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    • 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.