Burt Ward

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Burt WardBurt Ward_header_cell_0_0_0
BornBurt Ward_header_cell_0_1_0 Bert John Gervis Jr.
(1946-07-06) July 6, 1946 (age 74)

Los Angeles, California, U.S.Burt Ward_cell_0_1_1

OccupationBurt Ward_header_cell_0_2_0 Actor, activistBurt Ward_cell_0_2_1
Years activeBurt Ward_header_cell_0_3_0 1965–presentBurt Ward_cell_0_3_1
Spouse(s)Burt Ward_header_cell_0_4_0 Burt Ward_cell_0_4_1
ChildrenBurt Ward_header_cell_0_5_0 2Burt Ward_cell_0_5_1
AwardsBurt Ward_header_cell_0_6_0 Inkpot Award (2014)Burt Ward_cell_0_6_1

Burt Ward (born Bert John Gervis Jr. /ˈdʒɜːrvɪs/, July 6, 1946) is an American actor and activist. Burt Ward_sentence_0

He is best known for his portrayal of Robin, the sidekick of Batman (played by Adam West), in the television series Batman (1966–1968), its theatrical feature film, the Saturday morning animated series The New Adventures of Batman (1977), the two-episode pilot Legends of the Superheroes (1979), the animated reunion films Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) and Batman vs. Two-Face (2017), and the live-action television event Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019). Burt Ward_sentence_1

Ward is one of the last surviving original actors of the 1960s TV series Batman. Burt Ward_sentence_2

Early life Burt Ward_section_0

Ward was born Bert John Gervis Jr., on July 6, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. Burt Ward_sentence_3

His father, Bert Sr., was the owner of a traveling ice show called "Rhapsody On Ice". Burt Ward_sentence_4

At age 2, Ward was listed in the magazine Strange as It Seems as a professional ice skater. Burt Ward_sentence_5

Growing up, he was an avid reader of comic books such as Superman and Superboy, and enjoyed the action-adventure show Adventures of Superman. Burt Ward_sentence_6

He acquired the nickname "Sparky" in his youth, possibly from the sparks his skates kicked up during his routines or his energetic nature. Burt Ward_sentence_7

He excelled in high school sport activities such as football, track, and wrestling; he was also a member of the chess club and is a practitioner of Taekwondo. Burt Ward_sentence_8

After graduation, he enrolled in college, while working part-time for his father's real estate company. Burt Ward_sentence_9

Batman Burt Ward_section_1

At the age of 19, Ward auditioned for the role of Robin. Burt Ward_sentence_10

West and Ward were up against Lyle Waggoner and Peter Deyell for the roles of Batman and Robin, respectively. Burt Ward_sentence_11

Selected for the role of Robin, Ward thought people would find Gervis (the "G" is soft, as in "gentleman") hard to pronounce and adopted his mother's maiden name, Ward. Burt Ward_sentence_12

He also changed the spelling of Bert to "Burt" to add "punch". Burt Ward_sentence_13

Unlike the series' lead, Adam West, Ward was required to perform some dangerous stunt work. Burt Ward_sentence_14

He was told this was because his costume revealed more of his face, making it impractical for all of his stunt scenes to be performed by a stunt double. Burt Ward_sentence_15

Later, he also discovered that he was being paid the minimum wage allowed by the Screen Actors Guild, and his stunt double was paid per stunt, so having Ward perform his own stunts was a cost-saving strategy. Burt Ward_sentence_16

He would see the emergency room dozens of times during his time as Robin. Burt Ward_sentence_17

At the height of the series' popularity, Ward recorded several musical tracks under the production of Frank Zappa. Burt Ward_sentence_18

The first two, "Boy Wonder, I Love You" (which Zappa wrote) and "Orange Colored Sky", were released as a single on November 14, 1966. Burt Ward_sentence_19

Two other tracks from these sessions, "Teenage Bill of Rights" and "Autumn Love", remain unreleased. Burt Ward_sentence_20

During the first months of shooting, Ward was paid $350 per week. Burt Ward_sentence_21

The series only lasted three seasons, for a total of 120 episodes; according to Ward in an interview, this was because of the high cost of production. Burt Ward_sentence_22

It was still high in the ratings, but ABC was losing a great deal of money. Burt Ward_sentence_23

Later, NBC offered to pick it up for a fourth season, but the offer was withdrawn after learning that the sets had been destroyed. Burt Ward_sentence_24

Adam West and Burt Ward reprised their TV roles of Batman and Robin in the 20th Century Fox film Batman: The Movie released on July 30, 1966. Burt Ward_sentence_25

In 1969, a year after Batman's cancellation, West's mother died, bringing the two men closer together. Burt Ward_sentence_26

