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Frank Gorshin as Riddler from a publicity still for Batman

Frank Gorshin (b. April 5, 1933 - d. May 17, 2005) portrayed Riddler on the 1966 series Batman and the related 1966 film Batman. During the series' second season, he began to request a larger salary. Due to this impasse, the Riddler stories prepared for the season were impacted, with John Astin filling in as the Riddler for the episodes "Batman's Anniversary" and "A Riddling Controversy" and the other being re-written for a one-off villain, the Puzzler. Gorshin did return to the character for the third season episode "Ring Around the Riddler".[1]

In 1977 he portrayed Orlich Hoffman for the episode "The Deadly Toys" of the series Wonder Woman.

In 1979 he reprised his role as the Riddler for the TV comedy specials Legends of the Superheroes and Roast of the Superheroes.

In 1995 he portrayed "Sharpie Lawyer" for the episode "Whine, Whine, Whine" of the series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

In 2003 he played a bizarre mix of himself and the Riddler in Return to the Batcave.

He also voiced Professor Hugo Strange for three episodes of the animated series The Batman, a role that passed to Richard Green after Gorshin's death.

(External Links: The actor's entries on IMDb and Wikipedia)

Selected Filmography

Project Date Role
Batman 1966-1969
     "Hi Diddle Riddle" January 12, 1966 Riddler
     "Smack in the Middle" January 13, 1966 Riddler
     "A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away" February 16, 1966 Riddler
     "When the Rat's Away, the Mice Will Play" February 17, 1966 Riddler
     "The Ring of Wax" March 30, 1966 Riddler
     "Give 'Em the Axe" March 31, 1966 Riddler
     "Death in Slow Motion" April 27, 1966 Riddler
     "The Riddler's False Notion" April 28, 1966 Riddler
     "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin" September 14, 1967 Riddler
     "Ring Around the Riddler" September 21, 1967 Riddler
Batman July 30, 1966 Riddler
Wonder Woman 1975-1979
     "The Deadly Toys" December 30, 1977 Orlich Hoffman
Legends of the Superheroes 1979
     "The Challenge" January 18, 1979 Riddler
     "The Roast" January 25, 1979 Riddler
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993-1997
     "Whine, Whine, Whine" May 14, 1995 "Sharpie Lawyer"
The Batman 2004-2008
     "Meltdown" June 25, 2005 Professor Hugo Strange
     "Strange Minds" June 4, 2005 Professor Hugo Strange
     "Fistful of Felt" October 8, 2005 Professor Hugo Strange

  1. Eisner, Joel (1986). The Official Batman Batbook. Contemporary Books. ISBN 0-8092-5035-7