Kevin Conroy

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Kevin Conroy
Kevin Conroy SBA.jpg
Conroy on September 23, 2010
Born(1955-11-30) November 30, 1955 (age 58)
Westbury, New York, U.S.
Alma materJuilliard School
OccupationActor
Years active1980–present
 
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Kevin Conroy
Kevin Conroy SBA.jpg
Conroy on September 23, 2010
Born(1955-11-30) November 30, 1955 (age 58)
Westbury, New York, U.S.
Alma materJuilliard School
OccupationActor
Years active1980–present

Kevin Conroy (born November 30, 1955) is an American stage, screen, and voice actor, known for his voice role as the DC Comics character Batman in the 1990s Warner Bros. television show Batman: The Animated Series, as well as its various spin-off TV series and feature films that made up the DC animated universe.[1] He has also voiced Batman in the Batman: Arkham video game series, as well as various films under the DC Universe Animated Original Movies banner.

Early life[edit]

Born in Westbury, New York, Conroy moved to Westport, Connecticut when he was about 11 years old. He moved to New York in 1973 when he earned a full scholarship to attend Juilliard's drama division, where he studied under actor John Houseman. While there, he almost ended up living with future Superman actor Christopher Reeve, but ended up rooming with Robin Williams who was in the same group as both Conroy and Kelsey Grammer.[2] In 1978, after graduating from Juilliard, he toured with The Acting Company, Houseman's acting group, and, in 1979, he went on the national tour of Ira Levin's Deathtrap.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1980, he decided to try his hand in television, and moved out to California. He landed a role in the daytime soap opera Another World. He became associated with the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, where he performed in productions of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. From 1980 to 1985, he acted in a variety of contemporary and classic theatre pieces, including the Broadway productions of Eastern Standard and Edward Albee's adaptation of Lolita. In 1984, he played the title role in Hamlet in the New York Shakespeare Festival. He returned to television in the 1985 TV movie Covenant, and had a role on another daytime soap drama, Search For Tomorrow. He was a series regular on Ohara in 1987, and as the company commander on Tour of Duty from 1987 to 1988, before starring in a series of television movies. Though initially cast as one of the show's main characters, his role on the show was reduced while it filmed in Hawaii and he ended up spending much of his time doing portraits of tourists on the Honolulu boardwalk. He has also guest starred on shows such as Cheers, Dynasty, Search For Tomorrow, and Matlock.[4]

He almost landed the part of Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings, but lost out to Tim Daly. He was confirmed to be performing on the fourth season of The Venture Bros. as Captain Sunshine, a caricature of Batman and Superman.[4]

As Batman[edit]

As a voice actor, Kevin Conroy is best known for his starring role in the Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995). He continued to voice-play Batman in the subsequent spin-off series The New Batman Adventures (1997–1999), Batman Beyond (1999–2001), Justice League (2001–2004), and Justice League Unlimited (2004–2006), all of which take place in what is commonly referred to as the DC animated universe (DCAU). His tenure in the role also includes the DCAU films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998), Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000), and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003). He also voiced Batman for the character's guest appearances in the DCAU's Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock, and The Zeta Project.

Conroy is well remembered by fans for being the first person in animation to use two distinct voices to portray Bruce Wayne and Batman, which was Conroy's idea.[3] In a tally of performances that include every episode, movie, and guest appearance made as Batman, Conroy has portrayed the character longer than any other actor in either live-action or animation. Apart from the DCAU, Conroy has also portrayed Batman in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies Batman: Gotham Knight (2008), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010), Justice League: Doom (2012), and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013).[4][5][6]

Conroy stated at the 2013 Dallas Comic Con that he had been working on "the next Arkham", leading to rampant speculation that he would reprise his role as Batman in Batman: Arkham Origins. In June 2013, however, it was confirmed that Conroy would not be involved in Arkham Origins meaning Conroy may have been referring to an yet-unannounced game from the Rocksteady Arkham series.[7] In March 4, 2014, a new Arkham game titled Batman: Arkham Knight was announced with Conroy reprising his role.[8]

