What little is known about William Omaha McElroy before he fell victim to the amnesia and delusional thinking that transformed him into the "overstuffed monarch" known as King Tut is that he was a professor of Egyptology at Yale University.
He fell victim to the amnesia and delusional thinking in question in the midst of a student riot at the university where he taught, in whose course he was struck on the head.
Among his plans to take over Gotham City, which he mistook for the city of Thebes, the ancient capital of Egypt, during his periods of amnesiac delusional thinking was spiking the city's water supply with Abu raubu simbu tu. ("The Spell Of Tut"/"Tut's Case Is Shut") This ancient will-paralyzing drug, against intoxication with which consumption of buttermilk (which stimulated the stomach lining into the secretion of a heavier coating of protective mucus than usual and thus prevented the drug's absorption into the bloodstream) was the only known preventative, had to be synthesized from a species of scarab beetle of which Tut succeeded in reviving the few remaining specimens.
McElroy, as Tut, was one of at least two Bat-Enemies (Egghead being another) who learned the secret of Batman's civilian identity of Bruce Wayne but was prevented from revealing it. In his case, as made clear in "I'll Be A Mummy's Uncle," he learned it while amnesiac and delusional, but was prevented from revealing it by having his normal personality restored.
- Victor Buono (1938-1982) acted out William McElroy, alias King Tut. As Adam West explained to Jeff Rovin in Back To The Batcave, King Tut was the only villain specifically created for the 1960s Batman series who really caught on with viewers.
- Buono said, on a late-night talk show, "Being on Batman allowed me to do what we actors are taught never to do, overact." He had previously appeared on-screen in the 1962 film Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? as the ne'er-do-well musical accompanist Edwin Flagg. Buono died of a heart attack on New Year's Day, 1982, thirty-four days before he would have reached the age of 44.
- As King Tut, McElroy's crimes featured artifacts from various periods of the history of ancient Egypt, mismatched in what could be described as a "tossed salad" of Egyptology. It can be presumed from this that McElroy's Egyptology knowledge was scrambled during his periods of amnesiac delusional thinking.
- The historical King Tut (full name variously spelled "Tutankhamun" and "Tutankhamen") was physically deformed from birth, with these deformities all being compensated for in various ways during his years as Pharaoh of Egypt, and he probably had no chance to become as corpulent as Buono was.
However, the historical Tut was essentially a boy-king, contemporary Egyptologists believing that he ascended to the throne at the age of 9. Moreover, as did the actor Buono, the historical Tut died very young indeed, most contemporary Egyptologists being convinced that he did not even live to the age of 20. (Buono died at 43, as noted above.)
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