Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, longtime colleagues, in a screenshot from Twitter.
Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, longtime colleagues, in a screenshot from Twitter.

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — Kevin Conroy, a Staples High School grad who was the voice of Batman in the DC Animated Universe for three decades, died Thursday.

Conroy, 66, succumbed to intestinal cancer at a New York City hospital.

He first cast his impressive shadow in “Batman: The Animated Series.”

That ran from 1992 to 1995, and Conroy continued to voice the Caped Crusader/Dark Knight in other series and projects, including video games, through 2022. Titles numbered in the hundreds.

Though his face was never seen in Batman, his unique, raspy voice was known to fans of many ages.

They spanned several generations.

Conroy worked with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker from the very first ‘Star Wars’ movie), who voiced the Joker in the DC universe.

People whose minds were blown by “Star Wars” in 1977 later saw universes collide when their children got hooked on the animated Batman series.

Many of those adults were fans of both.

“Stunned by the loss of this brilliant actor. Words can’t express my admiration and respect for the man. I loved him like a brother,” Hamill said on Twitter.

Warner Brothers announced Conroy’s death Friday.

A screenshot of Warner Brothers' "Batman: The Animated Series."
A screenshot of Warner Brothers’ “Batman: The Animated Series.”

Fans in Connecticut and beyond have paid tribute to Conroy on social media.

The Associated Press noted that no one, in the 80 years of Batman history, had played the Dark Knight more than Conway.

The New York Times said Conroy, at 17, received a scholarship to Julliard and shared an apartment with Robin Williams.

AP says Conroy is survived by his husband, Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy and brother Tom Conroy.