Who is Kevin Conroy married to? Voice of Batman detailed his sexuality in acclaimed book 'Finding Batman'
Kevin Conroy's ‘Finding Batman’, a book unraveling his sexuality was illustrated by artist J Bone and lettered by Aditya Bidikar
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Kevin Conroy, the legendary voice behind Batman for over three decades has died on Thursday, November 10. The news was first confirmed by his co-actor Diane Pershing, in a Facebook post, paying tribute to the 66-year-old star. Conroy had been a figure of inspiration for many and his profound autobiography ‘Finding Batman' spills the beans on his personal life and struggles. He opened up about his experience as a gay man in Hollywood and gave insight into his upbringing and how his family was religiously dysfunctional.
Conroy was assisted by artist J Bone and letterer Aditya Bidikar, in making ‘Finding Batman’, a book unraveling his personal story. In the book, Conroy also talked about dealing with prejudice in his work life and personal sphere and was often ridiculed by coworkers and employers, who just happened to know about his sexual orientation. He also talks about his journey to make a name for himself as an actor and facing rejection because of his sexual orientation. He shared one account where a producer, after offering him the main role in a movie went back on his word and told his team “never hire him for a lead.”
In case some people don’t know, Kevin Conroy wrote a story called ‘Finding Batman’ for DC pride #1 and it’s truly one of the most heartbreakingly raw and beautiful stories I’ve ever read and you can truly see how much he loved being Batman 🥲 pic.twitter.com/4VGxdmKXDW— sabrina 🦇 (@nightwaynes) November 11, 2022
During the AIDS epidemic, he had to struggle to keep up with a load of working gay actors continuously harassed by his fellow co-actors and employers, but what was most challenging for Conroy was to see his close friends’ death. Needless to say, the AIDS pandemic only added to the miserable condition of gay men which was demonized further. Homosexuality was nothing but a joke to the public until the 2000s, reports Murphy's Multiverse.
Conroy described the process of Batman's audition, and since he hadn’t read much of the comic before, the character and legend of Batman then had to be explained to him and it didn’t take him long to understand the pain of his character. In an interview with the New York Times, Conroy said, “I went to so many funerals that I felt such a sense of obligation to do it right. Every night I would just wail, feeling all the pain. I couldn’t not feel it. It was a scream of, ‘Look what’s happening to us! Help!’”
The celebrated actor has been part of iconic characters, including Superman, Robin, Batgirl, Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Harley with Poison Ivy, among others. Conroy is survived by his husband Vaughn C Williams, and his two siblings, Trisha and Tom Conroy.