According to the Associated Press, Frank Gorshin, the impressionist with 100 faces best known for his Emmy-nominated role as The Riddler on the old Batman TV series, has died. He was 72.
Gorshin’s wife of 48 years, Christina, was at his side when he died Tuesday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, his agent and longtime friend, Fred Wostbrock, said Wednesday.
“He put up a valiant fight with lung cancer, emphysema and pneumonia,” Mrs. Gorshin said in a statement.
Despite dozens of television and movie credits, Gorshin will be forever remembered for his role as The Riddler, Adam West’s villainous foil in the question mark-pocked green suit and bowler hat on Batman from 1966-69.
“Frank will be missed,” West said in a statement. “He was a friend and fascinating character.”
Gorshin’s final performance will be broadcast on Thursday’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation finale.
Source: The Associated Press