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Frank Gorshin (I) (1933–2005)

Frank John Gorshin Jr. was born on April 5, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank John Sr., was a railroad worker and his mother, Frances, was a seamstress. While in high school, Frank worked as an usher at the Sheridan Square Theatre and began doing impressions of some of his screen idols: Al Jolson, James Cagney, Cary Grant and ... See full bio »


(age 72) in Burbank, California, USA

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 2006 Dr. Vegas (TV Series)
Edgar Rhodes
- For Love or Money (2006) ... Edgar Rhodes
 2006 Dreamweaver (TV Movie)
Mr. Rem
 2005 Angels with Angles
George Burns / Shelleen
 2005 The Batman (TV Series)
Professor Hugo Strange
- Strange Minds (2005) ... Professor Hugo Strange (voice)
- Meltdown (2005) ... Professor Hugo Strange (voice)
 2004 Love Story in Harvard (TV Series)
Professor John Keynes
 2003 Mail Order Bride
Russian Doctor
 2002 Sting of the Black Scorpion (Video)
Benjamin Tickerman / Clockwise
 2002 Manna from Heaven
 2002 High Times Potluck
The Slim Man
 2001 Black Scorpion (TV Series)
Benjamin Tickerman / Clockwise
- Crime Time (2001) ... Benjamin Tickerman / Clockwise
 2000 Diablo II (Video Game)
Marius / Lysander (voice)
 2000 Something Else (Video)
 2000 Hollywood Off-Ramp (TV Series)
- Unfunny Girl (2000)
 2000 The Curio Trunk (Short)
Harold Belfast
 2000 Luck of the Draw
Sterling Johnson
 2000 Castle Rock
 1999 All Shook Up
Sheriff Dudston
 1999 The Art of Murder (uncredited)
 1999 King Crab: Space Crustacean (TV Short)
Captain King Crab (voice)
 1999 The Phantom Eye (TV Series)
 1999 The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3137 (1999) ... George
- Episode #1.3097 (1999) ... George
- Episode #1.3096 (1999) ... George
 1999 Game Day
Sam Segal
 1999 Final Rinse
 1997 After the Game
Benny Walsh
 1997 Better Than Ever
 1997 Threshold
 1997 From Hare to Eternity (Short)
Yosemite Sam (voice)
 1997 Twilight of the Ice Nymphs
Cain Ball
 1997 Johnny Bravo (TV Series)
Barney Stone / Clovy
- Blarney Buddies/Over the Hump/Johnny Meets Farrah Fawcett (1997) ... Barney Stone / Clovy (voice)
 1997 Bloodmoon
Chief William Hutchins
 1997 Pullet Surprise (Short)
Foghorn Leghorn (voice)
 1996 Superior Duck (Short)
Daffy Duck / Foghorn Leghorn (voice)
 1995 Buford's Got a Gun (TV Short)
 1995 The Ren & Stimpy Show (TV Series)
The Reverend Jack Cheese
- Terminal Stimpy/Reverend Jack (1995) ... The Reverend Jack Cheese (voice)
 1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Sharpie Lawyer
- Whine, Whine, Whine (1995) ... Sharpie Lawyer
 1994 The Big Story (Short)
Cub Reporter / Editor / Older Reporter (voice)
 1994 Hail Caesar
Pete Dewitt
 1994 Are You Afraid of the Dark? (TV Series)
Brother Septimus
- The Tale of the Carved Stone (1994) ... Brother Septimus
 1993 Amore!
 1992 Sweet Justice
Billy Joe Rivas
 1992 Body Trouble
Johnny Zero
 1989 Midnight
Ron Saphier
 1989 Monsters (TV Series)
Ward Ellers
- Parents from Space (1989) ... Ward Ellers
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Arnold Goldman
- Mourning Among the Wisterias (1988) ... Arnold Goldman
 1987 The Gnomes' Great Adventure
Holler / Carlo / Omar / ... (voice)
 1986 Hollywood Vice Squad
 1986 A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Movie)
Pierre Rudin
 1986 Uphill All the Way
 1985 Hot Resort
Mr. Green
 1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
- Losers Weepers: Part 1 (1984) ... Frakes
 1983 A Night on the Town (TV Movie)
 1982 Princess Ida (TV Movie)
King Gama
 1982 Treasure Island (TV Movie)
Ben Gunn
 1982 The Uppercrust
Harry Werner, alias Nash
 1981 Goliath Awaits (TV Movie)
Dan Wesker
 1981 Underground Aces
Fred Kruger
 1979 Death Car on the Freeway (TV Movie)
Ralph Chandler
 1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible (TV Series)
- The Story of Moses: Part 2 (1978) ... Ocran
- The Story of Moses: Part 1 (1978) ... Ocran
 1978 Record City
 1977 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
- The Deadly Toys (1977) ... Hoffman
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Harry Dana
- Angels at Sea (1977) ... Harry Dana
 1976 Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Movie)
Sir Ten-To-Three (voice)
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
David Griffin
- Glitter with a Bullet (1975) ... David Griffin
 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Johnny Rizi
- Strike Force (1975) ... Johnny Rizi
- Ordeal (1975) ... Johnny Rizi
 1975 Sky Heist (TV Movie)
Ben Hardings
 1975 Get Christie Love! (TV Series)
Maxwell Case
- From Paris with Love (1975) ... Maxwell Case
 1974 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
- Welcome to Our Branch Office (1974) ... Stash
 1974 Movin' On (TV Series)
Tucker J. Paulsen
- Good for Laughs (1974) ... Tucker J. Paulsen
 1974 Ironside (TV Series)
- What's New with Mark? (1974) ... Dorian
 1972 The ABC Comedy Hour (TV Series)
- The Kopykats #6 (1972)
- The Kopykats #5 (1972)
- The Kopykats #4 (1972)
- The Kopykats #3 (1972)
