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Kevin Conroy
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Conroy at the 2019 WonderCon
Born (1955-11-30) November 30, 1955 (age 65)[1]
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present
Websitewww.realkevinconroy.com
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Kevin Conroy (born November 30, 1955)[1] is an American film, television and voice actor. He is best known as the voice behind the DC Comic Book superhero Batman in many entertainment media, beginning on the 1990s Warner Bros. television series Batman: The Animated Series[2][3] as well as various other TV series and feature films in the DC Animated Universe. Due to the popularity of his performance as Batman, Conroy went on to voice the character for multiple films under the DC Universe Animated Original Movies banner and the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham video games as well as Injustice: Gods Among Us and Injustice 2.

Early and personal life[edit]

Conroy was born on November 30, 1955, in Westbury, New York,[1] into an Irish Catholic family. He moved to Westport, Connecticut, when he was about 11 years old.

He moved to New York City in 1973 when he earned a full scholarship to attend Juilliard's drama division, studying under actor John Houseman. While there, he roomed with Robin Williams, who was in the same group as both Conroy and Kelsey Grammer.[4] After graduating from Juilliard in 1978, he toured with Houseman's acting group The Acting Company, and the following year he went on the national tour of Ira Levin's Deathtrap.[5][6]

Conroy is openly gay.[6]

Career[edit]

In 1980, Conroy decided to try his hand in television and moved out to California. He landed a role in the daytime soap opera Another World. Conroy 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 theater pieces, including the Broadway productions of Edward Albee's adaptation of Lolita and Eastern Standard. He told The New York Times that, as a gay man living in New York in the time of the AIDS epidemic, he "went to so many funerals that I felt such a sense of obligation" to portray the character of a TV producer secretly living with AIDS in Eastern Standard.[6]

In 1984, Conroy played the title role in Hamlet at 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. Conroy played gay lawyer Bart Fallmont on Dynasty from 1985 to 1986.[7] 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. Conroy has also guest starred on shows such as Cheers, Search for Tomorrow, Matlock and Murphy Brown.[8]

As Batman[edit]

Conroy, at right, doing a table read with the voice cast and crew of Batman: The Animated Series at the 2019 East Coast Comicon in Secaucus, New Jersey

As a voice actor, Kevin Conroy is best known for his starring role as Bruce Wayne / Batman in the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995).[9][10] He continued to voice Batman in numerous animated spin off projects, which collectively took place in what is known as the DC animated universe (DCAU). These spin-offs include the TV shows The New Batman Adventures (1997–1999), Batman Beyond (1999–2001, in which he portrays an elderly Bruce Wayne retired from crimefighting), Justice League (2001–2004) and Justice League Unlimited (2004–2006) as well as the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993),[11][12] and the direct-to-video films 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 distinguished for being the first voice actor to use two distinct voices to portray Bruce Wayne and Batman, which Michael Keaton had previously done in Tim Burton's live-action Batman films.[5] In a tally of performances that include every episode and movie portrayal of Batman in live-action and animation, Conroy has portrayed the character longer than any other actor. The previous record-holder was Olan Soule, who voiced Batman in various animated works between the late 1960s and early 1980s (including Super Friends). Apart from the DCAU, Conroy has also portrayed Batman in the direct-to-video 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), Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014), Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) and Justice League vs. the Fatal Five (2019).[8][13][14]

After the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, Conroy participated in relief efforts by volunteering to cook for police 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"[15]) 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.[16]

Conroy speaking at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon

In preparation for the theatrical release of the 2012 live-action film The Dark Knight Rises, Conroy re-dubbed Christian Bale's Batman lines for an animated version of one of the film's trailers.[17]

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.[18] On March 4, 2014, a new Arkham game titled Batman: Arkham Knight was announced with Conroy reprising his role.[19]

He confirmed on Twitter in October 2013 that he had filmed a role on Tim Daly's web series The Daly Show,[20] where Conroy parodied his role as Batman in a fight with Daly parodying Superman (whom Daly previously voiced in Superman: The Animated Series).[21]

Conroy portrays Bruce Wayne in live-action in the Batwoman episode of Arrowverse crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths".[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Chain of Desire Joe
1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) [23]
1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Direct-to-video[23]
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
2005 The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence Short film
Direct-to-video
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) Direct-to-video[23]
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
2012 Justice League: Doom
2013 Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie The Mayor of Red Bank
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) Direct-to-video[23]
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics Himself Documentary
I Know That Voice
2014 Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives Narrator (voice)
Alfred Alfred Short film
Batman: Assault on Arkham Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) [23]
2015 Batman vs. Robin Thomas Wayne Direct-to-video
2016 Batman: The Killing Joke Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) Direct-to-video
Limited theatrical release[23]
Yoga Hosers Canadian Bat, Man!
2017 Batman and Harley Quinn Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) Direct-to-video[23]
2019 Justice League vs. the Fatal Five

