Actor Burt Ward rose from obscurity to the height of pop culture celebrity in the mid-1960s as Robin, the Boy Wonder on "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). His lack of experienced served the golly-gee nature of...
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt||Actor||Himself||7|
|Virgin High||1989||Actor||Dick Murphy||19897|
|Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt||Actor||Himself and Robin||7|
|The New Adventures of Batman||1977 1975 - 1977||Voice||of Robin||19776|
|Batman: The Movie||1966||Actor||Dick Grayson--Robin||19667|
|Batman and the Super Seven||1980 1979 - 1980||Voice||(Sequence 1)||19806|
|The Batman Unmasked: Adam West: The E! True Hollywood Story||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Interviewee||19987|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||2011 1998 - 2011||Voice||Young Barnacleboy||20116|
|Assault of the Party Nerds II||1993||Actor||Randolph||19937|
|Smooth Talker||1991||Actor||Lab Technician||19917|
|Fire in the Night||1985||Actor||Paul||19857|
|Adam West: Behind the Cowl||Actor||Interviewee||7|
|High School, U.S.A.||1983 1982 - 1983||Actor||Teacher||19837|
|Hot Under the Collar||1991||Actor||The Pope||19917|
|Beach Babes From Beyond||1992||Actor||(cameo appearance)||19927|
|The Simpsons||2014 1988 - 2014||Voice||n/a||20146|
|Clive James||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||n/a||19937|
|Robot Ninja||1988||Actor||Stanley Kane||19887|
|TV Land Awards 2006||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||n/a||20057|
|Living Single||1997 1992 - 1997||Actor||Himself||19977|
|Clueless||1998 1995 - 1998||Actor||Himself||19987|
|Homeboys in Outer Space||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Gerbil||19967|
|Out of Time||2003||Visual Effects Producer||Visual Effects Executive Producer(Boy Wonder Visual Effects)||1|
|Epicenter||2000 1999 - 2000||Visual Effects||n/a||1|
|Bulletproof Monk||2003||Visual Effects Producer||(Boy Wonder Visual Effects, Inc.)||1|
|What's The Worst That Could Happen?||2001||Visual Effects||Visual Effects Artist||1|
|Hart's War||2002||Visual Effects||digital painting/compositing(Boy Wonder/additional visual effects)||1|
|What's The Worst That Could Happen?||2001||Compositing Supervisor||Compositing Artist||1|
|Co-starred as Robin the Boy Wonder on the superhero action spoof, "Batman"|
|Co-starred as Robin in the feature film, "Batman"|
|Held office of president of A Night with the Stars Inc.|
|Studied the occult; tried marketing felt-tip pens|
|Served as president, Entertainment Licensing Corporation and Entertainment Management Corporation, Malibu, CA|
|Served as president of Pinnacle Associates, Inc., publicly held trading company|
|Supplied the voice of Robin (opposite Adam West, creator of the TV "Batman") on NBC animated children's series, "Batman and the Super Seven"|
|Signed to contract with 20th Century Fox Studios|
|Produced children's educational video, "The World of Earlybird"|
|Has played supporting guest roles in such low-budget feature films as "Robot Ninja" (1989), "Virgin High", "Robo-C.H.I.C.", "Kill Crazy" and "Smooth Talker" (all 1990)|
Born Bert John Gervis, Jr. in Los Angeles on July 6, 1945, Burt Ward was the son of Bert Gervis, Sr., and his wife, Marjorie Ward, whose maiden name would provide her son with a stage surname during his acting career. Gervis, Sr. owned a traveling ice show called "Rhapsody on Ice," and by the age of two, Ward was promoted as the "World's Youngest Ice Skater" in the pages of Strange as It Seems magazine. He remained athletic throughout his childhood, participating in numerous high school sports and studying karate.
At 17, Ward met Bonnie Lindsey, whose father, conductor Mort Lindsey, arranged for them to work as theater apprentices at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. There, he learned the basics of stage craft and acting through observing and participating in rehearsals. Upon his return to California, he studied theater at UCLA while earning his real estate license, which he hoped would provide him with financial solvency while he pursued his acting career. In 1965, Ward married Lindsey, who would be the first of his four wives.
Ward's father introduced him to producer Saul David, who saw a future in Hollywood for the young man. He introduced Ward to Jim Moloney of the John F. Dugan Agency, who sent him on an audition for an ABC action series based on the venerable "Batman" comic book. His screen test with Adam West consisted of several fight scenes and a demonstration of his karate skills. Soon thereafter, the 20-year-old was cast as Robin opposite Ward's Caped Crusader in the series. For his screen debut, Ward adopted his mother's maiden name as his screen surname, and changed the spelling of his first name to "Burt."
"Batman" was an overnight success. Its campy tone was personified by West's deadpan delivery as Batman, and Ward's inexperience proved to be a plus in his portrayal of Robin as a wide-eyed, easily duped young man. Ward's role on the show was largely defined by his constant amazement at Batman's crime fighting skills and logic, which he punctuated with his catch phrase, "Holy -!" with the second half of the phrase being a word related to the discussion. Robin's other function was to stumble into one trap or another set by the show's rotating cast of super villains, thus requiring Batman to rescue the Boy Wonder in the nick of time before the final credits.
For three years, Ward was at the top of the pop culture heap. A "Batman" movie in 1966 and countless promotional appearances kept him in the public eye, and he even attempted to capitalize on his newfound fame by recording a few songs, produced and written by none other than Frank Zappa. But as the ratings soared, so too did the cost of production, and in 1968, ABC shut down "Batman," which in turn, closed the door on Ward's acting career.
His lack of acting ability, which had been a positive on "Batman," made it difficult for him to find other roles, so he resorted to joining West in promotional appearances, both tricked out in their costumes, and voicing Robin in two animated "Batman" series: "The New Adventures of Batman" (CBS, 1977) and "Tarzan and the Super 7" (CBS, 1978-1980). In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he began taking live-action roles in low-budget genre pictures like "Robo-Chic" (1990) and "Virgin High" (1991), and with his fourth wife, Tracey Posner, launched Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, Inc., which rescued large breed dogs.
In 1995, Ward penned an autobiography, Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights, which made headlines for claims of outrageous sexual hijinks that occurred during his time in the spotlight with "Batman." Some of the material from his book made its way into "Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt" (CBS, 2003), a comedy-reunion special in which the actors reminisced about various outré memories while searching for the stolen Batmobile. In addition to his animal rescue business and steady stream of promotional appearances at conventions, Ward also ran a special effects house, Logical Figments, which provided graphics and animation for films, television series and commercials.
|Marjorie Charlotte Ward Blumenfeld||Mother|
|Kathy Kersh||Wife||second wife; married on February 25, 1967; divorced in June 1968|
|Bonney Lindsey||Wife||married on July 19, 1965; divorced in December 1966|
|Tracy Posner||Wife||fourth wife; daughter of financier Victor Posner|
|Mariana Torchia||Wife||third wife; married on August 10, 1985; divorced|
|Lisa Ward||Daughter||mother Bonney Lindsey|
|University of California at Santa Barbara|
|University of California at Los Angeles|
|On "Batman" and his co-star Adam West: "Our characters were antiseptic, but we weren't." --Burt Ward in a Canadian radio interview|
|Ward was a committee member of the UCLA Speed Reading Contest, sponsored by the American Medical Society, Beverly Hills (1963)|
|He was named Man of the Year by Harvard University (1984)|
|Ward received the Gold Mask Award given by the Hollywood Appreciation Society (1984)|
|Ward is also a recipient of the Bronze Halo Award given by the Southern California Motion Picture Society (1984)|
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