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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 30 November 1955Westbury, New York, USA
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kevin Conroy was born on November 30, 1955 in Westbury, New York. At age 17, Kevin earned a full scholarship to attend Julliard's drama division, where he studied under actor John Houseman. In 1978, after graduating from Julliard, he toured with "The Acting Company", Houseman's acting group, and in 1979, he went on the national tour of "Deathtrap". In 1980, he was cast in the daytime soap opera Another World (1964). However, he soon missed the theatre, and so he became associated with the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, where he performed in "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 production of "Eastern Standard" and "Lolita". He is very respected in theatre circles for his interpretation of Shakespearean characters, and in 1984, he played the title role in "Hamlet" in the New York Shakespeare Festival. Kevin returned to television in the television movie Covenant (1985). He was a series regular on Ohara (1987) in 1987, and on Tour of Duty (1987) from 1987 to 1988, before starring in a series of television movies. He is best known for providing the title role in the animated Batman: The Animated Series (1992) series.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael A. <michaelm_95014@hotmail.com>

Trade Mark (2)

Deeply charming, yet virile voice
The voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman

Trivia (15)

Went to school with Christopher Reeve.
Was raised in Westport, Connecticut.
His aunt was famed Broadway star Susan Conroy.
Attended the University College of Dublin.
In the the episode "Perchance to Dream" of Batman: The Animated Series (1992), he read the voice of Batman, Bruce Wayne, Bruce's father, and the evil Batman in real time, alternating between all four characters without having to pause recording.
Auditioned for the part of Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings (1990). The producers spent two weeks deciding between him and Tim Daly. The two eventually worked together on Superman (1996).
Shares the same birthday (November 30) as Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who voices Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series (1992).
Has played the voice of Batman for more then 20 years spanning at least 9 different television series, 12 animated movies and 7 video games. No other actor has played Batman for so long.
After providing the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne for over ten years, he did a guest appearance for The Batman (2004) where he provided the voice of John Grayson, father of Dick Grayson (the first Robin).
He has played the same character (Batman / Bruce Wayne) in eight different television series: Batman: The Animated Series (1992), Superman (1996), The New Batman Adventures (1993), Batman Beyond (1999), Static Shock (2000), The Zeta Project (2001), Justice League (2001) and Tales of Metropolis (2013).
After the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, Conroy participated in relief efforts by volunteering to do cooking duties for officers and firefighters.
Irish-American.
He was the first actor to portray Batman as having two distinctive vocal styles: charming and virile as Bruce Wayne and gravelly and rasping as Batman.
Gave a speech at the the 1995 Screen Actors Guild Award ceremony during a tribue to voice actors.
As of 2014, he is the only actor to play Batman/Bruce Wayne, Dr Thomas Wayne (Bruce's father) & Joe Chill (the gunman who murdered Bruce's parents). He got to play Joe Chill in the Justice League Unlimited episode "For the Man who has Everything" (albeit in a dream sequence).

Personal Quotes (7)

On Batman -
People fantasize about being a hero and helping someone in trouble. Batman is that fantasy realized--not just for Bruce Wayne, but for the audience. Inwardly, Bruce Wayne is still an adolescent watching his parents being murdered. That will never leave him. And people really relate to that.
I love doing the voice of Batman because of the quality of the animation. The music is particularly incredible. Another bonus is getting the opportunity to work with some very respected actors who do not usually do voice work.
To me, Batman is definitely Bruce Wayne's darker side. The challenge is playing it as two separate aspects of the same person. I have to create the illusion of a Dark Knight, who's mysterious and strong.
He [Bruce Wayne] is Batman. He became Batman the instant his parents were murdered. Batman needs Bruce, however hollow that identity feels to him from time to time. Bruce keeps Batman human. On Michael Keaton -
To be fair, I must give credit where credit is due. Although Kilmer is clearly no Michael Keaton - except for a few corny lines, which are mainly the writers' fault, and a slight lacking when it comes to the portrayal of a dark side - he did a much better job than I expected.
[on seeing the animation for Batman: The Animated Series for the first time]: "I was really blown away. I turned to Mark [Hamill] and I was like 'Did you have any idea we were working on something like this?!'"

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