Saturday, November 26, 2011

Geek TV #9.2: Batman (1966), Part 2!

Geek Guest-Stars (Continued From Last Installment):

Elisha Cook Jr. played Professor Isaacson in two Mr. Freeze episodes, but his best-known part is probably playing Wiler Cook in The Maltese Falcon, although he also guest-starred on The Adventures of Superman, The Man from UNCLE, Wild Wild West, Star Trek (playing Samuel T. Cogley in “Court Martial”), I Spy, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The Night Stalker, The Bionic Woman, Salem's Lot, and Rosemary's Baby.
Calamity Jan
The Siren
I'm sure you recall Lesley Gore appeared as Pussycat in two Catwoman episodes, and is best known for “It's My Party” and “Judy's Turn to Cry,” if you're an oldies music fan!
Dina Merrill appeared as Calamity Jan on two Shame episodes, and also guested on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Mission: Impossible, Night Gallery, Tales of the Unexpected, and also appeared in the remake of Mighty Joe Young.
Joan Collins played the Siren in two episodes, and also guest-starred on The Man From UNCLE, Star Trek (as Edith Keeler in “The City on the Edge of Forever”), Mission: Impossible, Tales from the Crypt, Space: 1999, Future Cop, The Fantastic Journey, Empire of the Ants, and Tales of the Unexpected.
The Clock King
Royal Apothecary and King Tut
Michael Pate played the Clock King in two episodes, and also appeared in The Black Castle and Tower of London, guested on Zorro (in four episodes as Salvador Quintana), Thriller, Get Smart, The Man From UNCLE, Honey West, The Wild Wild West, The Time Tunnel, and the 1989 Mission: Impossible TV series.
Roger C. Carmel played Colonel Gumm in two episodes, is probably better known for playing Harry Mudd on Star Trek, and also guested on My Living Doll, The Munsters, The Man From UNCLE, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, I Spy, the TV series The Invisible Man, and provided voices for Jonny Quest, The Transformers, and some other cartoons.
Sid Haig played the Royal Apothecary in two King Tut episodes, but also appeared in Star Trek (as the First Lawgiver in “The Return of the Archons”), The Man From UNCLE, Get Smart, Mission: Impossible, Diamonds Are Forever, THX 1138, The Six Million Dollar Man, Monster Squad, Wonderbug, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Tarzan and the Super 7 (playing Dragos on the Jason of Star Command segments, as well as in the separate series), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Misfits of Science, Werewolf, Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II, House of 1000 Corpses, House of the Dead 2, Night of the Living Dead 3D, Boris and Natasha, and The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, as well as other roles.
The Bookworm
Roddy McDowell played The Bookworm in two episodes, and is best known for playing Cornelius and Caesar in The Planet of the Apes movies, as well as Galen on the Planet of the Apes TV series, and also guest-starred in The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Journey to the Unknown, The Invaders, The Legend of Robin Hood, Journey to the Unknown, A Taste of Evil, Night Gallery, Mission: Impossible, Topper Returns, The Fantastic Journey, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, Supertrain, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Mork & Mindy, The Martian Chronicles, The Return of the King, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard, The Pirates of Dark Water, Quantum Leap, 2 Stupid Dogs, Red Planet, and voicing the Mad Hatter on Batman: The Animated Series and appearing in many other shows, as well as appearing in That Darn Cat, It!, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Legend of Hell House, The Black Hole (he was the voice of VINCENT), Fright Night and Fright Night Part 2, and he provided a voice for A Bug's Life.
Alex Rocco appeared in two episodes, and also guested on Get Smart, Mission: Impossible, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, has done voices for Pinky and the Brain, The Simpsons, Family Guy, A Bug's Life, and Batman: Year 1, and appeared in Return to Horror High, Boris & Natasha, and Dudley Do-Right.
Mr. Freeze (George Sanders)
Lisa and Robin the Boy Wonder
George Sanders was one of three men to play Mr. Freeze, and he also guested on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Man From UNCLE, and Mission: Impossible, provided the voice for Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, and appeared in The House of the Seven Gables, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and From the Earth to the Moon, and starred as The Saint in that movie series.
Lee Meriwether played Lisa in two King Tut episodes, and prior to that played Catwoman in the 1966 Batman movie, but is also known for playing Dr. Ann MacGregor in The Time Tunnel, also guest-starring on The Man From UNCLE, Star Trek (playing Losira in “That Which Survives”), Land of the Giants, Tracey on Mission: Impossible, Nanny and the Professor, playing Lily Munster in The Munsters Today, and cameoing in Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt.
J. Pat O'Malley played Pat Pending in two Catwoman episodes, played the Bartender in Lights Out, played Mr. Harry Burns on My Favorite Martian, and also guested on Thriller, Twilight Zone, Bewitched, The Man From UNCLE, The Flying Nun, The Wild Wild West, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, I Dream of Jeannie, Nanny and the Professor, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker, provided voices for an episode of Jonny Quest as well as Hey There, It's Yogi Bear, and the Disney animated films The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and had several uncredited appearances and a voice in Mary Poppins.
Seymour Cassell appeared as Cancelled in two episodes, and also guested in The Invaders, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and other shows.
Mr. Freeze (Otto Preminger)
Nora Clavicle
Otto Preminger, another Mr. Freeze, also did the voice of the Elven King in the 1977 version of The Hobbit.
Zsa Zsa Gabor played Minerva in two episodes, and also guested on Night Gallery, played the Queen of Hearts in the 1966 Alice in Wonderland or What's A Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?, and of course played Talleah in Queen of Outer Space.
Barbara Rush played Nora Clavicle in two episodes, and also appeared in When Worlds Collide and It Came From Outer Space, guest-starred on The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, The Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, and the 1998 version of The Outer Limits.
Howard Duff appeared in two episodes (in different parts) and also guest-starred in I Spy and Night Gallery. Dick Curtis played The Inebriate in two Joker episodes, and also provided the voice for Motormouse in Motormouse and Autocat and those segments of The Cattanooga Cats, as well as guesting on Captain Nice.
Linda Harrison played a cheerleader in two episodes, and is best known for playing Nova in Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (she also did a cameo in the remake movie), also appearing in the unaired Wonder Woman pilot from 1967 (playing the mirror reflection of Diana Prince... and if you haven't seen this short pilot, you'll never understand that reference), and also appeared in Cocoon and Cocoon: The Return.
Jack Carter played Hot Rod Harry in two of the Shame episodes, and his geek roles included parts or voices in The Wild Wild West, I Dream of Jeannie, Beyond Westworld, Tales From the Darkside, They Came From Outer Space, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Time Trax, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man, Superman: The Animated Series, 3rd Rock From the Sun, King of the Hill, Justice League, and a few other programs.
Paul Revere, Drake Levin, and Mark Lindsay, better known as Paul Revere & The Raiders, appeared as themselves in at least one episode of the show.
Joe Flynn (best known from McHale's Navy) played Benton Belgoody in two Catwoman episodes, and has also appeared in Twilight Zone, Son of Flubber, Captain Nice, Blondie (1968 version), The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Million Dollar Duck, Night Gallery, Now You See Him Now You Don't, The Magician, The Love Bug, and The Rescuers.

