Have you ever watched an Animated Movie and thought to yourself, “That Voice sounds Familiar, but where have I heard it before?” If so then this is the Article for you. I have always been a fan of the First and Second Tier Superheroes like Batman, Superman, Ironman, etc as well as of great Actors (in my opinion) like David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars). I never would have thought in my younger days that the two groups would have ever had anything to do with each other. You see I, like most People, looked down on Voice Actors. If I even considered them at all.
Animated movies are thought of by most of us as mostly children’s fare, with unknown or lessor known actors voicing the roles. However, I have found that is not always the case and I am hoping to change that perception by listing 14 of the actors/actresses who voiced just one of these films and some of their accomplishments. You may be surprised at the Caliber of Actor who actually chooses to take on these roles.
So, with that being said here are the 14 actors (with birthday) who voiced the characters in “Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman” along with some public information on them that some may consider interesting:
Kevin Conroy (Nov 30, 1955) Batman – Kevin graduated from the Prestigious Juilliard School of the Arts, was on the Soap Opera “Another World”, Was classmates with Christopher Reeves who portrayed Superman, and has portrayed Batman in at least 8 TV Series, 12 Animated Movies and 7 Video Games. Two interesting facts about him: one – He is the only Actor to voice, Batman/Bruce Wayne, Dr. Thomas Wayne and Joe Chill (The man who murdered Bruce’s Parents) and two – He voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne, Dr. Thomas Wayne, and the Evil Batman in an episode of "Batman: the Animated Series" AT THE SAME TIME without the Studio having to pause recording.
Kyra Sedgwick (Aug 19, 1965) Batwoman – She attended Private Schools growing up and Graduated from USC (University of Southern California), was also on the Soap Opera “Another World”, is married to Actor Kevin Bacon (Footloose) and they have two children. Two interesting facts about her: one - She has won a Golden Globe Award and two – She has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kelly Ripa (Oct 02, 1970) Roxanne Ballantine – She graduated from Camden County Community College in New Jersey, was on the Soap Opera “All My Children”, Married her co-star from “All My Children” and they have three children. Two interesting facts about her: one - She is in the Guinness Book of World Records for most Custard Pies thrown in one minute (22) and two - She also has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
David Ogden Stiers (Oct 31, 1942) Penguin – He graduated from Juilliard. He has voiced 25 Animated Films and is best known for his role on “M*A*S*H” as Major Charles Winchester. Two interesting facts about him: one - He has conducted 70 Orchestras and two - His acting Mentor was Harry Morgan who played Colonial Potter on “M*A*S*H”.
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Nov 30, 1918) Alfred – He briefly attended the Yale School of Drama, but dropped out his Freshman Year. He was married twice and one of his children is Stephanie Zimbalist who starred on “Remington Steele”, a show in which he also had a recurring role. He passed away in May 2014. He is the third Actor on this list with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Two interesting facts about him: one - He voiced Alfred Pennyworth on five different series and two – He became an Honorary Special Agent of the FBI in 2009 due to his being long-time friends with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Hector Elizondo (Dec 22, 1936) Bane – He started out in “Normal” jobs, then played in a band, got into weightlifting and Ballet. When he was injured dancing he switched to Drama. He got his role in “Pretty Woman” after Al Pacino turned it down. Two interesting facts about him: one – He refuses to act in any Sitcoms and two – Director/Producer Garry Marshall (Husband of Penny Marshall from “Laverne and Shirley”) considers Hector to be his “Good Luck Charm” and always offers him a part in his projects.
Kimberly Brooks (unknown) Kathy Duquesne – She went to California State University Long Beach. Two interesting facts about her: one – She attended the same college as several well-known personalities, chief being Steven Spielberg and Steve Martin and two – She is most well known for her work on Animated Batman Films.
Elisa Pensler Gabrielli (unknown) Detective Alcana – Very little is listed for her with the exception of her being married and living in Los Angeles. The two things I found out that I consider interesting are: one – She started out working with Inner-City Improv & New Dramatists and two – She has worked extensively in Animation, providing voices for characters on “Kung-Fu Panda”, “Shrek” and “Mulan” among many others.
Tara Strong (Feb 12, 1973) Barbara Gordon – She is married with two children. She is known for providing the voices of young males as well as females on cartoon series/films. Two interesting facts about her: one – She is the voice of Timmy on “The Fairly-Odd Parents” and two – She was room-mates with Actress Neve Campbell (Party of Five, Wild Things) before they both made it big.
Bob Hastings (Apr 18, 1925) Commissioner Gordon – He started in show biz on Radio after World War 2 and then went on to TV where his most recognized role was on “McHale’s Navy”. He also played on the Soap Opera “General Hospital” for a time before eventually getting into Animation. He passed away from Cancer in June 2015 and left behind his wife & four children. Two interesting facts about him: one – He voiced Commissioner Gordon on four TV Series and two – His son, Michael R. Hastings was Mayor of Burbank, California.
Eli Marienthal (Mar 06, 1986) Tim Drake/Robin – He graduated from Brown University in Rhode Island. He lives with his Mother in Berkley, California. Two interesting facts about him: one - He is part of a Poetry Group called “Youth Speaks” and two – He graduated from a private high school where they taught classes in both English and French so he is Bilingual.
John Vernon (Feb 24, 1932) Rupert Thorne – He graduated from London’s (England) Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He liked to play the villain in his movies. He was divorced with three children. He passed away in Feb 2005 after having Heart Surgery. Two interesting things about him: one – He is the only actor to have voiced both Major Talbot and General Ross and two – He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Actors Branch.
Kevin Michael Richardson (Oct 25, 1964) Carlton Duquesne – He went to Syracuse University in New York. He is Married with two step-children. He is known for voicing villains. Two interesting facts about him: one – He has voiced both Batman’s greatest villain, the Joker and his greatest inventor, Lucius Fox and two – Although he lives in Los Angeles, California he prefers to work on the other side of the Country in Manhattan, New York.
Robert Costanzo (unknown) Detective Harvey Bullock – He is an Actor and Producer best known for “Total Recall” and “Saturday Night Fever”. Two interesting facts about him: one – He has voiced Detective Bullock on four different Animated TV Series and two – He made Guest appearances on live action shows: “Lois and Clark: the new Adventures of Superman” and “Superman”.
There you have them, 14 Voice Actors who portrayed Characters on just one movie and some of their background. Are any of you surprised at the Achievements of some of these Actors or the differences in their ages? Comment below if you wish and follow me on [email protected] if you like as well.