Actor Kevin Conroy passed away on November 10, 2022, at the age of 66. He was most recognized for voicing Batman in several animated shows and films. He died on Thursday following a short fight with cancer, according to information released by DC Entertainment.
Conroy’s death left DC “deeply saddened,” the company wrote on Twitter. The publisher also acknowledged Conroy’s contributions to the nearly 400 episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and its numerous spinoffs, including The New Batman Adventures and Justice League. The official Batman Twitter account also shared a photo of Conroy in the voice booth, thanking him for his massive contributions to the Caped Crusader.
Ruby Rose, who played Kate Kane/Batwoman alongside Conroy’s ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths‘ said in an Instagram post. “Kevin was an absolute gem (and a rock for me during a really gruesome and hard time).”
“He was filled with phenomenal advice, fantastical stories and loved what he did. I and the world will miss you greatly. RIP My Batman,” she wrote alongside a picture she posted of her the left, with supergirl star Melissa Bentois on the right and Conroy Kevin in the middle on Instagram.
He was one of my favorite people on the earth, and I loved him like a brother, according to Mark Hamill, who played the Joker opposite Conroy’s Batman in the film. “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.” Added: “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.”
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) November 11, 2022
“He’s been ill for a while but he really put in a lot of time at the cons, to the joy of all of his fans” – Actress Diane Pershing, who voiced Poison Ivy in Batman: The Animated Series, was one of the first to break the news of Conroy’s passing, publishing her thoughts and feelings on her Instagram page. She wrote:
“He will be sorely missed not just by the cast of the series but by his legion of fans all over the world.”
Pershing continued, “Below are pictures of Kevin with Loren Lester who plays Robin another with me and Tara Strong who is in the later episodes of Batman cartoons. And then finally, one of Kevin and me in front of the huge audiences we used to get when we did out panels. RIP, friend.”
Tara Strong, who voiced Batgirl, also paid tribute, saying: “I don’t have the words. Not today. My heart is broken. There will never be another. He IS #Batman.”
Andrea Roman, Emmy Award-winning casting and dialogue director whose credits include Batman: The Animated Series, stated 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.”
In tribute to the passing of Conroy, Tara Strong posted an emotional message on her social media account, simply saying, “I don’t have the words. Not today. My heart is broken. There will never be another. He IS #Batman. #RIPLEGEND”
— tara strong (@tarastrong) November 11, 2022
It remains unknown when Kevin Conroy was diagnosed with the disease but according to representatives revealed that he died following a short fight with cancer. Conroy grew up in Westport, Connecticut after being born in Westbury, New York, on November 30, 1955.
Along with Frances Conroy, Christopher Reeve, and his roommate Robin Williams, he attended The Julliard School.
Conroy has appeared in multiple crossover episodes between the DC Comics television series Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman as a live-action Bruce Wayne.
Conroy is survived by his husband Vaughn C Williams, sister Trisha Conroy and brother Tom Conroy.