Geek Pedigree: 
Mayor Adam West of "Family Guy"
Burt Ward today
Prior to playing Batman in both the TV series and the 1966 movie, Adam West appeared in Voodoo Island, an episode of Bewitched and The Outer Limits, and played Col. Dan McReady in Robinson Crusoe on Mars (credited with being the role that attracted the producers to him). During and after Batman, he did a voice on Off to See the Wizard, guested on Night Galleryand Shazam! (doing the voice of Hercules in one episode), provided the voice for Batman in The New Adventures of Batman, reprised his role as Batman for Legends of the Superheroes, provided the voice for Batman again in Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, appeared in Zombie Nightmare and Doin' Time on Planet Earth, placed Dr. Henry Wayne in an episode of the 1990 Zorro, voiced the Gray Ghost in Batman: The Animated Series, appeared in Tales From the Crypt and Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Weird Science (TV series), and has done voices for Animaniacs, The Secret Files of the SpyDogs, The Simpsons (playing himself), Johnny Bravo (again, playing himself), Family Guy (playing Mayor Adam West), The Batman (playing Major Grange), and voicing Nighthawk on Super Hero Squad, and of course playing himself in Back to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt.

Costar Burt Ward also followed up Batman by providing the voice to his animated counterpart on The New Adventures of Batman, playing Robin again in Legends of the Superheroes, and appeared in Homeboys in Outer Space, voiced Robin in an episode of The Simpsons, and playing Young Barnacle Boy in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

An early Neil Hamilton role, film unidentified
Alan Napier as Sherlock Holmes
Neil Hamilton, before Batman, played Dr. Jack Petrie in The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu and The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu, appeared in the 1932 version of Tarzan the Ape Man, guest-starred in an episode of Zorro, two episodes of The Outer Limits, an episode of The Munsters, and three episodes of Mister Ed (playing different parts in each one).
Prior to playing Chief O'Hara, Stafford Repp had appeared in episodes of My Favorite Martian and The Twilight Zone.
William Dozier, executive producer, was also executive producer of The Green Hornet and produced unaired pilots for Dick Tracy and Wonder Woman: Who's Afraid of Diana Prince? He also executive produced Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers in the 1950s.
Along with playing Alfred on Batman, Alan Napier also appeared in six episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, three episodes of Thriller, two episodes of Night Gallery and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, guested in a Twilight Zone, provided uncredited voices for Mary Poppins, and voiced Sir Pelinore in The Sword in the Stone, and appeared in The Mole People as Elinu, the High Priest, in The Invisible Man Returns, The House of the Seven Gables, and Cat People.
Madge Blake on "The Man From UNCLE"
Yvonne Craig on "Star Trek"
Before playing Aunt Harriet, Madge Blake appeared in The Man From UNCLE, My Favorite Martian, and The Addams Family in guest spots.
The lovely Yvonne Craig, in addition to playing Batgirl, guested on The Man From UNCLE, My Favorite Martian, Mars Needs Women (TV movie), In Like Flint, The Wild Wild West, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Star Trek (she played the green-skinned Marta in “Whom Gods Destroy”), Land of the Giants, The Magician, Holmes & Yo-Yo, and The Six Million Dollar Man, and does the voice of Grandma in the animated series Olivia.

