Kevin Conroy, who famously voiced Batman in several television shows, died at the age of 66. Diane Pershing, a voice actress who collaborated with Conroy on several projects, confirmed the star’s death on Friday.
“Very sad news: our beloved voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, died yesterday. 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. He will be sorely missed not just by the cast of the series but by his legion of fans all over the world,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
Cancer was named as the cause of Kevin’s death.
Conroy first appeared as Batman/Bruce Wayne in “Batman: The Animated Series” from 1992 to 1995. His distinctive, gravelly voice quickly became synonymous with the cartoon character, which he went on to voice in a variety of other projects over the next two decades.
The 2019 animated film “Justice League vs. the Fatal Five,” produced by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, was Conroy’s final project.
A lot of fans of the star mourned his death on Twitter, including several prominent figures in the comic book world.
“Kevin Conroy is gone. His deep and distinctive voice was the definitive sound of Batman for several generations of fans. I’m absolutely stunned and devastated. RIP,” film critic Zaki Hasan wrote.
“Mortal Kombat” co-creator Ed Boon also paid tribute, posting: “So sad to hear about Kevin Conroy. He was THE voice of Batman for generations, including our ‘INJUSTICE’ games. So iconic. What a loss. RIP.”
Conroy, who was born in New York but raised in Connecticut, studied at Juilliard, where he shared a room with Robin Williams.
Following graduation, he worked in Shakespeare plays, soap operas, and sitcoms, including appearances on “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers.” His career, however, did not take off until he began voicing Batman in his mid-30s.
Conroy, who was openly gay, received critical acclaim earlier this year for writing his own story, “Finding Batman,” which recounted his life and experiences as a gay man. Vaughn C. Williams, his husband, survives him.