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Conroy on September 23, 2010
November 30, 1955 |
Westbury, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Juilliard School|
Kevin Conroy (born November 30, 1955) is an American stage, screen, and voice actor, best 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 various other DC animated universe TV series and feature films. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
As a voice actor, Kevin Conroy is best known for his starring role in 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. 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), Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), and Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014).
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. In March 4, 2014, a new Arkham game titled Batman: Arkham Knight was announced with Conroy reprising his role.
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.
He is married and has one child.
|2014||Batman: Assault on Arkham||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video|
|2013||Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video|
|2013||Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie||The Mayor of Redbank|
|2012||Justice League: Doom||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video|
|2010||Superman/Batman: Apocalypse||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video|
|2009||Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video|
|2008||Batman: Gotham Knight||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video|
|2005||The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video short movie|
|2003||Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video|
|2000||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video|
|1998||Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||direct to video|
|1993||Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||Batman (Bruce Wayne)|
|2013||I Know That Voice||Himself|
|2013||Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics||Himself|
|1992||Chain of Desire||Joe|
|2014||Batman Beyond||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||TV short|
|2014||Batman: Strange Days||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||TV short|
|2013||The Daly Show||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||(1 episode); "Batman vs. Superman"|
|2013||Tales of Metropolis||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||(1 episode); "Lois Lane"|
|2009-2013||The Venture Bros.||Captain Sunshine||(2 episodes); "Bot Seeks Bot", "Handsome Ransome"|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Phantom Stranger/Batman of Zur-En-Arrh||(2 episodes)
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||Bellicus/Warrior #2||(1 episode); "X Equals Ben Plus 2"|
|2006||The Batman||John Grayson||(1 episodes); "A Matter of Family"|
|2004-2006||Justice League Unlimited||Batman (Bruce Wayne)/Joe Chill/Crimson Avenger (Lee Travis)/Pilot/Sky Patrol Officer||main role; 18 episodes; also performed, though uncredited, the song "Am I Blue?" in the episode "This Little Piggy".|
|2001-2004||Justice League||Batman (Bruce Wayne)/Technician/Cop/Civilian/Lord Batman/High Council Thanagarian||main role; 37 episodes|
|2002-2004||Static Shock||Batman (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"|
|1999-2001||Batman Beyond||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||main role; 48 episodes|
|2001||The Zeta Project||Bruce Wayne||(1 episode); "Shadows"|
|1997-1999||Superman: The Animated Series||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||(5 episodes); "The Demon Reborn", "Knight Time", "World's Finest: Part 1", "World's Finest: Part 2", "World's Finest: Part 3"|
|1997-1999||The New Batman Adventures||Batman (Bruce Wayne)/Henchman||main role; 24 episodes|
|1996||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Hardman||(1 episode); "Manhattan Maneater"|
|1992-1995||Batman: The Animated Series||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||main role; 85 episodes|
|2014||Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives||The Narrator||Documentary film|
|1995||The Office||Steve Gilman||recurring role; 6 episodes|
|1994||Island City||Colonel Tom Valdoon||TV movie|
|1992||Battle in the Erogenous Zone||Mondo Ray||TV short movie|
|1992||The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton||Hunter Roy Evans||TV movie|
|1992||Rachel Gunn, R.N.||Dr. David Dunkle||main role; 13 episodes|
|1991||Hi Honey - I'm Dead||Brad Stadler||TV movie|
|1991||Murphy Brown||Roger Harris||(1 episode); "Terror on the 17th Floor"|
|1990||WIOU||Lenny Lubinsky||(1 episode); "Pilot"|
|1990||The Face of Fear||Frank Dwight Bollinger||TV movie|
|1989-1990||Cheers||Darryl Mead||(2 episodes); "The Ghost & Mrs. LeBec", "Death Takes a Holiday on Ice"|
|1990||So Proudly We Hail||Francis Crosby||TV movie|
|1988||Killer Instinct||Dr. Steven Nelson||TV movie|
|1987-1988||Tour of Duty||Captain Rusty Wallace||recurring role; 12 episodes|
|1987||Ohara||Captain Lloyd Hamilton||recurring role; 11 episodes|
|1986||Spenser: For Hire||Gallagher||(1 episode); "Shadowsight"|
|1986||Kay O'Brien||David||(1 episode); "Princess of the City"|
|1986||Matlock||Clark Harrison||(1 episode); "The Affair"|
|1985-1986||Dynasty||Bart Fallmont||recurring role; 8 episodes|
|1984-1985||Search for Tomorrow||Chase Kendall||(4 episodes); "Episode 8556", "Episode 8574", "Episode 8669", "Episode 8670"|
|1984||George Washington||John Laurens||TV mini-series; 1 episode|
|1983||Kennedy||Ted Kennedy||TV mini-series|
|1983||A Fine Romance||Phil||TV movie|
|1982||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander||TV movie|
|1982||Born Beautiful||Stan||TV movie|
|1980||Another World||Jerry Grove||(2 episodes)|
|1978||How to Pick Up Girls!||Bartender||TV movie|
|2015||Batman: Arkham Knight||Batman (Bruce Wayne)|
|2013||Injustice: Gods Among Us||Batman (Bruce Wayne)|
|2012||Harley Quinn's Revenge||Batman (Bruce Wayne)|
|2011||Batman: Arkham City Lockdown||Batman (Bruce Wayne)|
|2011||Batman: Arkham City||Batman (Bruce Wayne)/Hush|
|2011||DC Universe Online||Batman (Bruce Wayne)|
|2009||Batman: Arkham Asylum||Batman (Bruce Wayne)/Thomas Wayne|
|2003||Lords of EverQuest||Lord Palasa|
|2003||Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu||Batman (Bruce Wayne)|
|2003||Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne||Lord Jack/Cleaner/Commando|
|2001||Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy||Ollie the Fisherman|
|2001||Batman: Vengeance||Batman (Bruce Wayne)|
|1999||Crusaders of Might and Magic||Drake|
|1994||The Adventures of Batman & Robin||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||Sega CD version|
|Stage Play||Character played||Location performed||Year|
|Come Back Little Sheba||?||Roundabout Theatre||?|
|Deathtrap||Clifford Anderson||(on Broadway)||1979|
|Eastern Standard||Peter Kidde||Golden Theatre (Broadway)||1989|
|The Greeks||Achilles||Hartford Stage||1984|
|Hamlet||Laertes||New York Shakespeare Festival||1984|
|Hamlet||Laertes||Old Globe Theatre, San Diego||?|
|King Lear||Edgar||San Diego Shakespeare Festival||?|
|The Last Yankee||Lenny Hamilton||Signature Theatre||12/30/97 - 2/8/98|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander||New York Shakespeare Festival||1984|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander||Old Globe Theater, San Diego||1982|
|Much Ado About Nothing||?||San Diego Shakespeare Festival||?|
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- Batman: Gotham Knight audio commentary.
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