John Astin Mug

John Astin as the Riddler from a promotional still for Batman

John Astin (b. March 30, 1930) portrayed the Riddler for the second season of the series Batman after the original actor, Frank Gorshin, left the show due to salary disputes.

Astin played the character for the episodes "Batman's Anniversary" and "A Riddling Controversy", before Gorshin was persuaded to return to the series for the third season episode "Ring Around the Riddler".

He is best known for his role as Gomez Addams in the 1960s television series The Addams Family. He is the adoptive father of actor Sean Astin.

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

Selected Filmography

Batman 1966-1968 Riddler
     "Batman's Anniversary" February 8, 1967 Riddler
     "A Riddling Controversy" February 9, 1967 Riddler
Justice League Action 2016-2018 Uncle Dudley
     "Captain Bamboozle" May 31, 2018 Uncle Dudley
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