Kevin Conroy, an actor and voice actor best known for playing Batman in several animated movies and series, has passed away at the age of 66. Warner Bros., the show’s producer, revealed on Friday that Conroy died on Thursday following a battle with cancer.
DC posted about his tragic passing on Twitter, stating,”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.”
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. https://t.co/GgdfYvoKVL pic.twitter.com/pSy8h29h6r
— DC (@DCComics) November 11, 2022
The acclaimed animated series, which launched in 1992 and continued until 1996, is where Conroy first voiced Batman. His portrayal of Batman in various other DC productions—including the video games Injustice and Batman: Arkham—has received a lot of positive attention. He also appeared in several DC Universe Animated Original Movies, including Batman: Gotham Knight (2008), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), Justice League: Doom (2012), Batman: The Killing Joke (2016), and Justice League vs. the Fatal Five (2019).
Kevin played Batman in a variety of projects, and Mark Hamill took on the role of the Joker. In a statement made by Warner Bros., Mark mentioned,“Kevin was perfection. 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.”
In 1992’s romance drama Chain of Desire, which Temstocles Lopez also wrote and directed, Kevin Conroy made his live-action acting debut. The Arkham and Injustice video game series gave Kevin the opportunity to reprise his role as Batman, which led to newfound fame. After a protracted fan effort, Kevin finally had the chance to represent Batman in a live-action project in 2019 when he took on the role of an older Bruce Wayne in the Arrowverse crossover episode Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Kevin Conroy is survived by his husband Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy and brother Tom Conroy.