Kevin Conroy, one of the iconic voices behind DC superhero Batman, has died at the age of 66.
Conroy’s death was confirmed by his rep, Steven Neibert, in a statement from DC-owned Warner Bros. Discovery. According to a Warner Bros. Discovery statement, Conroy passed “after a short battle with cancer.”
actor“Batman: The Animated Series” aired 85 episodes from 1992 to 1996 and several DC animated movies and video games. In total, he brought the character to life in more than 60 projects.
In 2019, he performed the live-action version of the character for the first time,“Crisis on Infinite Earths” is a futuristic version of Bruce Wayne. Conroy often appeared at fan conventions, “greeting fans with the same warmth, respect and enthusiasm they reserved for him,” Warner Bros. Discovery said.
Conroy was the first and only gay man to play Batman. In June 2022, Conroy wrote a comic for DC Pride called “Finding Batman”, where he reflected on his sexuality and the experience of voicing the character. A The video was shared on Twitter Shortly after the comic’s release, Conroy thanked fans for their “overwhelming” support.
Tributes poured in after the news of the actor’s death was made public. Mark Hamill, who voiced Batman’s nemesis The Joker in “Batman: The Animated Series,” made a heartfelt statement that Conroy was “perfection.”
“He was one of my favorite people on the planet, and I loved him like a brother,” Hamill said in a Warner Bros. Discovery statement. “He truly cared about those around him – his dignity shone through in everything he did. Whenever I saw him or talked to him, my spirits lifted.”
“Kevin is a great actor,” Hamill said. “For generations, he’s been the definitive Batman. It was one of those perfect scenes where they got the right guy for the right part, and the world was better for it. … He’ll always be my Batman.”
In a statement to CBS News, Warner Bros. Animation said they were “saddened” by the loss of their “dear friend.”
“(Conroy’s) iconic performance as Batman will always stand among the best portrayals of the Dark Knight in any medium,” the company said. “We send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones and join fans around the world in honoring his legacy.”
Paul Dini called “Batman: The Animated Series” producer Conroy “unrelatable” and “eternal.”
“He brought a light everywhere in the recording booth, or fed the first responders during 9/11, or made sure every fan waiting for him had a moment with their Batman,” Dini said. Report provided by Warner Bros. Discovery. “A hero in every sense of the word.”
Tara Strong, who voiced Batgirl in the DC Animated Universe, shared a moving tribute to the actor on social media.
“There will never be another one,” she wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of her and Conroy.
Troy Baker, another actor who voiced Batman in some video games, thanked Conroy for being a lifelong inspiration.
The official Twitter account of New York City’s Empire State Building shared an image showing the bat-signal flashing on the building’s iconic facade.
While Batman may have been Conroy’s most recognized work, it was also just one of many roles he voiced over his decades-long career. According to his iMDB filmography, he voiced roles in the “Masters of the Universe” series and his Batman performance in “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?” Brought to other cartoons like Conroy was also a stage actor.
Conroy was born in November 1955 in Westbury, NY. He studied acting at The Juilliard School in New York City alongside other icons such as Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams. She is survived by her husband, Van C. Williams is survived by her sister Trisha Conroy and her brother Tom Conroy.