April 5, 1933
Who is Frank Gorshin? Bio and Background of Frank Gorshin
Frank Gorshin was born on April 5, 1933, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was an American actor, best known for his portrayal of The Riddler in the 1960s television series "Batman." Gorshin began his acting career in the early 1950s, appearing in various theater productions and television shows. He made his film debut in 1956 with a small role in the movie "Between Heaven and Hell." Throughout his career, Gorshin appeared in numerous films, including "Bells Are Ringing" (1960), "Where the Boys Are" (1960), and "That Darn Cat!" (1965). He also had guest appearances on popular TV shows such as "The Twilight Zone," "The Untouchables," and "The Munsters." Gorshin's most iconic role came in 1966 when he was cast as The Riddler in the hit TV series "Batman." His portrayal of the cunning and enigmatic villain earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fan following. Gorshin's performance as The Riddler was characterized by his distinctive laugh and exaggerated mannerisms, making him a memorable part of the show's success. Aside from his work on "Batman," Gorshin continued to act in both film and television. He appeared in movies like "Skidoo" (1968), "The Outfit" (1973), and "12 Monkeys" (1995). On television, he had recurring roles in shows like "Star Trek" and "Charlie's Angels." Gorshin also made appearances on talk shows and variety programs, showcasing his talent for impressions and comedy. In addition to his acting career, Gorshin was a skilled impressionist. He could mimic the voices and mannerisms of various celebrities, including Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas, and Burt Lancaster. His talent for impressions was showcased in his one-man stage show, "The Man of 1,000 Faces," where he portrayed famous personalities throughout history. Gorshin's talent and versatility as an actor earned him several accolades throughout his career. He received an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on "Star Trek" and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996. Despite battling health issues, Gorshin continued to perform and entertain audiences until his death on May 17, 2005, at the age of 72.