Kevin Conroy, the voice actor who’s best known for providing what has been described by many fans as the definitive voice of Batman, has died at the age of 66. News of his passing initially surfaced from colleague and Poison Ivy voice actress Diane Pershing, who shared a Facebook post a few hours ago revealing the sad news that Conroy had passed away yesterday, having been ill for a while. Warner Bros. Animation has since released a statement, calling Conroy’s work “iconic” and how it will “forever stand among the greatest portrayals of the Dark Knight in any medium.” Conroy voiced Batman in some of the superhero’s most critically acclaimed projects, including Batman: The Animated Series and Rocksteady’s Arkham series of video games.
“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,” said casting and dialogue director Andrea Romano in a statement from Warner Bros. Animation. “Kevin’s warm heart, delightfully deep laugh and pure love of life will be with me forever.”
“Kevin was perfection,” recalled Star Wars’ Mark Hamill. “He was one of my favorite people on the planet, and I loved him like a brother. He truly cared for the people around him – his decency shone through everything he did. Every time I saw him or spoke with him, my spirits were elevated.”
Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman for three decades of animated TV, specials and video games, died Thursday at the age of 66 https://t.co/EIRlXmKVpk— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) November 11, 2022
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His death was announced by his rep Gary Miereanu and Warner Bros. A cause was not disclosed, but he reportedly had been battling cancer.
An actor with credits on stage, television and film, Conroy became a premier voice actor as the title character of Batman: The Animated Series (1992-96). He’d eventually give voice to the Dark Knight in nearly 60 different productions, including 15 films and more than 15 animated series spanning nearly 400 episodes and more than 100 hours of television.
Conroy also voiced Batman in dozens of video games and was featured as a live-action Bruce Wayne in the Arrowverse’s 2019-20 “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event.