'The Riddler' Frank Gorshin Dies At 72
Reported by Outsiders - 05:44 PM 2005.05.18
Actor Frank Gorshin, the impressionist with 100 faces but perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated role as The Riddler on the old "Batman" television series, has died. He was 72.
Gorshin's wife of 48 years, Christina, was at his side when he died at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for three weeks for a variety of ailments, his agent and longtime friend Fred Wostbrock said Wednesday.
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.
West said the death of his longtime friend was a big loss.
"Frank will be missed," West said in a statement. "He made an indelible impression as The Riddler in the classic 'Batman' TV series and he was a fine impressionist as well. Frank made me laugh. He was a friend and fascinating character."
Gorshin's final performance will be broadcast on Thursday's CBS-TV series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigations."
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