William Dozier

William Dozier


2/13/1908, Omaha, Nebraska, USA



Birth Name

Aaron William Dozier



Also Known As

A. William Dozier, Wm. Dozier
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Aaron William Dozier was born in Omaha, Nebraska on February 13th, 1908. By the 1940's William had entered the film industry with then wife Joan Fontaine. Together they formed Rampart Productions. It was during the 1950's when he began working in tv production by producing made for tv…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • William did the narration for both Batman and The Green Hornet. He was uncredited for the work.

    • William was the head of Greenway Productions.

    • When Prince Philip of England visited Hollywood in 1966, William Dozier was among the attendees.

    • According to Batman artist, Carmine Infantino, William got the idea for a tv show from one of his comic covers at an airport.

    • William based his knowledge of Batman around a few select comics he could find in 1965. They were: Batman #171, World's Finest #149 and Detective Comics #329.

    • William was know as "The Super Bat Chief" on set.

    • It was William that came up with the idea of labeling everything that had anything to do with Batman, such as: Batpoles, Interdigital Batsorter..etc.

    • William recruited some of the most well known character actors in Hollywood to create his memorable "special villian of the week".

    • William specifically recruited screen writer Lorenzo Semple Jr. to Batman. Together they created villains such as Mr. Freeze, Zelda The Great and expanded on existing villains like Joker and Peguin.

    • Before being chosen for the job of narrator, William never even heard of Batman.

    • William and Joan had one daughter during their marriage: Deborah Dozier.

    • William, along with then wife Joan, founded the Rampart Productions.

    • William was married three times: Katharine Foley, Joan Fontaine and Ann Rutherford.

    • William is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

    • In 1967 William made a 4-minute short entitled "Who's Afraid Of Diana Prince?" It was the pilot for a proposed Wonder Woman series he wanted to do, but the film failed to impress ABC executives and the idea was scrapped.

  • Quotes

    • (on Batman)
      William Dozier: ABC had bought the concept without any idea what to do with it. I bought a dozen comic books and felt like a fool doing it. I read them, if that is the word, and asked mysefl what to do with this? Then I hit on the idea of camping it.

    • William Dozier: I was taken aback, Batman was simply not my ken. I have always been associated with loftier projects.

    • William (On teaching): There hasn't been a meaningful show since The Defenders and I would like my students to be fired up with a determination to reshape television.