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Frank Gorshin

Born: 1933 AD
Died: 2005 AD

US actor and impressionist



1933 – Born – April 5th, Pittsburgh, PA



1940’s-50’s – While in high school, Frank worked as an usher at the Sheridan Square Theatre and began doing impressions of some of his screen idols: Al Jolson, James Cagney, Cary Grant and Edward G. Robinson.



1950 – At 17 he won a local talent contest. The prize was a one-week engagement at Jackie Heller’s Carousel night club, where Alan King was headlining. It was Frank’s first paid job as an entertainer and launched his show biz career. Frank attended Carnegie-Mellon Tech School of Drama and did plays and performed in night clubs in Pittsburgh in his spare time.



1950-53 – University – Carnegie-Mellon Tech




1953-55 – US Army



                 -Having served as an entertainer during the Korean War, Gorshin appeared as an impressionist on The Ed Sullivan Show, Though he has been in a large number of movies and even more TV guest appearances, Gorshin is best known for playing the Riddler in TV’s Batman series, in green suit and bowler hat with a maniacal laugh. He is also remembered for the role of Bele in the Star Trek episode Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (1966, emmy nomination). His race was white on the left, black on the right side, bisecting his body vertically; his enemy Lokai, was of the race having opposite polarity.




1955 – While in the Army, Gorshin met Maurice Bergman, who later introduced him to the Hollywood agent

Paul Kohner.




1956 – When he left the Army he returned to public performance and he became a prolific film actor.



1950’s-2000’s – He appears as an actor and a guest on several television shows, comedies,

dramas, and variety shows.



1961 – Married Christina Randazzo, they have one child.




                  -He had twelve guest spots on the Ed Sullivan Show (his first being the same night The Beatles and Davy Jones debuted, early in 1964). He was a popular act at nightclubs-notably those of Las Vegas, where he was the first impressionist to headline the main showrooms. He was also the first impressionist to headline the Empire Room of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.




1966 – He appears on The Munsters, just one of his rare appearances on TV sitcoms in the 1960s.





1966-1968 – starred in television series "Batman" (as the Riddler).





1970-1971 – He appeared on Broadway, in Jimmy (1970) and Guys and Dolls (1971).




2002 – he played the lead in a Broadway production of Say Goodnight Gracie as George Burns.




2005 – Gorshin appeared in the season finale of CSI.