Frank Gorshin


Frank Gorshin Trivia


  • Trivia

    • When John Astin was cast as the Riddler in season 2 of Batman (1966), Frank Gorshin was very angry about being replaced, but he did return as the Riddler in season 3 of Batman (1966) in Ring Around the Riddler (1968.

    • Reportedly, Gorshin's favorite impression was Kirk Douglas.

    • In the early 80's, Gorshin did a stint on the daytime drama Edge of Night playing a gangster. He later appeared on an episode of Bold and the Beautiful.

    • According to Gorshin, his entire repertoire of celebrity impressions was less than fifty.

    • Gorshin had a grandson named Brandon.

    • Gorshin was the only Batman cast member to ever be nominated for an Emmy.

    • Gorshin and his wife had one son named Mitchell.

    • Gorshin was married to Christine Randazzo from 1960 until his death.

    • Gorshin left the role of The Riddler after one season and was replaced by John Astin but returned to the role for one episode in the show's third and final season.

    • Gorshin appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show the same night as the Beatles made their American debut.

    • Gorshin guest starred as a stool pigeon on an episode of The Untouchables entitled The Pea. Ironically, one of the Untouchables, Nick Georgiade, would later play one of Gorshin's henchmen in an episode of Batman entitled Ring Around the Riddler.

    • Gorshin's final performance was in an episode of CSI where he appeared as himself. The episode aired two days following his death.

    • Gorshin was nominated for an Emmy for his guest shot in the Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."

    • Gorshin's cackle on Batman was inspired by Richard Widmark's character, Tommy Udo, in the 1947 film Kiss of Death.

    • A Los Angeles newspaper erroneously reported that Gorshin had died after his 1957 car accident.

    • In 1957, Gorshin fell asleep at the wheel of his car after driving straight from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles and being awake for 39 consecutive hours. He suffered a fractured skull and was in a coma for four days.

    • From 1953-55, Gorshin served with the U.S. Army in Korea.

    • After graduation from high school, Gorshin attended Carnegie Tech.

    • Gorshin first got interested in show biz after taking a job as an usher at a Pittsburgh movie theatre.

    • Gorshin's younger brother was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 15.

    • Gorshin's father, Frank, Sr., worked for a railroad. His mother, Frances, was a seamstress.

    • Gorshin was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His favorite athlete growing up was Steeler RB "Bullet Bill" Dudley.

    • Frank Gorshin appeared in a one-man stage show entitled Say Goodnight,Gracie based on the life of George Burns.

    • In 1966 Mr. Gorshin was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy for: Batman,for episode Hi Diddle Riddle.

  • Quotes

    • Gorshin: When something a star does suddenly sparks my imagination, I find myself doing an impression of him--first for my amusement, later for my repertoire.