|Born||in Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Birth Name||Bert John Gervis Jr.|
|Height||5' 8½" (1.74 m)|
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From Caped Crusader to Canine Crusader
Little did aspiring actor Burt Ward know that learning martial arts in addition to his mental and athletic prowess would change his life forever. As a teen-age, Burt had all the makings of a true boy wonder. As an all around athlete, strong in martial arts, wrestling, track, tennis and golf, combined with a sharp intellect, playing "first board" in chess for Beverly Hills High School, achieving the top 3% in the U.S. in math and science tests at UCLA, and becoming the world's fastest reader - Burt tested before the American Medical Society in Beverly Hills, California and was clocked at 30,000 words per minute with 90% comprehension (the average reader reads 240 words per minute with 40% comprehension). Burt was featured in an article entitled, "Will the Real Boy Wonder Please Stand Up" and subsequently appeared on the national television educational show "Read Right." With the help of his father, a prominent real estate broker in Beverly Hills, CA, Burt became one of the youngest real estate agents in California, and met producer, Saul David, who arranged for him to sign with a Hollywood agent. His first interview was set up at 20th Century Fox Studios, and a few weeks later, Burt was called back for a screen test with Adam West. Holder of a brown belt in karate at the time, Burt showed off his athletic ability for the producers by demonstrating some falls and tumbles, and even broke a one-inch pine board with his hand. Later, Burt attained his black belt from his instructor, All Korean champion, Young Ik Suh. Burt was friends with Bruce Lee. A special piece of movie trivia is that Bruce Lee's first filmed fight scene of his career was fighting Burt Ward. In October 2015, Burt was inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame. Executive Producer William Dozier commented about Ward's tall size in comparison to Adam West, and the new Boy Wonder prospect replied, "I promise you, sir, I won't grow anymore." Dozier laughed and told Burt that he would hold him to that. 2 It wasn't until six weeks after the screen test that Burt learned that he had won the coveted role of Robin, the Boy Wonder in the new "Batman" TV series for ABC-TV. He was everything they wanted. All he had to do was just be himself. Batman Was an Overnight Sensation!
Biff, Bam, Boom! The Ratings Soared! Burt and Adam West made hundreds of personal appearances together and were featured in dozens of magazine articles, including the cover of Life magazine. Years later, when accepting Harvard's "Man of the Year" award, Burt brought one of his original Robin costumes, even then valued at six figures. Some students came up to him dressed as security guards and told him they would keep the costume safe. Then, in the middle of Burt's speech, one student stood up and asked, "When is a costume not a costume? When it's stolen." The lights dimmed and the students grabbed the costume and made off. After snapping photos with one another in the cape, they later called Ward and gave the costume back. The ringleader of the gang? Harvard Lampoon editor, Conan O'Brien.
From "Caped Crusader" to "Canine Crusader" In 1994, Burt and his wife, Tracy Posner Ward, philanthropist and daughter of former corporate raider and billionaire, Victor Posner, rescued a Great Dane in distress. From this experience, they learned about dozens of other Great Danes also needing homes. When they called weeks later to see what had happened to the others, they was horrified to hear that they had all been destroyed. Both Burt and Tracy have a huge love for animals. They made a decision, and created a rescue for Great Danes and other giant dog breeds. Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles, Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions is a nonprofit charity created by Burt and Tracy. Gentle Giants has rescued and adopted more than 15,500 giant breed and small breed dogs during their 22 years of operation. All of their dogs are socialized and behaviorally trained, and live communally together in their home. Gentle Giants is now the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world and rescues and finds homes for 45 different dog breeds, ranging from 2 lbs. to 300 lbs.
Traditionally, giant breed dogs usually have short lifespans, living 6-8 years or 7-9 years, depending upon the breed. Spending millions of dollars of their own money and more than a decade of research and testing, and combining their special care and feeding program with their own all natural Gentle Giants dog food, Burt and Tracy have successfully doubled the average lifespan of their rescued giant breed dogs, and significantly lengthened the average lifespan of their rescued small and medium breed dogs as well, with dogs living as long as 27 active, healthy years.
Gentle Giants Products manufacturers all natural Gentle Giants dog food which is sold in more than 1,250 stores in California, and in 339 Walmart Supercenters in Oregon, 3 Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Florida. Gentle Giants dog food is sold nationally through mail order on Chewy.com, Walmart.com, and Amazon.com. In California, Gentle Giants is sold in Walmart Supercenters, Stater Bros. Ralphs, and Gelson's.
Gentle Giants has a spectacular new line of wet (canned) dog food, with 90% Beef, 90% Chicken, and 90% Salmon. Gentle Giants Products also has a new line of super premium dog supplements and super premium dog treats.
The Caped Crusader has truly evolved into the Canine Crusader.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: ROGER NEAL- NEAL PR firstname.lastname@example.org
"Holy, TV stardom, Batman!" Burt Ward whopped, bammed, kapowed and zoomed to instant teen idolatry essaying one of DC Comics' most popular superhero comic creations with the cult smash TV series Batman (1966). He also suffered one of the fastest career downslides ever to befall a TV star once the show's camp-styled antics lost its appeal in its third season.
