Friday, September 21, 2012

Who Is Batman?

 Here we have some screen grabs from a YouTube video (seen below) of Burns and Schreiber's SATURDAY MORNING SNEAK PEEK special from 1973. It's a fun clip featuring the voices of Mel Blanc and Paul Winchell as well as future game show host Chuck Woolery in his first TV role as Superman. My question is...who is that wearing Adam West's old outfit. I asked this on Facebook last night and there's been some interesting guesses. One person is quite sure it's Dick Gautier who subbed for West in a famous PSA the year before. It isn't. Other guesses include Fred Travalena, Rich Little and Bea Arthur (!?). It's not them either. In fact, there's no reason they would have hired a "name" at all. Remember, even Chuck Woolery was unknown at this time. I'm just curious if this actor, like Woolery, went on to do anything else. Also, since this is an "official" appearance of the Caped Crusader publicizing ABC's SUPER FRIENDS show, the actor should be counted among those who have officially played Batman. Any guesses? Anyone know for sure?







5 comments:

Marc Edward Heuck said...

I looked and listened, and I would swear Batman is being portrayed by a very young Kurtwood Smith.

Chuck Woolery is on Twitter - maybe on a day where he's taking open questions, I'll ask if he can recall who his co-star was.

Steven Thompson said...

Hmmm...Not a bad guess at all. I emailed Chuck a few days ago but his site says it may take months to hear back from him so yeah, try the Twitter. Thanks!

Lord Doome said...

Did anyone ever get an answer to this? its driving me crazy cause i swear i know him

Steven Thompson said...

Nope. Never heard back from Chuck even.

The question recently came up on Facebook again and various folks said they'd contact various other folks who would definitely know but no one ever responded there either. We may never know.

Steven Thompson said...

Oh, I think someone DID say that Dick Gautier confirmed it was NOT him.