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, Gorshin requested 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 episodes "The Puzzles Are Coming" and "The Duo Is Slumming" being re-written for a one-off villain, the Puzzler.

However, Gorshin returned to the role for the third season episode "Ring Around the Riddler"[1], which would be the character's last appearance in the series.

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.

Pictured: Frank Gorshin as Riddler from a publicity still for Batman

Work History

Acting Credits

Batman 1966-1968 Riddler
     "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 Orlich Hoffman
     "The Deadly Toys" December 30, 1977 Orlich Hoffman
Legends of the Superheroes 1979-1979 Riddler
     "The Challenge" January 18, 1979 Riddler
     "The Roast" January 25, 1979 Riddler
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993-1997 Sharpie Lawyer
     "Whine, Whine, Whine" May 14, 1995 Sharpie Lawyer
The Batman 2004-2008 Hugo Strange
     "Meltdown" June 25, 2005 Professor Hugo Strange
     "Strange Minds" September 3, 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

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