Kevin Conroy, the 66-year-old actor popular for voicing the DCAU’s superhero character, Batman, unfortunately, passed away this Thursday, November 10, after a brief fight with cancer.
The actor was the voice behind Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, for more than 20 long years. He started off with the Warner Bros. animated show during the 1990s, Batman: The Animated Series, and continued to play the part for numerous other DC animation projects, and even depicted the superhero in an Arrowverse crossover titled Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The news about Kevin Conroy’s death was confirmed by Diana Pershing, one of the voice actresses that the former worked with. It is truly a heartbreaking day, not only for DC fans but for people everywhere, with the world being bereft of one of the most talented artists of all time.
Kevin Conroy dies at 66 after battling cancer
Kevin Conroy, the actor who perhaps had one of the most significant imprints on the legacy of Batman’s character, died at the age of 66 due to cancer. The tragic news of the Search for Tomorrow star’s death was shared and confirmed by Diana Pershing, the actress who served as Poison Ivy’s voice actor in Batman: The Animated Series.
Pershing broke the news about her friend and co-star’s demise on Facebook as she pointed out that Conroy had “been ill for a while.”
“Very sad news: our beloved voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, died yesterday. He’s been ill for a while but he really put in a lot of time at the cons, to the joy of all of his fans. He will be sorely missed not just by the cast of the series but by his legion of fans all over the world. ”
Multiple other actors, including some of Conroys’ co-stars and colleagues, like the Batman: The Animated Series producer Paul Dini and Mark Hamill who played Joker’s character opposite Conroy’s Batman, paid a tribute to the Tour of Duty actor and grieved his loss.
A brief look at Kevin Conroy’s legacy as Batman
After his role in the WB animated series in the 1990s, Conroy voiced the formidable character of the Dark Knight for at least 8 more television series and about 12 animated films. He also played the role in various video games, including LEGO DC Super-Villains and the Arkham series.
Being the only Batman actor who was open about his homosexuality, Conroy had also published an emotional yet inspiring story titled Finding Batman, which is a profound narration about his experiences and difficulties with regard to his career, as well as a depiction of how Batman’s character acted as a landmark in not only his professional life but even in the personal aspects of it.
Conroy’s most recent, and sadly enough, his last stint as Batman was in the DC video game called MultiVersus.
A legend and a visionary, Kevin Conroy was an irreplaceable artist and one of the most talented actors to ever have picked up the mantle of DC’s most famous superhero.
Source: The Direct