Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin

16 ã…¡ 2019 ã…¡ A timeline featuring TV shows and highlights from Frank Gorshin's career and personal life.


Frank Gorshin was an American actor and impressionist. He is perhaps best remembered for making several guest appearances on the TV shows ‘Tonight Starring Steve Allen’ and ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ as an impressionist. As an actor, he was known for his role as The Riddler in the live-action series ‘Batman.’ Born to a seamstress and a railroad worker, Gorshin started working part-time at the age of 15. Following his graduation from Peabody High School, he studied at Carnegie Tech School of Drama and performed in nightclubs and plays when not studying. At the age of 19, Gorshin was drafted into the U.S. military and was posted in Germany where he served for about two years as an entertainer before becoming a prolific film actor. The actor married once and had one son. He remained a chain smoker throughout his adult life and eventually died of lung cancer in May 2005, at the age of 72.

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Fans of the 1960s Batman series that starred Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo are remembering Riddler actor Frank Gorshin on the 15th anniversary of his death at the age of 72. Nominated for one Primetime Emmy for his role as the costumed and clue-dropping Riddler, one of Gotham City's most frequent offenders alongside the Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and the Joker (Cesar Romero), Gorshin's Riddler appeared in ten episodes of the campy DC Comics-inspired series that aired on ABC for three seasons between 1966 and 1968. Gorshin also appeared in the feature film that partnered Riddler with Batman and Robin's greatest rogues: Penguin, Joker, and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether).

The late actor who would become the Riddler on the “Batman” TV series paid his dues in Pittsburgh before his spot-on impersonations of Hollywood heavyweights such as Edward G. Robinson and Kirk Douglas were seen regularly on late night TV talkers. He appeared in movies and on Broadway, too, but it was as the Riddler that he is perhaps best remembered. You can see his likeness today in the new digital interactive comic book “Batman ’66: The Riddler’s Ruse #1,” available at comixology.com. (Source: newsinteractive.post-gazette.com)


A bungling burglar, determined to go down in the annals of crime as a genius, steals a ship in New York in order to rob a bank in Boston. He steals a mothballed Liberty ship, assembles a nitwit band of meatballs and sets sail on his crazy cruise for crime. To "drive" the ship they shanghai an inept ex-Navy officer who somehow manages to bring them through a hurricane, a fire and a mutiny.

The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran on CBS from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was replaced in September 1971 by the CBS Sunday Night Movie. (Source: www.bing.com)



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