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Holy Staples Players! Kevin Conroy Is Batman!

In April, “06880” profiled Kevin Conroy.

For over 20 years, the 1973 Staples High School graduate has lent his “deeply charming, yet virile voice” to 9 Batman TV series, 12 animated movies and 7 video games. No other actor has played Batman for so long, or been as closely identified with him.

Today, the New York Times finally took notice.

Kevin Conroy (Photo/Ben Esner for NY Times)

Kevin Conroy (Photo/Ben Esner for NY Times)

The Arts section features a full-length story on Conroy — who, it should be noted, is hardly a 1-trick Batman. The Juilliard alum also toured nationally with “Deathtrap,” appeared on the soap opera “Another World,” played Laertes in the New York Shakespeare Festival, acted on Broadway, and was a regular on “Ohara” and “Tour of Duty.”

But it’s as Batman he’s best known, and that’s the Times hook. Jeff Muskus writes:

He has logged the most screen time of anyone in the comic-book vigilante’s 77-year history — without ever showing his face onscreen for the role. Still, his voice, deep and resonant, has defined the character for fans who grew up with his shows, and again for those devouring his three Arkham video games.

“It’s so much fun as an actor to sink your teeth into,” Mr. Conroy, 60, said over lunch in New York’s theater district. “Calling it animation doesn’t do it justice. It’s more like mythology.”

The story notes that “school plays” — aka Staples Players — provided Conroy with a home, away from his dysfunctional family (he lived some of the time with friends).

Muskus concludes:

Unlike Batman, Mr. Conroy has managed to resolve much of his childhood trauma. First, he sought a modicum of financial stability….He saved during his stage and Los Angeles days, flipping houses on both coasts, and supported and made peace with his parents in their final years. “I was able to speak for my father at his funeral and sing for my mother at hers,” he said.

Mr. Conroy said he’s grateful for his long-running second act. “I’ve been really fortunate to have gotten Batman, because he’s a character that’s just evolved,” he said. “It’s just been a character where you can ride that wave for 24 years. Keeping him alive, keeping him from getting just dark and boring and broody, is the challenge.”

Click here to read the full New York Times story. Click here for the Times’ selection of Conroy’s standout Batman performances.

(Hat tip: James A. Torrey)


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Kevin Conroy: Batman Beats Superman

Kevin Conroy has had a great career.

After graduating from Staples High School in 1973, he earned a full scholarship to Juilliard’s drama division. He studied under John Houseman, and shared classes with Christopher Reeve.

Conroy toured nationally with “Deathtrap,” appeared on the soap opera “Another World,” played Laertes in the New York Shakespeare Festival, acted on Broadway, and was a regular on “Ohara” and “Tour of Duty.”

But the former Staples Player is best known as Batman.

Batman v SupermanFor over 20 years, Conroy has lent his “deeply charming, yet virile voice” to 9 TV series, 12 animated movies and 7 video games. No other actor has played Batman for so long, or been as closely identified with him.

So who better to weigh in on the great “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” debate than Conroy himself?

Naturally, he takes the side of the superhero many fans call “ordinary.”

Holy non-surprise, Batman!

In fact, Conroy calls Batman “extraordinary.” He explains:

He’s always had to rely on his wits. He’s always had to think his way out of things. He’s had to create devices, create machines, and he thinks on so many different levels….He can create his way out of things. And that’s power.

But don’t just read about it. Listen to Kevin Conroy talk about Batman — using (for once) his own voice.