Boomer TV & Trivia: Batman
Q1. What was the name of the Cuban-American actor who played the Joker on the original Batman television series?
Q2. Former silent film movie actor Neil Hamilton was in every episode of Batman. What role did he play?
Batman only ran for 3 seasons, but during it’s first two seasons it was on twice a week – accumulating a total of 120 episodes during it’s run from Jan 12 1966 to March 14, 1968. Stars Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) were typecast for years after Batman ended. British-born Alan Napier played Batman’s (Adam West) faithful butler Alfred, and aside from West and Ward, was the first character to be cast in the series.
Baby boomers will remember the many notable and recurring guest stars on Batman that included actors Frank Gorshin (Riddler), Burgess Meredith (Penguin), Julie Newmar (Catwoman seasons 1-2), Eartha Kitt (Catwoman season 3), George Sanders (Mr. Freeze season 1), Otto Preminger (Mr. Freeze season 2), Eli Wallach (Mr. Freeze season 2), Vincent Price (Egghead), Cliff Robertson (Shame), Milton Berle (Louie the Lilac), and many more.
A1. Cesar Romero had a long career in movies and television (from 1933-1995), of which his role in Batman was only a small part. He died in 1994 at age 86.
A2. Playing Commissioner Gordon was one of Neil Hamilton’s (b. 1899 – d. 1984) last screen appearances. His first movie role was 1918’s The Beloved Impostor; he was one of Paramount’s leading men in the 1920’s and was able to transition to “talkies”.