Frank Gorshin Biography (1934?-)

Born April 5, 1934 (some sources cite 1933), in Pittsburgh, PA; son of FrankSr. (a railroad worker) and Frances (a seamstress) Gorshin; married ChristinaRandazzo, April 8, 1960; children: Mitchell.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, impressionist, comedian
Birth Details
April 5, 1934?
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Jimmy Walker (title role), Jimmy, Winter Garden Theatre, New YorkCity, 1969-1970
  • Capidistrion, Whodunnit, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Sidney Bruhl, Deathtrap, Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT,1983
  • Guys and Dolls, Las Vegas, NV, 1995
  • King Gama, Princess Ida, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players,New York City, c. 1999
  • Legends of the Catskills, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, IL, 2000
  • 70, Girls, 70, York Theatre Company, New York City, 2000
  • George Burns, Say Goodnight, Gracie, Amaturo Theatre, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2000 then Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami, FL, 2001
  • Appeared as Sammy, What Makes Sammy Run?, Valley Music Theatre, Los Angeles; appeared in other productions on Broadway and in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Major Tours
  • Oscar Jaffee, On the 20th Century, U.S. cities, 1986-1987
  • The Sunshine Boys, 2001
  • Also appeared in touring productions of Ah, Wilderness, Breaking Legs, Deathtrap, Doubles, Peter Pan, Prisoner of Second Street, Promises, Promises, and What Makes Sammy Run?.
  • Film Appearances
  • FlatTop, Hot Rod Girl, 1956
  • Harry, The Proud and the Profane, Paramount, 1956
  • Millard, Between Heaven and Hell, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956
  • Tommy, Runaway Daughters, 1956
  • Charley, The True Story of Jesse James (also known as The JamesBrothers), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Joe, Portland Expose, Allied Artists, 1957
  • Joe Gruen, Invasion of the Saucer Men (also known as Hell Creatures, Invasion of the Hell Creatures, and Spacemen Saturday Night), American International Pictures, 1957
  • Tommy, Dragstrip Girl, American International Pictures, 1957
  • The Delicate Delinquent, 1957
  • "Skids" Madigan, Tank Battalion (also known as Korean Attack), American International Pictures, 1958
  • Billy Gannon, Warlock, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959
  • Blake Barton, Bells Are Ringing, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959
  • Racist punk, Night of the Quarter Moon (also known as Flesh andFlame), 1959
  • Barney, The Great Impostor, Universal, 1960
  • Kenny Killarney, Studs Lonigan, United Artists, 1960
  • Basil, Where the Boys Are, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1961
  • Frank Henderson, Ring of Fire, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1961
  • George Wilson, Sail a Crooked Ship, Columbia, 1961
  • Moxie Cusack, The George Raft Story (also known as Spin of a Coin), Allied Artists, 1961
  • Iggy, That Darn Cat!, Buena Vista, 1965
  • The Riddler, Batman (also known as Batman: The Movie), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966
  • Tod Wisdom, Ride beyond Vengeance (also known as Night of the Tiger), Columbia, 1966
  • Man, Skidoo, Paramount, 1968
  • Chameleon, Record City, American International Pictures, 1978
  • Fred Kruger, Underground Aces, 1980
  • Den Tuechtigen Gehoert die Welt (also known as The Uppercrust), 1981
  • King Gama, Princess Ida (also known as Castle Adamant), 1982
  • Mr. Green, Hot Resort, Cannon, 1985
  • Jim Walsh, Hollywood Vice Squad, Concorde, 1986
  • Pike, Uphill All the Way, 1986
  • Voice characterization, The Gnomes' Great Adventure, 1987