They were reunited many times at conventions and TV reunion specials. Burt Ward_sentence_27

In turn, Ward also made three guest appearances with West on separate cartoons: one was a 2002 episode of The Simpsons, later in 2010 on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, and in 2013 for one of the final episodes of Futurama. Burt Ward_sentence_28

Ward remained friends with West until his death on June 9, 2017, at age 88. Burt Ward_sentence_29

Ward is the last surviving main cast member of Batman. Burt Ward_sentence_30

Julie Newmar, John Astin and Lee Meriwether are the last surviving guest cast members of Batman. Burt Ward_sentence_31

Post-Batman career Burt Ward_section_2

After the end of Batman, Ward, like Adam West, found himself hard-pressed to find other acting jobs. Burt Ward_sentence_32

He re-emerged to act in more than 40 made-for-television films such as Virgin High. Burt Ward_sentence_33

In 1985, DC Comics named Ward as one of the honorees in the company's 50th-anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great for his work on the Batman series. Burt Ward_sentence_34

In June 1995, Ward wrote a tell-all autobiography called Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights, which described his time playing Robin. Burt Ward_sentence_35

Ward appeared in numerous reunions with co-star Adam West. Burt Ward_sentence_36

The most memorable included reprising their roles as the Dynamic Duo on a short-lived animated series called The New Adventures of Batman, as well as The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour and Tarzan and the Super 7. Burt Ward_sentence_37

In addition, they reappeared as the Dynamic Duo for Legends of the Superheroes. Burt Ward_sentence_38

West and Ward finally reunited in the 2003 television movie, Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt. Burt Ward_sentence_39

During a Pro Wrestling Unplugged angle with wrestler Johnny Kashmere, Ward "knighted" Kashmere as the "New Batman". Burt Ward_sentence_40

Ward has appeared on the show several times, walking out to the theme music from the 1960s Batman. Burt Ward_sentence_41

In 2001, Ward established the now-closed Boy Wonder Visual Effects, Inc. Burt Ward_sentence_42

In 2012, Bluewater comics was planning to issue a four-issue comic miniseries in homage to Burt Ward playing Robin, called Burt Ward, Boy Wonder, but it was apparently canceled. Burt Ward_sentence_43

It starred Burt Ward and his crimefighting rescue dogs Gentle and Giant fighting crime. Burt Ward_sentence_44

Part of the first issue was released on Free Comic Book Day 2012. Burt Ward_sentence_45

Beginning in late 2017, Ward is seen promoting the Batman television series and other classic television series on the MeTV television network. Burt Ward_sentence_46

On January 9, 2020, Ward received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Burt Ward_sentence_47

Charity work Burt Ward_section_3

In 1994, Ward and his wife, Tracy Posner Ward, founded a charitable organization called Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, Inc., which rescues giant-breed dogs such as Great Danes and some smaller-breed dogs. Burt Ward_sentence_48

Their work with the organization has been featured in such outlets as People magazine, ASPCA Animal Watch, Hard Copy, Inside Edition, and Entertainment Tonight. Burt Ward_sentence_49

Ward was also seen in an episode of Animal Planet's Adoption Tales. Burt Ward_sentence_50

Personal life Burt Ward_section_4

Ward's first wife was Bonney Lindsey, daughter of conductor Mort Lindsey. Burt Ward_sentence_51

Ward and Lindsey married on July 19, 1965 and divorced in 1967. Burt Ward_sentence_52

They had one daughter, Lisa Ann Ward, in 1966. Burt Ward_sentence_53

He was briefly married to actress Kathy Kersh, whom he met when she appeared as a guest on the Batman TV show and to model Mariana Torchia. Burt Ward_sentence_54

Since 1990, Ward has been married to Tracy Posner. Burt Ward_sentence_55

Their daughter, Melody Lane Ward, was born on February 16, 1991. Burt Ward_sentence_56

