Kevin Conroy (born November 30, 1955) is an American actor and voice actor. He is best known for his voice role as the DC Comics character Batman on the 1990s Warner Bros. television show Batman: The Animated Series, 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 acclaimed Batman: Arkham video games.
Conroy at the May 2018
MCM London Comic Con
|Born||November 30, 1955|
Westbury, New York, U.S.
|Education||Juilliard School (BFA)|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Known for||Voice of Batman|
Born in Westbury, New York to an Irish Catholic family, Conroy 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. 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. Filmreference.com lists Conroy as having been married, and having a child, though an interview with The New York Times in 2016 stated that he is single. He also said that he is gay.
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 theatre pieces, including the Broadway productions of Eastern Standard and Edward Albee's adaptation of Lolita. 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. 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.
As a voice actor, Kevin Conroy is best known for his starring role as Bruce Wayne / Batman in the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series (1992–95). He continued to voice Batman in numerous animated projects from which the series was spun off into, 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 (1997–99), Batman Beyond (1999–2001, in which he portrays an elderly Bruce Wayne retired from crimefighting), Justice League (2001–04) and Justice League Unlimited (2004–06) as well as the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), 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. 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) and Batman: The Killing Joke (2016).
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") 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.
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. In March 4, 2014, a new Arkham game titled Batman: Arkham Knight was announced with Conroy reprising his role.
He confirmed on Twitter in October 2013 that he had filmed a role on Tim Daly's web series The Daly Show, where Conroy parodied his role as Batman in a fight with Daly parodying Superman (whom Daly previously voiced in Superman: The Animated Series).
|1992||Chain of Desire||Joe|
|2013||Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics||Himself||Documentary|
|2013||I Know That Voice|
|2014||Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives||The Narrator|
|2016||Yoga Hosers||Canadian Bat, Man!|
|1978||How to Pick Up Girls!||Bartender||Television film|
|1980||Another World||Jerry Grove||6 episodes|
|1982||Born Beautiful||Stan||Television film|
|1982||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander||Television film|
|1983||A Fine Romance||Phil||Television film|
|1984||George Washington||John Laurens||1 episode|
|1984–85||Search for Tomorrow||Chase Kendall||4 episodes|
|1985–86||Dynasty||Bart Fallmont||Recurring role|
|1986||Matlock||Clark Harrison||Episode: "The Affair"|
|1986||Kay O'Brien||David||Episode: "Princess of the City"|
|1986||Spenser: For Hire||Gallagher||Episode: "Shadowsight"|
|1987||Ohara||Captain Lloyd Hamilton||Recurring role|
|1987–88||Tour of Duty||Captain Rusty Wallace||Recurring role|
|1988||Killer Instinct||Dr. Steven Nelson||Television film|
|1990||So Proudly We Hail||Francis Crosby||Television film|
|1989–90||Cheers||Darryl Mead||2 episodes|
|1990||The Face of Fear||Frank Dwight Bollinger||Television film|
|1990||WIOU||Lenny Lubinsky||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1991||Murphy Brown||Roger Harris||Episode: "Terror on the 17th Floor"|
|1991||Hi Honey – I'm Dead||Brad Stadler||Television film|
|1992||Rachel Gunn, R.N.||Dr. David Dunkle||Main role|
|1992||The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton||Hunter Roy Evans||Television film|
|1992||Battle in the Erogenous Zone||Mondo Ray||Television short|
|1994||Island City||Colonel Tom Valdoon||Television film|
|1995||The Office||Steve Gilman||Recurring role|
|2015||Lair of the Mega Shark||Narrator||1 episode|
|1993||Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|1998||Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero||Direct-to-video|
|2000||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker|
|2003||Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman|
|2005||The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence||Short film|
|2008||Batman: Gotham Knight||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Superman/Batman: Public Enemies|
|2012||Justice League: Doom|
|2013||Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie||The Mayor of Red Bank|
|2013||Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Batman: Assault on Arkham|
|2015||Batman vs. Robin||Thomas Wayne|
|2016||Batman: The Killing Joke||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
Limited theatrical release
|2017||Batman and Harley Quinn||Direct-to-video|
|2019||Justice League vs. the Fatal Five|
|1992–95||Batman: The Animated Series||Bruce Wayne / Batman, Additional Voices||Main role|
|1996||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Hardman||Episode: "Manhattan Maneater"|
|1997–99||The New Batman Adventures||Bruce Wayne / Batman, Henchman||Main role|
|1997–99||Superman: The Animated Series||Bruce Wayne / Batman||5 episodes|
|1999–2001||Batman Beyond||Bruce Wayne, Stage Batman||Main role|
|2001||The Zeta Project||Bruce Wayne||Episode: "Shadows"|
|2001–04||Justice League||Bruce Wayne / Batman, Additional Voices||Main role|
|2002–04||Static Shock||Bruce Wayne / Batman||5 episodes|
|2004–06||Justice League Unlimited||Bruce Wayne / Batman, Joe Chill, Lee Travis / Crimson Avenger||Main role|
|2006||The Batman||John Grayson||Episode: "A Matter of Family"|
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||Bellicus, Alien X, Warrior #2||Episode: "X Equals Ben Plus 2"|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, Phantom Stranger||2 episodes|
|2009, 2013||The Venture Bros.||Captain Sunshine||2 episodes|
|2013||Tales of Metropolis||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Episode: "Lois Lane"|
|2014||Batman Beyond||Bruce Wayne||Television short|
|2014||Batman: Strange Days||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Television short|
|2015||Turbo FAST||Stinger||Episode: "The Sting of Injustice"|
|2016–18||Justice League Action||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Main role|
|2018||Teen Titans Go!||Episode: "Real Orangins"|
|2019||Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?|
|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|||
|2001||Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy||Fisherman|||
|2003||Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne||Lord Jack, Cleaner, Commando|
|2003||Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu||Bruce Wayne / Batman|||
|2003||Lords of EverQuest||Lord Palasa|
|2009||Batman: Arkham Asylum||Bruce Wayne / Batman, Thomas Wayne|||
|2011||DC Universe Online||Bruce Wayne / Batman|||
|2011||Batman: Arkham City||Bruce Wayne / Batman, Thomas Elliot / Hush|
|2011||Batman: Arkham City Lockdown||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|2013||Injustice: Gods Among Us|
|2015||Batman: Arkham Knight||Bruce Wayne / Batman, Thomas Elliot / Hush|
|2016||Batman: Arkham VR||Bruce Wayne / Batman, Thomas Wayne|||
|2017||Injustice 2||Bruce Wayne / Batman|||
|2018||Lego DC Super-Villains|
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