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Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin


Along with obviously being a singer, Frank Gorshin was also known for being a remarkable impressionist and an actor. In the original Batman television show, Frank Gorshin played the role of the Riddler. This also spawned his song simply titled "The Riddler." His manic portrayal of the Riddler in "Batman" (1966) on TV was directly responsible for turning the character in the comics from a minor villain into one of Batman's major recurring enemies. Read more on Last.fm
Along with obviously being a singer, Frank Gorshin was also known for being a remarkable impressionist and an actor. In the original Batman television show, Frank Gorshin played the role of the Riddler. This also spawned his song simply titled "The Riddler." His manic portrayal of the Riddler in "Batman" (1966) on TV was directly responsible for turning the character in the comics from a minor villain into one of Batman's major recurring enemies. He was the only member of the cast of "Batman" (1966) to receive an Emmy nomination.

His signature challenge line in the TV series "Batman" (1966), "Riddle me this, Batman!" became a catch-phrase at that time. His last job before his death was a guest appearance on the fifth season finale ("Grave Danger," directed by Quentin Tarantino) of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000). He died two days before the episode actually aired. In an ironic note, the famous impressionist's final role was to portray himself. He death also occured just four days before the first appearance of The Riddler (voiced by Robert Englund) in the animated series "The Batman" (2004). "I do not do hundreds of impressions. My entire repertoire of impressions numbers less than 50.

I never set out to do an impression of a person. However, when something a star does suddenly sparks my imagination, I find myself doing an impression of him -- first for my amusement, later for my repertoire." "When I was first approached to play the Riddler, I thought it was a joke. Then I discovered the show had a good script and agreed to do the role.... Now I am in love with the character.

I developed the Riddler's fiendish laugh at Hollywood parties. I listened to myself laugh and discovered that that the funniest jokes brought out the high-pitched giggle I use on the show. With further study I came to realize that it wasn't so much how I laughed as what I laughed at that created the sense of menace." More information at http://www.therealfrankgorshin.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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