Filmography Burt Ward_section_5

Film Burt Ward_section_6

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YearBurt Ward_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleBurt Ward_header_cell_1_0_1 RoleBurt Ward_header_cell_1_0_2 NotesBurt Ward_header_cell_1_0_3
1966Burt Ward_cell_1_1_0 BatmanBurt Ward_cell_1_1_1 Dick Grayson / RobinBurt Ward_cell_1_1_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_1_3
1970Burt Ward_cell_1_2_0 Scream, Evelyn, Scream!Burt Ward_cell_1_2_1 Dune Buggy DriverBurt Ward_cell_1_2_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_2_3
1984Burt Ward_cell_1_3_0 High School U.S.A.Burt Ward_cell_1_3_1 TeacherBurt Ward_cell_1_3_2 TV MovieBurt Ward_cell_1_3_3
1986Burt Ward_cell_1_4_0 Fire in the NightBurt Ward_cell_1_4_1 PaulBurt Ward_cell_1_4_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_4_3
1987Burt Ward_cell_1_5_0 The UnderachieversBurt Ward_cell_1_5_1 BowmontBurt Ward_cell_1_5_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_5_3
1989Burt Ward_cell_1_6_0 Robot NinjaBurt Ward_cell_1_6_1 Stanley KaneBurt Ward_cell_1_6_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_6_3
Batman and Robin and the Other Super HeroesBurt Ward_cell_1_7_0 Himself (Presenter)Burt Ward_cell_1_7_1 Video documentaryBurt Ward_cell_1_7_2
Holy BatmaniaBurt Ward_cell_1_8_0 Himself / RobinBurt Ward_cell_1_8_1 Video documentary shortBurt Ward_cell_1_8_2
1990Burt Ward_cell_1_9_0 SmoothtalkerBurt Ward_cell_1_9_1 Lab TechnicianBurt Ward_cell_1_9_2 Produced by Eduardo Montes-Bradley, directed by Tom MiloBurt Ward_cell_1_9_3
Kill CrazyBurt Ward_cell_1_10_0 MichaelBurt Ward_cell_1_10_1 VideoBurt Ward_cell_1_10_2
The Girl I WantBurt Ward_cell_1_11_0 DadBurt Ward_cell_1_11_1 Burt Ward_cell_1_11_2
Cyber-C.H.I.C.Burt Ward_cell_1_12_0 Harry Truman HodgkinsBurt Ward_cell_1_12_1 Burt Ward_cell_1_12_2
1991Burt Ward_cell_1_13_0 Virgin HighBurt Ward_cell_1_13_1 Dick MurphyBurt Ward_cell_1_13_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_13_3
1992Burt Ward_cell_1_14_0 Hot Under the CollarBurt Ward_cell_1_14_1 The PopeBurt Ward_cell_1_14_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_14_3
1993Burt Ward_cell_1_15_0 Beach Babes from BeyondBurt Ward_cell_1_15_1 Mr. BunBurt Ward_cell_1_15_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_15_3
The DwellingBurt Ward_cell_1_16_0 CrasmireBurt Ward_cell_1_16_1 VideoBurt Ward_cell_1_16_2
1994Burt Ward_cell_1_17_0 Reverse HeavenBurt Ward_cell_1_17_1 DoctorBurt Ward_cell_1_17_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_17_3
1995Burt Ward_cell_1_18_0 Karate RaiderBurt Ward_cell_1_18_1 Burt Ward_cell_1_18_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_18_3
Assault of the Party Nerds 2: The Heavy Petting DetectiveBurt Ward_cell_1_19_0 RandolphBurt Ward_cell_1_19_1 Burt Ward_cell_1_19_2
1996Burt Ward_cell_1_20_0 Alien ForceBurt Ward_cell_1_20_1 Omnipresent PraximaBurt Ward_cell_1_20_2 VideoBurt Ward_cell_1_20_3
1999Burt Ward_cell_1_21_0 Moving TargetsBurt Ward_cell_1_21_1 O'MalleyBurt Ward_cell_1_21_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_21_3
2001Burt Ward_cell_1_22_0 Batman FeaturetteBurt Ward_cell_1_22_1 HimselfBurt Ward_cell_1_22_2 Video documentary shortBurt Ward_cell_1_22_3
2002Burt Ward_cell_1_23_0 Pacino Is MissingBurt Ward_cell_1_23_1 GuardBurt Ward_cell_1_23_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_23_3
2003Burt Ward_cell_1_24_0 Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and BurtBurt Ward_cell_1_24_1 HimselfBurt Ward_cell_1_24_2 TV MovieBurt Ward_cell_1_24_3
2013Burt Ward_cell_1_25_0 Starring Adam WestBurt Ward_cell_1_25_1 DocumentaryBurt Ward_cell_1_25_2
2014Burt Ward_cell_1_26_0 Na Na BatmanBurt Ward_cell_1_26_1 FeaturetteBurt Ward_cell_1_26_2
Batmania BornBurt Ward_cell_1_27_0 FeaturetteBurt Ward_cell_1_27_1
2015Burt Ward_cell_1_28_0 Star QuestBurt Ward_cell_1_28_1 WayneBurt Ward_cell_1_28_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_28_3
2016Burt Ward_cell_1_29_0 Batman: Return of the Caped CrusadersBurt Ward_cell_1_29_1 Robin/Dick GraysonBurt Ward_cell_1_29_2 Burt Ward_cell_1_29_3
2017Burt Ward_cell_1_30_0 Batman vs. Two-FaceBurt Ward_cell_1_30_1 Burt Ward_cell_1_30_2

