Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin

Highest Rated: 94% That Darn Cat! (1965)

Lowest Rated: 0% High Times' Potluck (2003)

Birthday: Apr 05, 1933

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Frank Gorshin may have built his stage reputation on his impeccable celebrity impersonations, but as an actor, it was his manic portrayal of the quizzical super villain The Riddler on TV's "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68) that would endear him to generations of fans. After discovering his facility with mimicry at an early age, and honing his craft on the stages of the USO while in the Army, Gorshin embarked on an early career in film with small parts in such B-pictures as "Hot Rod Girl" (1956). Supporting roles in studio efforts like "Bells Are Ringing" (1960) and return visits to "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971) throughout the 1960s increased his visibility. As the featured guest-villain on the pilot episode of "Batman" in 1966, however, Gorshin inextricably linked himself to a larger-than-life character he had no choice but to embrace in the years that followed. And there was no reason not to, as The Riddler was pure Gorshin - maniacal, mercurial, menacing and most definitely funny. A gifted actor beyond the camp of "Batman," he also impressed with a riveting performance in an episode of "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69), and later, in stage productions of "Jimmy" and "On the Twentieth Century." The culmination of the gifted actor-impressionist's career came with his acclaimed portrayal of comedian George Burns in 2002. A bravura one-man stage show, "Say Goodnight, Gracie," provided the perfect vehicle for Gorshin, who continued to fine-tune the role right up until his passing in 2005.

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Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park Burdus (Character) - 2006
0% No Score Yet Angels With Angles George Burns/Shelleen (Character) - 2005
0% 44% High Times' Potluck The Slim Man (Character) $2.7K 2003
No Score Yet 76% Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt Self - 2003
No Score Yet 50% Sting of the Black Scorpion Benjamin Tickerman/Clockwise (Character) - 2002
22% 50% Manna From Heaven Ed Burns (Character) $505.7K 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Castlerock Mack (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Luck of the Draw Sterling Johnson (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 82% Game Day Sam Segal (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rules for Men Unknown (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Final Rinse Chief (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet All Shook Up Sheriff Dudston (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rules for Men Unknown (Character) - 1999
71% 77% Man of the Century Roman Navarro (Character) $33K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight Cain Ball (during production of Twilight of the Ice Nymphs) (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 50% Bloodmoon Chief Hutchins (Character) - 1997
67% 60% Twilight of the Ice Nymphs Cain Ball (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Better Than Ever Will (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet After the Game Benny Walsh (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Story Cub Reporter / Editor / Older Reporter (Voice) - 1994
No Score Yet 13% Hail Caesar Pete Dewitt (Character) - 1994
25% 36% The Meteor Man Byers the Mobster (Character) $8M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Beach Murders Zoran (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joker's Wild Johnny Zero (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 20% Beverly Hills Body Snatchers Doc (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Midnight Ron Saphier (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Singapore Harbor, U.S.A. Unknown (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gnomes' Great Adventure Holler/Carlo/Omar/Prince (Voice) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Masterpiece of Murder Pierre Rudin (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 11% Uphill All the Way Pike (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Treasure Island Ben Gunn (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Princess Ida King Gama (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Upper Crust Harry Werner (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Car on the Freeway Ralph Chandler (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Record City Chameleon (Character) - 1977
50% 52% Rudolph's Shiny New Year Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sky Heist Ben Hardings (Character) - 1975
42% 41% Skidoo The Man (Character) - 1968
79% 62% Batman Riddler (Character) - 1966
94% 71% That Darn Cat! Iggy (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 88% Beatles - Ed Sullivan Presents the Beatles: 4 Complete Shows Unknown (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The George Raft Story Moxie Cusack (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of Fire Frank Henderson (Character) - 1961
88% 70% Where the Boys Are Basil (Character) - 1960
60% No Score Yet Studs Lonigan Kenny Killarney (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 85% The Great Impostor Barney (Character) - 1960
82% 76% Bells Are Ringing Blake Barton (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 76% Warlock Billy Gannon (uncredited) (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tank Battalion Pfc. "Skids" Madigan (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragstrip Girl Tommy Burns (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 33% Invasion of the Saucer Men Joe Gruen (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portland Expose Joe (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 57% Between Heaven and Hell Pvt. Millard Co.G (uncredited) (Character) - 1956

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 85% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Frank Gorshin (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Scorpion Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 98% The Ren & Stimpy Show The Rev. Jack Cheese (Guest Voice) 1995
86% 85% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Are You Afraid of the Dark? Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monsters Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goliath Awaits Unknown (Character) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World Iggy (Character) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman David Griffin (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Movin' On Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Surgeon Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
80% 88% Star Trek Bele (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Garrison's Gorillas Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
72% 79% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1966-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
83% 83% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1965 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and Mr. Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frontier Doctor Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Service Larkin (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Cowboy with Singer (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1956

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