the passing of our good friend Kevin Conroy,” the company said in a statement. “His portrayal of Batman will constantly be considered one of the best depictions of the Dark Knight in any medium. We extend our condolences to his family and friends and join fans around the world in celebrating his legacy.”
Conroy’s most recent work, “Finding Batman,” was featured earlier this year as part of DC Pride 2022. Conroy was the sole gay actor to portray Batman. While portraying the Caped Crusader, the actor in “Finding Batman” also came to terms with his own sexuality.
Conroy was born in November 1955 in Westbury, New York, and studied acting at The Julliard School under John Houseman with Christopher Reeve, Frances Conroy, and Robin Williams. His spouse Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy, and brother Tom Conroy survive him.
Below are additional tributes to Conroy.
— tara strong (@tarastrong) November 11, 2022
So sad to hear about Kevin Conroy. He was THE voice of Batman for generations, including our INJUSTICE games.
So iconic. What a loss. RIP 🙁 pic.twitter.com/JpgRwIGDAh
— Ed Boon (@noobde) November 11, 2022
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 11, 2022
His was the best.
He will always be the best.
He was my Batman.
He was my friend.
He’ll never fully know how much he inspired me but I’m sure glad I told him every chance I got.
Thank you, Kevin.
To sleep, to sleep, perchance to dream…
— Troy Baker (@TroyBakerVA) November 11, 2022
Devastating. Kevin was a remarkable man inside and out. I will truly miss those big hugs and that magical voice. You will always be my batman. Rest in Peace my friend. Flash #kevinconroy #Batman #justiceleague pic.twitter.com/rReMdBaPh3
— Michael Rosenbaum (@michaelrosenbum) November 11, 2022
— Paul_Dini (@Paul_Dini) November 11, 2022
— Jack Quaid (@JackQuaid92) November 11, 2022