  • Doc, Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers, 1989
  • Ron, Midnight, 1989
  • The Life and Times of Charlie Putz, 1991
  • Rivas, Sweet Justice, 1992
  • Body Trouble (also known as Joker's Wild), 1992
  • Mr. Byers, Meteor Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Amore!, 1993
  • Pete Dewitt, Hail, Caesar, Prism, 1994
  • Dr. Owen Fletcher, Twelve Monkeys (also known as 12 Monkeys), Universal, 1995
  • Cul-de-sac, 1995
  • Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie, Advanced Exhibition Corporation, 1995
  • Benny Walsh, After the Game, 1997
  • Cain Ball, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, Alliance/Zeitgeist Films, 1997
  • Will, Better Than Ever, Panorama Entertainment, 1997
  • Threshold, 1997
  • Chief, Final Rinse, Polyvinyl Film, 1999
  • Roman Navarro, Man of the Century, Fine Line, 1999
  • Sam Segal, Game Day, York Pictures, 1999
  • Sheriff Dudston, All Shook Up, White Hair Pictures, 1999
  • The Rules (for Men), 1999
  • Grandpa, Something Else, Film Makers Resource/Something Else LLC,2000
  • Shelleen, Everything's George, Sierra Mar Pictures, 2000
  • Sterling Johnson, Luck of the Draw, Blue Rider Pictures/Kandice King Productions/Lucky Dog Productions, 2000
  • Uncle Morrie, Beethoven's 3rd, Universal, 2000
  • Ed Burns, Manna from Heaven, Five Sisters Productions, 2001
  • The slim man, High Times Potluck, 2001
  • Voice Characterizations; Animated Short Films
  • Voice characterization, The Big Story, Screwball Films/Splitting Image, 1994
  • Voice characterization, Superior Duck, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Voice of Yosemite Sam, From Hare to Eternity, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Voice of Foghorn Leghorn, Pullet Surprise, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • The Riddler, Batman, ABC, 1966-1967
  • The Kopykats (also known as The ABC Comedy Hour and TheABC Comedy Hour Presents the Kopykats), ABC, 1972
  • Rhyme and Reason (game show), ABC, 1975-1976
  • Smiley Wilson, The Edge of Night, ABC, 1981-1982
  • George, The Bold and the Beautiful (also known as Glamour),CBS, 1999
  • Reverend Love, General Hospital, ABC, 1999
  • Miniseries
  • Ocran, "The Story of Moses in Egypt," Greatest Heroes of the Bible, NBC, 1978
  • Dan Wesker, Goliath Awaits, syndicated, 1981
  • Codger, The Phantom Eye (also known as Roger Corman's The Phantom Eye), Showtime, 1999
  • Movies
  • Ben Hardings, Sky Hei$t, NBC, 1975
  • Ralph Chandler, Death Car on the Freeway, CBS, 1979
  • A Night on the Town, 1983
  • Pierre Rudin, A Masterpiece of Murder (also known as A Nice Pleasant, Deadly Weekend in Palm Springs), NBC, 1986
  • Chief Hutchins, Bloodmoon, HBO, 1997
  • Specials
  • Carol and Company, CBS, 1966
  • ... And Debbie Makes Six, ABC, 1967
  • The Trini Lopez Show, syndicated, 1968
  • The Tom Jones Special, ABC, 1971
  • The Fabulous Fordies, NBC, 1972
  • Voices of Sir Ten-Two-Three and camel, Rudolph's Shiny New Year (animated), ABC, 1976
  • The Stars and Stripes Show, NBC, 1976
  • The Riddler, The Legends of the Superheroes, NBC, 1978
  • The Riddler, The Challenge of the Superheroes, NBC, 1979
  • Treasure Island, BBC, 1980
  • Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show (also known as Any Kid Canand My Very Own Show), ABC, 1987
  • Episodic
  • "Shadow of Belle Starr," Frontier Doctor, syndicated, 1956
  • "Amscray," Navy Log, ABC, 1957
  • "Duel at Lockwood," The Restless Gun, NBC, 1957
  • Seaman Pulaski, "Hennessey Meets Honeyboy," Hennessey, CBS, 1959
  • "Millionaire Dr. Joseph Frye," The Millionaire, CBS, 1959
  • "The Sons of Aaron Murdoch," Have Gun Will Travel, CBS, 1959
  • Jerry Musco, "The Last Laugh," Mr. Lucky, CBS, 1960
