Frank Gorshin, best known (at least among us post-Baby Boom syndicated TV watchers) as The Riddler from Batman, has died at the age of 72.
Despite dozens of television and movie credits, Gorshin will be forever remembered for his role as the Riddler, Adam West's villainous foil in the question mark-pocked green suit and bowler hat on Batman from 1966-69.
"It really was a catalyst for me," Gorshin recalled in 2002. "I was nobody. I had done some guest shots here and there. But after I did that, I became a headliner in Vegas, so I can't put it down."
In 2002, Gorshin portrayed George Burns on Broadway in the one-man show Say Goodnight Gracie. He used only a little makeup and no prosthetics.
"I don't know how to explain it. It just comes," he said. "I wish I could say, 'This is step A, B and C.' But I can't do that. I do it, you know. The ironic thing is I've done impressions all my life — I never did George Burns."
Gorshin's final performance will be broadcast on tonight's CBS-TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.