Kevin Conroy, the voice over actor for Batman, for 30 years, has died after a short battle with cancer. Conroy first played Bruce Wayne 30 years ago in the Batman animated series, voiced the superhero in the video games Arkham Knight and Arkham City and also appeared in several TV shows.
Tributes have been paid to the actor. Casting director Andrea Romano said in a statement: “Kevin was far more than an actor whom I had the pleasure of casting and directing- he was a dear friend for 30+ years whose kindness and generous spirit knew no boundaries”.
“Kevin’s warm heart, delightfully deep laugh and pure love of life will be with me forever”, she added.
DCComics tweeted “DC is deeply saddened at the passing of Kevin Conroy, a legendary actor and the voice of Batman for multiple generations. He will be forever missed by his friends, family, and fans.
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who played Batman’s nemesis The Joker in Batman animations wrote “For several generations, he has been the definitive Batman. It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got the exact right guy for the exact right part, and the world was better for it”.
“His rhythms and subtleties, tones and delivery- that all also helped inform my performance. He was the ideal partner- it was such a complementary, creative experience. I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my Batman”, said Hamill.
Conroy who was born in Westbury is survived by his husband, Vaughn C Williams, Sister Trisha Conroy and Brother Tom Conroy.