He has confirmed on Twitter that he filmed a role on Tim Daly's Internet Series The Daly Show,[9] where he will parody his role as Batman in a fight with Tim Daly parodying Superman.[10]

Personal life[edit]

After the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, Conroy participated in relief efforts by volunteering to do cooking duties for officers and firefighters. During an audio commentary on Batman: Gotham Knight Conroy expressed his surprise at the reaction of the emergency service workers to his presence. At the behest of another cook, Conroy called out from the kitchen to the dining area in his "Batman voice", reciting the iconic line, "I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!" (from the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Nothing to Fear") This was greeted by cheers and applause from emergency service personnel, many of whom had been fans of Batman: The Animated Series during its airing in the 1990s. Conroy confessed to being humbled and deeply flattered by the reaction.[11][12]

He is married and has one child.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film (Animated)[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014Batman: Assault on ArkhamBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video
2013Justice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video
2013Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon MovieThe Mayor of Redbank
2012Justice League: DoomBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video
2010Superman/Batman: ApocalypseBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video
2009Superman/Batman: Public EnemiesBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video
2008Batman: Gotham KnightBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video
2005The Complete Robin Storyboard SequenceBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video short movie
2003Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video
2000Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video
1998Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZeroBatman (Bruce Wayne)direct to video
1993Batman: Mask of the PhantasmBatman (Bruce Wayne)

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2013I Know That VoiceHimself
2013Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC ComicsHimself
1992Chain of DesireJoe

Television (Animated)[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014Batman BeyondBatman (Bruce Wayne)TV short
2014Batman: Strange DaysBatman (Bruce Wayne)TV short
2013The Daly ShowBatman (Bruce Wayne)(1 episode); "Batman vs. Superman"
2013Tales of MetropolisBatman (Bruce Wayne)(1 episode); "Lois Lane"
2009-2013The Venture Bros.Captain Sunshine(2 episodes); "Bot Seeks Bot", "Handsome Ransome"
2010Batman: The Brave and the BoldPhantom Stranger/Batman of Zur-En-Arrh(2 episodes)
  • "Chill of the Night!" (as Phantom Stranger)
  • "The Super-Batman of Planet X!" (as Batman of Zur-En-Arrh)
2008Ben 10: Alien ForceBellicus/Warrior #2(1 episode); "X Equals Ben Plus 2"
2006The BatmanJohn Grayson(1 episodes); "A Matter of Family"
2004-2006Justice League UnlimitedBatman (Bruce Wayne)/Joe Chill/Crimson Avenger (Lee Travis)/Pilot/Sky Patrol Officermain role; 18 episodes; also performed, though uncredited, the song "Am I Blue?" in the episode "This Little Piggy".
2001-2004Justice LeagueBatman (Bruce Wayne)/Technician/Cop/Civilian/Lord Batman/High Council Thanagarianmain role; 37 episodes
2002-2004Static ShockBatman (Bruce Wayne)(5 episodes); "Future Shock", "A League of Their Own: Part 1", "A League of Their Own: Part 2", "Hard as Nails", "The Big Leagues"
1999-2001Batman BeyondBatman (Bruce Wayne)main role; 48 episodes
2001The Zeta ProjectBruce Wayne(1 episode); "Shadows"
1997-1999Superman: The Animated SeriesBatman (Bruce Wayne)(5 episodes); "The Demon Reborn", "Knight Time", "World's Finest: Part 1", "World's Finest: Part 2", "World's Finest: Part 3"
1997-1999The New Batman AdventuresBatman (Bruce Wayne)/Henchmanmain role; 24 episodes
1999Batman Beyond: The MovieBatman (Bruce Wayne)TV movie
1997The Batman/Superman Movie: World's FinestBatman (Bruce Wayne)TV movie
1996The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestHardman(1 episode); "Manhattan Maneater"
1992-1995Batman: The Animated SeriesBatman (Bruce Wayne)main role; 86 episodes

