04-05 Happy birthday to the late Frank Gorshin, Born: April 5, 1933 and passed away on May 17, 2005.
Frank John Gorshin, Jr. was an impressionist, comedian, and actor who played Commissioner Bele in the Star Trek episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”.
He is best remembered for his portrayal of The Riddler in the 1960s Batman television series, for which he received his first Emmy nomination (the only one for the series). Gorshin also played The Riddler in the 1966 Batman film produced to capitalize on the TV show’s success. The character of The Riddler was subsequently voiced by Michael Bell on the 1970s series Challenge of the SuperFriends and by John Glover in the 1990s Batman animated series.
After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Gorshin had a role in the 1957 film The True Story of Jesse James. In 1959, he made an uncredited appearance in the western Warlock. Gorshin’s first substantial role was in the 1960 film Bells Are Ringing.
Early in his career, Gorshin performed his impressionist/comedy act many times on The Ed Sullivan Show. He, Charlie Brill and Georgia Brown were among Sullivan’s guests on the legendary 9 February 1964 show which featured the American debut of The Beatles. In 1965, Gorshin had a supporting role in the popular Disney film That Darn Cat!.
Gorshin also had a role in the 1978 mini-series Greatest Heroes of the Bible. Gorsin’s other television work up to this point had included guest appearances on The Defenders, The Untouchables, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The High Chaparral, The Interns, Ironside, and Charlie’s Angels.
In 1979, Gorshin appeared in a two-part episode of the cult science fiction series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, on which Tim O’Connor was a regular cast member. He had roles in several films and made-for-TV movies during the 1980s, in addition to guest-starring in a 1988 episode of Murder, She Wrote.
In 1993, Gorshin appeared in the film Amore!. That same year, he was seen in the film The Meteor Man. In 1995, he made an appearance in the acclaimed science fiction thriller, Twelve Monkeys. Gorshin had previously worked in 1987’s The Gnomes’ Great Adventure.
In later years, Gorshin portrayed classic cartoon characters like Foghorn Leghorn, Daffy Duck, and Yosemite Sam in various animated shorts. This talent for mimicry would lead to his masterful portrayal of legendary comedian George Burns in his one-man play Say Goodnight, Gracie. He also played the role of Burns in his final film, 2005’s Angels with Angles, with Amy Wieczorek as Burns’ wife and partner, Gracie Allen. Another of Gorshin’s last films was the 2002 comedy Manna from Heaven.
In 2003, Gorshin reunited with most of the surviving Batman cast members, including TV Catwoman Julie Newmar and movie Catwoman Lee Meriwether, in the TV special Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt. Brett Rickaby portrayed a young Gorshin in flashbacks to his Batman days.
Soon thereafter, he voiced a completely different DC Comics villain, Dr. Hugo Strange, for the animated Batman series called The Batman.
Gorshin died in Burbank, California, on 17 May 2005 following bouts with lung cancer, emphysema and pneumonia. He was 72 years old.
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