Television Burt Ward_section_7

Burt Ward_table_general_2

DateBurt Ward_header_cell_2_0_0 TitleBurt Ward_header_cell_2_0_1 RoleBurt Ward_header_cell_2_0_2 NotesBurt Ward_header_cell_2_0_3
1966–1968Burt Ward_cell_2_1_0 BatmanBurt Ward_cell_2_1_1 Robin / Dick GraysonBurt Ward_cell_2_1_2 120 episodesBurt Ward_cell_2_1_3
1967Burt Ward_cell_2_2_0 BatgirlBurt Ward_cell_2_2_1 Studio ShortBurt Ward_cell_2_2_2
The Hollywood SquaresBurt Ward_cell_2_3_0 HimselfBurt Ward_cell_2_3_1 5 episodesBurt Ward_cell_2_3_2
1977Burt Ward_cell_2_4_0 The New Adventures of BatmanBurt Ward_cell_2_4_1 Robin / Dick GraysonBurt Ward_cell_2_4_2 16 episodesBurt Ward_cell_2_4_3
1979Burt Ward_cell_2_5_0 Legends of the SuperheroesBurt Ward_cell_2_5_1 RobinBurt Ward_cell_2_5_2 Specials: "The Challenge", "The Roast"Burt Ward_cell_2_5_3
1983Burt Ward_cell_2_6_0 Family FeudBurt Ward_cell_2_6_1 HimselfBurt Ward_cell_2_6_2 Episodes: "Batman vs. Lost in Space" & "Gilligan's Island vs. Batman"Burt Ward_cell_2_6_3
1995Burt Ward_cell_2_7_0 Living SingleBurt Ward_cell_2_7_1 Episode: "Mommy Not Dearest"Burt Ward_cell_2_7_2
1997Burt Ward_cell_2_8_0 Homeboys in Outer SpaceBurt Ward_cell_2_8_1 GerbilBurt Ward_cell_2_8_2 Episode: "The Adventures of Ratman and Gerbil or, Holy Homeboys in Outer Space"Burt Ward_cell_2_8_3
2000, 2003 & 2004Burt Ward_cell_2_9_0 BiographyBurt Ward_cell_2_9_1 HimselfBurt Ward_cell_2_9_2 Episodes: "Adam West: Behind the Cowl", "Batman: Holy Batmania!" & "Catwoman: Her Many Lives"Burt Ward_cell_2_9_3
2002Burt Ward_cell_2_10_0 The SimpsonsBurt Ward_cell_2_10_1 Robin (voice)Burt Ward_cell_2_10_2 Episode: "Large Marge"Burt Ward_cell_2_10_3
Hollywood SquaresBurt Ward_cell_2_11_0 HimselfBurt Ward_cell_2_11_1 5 episodesBurt Ward_cell_2_11_2
2006Burt Ward_cell_2_12_0 TV Land's Top TenBurt Ward_cell_2_12_1 TV Series documentary – "Top 10 TV Dynamic Duos"Burt Ward_cell_2_12_2
The 4th Annual TV Land AwardsBurt Ward_cell_2_13_0 TV SpecialBurt Ward_cell_2_13_1
2008Burt Ward_cell_2_14_0 Guiding LightBurt Ward_cell_2_14_1 1 episodeBurt Ward_cell_2_14_2
2010Burt Ward_cell_2_15_0 SpongeBob SquarePantsBurt Ward_cell_2_15_1 Young Barnacle Boy (voice)Burt Ward_cell_2_15_2 Episode: "Back to the Past/The Bad Guy Club for Villains"Burt Ward_cell_2_15_3
2011Burt Ward_cell_2_16_0 Hollywood TreasureBurt Ward_cell_2_16_1 HimselfBurt Ward_cell_2_16_2 Episode: "Holy Gobstopper, Batman!"Burt Ward_cell_2_16_3
2013Burt Ward_cell_2_17_0 FuturamaBurt Ward_cell_2_17_1 Episode: "Leela and the Genestalk"Burt Ward_cell_2_17_2
2015Burt Ward_cell_2_18_0 Robot ChickenBurt Ward_cell_2_18_1 Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship"Burt Ward_cell_2_18_2
2019Burt Ward_cell_2_19_0 SupergirlBurt Ward_cell_2_19_1 Dick Grayson (Earth-66)Burt Ward_cell_2_19_2 Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One"Burt Ward_cell_2_19_3

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