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 mater Juilliard School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–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 various other DC animated universe TV series and feature films.[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 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), Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), and Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014).[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 digital series The Daly Show,[9] where he parodies 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]

Year Title Role Notes
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)

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 I Know That Voice Himself
2013 Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics Himself
1992 Chain of Desire Joe

Television (Animated)[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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)
  • "Chill of the Night!" (as Phantom Stranger)
  • "The Super-Batman of Planet X!" (as Batman of Zur-En-Arrh)
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
1985 Covenant Stephen TV movie
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

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 plays[edit]

Stage Play Character played Location performed Year
Accounts  ? Hudson Guild  ?
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
Lolita  ? (on Broadway)  ?
A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander New York Shakespeare Festival 1984
A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander Old Globe Theater, San Diego 1982
Mother Courage  ?  ?  ?
Much Ado About Nothing  ? San Diego Shakespeare Festival  ?

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 10 Comic to TV Adaptations". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  2. ^ http://panelsonpages.com/?p=15025
  3. ^ a b Murphy, Joel (2009-10-01). "One on One with Kevin Conroy". HoboTrashcan. 
  4. ^ a b c "Prelude to a Kill...". Publick Nuisance. 
  5. ^ Harvey, James (February 29, 2008). "Kevin Conroy to play Batman in Batman: Gotham Knight". World's Finest Online. 
  6. ^ McMillan, Graeme (April 25, 2012). "Batman Voice Actor Kevin Conroy Spills DC's Potential Animated 'Flashpoint' Plans". ComicsAlliance. 
  7. ^ Kubba, Sinan (June 11, 2013). "Batman: Arkham Origins doesn't feature Kevin Conroy after all". Joystiq. AOL. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ Dyer, Mitch (March 4, 2014). "Arkham Knight Has No Multiplayer, Kevin Conroy Returns as Batman". IGN. Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/RealKevinConroy/status/387328969600958465
  10. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYCVnWStLrg
  11. ^ Batman: Gotham Knight audio commentary.
  12. ^ a b http://www.filmreference.com/film/2/Kevin-Conroy.html

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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)