Kevin Conroy, one of the iconic voices behind the DC superhero Batman, has died aged 66.
Conroy’s death was confirmed by his spokesman, Steven Neibert.
THE ACTORin “Batman: The Animated Series,” which ran for 85 episodes from 1992 to 1996, and in several DC animated films and video games. In total, he brought the character to life in more than 60 works.
In 2019, he performed a live-action version of the role for the first time,“Crisis on Infinite Earths” as a future version of Bruce Wayne.
Conroy was the first and only openly gay actor to play Batman. In June 2022, Conroy wrote a comic titled “Finding Batman” for DC Pride, where he reflected on his experience voicing the character while coming to terms with his sexuality. In a Twitter video sharing shortly after the comic was published, Conroy thanked fans for their “overwhelming” support.
Tributes to the actor poured in after news of his death broke. Mark Hamill, who voiced Batman’s nemesis The Joker in “Batman: The Animated Series,” issued a heartfelt statement in the press release, calling Conroy “perfection.”
“He was one of my favorite people on the planet and I loved him like a brother,” Hamill said.. “He really cared about the people around him – his decency shone through everything he did. Every time I saw him or talked to him, my spirits were lifted.”
Tara Strong, who voiced Batgirl in the DC Animated Universe, also shared a touching tribute to the actor.
“There will never be another one,” she tweeted, alongside a photo of herself and Conroy.
Troy Baker, another actor who has voiced Batman in a number of video games, thanked Conroy for being a lifelong inspiration.
While Batman may have been Conroy’s most recognizable work, it was only one of many roles he voiced during his decades-long career. According to his iMDB filmography, he played roles in the series “Masters of the Universe” and brought his portrayal of Batman to other cartoons such as “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?” Conroy was also a stage actor.
Conroy was born in Westbury, New York in November 1955. He studied acting at The Julliard School in New York, alongside other icons such as Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams. He is survived by his husband, Vaughn C. Williams, his sister Trisha Conroy and his brother Tom Conroy.