Frank Gorshin

Actor, Impressionist, Singer
Frank Gorshin may have built his stage reputation on his impeccable celebrity impersonations, but as an actor, it was his manic portrayal of the quizzical super villain The Riddler on TV's "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68) that ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

The Bold and the Beautiful 1986 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodhead 2014 (Movie)

Burdus (Actor)

Firedog 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

General Hospital 1962 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Angels With Angels 2005 (Movie)

of George Burns/God (Voice)

High Times' Potluck 2003 (Movie)

Slim Man (Actor)

Mail Order Bride 2003 (Movie)

Russian Doctor (Actor)

Manna From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Ed Burns (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Scorpion 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Off-Ramp 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Roger Corman's The Phantom Eye 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

BEETHOVEN'S 3rd 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Canned Ham: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the Century 1999 (Movie)

Roman Navarro (Actor)

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

All Shook Up 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Final Rinse 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs 1997 (Movie)

Cain Ball (Actor)

12 Monkeys 1995 (Movie)

Dr Fletcher (Actor)

Cul-de-sac 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1977 - 1979, 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Payback 1995 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969, 1977 - 1979, 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

After the Game 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Life and Times of Charlie Putz 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Amore! 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hail Caesar 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

Mr Byers (Actor)

Sweet Justice 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Body Trouble 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers 1989 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Midnight 1989 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1977 - 1979, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Vice Squad 1986 (Movie)

Walsh (Actor)

Uphill All the Way 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hot Resort 1985 (Movie)

Mr Green (Actor)

The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Den Tuchtigen Gehort Die Welt 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wonder Woman 1977 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Actor

Record City 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rhyme and Reason 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stars and Stripes Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Sky Hei$t 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fabulous Fordies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kopycats 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tom Jones Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

And Debbie Makes Six 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Movie 1966 (Movie)

The Riddler (Actor)

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

Tod Wisdom (Actor)

That Darn Cat 1964 (Movie)

Iggy (Actor)

Ring of Fire 1961 (Movie)

Fank Henderson (Actor)

Sail a Crooked Ship 1961 (Movie)

George Wilson (Actor)

The George Raft Story 1961 (Movie)

Moxie Cusack (Actor)

Bells Are Ringing 1960 (Movie)

Blake Barton (Actor)

Studs Lonigan 1960 (Movie)

Kenny Killarney (Actor)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Where the Boys Are 1959 (Movie)

Basil (Actor)

Warlock 1958 (Movie)

Billy Gannon (Actor)

Dragstrip Girl 1957 (Movie)

(Actor)

Invasion of the Saucer Men 1957 (Movie)

Joe Gruen (Actor)

Between Heaven and Hell 1956 (Movie)

Millard (Actor)

Hot-Rod Girl 1956 (Movie)

Flat Top (Actor)

The True Story of Jesse James 1956 (Movie)

Charley (Actor)

A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodmoon (TV Show)

Actor

Death Car on the Freeway (TV Show)

Actor

Game Day (TV Show)

Actor

Goliath Awaits (TV Show)

Actor

Luck of the Draw (TV Show)

Actor

Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

Frank Gorshin may have built his stage reputation on his impeccable celebrity impersonations, but as an actor, it was his manic portrayal of the quizzical super villain The Riddler on TV's "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68) that would endear him to generations of fans. After discovering his facility with mimicry at an early age, and honing his craft on the stages of the USO while in the Army, Gorshin embarked on an early career in film with small parts in such B-pictures as "Hot Rod Girl" (1956). Supporting roles in studio efforts like "Bells Are Ringing" (1960) and return visits to "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971) throughout the 1960s increased his visibility. As the featured guest-villain on the pilot episode of "Batman" in 1966, however, Gorshin inextricably linked himself to a larger-than-life character he had no choice but to embrace in the years that followed. And there was no reason not to, as The Riddler was pure Gorshin - maniacal, mercurial, menacing and most definitely funny. A gifted actor beyond the camp of "Batman," he also impressed with a riveting performance in an episode of "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69), and later, in stage productions of "Jimmy" and "On the Twentieth Century." The culmination of the gifted actor-impressionist's career came with his acclaimed portrayal of comedian George Burns in 2002. A bravura one-man stage show, "Say Goodnight, Gracie," provided the perfect vehicle for Gorshin, who continued to fine-tune the role right up until his passing in 2005.

Relationships

Frank Gorshin Sr

Father

Frances Gorshin

Mother

Mitchell Gorshin

Son

Christina Randazzo

Wife
married on April 8, 1960

EDUCATION

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
school later renamed Carnegie-Mellon University

Milestones

2003

Featured in the comedy "Mail Order Bride"

2001

Toured in "The Sunshine Boys" with Dick Van Patten

2000

Portrayed George Burns in the one-man show "Say Goodnight, Gracie"

1998

Had featured role in "Man of the Century"

1995

Appeared in a Las Vegas production of "Guys and Dolls"

1995

Had a dramatic supporting role in "12 Monkeys"

1983

Returned to Broadway in the short-lived mystery "Whodunnit"

1981

Co-starred in the syndicated miniseries "Goliath Awaits"

1975

TV-movie debut, "Sky Hei$t" (NBC)

1972

Starred in the ABC series "The Kopykats"

1969

Broadway debut, played title role of "Jimmy", in short-lived biographical musical based on NYC mayor Jimmy Walker

1966

Reprised role of The Riddler in "Batman: The Movie"

1966

Recurring guest star as The Riddler on "Batman" (ABC)

1965

Co-starred in "That Darn Cat"

1959

Created the role of Pulaski on the CBS series "Hennessey" (role assumed by Norman Alden)

1959

Had featured role in the musical film "Bells Are Ringing"

1957

Appeared in the busted pilot "New Girl in His Life" (CBS)

1956

TV acting debut in an episode of the syndicated series, "Frontier Doctor"

1956

First feature appearance, "Between Heaven and Hell"

1953

Served in the US Army special services

Appeared in the ABC soap opera "Edge of Night"

Was a regular on the ABC game show "Rhyme and Reason"

Headlined a touring company of the musical "On the Twentieth Century"

Bonus Trivia

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Gorshin claims one of the few voices he has not been able to master is that of the late, great Spencer Tracy.

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