- The Kopykats #1 (1972)
 1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Little Willie
- Operation: Bribery (1971) ... Little Willie
 1971 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
 1971 The Interns (TV Series)
Joe Calico
- The Challenger (1971) ... Joe Calico
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Dutch Miley
- Follow the Leader (1970) ... Dutch Miley
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Billy Howell
- Jenny Wilde Is Drowning (1970) ... Billy Howell
 1969 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Patrick 'Stinky' Flanagan
- Stinky Flanagan (1969) ... Patrick 'Stinky' Flanagan
 1969 That's Life (TV Series)
- Our First Fight (1969)
 1969 Star Trek (TV Series)
 1968 Skidoo
The Man
 1967 Garrison's Gorillas (TV Series)
- Thieves' Holiday (1967) ... Destin
 1966 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Nasty McMean
- What Did You Do in the Dump, Daddy? (1966) ... Nasty McMean
 1966 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
- The Clown (1966) ... Otto
 1966 The Munsters (TV Series)
Fair Deal Dan
- Herman, the Tire Kicker (1966) ... Fair Deal Dan
 1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance
Tod Wisdom
 1963-1965 Combat! (TV Series)
Pvt. Gavin / Wharton
- The Hell Machine (1965) ... Pvt. Gavin
- The Medal (1963) ... Wharton
 1965 Insight (TV Series)
- The Killer (1965)
 1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Jeremy Rabbitt
- Jeremy Rabbitt - The Secret Avenger (1964) ... Jeremy Rabbitt
 1963 General Hospital (TV Series)
Rev. Love (1999)
 1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Alan Starkie
- Beyond This Place There Be Dragons (1963) ... Alan Starkie
 1962 Empire (TV Series)
Billy Roy Fix
- The Fire Dancer (1962) ... Billy Roy Fix
 1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Herbie Catcher
- The Pea (1962) ... Herbie Catcher
 1961 Sail a Crooked Ship
George M. Wilson
 1961 The George Raft Story
Moxie Cusack
 1961 The Defenders (TV Series)
Harry Simms
- The Hundred Lives of Harry Simms (1961) ... Harry Simms
 1961 Ring of Fire
Frank Henderson
 1961 The Great Impostor
 1960 Where the Boys Are
 1960 Studs Lonigan
Kenny Killarney
 1960 Bells Are Ringing
Blake Barton
 1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
Jerry Musco
- The Last Laugh (1960) ... Jerry Musco
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
 1959 The Detectives (TV Series)
Billy McGirth
- The Streger Affair (1959) ... Billy McGirth
 1959 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Marty - Bully
- Sons of Aaron Murdock (1959) ... Marty - Bully
 1959 Warlock
Billy Gannon (uncredited)
 1959 Night of the Quarter Moon
Racist Punk (uncredited)
 1959 Frontier Doctor (TV Series)
Hank Butts
- Shadow of Belle Starr (1959) ... Hank Butts (as Frank J. Gorshin)
 1958 Torpedo Run
Sub Crewman (uncredited)
 1958 Tank Battalion
Pfc. 'Skids' Madigan
 1958 The Silent Service (TV Series)
Torpedoman 1st Class Larkin
- The Thresher Story (1958) ... Torpedoman 1st Class Larkin
 1957 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Cowboy with Singer
- Duel at Lockwood (1957) ... Cowboy with Singer
 1957 Portland Exposé
 1957 The Delicate Delinquent
Wise Guy on Street (uncredited)
 1957 Invasion of the Saucer Men
Joe Gruen
 1957 Dragstrip Girl
Tommy Burns
 1957 Navy Log (TV Series)
Captain Ray Duncan
- Operation Lend Lease Adti: Amscray (1957) ... Captain Ray Duncan
 1956 Runaway Daughters
Tommy Burns
 1956 Between Heaven and Hell
Pvt. Millard Co.G (uncredited)
 1956 Hot Rod Girl
Flat Top
 1956 The Proud and Profane
Harry (uncredited)
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
- Decoy (1956) ... Page
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Smiley Wilson (1981-1982)
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Album: Played and sang the role of Giefer Goldfarb in the first complete recording of the score of George Gershwin's 1930 musical "Girl Crazy" (Nonesuch Records). In this role, he does several impressions, among them Maurice Chevalier, Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor. See more »

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Frank J. Gorshin


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[on playing the Riddler on Batman (1966)] When I was first approached to play the Riddler, I thought it was a joke. Then I discovered the show had a good script and agreed to do the role. Now I am in love with the character. I developed the Riddler's fiendish laugh at Hollywood parties. I listened to myself laugh and discovered that the funniest jokes brought out the high-pitched giggle I use on ... See more »


His last job before his death was a guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Grave Danger: Volume 1 (2005), the first half of the series' fifth season finale, directed by Quentin Tarantino. He died two days before the episode actually aired. In an ironic note, the famous impressionist's final role was to portray himself. See more »

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