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 How to Pick Up Girls! Bartender Television film
1980 Another World Jerry Grove 6 episodes
1982 Born Beautiful Stan Television film
A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander
1983 A Fine Romance Phil
Kennedy Ted Kennedy Miniseries
1984 George Washington John Laurens 1 episode
1984–1985 Search for Tomorrow Chase Kendall 4 episodes
1985 Covenant Stephen Television film
1985–1986 Dynasty Bart Fallmont Recurring role
8 episodes
1986 Matlock Clark Harrison Episode: "The Affair"
Kay O'Brien David Episode: "Princess of the City"
Spenser: For Hire Gallagher Episode: "Shadowsight"
1987 Ohara Captain Lloyd Hamilton Recurring role
11 episodes
1987–1988 Tour of Duty Captain Rusty Wallace Recurring role
12 episodes
1988 Killer Instinct Dr. Steven Nelson Television film
1990 So Proudly We Hail Francis Crosby Television film
1989–1990 Cheers Darryl Mead 2 episodes
1990 The Face of Fear Frank Dwight Bollinger Television film
WIOU Lenny Lubinsky Episode: "Pilot"
1991 Murphy Brown Roger Harris Episode: "Terror on the 17th Floor"
Hi Honey – I'm Dead Brad Stadler Television film
1992 Rachel Gunn, R.N. Dr. David Dunkle Main role
13 episodes
The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton Hunter Roy Evans Television film
Battle in the Erogenous Zone Mondo Ray Television short
1992–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Bruce Wayne / Batman, Additional voices 85 episodes[23]
1994 Island City Colonel Tom Valdoon Television film
1995 The Office Steve Gilman Recurring role
6 episodes
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Hardman (voice) Episode: "Manhattan Maneater"
1997–1999 The New Batman Adventures Bruce Wayne / Batman, Henchman (voices) 24 episodes[23]
Superman: The Animated Series Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) 5 episodes[23]
1999–2001 Batman Beyond Bruce Wayne / Batman, Stage Batman (voices) 48 episodes[23]
2001 The Zeta Project Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) Episode: "Shadows"[23]
2001–2004 Justice League Bruce Wayne / Batman, Additional voices 37 episodes[23]
2002–2004 Static Shock Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) 5 episodes[23]
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Bruce Wayne / Batman, Joe Chill, Lee Travis / Crimson Avenger (voices) 18 episodes[23]
2006 The Batman John Grayson (voice) Episode: "A Matter of Family"[23]
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Bellicus, Alien X, Warrior #2 (voices) Episode: "X Equals Ben Plus 2"[23]
2009, 2013 The Venture Bros. Captain Sunshine (voice) 2 episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, Phantom Stranger (voices) 2 episodes[23]
2013 Tales of Metropolis Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) Episode: "Lois Lane"
2014 Batman Beyond Television short
Batman: Strange Days Television short
Green Arrow Police Scanner (voice) Episode: "Ono-Bot"
Shazam! Zeus (voice) Episode: "Wisdom"
2015 Turbo Fast Stinger (voice) Episode: "The Sting of Injustice"[23]
Lair of the Mega Shark Narrator (voice) 1 episode
2016–2018 Justice League Action Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) [23]
2018 Teen Titans Go! Episode: "Real Orangins"[23]
2019 Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? Episode: "What a Night, For a Dark Knight!"
Welcome to the Wayne Prismal (voice) 5 episodes[23]
Batwoman Bruce Wayne / Batman Episode: “Crisis on Infinite Earths[24]
Crisis Aftermath Himself Guest[25]
2021 Masters of the Universe: Revelation Mer-Man (voice) [26]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Adventures of Batman & Robin Bruce Wayne / Batman Sega CD version
1999 Crusaders of Might and Magic Drake
2001 Batman: Vengeance Bruce Wayne / Batman [23]
2001 Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Fisherman [23]
2003 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Lord Jack, Cleaner, Commando
2003 Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu Bruce Wayne / Batman [23]
2003 Lords of EverQuest Lord Palasa
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum Bruce Wayne / Batman, Thomas Wayne [23]
2011 DC Universe Online Bruce Wayne / Batman [23]
2011 Batman: Arkham City Bruce Wayne / Batman, Thomas Elliot / Hush
2011 Batman: Arkham City Lockdown Bruce Wayne / Batman
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us
2015 Infinite Crisis [27][28]
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Bruce Wayne / Batman, Thomas Elliot / Hush
2016 Batman: Arkham Underworld Bruce Wayne / Batman
2016 View-Master Batman Animated VR Bruce Wayne / Batman [23]
2016 Batman: Arkham VR Bruce Wayne / Batman, Thomas Wayne [23]
2017 Injustice 2 Bruce Wayne / Batman [23]
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains [23]

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Lolita Performer Broadway[29]
1989 Eastern Standard Peter Kidde

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Ormond, Orla (18 October 2019). "Mairead Meets The Man Who Has Been Batman For 27 Years". Today FM. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
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  14. ^ McMillan, Graeme (April 25, 2012). "Batman Voice Actor Kevin Conroy Spills DC's Potential Animated 'Flashpoint' Plans". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on April 28, 2012.
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  17. ^ Hub Network (July 17, 2012). "Batman: The Animated Series Rises (Promo)". Archived from the original on September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018 – via YouTube.
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  20. ^ @RealKevinConroy (October 7, 2013). "Filming episode of the Daly Show with Tim Daly" (Tweet). Retrieved October 31, 2018 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ DalyShowTV (November 12, 2013). "Batman vs. Superman - The Daly Show". Archived from the original on May 29, 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2018 – via YouTube.
  22. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 4, 2019). "Arrowverse 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' Crossover Adds Black Lightning Stars, Bruce Wayne — Get Full Schedule". TVLine. Archived from the original on August 4, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
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Preceded by
Adam West
Voice of Batman
1992–2006
Succeeded by
Rino Romano
Preceded by
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Voice of Batman
2008–present
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