Kevin Conroy, Actor Known as 'The Voice of Batman,' Passes Away at 66 | Playbill

Obituaries Kevin Conroy, Actor Known as 'The Voice of Batman,' Passes Away at 66

Conroy made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee's short-lived adaptation of Lolita.

Kevin Conroy, an established stage and screen actor, has passed away following a brief battle with cancer. He was 66.

Known internationally as the voice of Batman, Mr. Conroy began his career on the stage, attending Juilliard's drama division where he was roommates with beloved comedian Robin Williams. In 1978, he was a member of John Houseman's touring Acting Company, as well as a member of the national tour of Ira Levin's Deathtrap.

Throughout the 1980s, he remained a regular member of the theatre scenes in New York and California, where he formed a strong association with San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, leading productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet. On Broadway, he appeared in Edward Albee's short-lived adaptation of Lolita, and Richard Greenberg's Eastern Standard. By the end of the decade, much of his focus had shifted to film and television, where he appeared on Ohara, Cheers, Matlock, Tour of Duty, Search For Tomorrow, and Dynasty.

In 1992, Mr. Conroy began work on the role that would define his career; the voice of DC comics superhero Batman, otherwise known as Bruce Wayne. Initially lending his richly resonant voice to Batman: The Animated Series, he continued to voice the caped crusader throughout animated projects that would later form the DC Animated Universe. When compared to all other voice and live actors, Mr. Conroy has portrayed the character in more properties, for longer, than any other performer.

Mr. Conroy is survived by his husband, Vaughn C. Williams.

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