He was born Bert John Gervis, Jr. in Los Angeles, the oldest of three children. Father Bert, Sr. was the owner of a traveling ice show called "Rhapsody on Ice" and, by age two, Bert, Jr. had joined the act, billed as the youngest professional ice skater. His name would be featured in the book Strange As It Seems, a predecessor to the popular Guinness Book of Records. Bert's father sold real estate. Bright and athletically included, Bert, Jr. was active on the high school track and field, wrestling and golf teams. He also was an avid comic book reader, school chess champion and became proficient at karate (brown belt).
Following graduation in 1963, Bert met Bonney Lindsey, whose father was the well-known musical conductor Mort Lindsey. Through this contact, Bert and Bonney apprenticed at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where he worked behind the scenes building sets and assisting with props. It was enough to pique his interest in acting and, after attending USC at Santa Barbara (where he worked part time as a deejay at the local college station), Burt transferred to UCLA and became a film/theatre major, supplementing his income selling real estate. He and Bonney married in July of 1965 and had one daughter, Lisa.
In 1965, ABC began a search for a "new face" to appear in an upcoming comic strip series. Bert lucked out when he managed a screen test with the actor playing "Batman" (Adam West) for the "Robin" (aka "Dick Grayson," aka "The Boy Wonder"). His compact build, buoyant personality, slightly awkward sense of humor and assured athletic ability made him a perfect fit for the part, and he was cast.
Without any professional acting experience, the newly-named "Burt Ward" was suddenly thrust into the limelight big time. The series premiered in January of 1966 and caught on instantly thanks to the kitschy, tongue-in-cheek approach combined with the psychedelic-colored sets, gimmicky props, and numerous catchphrases. Big stars, past and present, couldn't wait to be a part of the outrageousness as guest villains -- Frank Gorshin, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Vincent Price, Roddy McDowall, Victor Buono, even Liberace and Tallulah Bankhead! Faithful to Bob Kane's original comic strip, fans could not get enough of the show, with Adam and Burt making scores of personal appearances and dominating fan magazine articles. 20th Century Fox released the feature film Batman: The Movie (1966) with the Dynamic Duo battling the four most popular evildoers -- Gorshin, Meredith and Romero, and lovely Catwoman replacement Lee Meriwether.
Burt's sudden thrust of celebrity quickly took its toll on his young marriage to Bonney and the couple divorced during the show's second season (late 1966). His second marriage to actress Kathy Kersh came about when she appeared as a guest on the show. This marriage too would dissolve within a couple of years.
Oddly, Burt made only $350 a week during the show's first season and, in spite of its huge success, was given paltry raises ( $450 and $500 for the second and third seasons). By 1968, the novelty had worn off and the show went into a rapid decline, despite the addition of sexy Yvonne Craig as "Batgirl" in the final season. Both Burt and Adam, who had established himself as a serious actor long before this, would suffer the perils off superhero typecasting. They made ends meet by providing the animated voices to their TV heroes on Saturday morning cartoon fare, something Burt continued to do for five decades!
Burt put aside the acting business and used his smarts in other suitable ways. He used a bit of his savvy and organized fan clubs, seeing to it that all his fan mail was given responses. He also launched a fund-raising business to help schools and hospitals raise money. During the late 1980's , he created an early education program for children age 3-8 that taught social values, good health and safety rules called the Early Bird Learning Program. It was through this program that Burt met fourth wife Tracy Posner (a third marriage to Mariana Torchi in 1985 was brief) and they were married on July 15, 1990. The couple has one daughter, Melody. Together Burt and Tracy organized the Great Dane Rescue which rescues and finds home for this special breed. Unlike others who have suffered similar career fallouts, Burt has ventured on productively and happily.
Burt has made occasional returns to film low-budgets over the years. He has had major parts in the silly school spoof Virgin High (1991), the alien sex comedy Beach Babes from Beyond (1993) and the crime thriller Moving Targets (1999), and offered bits or cameos in such films as Hot Under the Collar (1992), The Under Achievers (1987), Robot Ninja (1989), Assault of the Party Nerds 2: The Heavy Petting Detective (1995), Karate Raider (1995), Pacino Is Missing (2002) and Heaven & Hell (2018). On TV, he has appeared as himself in an episode of "Living Single," offered his voice, along with West, as Batman and Robin in an episode of "The Simpsons" and, more recently, played a character named Dick Grayson (in honor of his "Robin" alias) in a 2019 episode of "Supergirl."
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|Tracy Posner||(15 July 1990 - present) ( 1 child)|
|Mariana Torchia||(10 August 1985 - ?) ( divorced)|
|Kathy Kersh||(25 February 1967 - 1969) ( divorced)|
|Bonney Lindsey||(19 July 1965 - 1966) ( divorced) ( 1 child)|
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|Batman (1966)||$350 /week (first season)|