Cesar Romero as the Cisco Kid
Burgess Meredith on "The Twilight Zone"
Before playing the Joker, Cesar Romero was probably best known for playing the Cisco Kid in a series of films, and also played Esteban de la Cruz in four episodes of Zorro, guested on The Man From UNCLE, Get Smart, Bewitched, Nanny and the Professor, Night Gallery, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and appeared in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and Now You See Him Now You Don't.
Master Penguin portrayer Burgess Meredith appeared in Freaks in an uncredited role, four episodes of The Twilight Zone including the classic “Time Enough at Last,” an episode of The Wild Wild West, appeared in Beware! The Blob!, did two episodes of Night Gallery, narrated Korg: 70,000 B.C. and Twilight Zone: The Movie, and did a voice in G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987).
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Julie Newmar as Stupefyin' Jones ("Li'l Abner")
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Frank Gorshin on "Star Trek"
The sexiest Catwoman ever, Julie Newmar, (go ahead and argue if you want, I'm right and I know it, you can't prove any differently) rightfully played Stupifyin' Jones in Li'l Abner, appeared in a Twilight Zone, played Rhoda in the short-lived My Living Doll, guested on The Monkees, Star Trek (Eleen in “Friday's Child”), Get Smart, The Bionic Woman, Jason of Star command, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Powers of Matthew Star, played Miss Kitty in Oblivion and Oblivion 2: Backlash, and many other cameos and so forth, and voiced Martha Wayne in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Mayor Linseed portrayer Byron Keith also appeared in Beware! The Blob, guest-starred on Mission: Impossible, The Invaders, Bewitched, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
Frank Gorshin, who really made the Riddler role his own, also voiced Professor Hugo Strange on The Batman, did a few voices for Johnny Bravo, voiced Daffy Duck and Foghorn Leghorn for the 1996 cartoon Superior Duck, playing Foghorn again in the 1997 cartoon Pullet Surprise and playing Yosemite Sam in From Hare to Eternity. Appeared in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, two episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, played the Riddler again in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, guested in Star Trek and The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, and both he and Julie Newmar played themselves in Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt.

Victor Buono in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes"
Vincent Price
Think of Victor Buono, and the villainous King Tut comes to mind, but among his other roles were two guest parts in Thriller, guest spots in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Man From UNCLE, and I Spy, he played Mr. Memory in the Dick Tracy unaired pilot of 1967, he was in three episodes of The Wild Wild West (twice playing Count Carlos Mario Vincenzo Robespierre Manzeppi – he was also in the TV movie More Wild Wild West playing Dr. Henry Messinger), also guest spots on The Girl from UNCLE, The Legend of Robin Hood, The Flying Nun, two episodes of Night Gallery, he played the “fat man” mutant in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and was the arch-enemy of Mark Harris, The Man From Atlantis, in five episodes of that series.
Vincent Price has, probably, the most extensive geek credits of anyone on Batman, having appeared in Tower of London, The Invisible Man Returns, Green Hell, The House of the Seven Gables, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (as the voice of the Invisible Man at the end), House of Wax, The Mad Magician, Son of Sinbad, Science Fiction Theatre, The Fly, Return of the Fly, The Bat, The Tingler, The Pit and the Pendulum, Master of the World, House of Usher, Tales of Terror, The Raven, The Haunted Palace, The Comedy of Terrors, The Mask of the Red Death, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, The Wild Weird World of Dr. Goldfoot, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, and a great many other movies, as well as TV appearances.

DVD Release: Sadly, none, due to licensing issues between Warner Brothers and Fox, although the 1966 Batman movie is out on DVD.

Website: There are a lot of great sites devoted to this show, among them are (one of the coolest sites out there),, and

Notes: One thing I've noticed is that comics fans tend to either love or hate this series... and a lot of us go through both emotions at times! As a kid, I loved the heck out of this show, naturally... and then, in my early 20s, I started getting too serious about my superheroes, and decided I didn't like the show, but then that changed again around my mid-20s... went back to not liking it again... and these days, I've decided it was the right show for its time, and I enjoy watching the occasional episode here and there. Of course, it was this show that was responsible for what is (in my opinion) the absolute coolest car ever, the 1966 Batmobile!


  1. Walter Slezak was the Clock King.

  2. Jon,
    Re: "An early Neil Hamilton role, film unidentified"

    I wonder if this could be Wings over Africa (1936)? The costume on the middle actor reminds me of one of the early costumes for Jane in the Tarzan films, but I don't think this is either Tarzan's Peril (1951) or Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949).
    Hope this helps!


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