Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin

About Frank Gorshin

Frank John Gorshin, Jr. (April 5, 1933--May 17, 2005) was an American actor and comedian. He was perhaps best known as an impressionist, with many guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and Tonight Starring Steve Allen). His most famous acting role was as The Riddler in the Batman live-action television series. Gorshin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Roman Catholic parents Frances, a seamstress, and Frank Gorshin, Sr., a railroad worker. He was of Yugoslav descent. At the age of 15, he took a part-time job as a cinema usher at the Sheridan Square Theatre. He memorized the mannerisms of the screen stars he saw and created an impressionist act.

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