  • "The Hundred Lives of Harry Simms," The Defenders, CBS, 1961
  • "One for the Money," The Law and Mr. Jones, ABC, 1961
  • Herbie Catcher, "The Pea," The Untouchables, ABC, 1962
  • "The Fire Dancer," Empire, NBC, 1962
  • Wharton, "The Medal," Combat!, ABC, 1963
  • "Beyond This Place There Be Dragons," The Naked City, ABC, 1963
  • "The Second Verdict," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1964
  • Private Gavin, "The Hell Machine," Combat!, ABC, 1965
  • "Last Rites for a Rag Doll," The Nurses, CBS and ABC, 1965
  • Destin, "The Clown," A Man Called Shenandoah, ABC, 1966
  • "Fair Deal" Dan, "Herman, the Tire Kicker," The Munsters, CBS, 1966
  • The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1966
  • "Thieves Holiday," Garrison's Gorillas, ABC, 1967
  • The Carol Burnett Show, CBS, 1968
  • Commissioner Bele, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," Star Trek,NBC, 1969
  • Patrick "Stinky" Flanagan, "Stinky Flanagan," High Chaparral, NBC,1969
  • Dutch, "Follow the Leader," The Men from Shiloh (also known as The Virginian), NBC, 1970
  • "Jenny Wilde Is Drowning," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1970
  • Guest, Front Page Challenge, 1970
  • "The Challengers," The Interns, CBS, 1971
  • "Operation Bribery," O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, CBS, 1971
  • Dorian, "What's New with Mark?," Ironside, NBC, 1974
  • Stash, "Welcome to Our Branch Office," Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 1974
  • "Glitter with a Bullet," Police Woman, NBC, 1975
  • "Ordeal," S.W.A.T., ABC, 1975
  • Don Adams' Screen Test, syndicated, 1975
  • Dr. Hoffman, "The Deadly Toys," The New Adventures of Wonder Woman(also known as Wonder Woman), CBS, 1977
  • Harry Dana, "Angels at Sea," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1977
  • Kellogg, "The Plot to Kill a City: Parts 1 & 2," Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, NBC, 1979
  • Kellogg, "A Blast for a Buck," Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, NBC, 1980
  • Frakes, "Losers Weepers," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1984
  • Arnold Goldman, "Mourning among the Wisterias," Murder, She Wrote,CBS, 1988
  • "Parents from Space," Monsters, 1988
  • Brother Septimus, "The Tale of the Carved Stone," Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Nickelodeon, 1994
  • Sharpie lawyer, "Whine, Whine, Whine," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1995
  • Sin City Spectacular, ABC, c. 1998
  • "A Batman Reunion," Donny & Marie, syndicated, 1999
  • "Adam West: Beyond the Cowl," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • "Unfunny Girl," Hollywood Off-Ramp, E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • Benjamin Tickerman/Clockwise, "Crime Time," Black Scorpion (also known as Roger Corman Presents Black Scorpion), Sci-Fi Channel, 2001
  • Appeared as the voice of the Reverend Jack Cheese, "Jack Cheese," an episode of The Ren and Stimpy Show (animated), Nickelodeon; also appearedin The Ed Sullivan Show (also known as Toast of the Town), CBS;and the Steve Allen Show, CBS, NBC, ABC, and syndicated. Also appeared in episodes of other series.
  • Pilots
  • New Girl in His Life, CBS, 1957
  • Other
  • Buford's Got a Gun, 1995
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Holy Batmania, 1989
  • Appeared in The Frank Gorshin Live Show.
  • Videos Games
  • Marius and Lysander, Diablo II, Blizzard Entertainment, 2000

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, January 5, 1996
    • People Weekly, January 15, 1996
    Electronic
    • Frank Gorshin Web Site, http://www. rankgorshin.com, August 23, 2001

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