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014Russian Yeti: The Killer LivesThe NarratorDocumentary film
1995The OfficeSteve Gilmanrecurring role; 6 episodes
1994Island CityColonel Tom ValdoonTV movie
1992Battle in the Erogenous ZoneMondo RayTV short movie
1992The Secret Passion of Robert ClaytonHunter Roy EvansTV movie
1992Rachel Gunn, R.N.Dr. David Dunklemain role; 13 episodes
1991Hi Honey - I'm DeadBrad StadlerTV movie
1991Murphy BrownRoger Harris(1 episode); "Terror on the 17th Floor"
1990WIOULenny Lubinsky(1 episode); "Pilot"
1990The Face of FearFrank Dwight BollingerTV movie
1989-1990CheersDarryl Mead(2 episodes); "The Ghost & Mrs. LeBec", "Death Takes a Holiday on Ice"
1990So Proudly We HailFrancis CrosbyTV movie
1988Killer InstinctDr. Steven NelsonTV movie
1987-1988Tour of DutyCaptain Rusty Wallacerecurring role; 12 episodes
1987OharaCaptain Lloyd Hamiltonrecurring role; 11 episodes
1986Spenser: For HireGallagher(1 episode); "Shadowsight"
1986Kay O'BrienDavid(1 episode); "Princess of the City"
1986MatlockClark Harrison(1 episode); "The Affair"
1985-1986DynastyBart Fallmontrecurring role; 8 episodes
1985CovenantStephenTV movie
1984-1985Search for TomorrowChase Kendall(4 episodes); "Episode 8556", "Episode 8574", "Episode 8669", "Episode 8670"
1984George WashingtonJohn LaurensTV mini-series; 1 episode
1983KennedyTed KennedyTV mini-series
1983A Fine RomancePhilTV movie
1982A Midsummer Night's DreamLysanderTV movie
1982Born BeautifulStanTV movie
1980Another WorldJerry Grove(2 episodes)
1978How to Pick Up Girls!BartenderTV movie

Video Games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2015Batman: Arkham KnightBatman (Bruce Wayne)
2013Injustice: Gods Among UsBatman (Bruce Wayne)
2012Harley Quinn's RevengeBatman (Bruce Wayne)
2011Batman: Arkham City LockdownBatman (Bruce Wayne)
2011Batman: Arkham CityBatman (Bruce Wayne)/Hush
2011DC Universe OnlineBatman (Bruce Wayne)
2009Batman: Arkham AsylumBatman (Bruce Wayne)/Thomas Wayne
2003Lords of EverQuestLord Palasa
2003Batman: Rise of Sin TzuBatman (Bruce Wayne)
2003Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max PayneLord Jack/Cleaner/Commando
2001Jak & Daxter: The Precursor LegacyOllie the Fisherman
2001Batman: VengeanceBatman (Bruce Wayne)
1999Crusaders of Might and MagicDrake
1994The Adventures of Batman & RobinBatman (Bruce Wayne)Sega CD version

Stage plays[edit]

Stage PlayCharacter playedLocation performedYear
Accounts ?Hudson Guild ?
Come Back Little Sheba ?Roundabout Theatre ?
DeathtrapClifford Anderson(on Broadway)1979
Eastern StandardPeter KiddeGolden Theatre (Broadway)1989
The GreeksAchillesHartford Stage1984
HamletHamletNew York Shakespeare Festival1984
HamletHamletOld Globe Theatre, San Diego ?
King LearEdgarSan Diego Shakespeare Festival ?
The Last YankeeLenny HamiltonSignature Theatre12/30/97 - 2/8/98
Lolita ?(on Broadway) ?
A Midsummer Night's DreamLysanderNew York Shakespeare Festival1984
A Midsummer Night's DreamLysanderOld Globe Theater, San Diego1982
Mother Courage ? ? ?
Much Ado About Nothing ?San Diego Shakespeare Festival ?

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Preceded by
Adam West
Voice of Batman
1992-2006
Succeeded by
Rino Romano
Preceded by
Jeremy Sisto
Voice of Batman
2008-present
Succeeded by
Various Others (concurrent)