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Also Known As: Herbert Gervis Died:
Born: July 6, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: executive, actor, real estate salesperson

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Actor Burt Ward rose from obscurity to the height of pop culture celebrity in the mid-1960s as Robin, the Boy Wonder on "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). His lack of experienced served the golly-gee nature of the role perfectly, and for three years, he and co-star Adam West, who played the Dark Knight, were the toast of television. After the show's cancellation, he entered the twilight world reserved for stars who dimmed as quickly as they shone: an endless cycle of low-budget movies and convention appearances, often in costume. For his part, Ward took the reversal of fortune in stride, mining his past success for all it was worth. In doing so, he preserved a degree of immortality for an aging but nevertheless faithful following.

Actor Burt Ward rose from obscurity to the height of pop culture celebrity in the mid-1960s as Robin, the Boy Wonder on "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). His lack of experienced served the golly-gee nature of the role perfectly, and for three years, he and co-star Adam West, who played the Dark Knight, were the toast of television. After the show's cancellation, he entered the twilight world reserved for stars who dimmed as quickly as they shone: an endless cycle of low-budget movies and convention appearances, often in costume. For his part, Ward took the reversal of fortune in stride, mining his past success for all it was worth. In doing so, he preserved a degree of immortality for an aging but nevertheless faithful following.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Moving Targets (1999)
3.
 Assault of the Party Nerds II (1994) Randolph
4.
 Beach Babes From Beyond (1993) (Cameo Appearance)
5.
 Hot Under the Collar (1992) The Pope
6.
 Smooth Talker (1992) Lab Technician
7.
 Electric Dragon (1991)
8.
 Test Positive (1991)
9.
 Virgin High (1990) Dick Murphy
10.
 Robo-C.H.I.C. (1990)
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1965:
Signed to contract with 20th Century Fox Studios
1966:
Co-starred as Robin the Boy Wonder on the superhero action spoof, "Batman"
1966:
Co-starred as Robin in the feature film, "Batman"
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Studied the occult; tried marketing felt-tip pens
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Served as president, Entertainment Licensing Corporation and Entertainment Management Corporation, Malibu, CA
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Supplied the voice of Robin (opposite Adam West, creator of the TV "Batman") on NBC animated children's series, "Batman and the Super Seven"
1984:
Held office of president of A Night with the Stars Inc.
1986:
Served as president of Pinnacle Associates, Inc., publicly held trading company
1988:
Produced children's educational video, "The World of Earlybird"
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Has played supporting guest roles in such low-budget feature films as "Robot Ninja" (1989), "Virgin High", "Robo-C.H.I.C.", "Kill Crazy" and "Smooth Talker" (all 1990)
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Education

University of California at Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara , California - 1964
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1965

Notes

On "Batman" and his co-star Adam West: "Our characters were antiseptic, but we weren't." --Burt Ward in a Canadian radio interview

Ward was a committee member of the UCLA Speed Reading Contest, sponsored by the American Medical Society, Beverly Hills (1963)

He was named Man of the Year by Harvard University (1984)

Ward received the Gold Mask Award given by the Hollywood Appreciation Society (1984)

Ward is also a recipient of the Bronze Halo Award given by the Southern California Motion Picture Society (1984)

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wife:
Bonney Lindsey. Married on July 19, 1965; divorced in December 1966.
wife:
Kathy Kersh. Second wife; married on February 25, 1967; divorced in June 1968.
wife:
Mariana Daniela Torchia. Third wife; married on August 10, 1985; divorced.
wife:
Tracy Posner. Fourth wife; daughter of financier Victor Posner.
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father:
Burt John Gervis. Owner of the Rhapsody in Ice show.
mother:
Marjorie Charlotte Ward Blumenfeld.
daughter:
Lisa Ward. Mother Bonney Lindsey.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights"

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