Frank Gorshin Biography

Birthday: 1933-04-05
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Frank Gorshin was born on April 5, 1933, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father was a railroad worker and his mother was a seamstress. While in high school, Frank worked as an usher at the Sheridan Square Theatre and began doing impressions of some of his screen idols: Al Jolson, James Cagney, Cary Grant and Edward G. Robinson. At 17 he won a local talent contest. The prize was a one-week engagement at Jackie Heller's Carousel night club, where Alan King was headlining. It was Frank's first paid job as an entertainer and launched his show biz career. Frank attended Carnegie-Mellon Tech School of Drama and did plays and performed in night clubs in Pittsburgh in his spare time. In 1953, at age 19, he entered the US Army. Frank served two years in Special Services as an entertainer. In the army, Frank met Maurice Bergman, who would introduce Frank to a Hollywood agent when his hitch with Uncle Sam was up. Frank quickly landed a role in The Proud and Profane (1956) and other roles in TV dramas followed. In 1957, while visiting his folks in Pittsburgh, his agent phoned him to rush back to Hollywood for a screen test for Run Silent Run Deep (1958). For some odd reason, instead of catching a plane, Frank decided to drive his car to L.A. Driving 39 consecutive hours, he fell asleep at the wheel, crashed, suffered a fractured skull and woke up in the hospital four days later. To add insult to injury, an L.A. newspaper reported he was killed, and the plum movie role of Officer Ruby went to Don Rickles. Frank appeared in a number of lovable B-movies for American-International Pictures: Hot Rod Girl (1956) and Dragstrip Girl (1957), and everybody's favorite, Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957). Frank finally got a substantial role in the A-movie Bells Are Ringing (1960) with Dean Martin and Judy Holliday. He did a thinly-disguised Marlon Brando impression. Frank also appeared in Hollywood nightclubs including the Purple Onion. He also did Las Vegas engagements, opening for Bobby Darin at The Flamingo. On TV, Frank appeared on "The Steve Allen Plymouth Show" (1956) and had a dozen guest shots on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show"). In 1966, Frank gave his breakout performance, performing what has become his best-known role: The Riddler on "Batman" (1966) for which he received an Emmy nomination. He also played the Riddler in the movie Batman (1966) based on the television series. "I could feel the impact overnight", Frank recalled later. Because of his nationwide recognition, he was given headliner status in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, Sahara and Aladdin Hotels. He received more good reviews for his thought-provoking performance as Commissioner Bele in the 1969 "Star Trek" (1966) episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", for which he received another Emmy nomination. In 1970 Frank made his Broadway debut as the star of "Jimmy", for which he got rave reviews. He also starred in many touring company productions such as "Promises, Promises"; "Peter Pan"; "Prisoner of Second Street" and "Guys and Dolls". In the 1980s Frank served as Honorary Chairman, Entertainment Division, for the American Heart Association. Perhaps recalling his early AIP films, Frank has worked recently with the legendary Roger Corman, appearing as Clockwise in the "Black Scorpion" (2001) TV series and in Corman's "The Phantom Eye" (1999). Frank has appeared in over 70 movies and made over 40 guest appearances in TV series.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Rudolph's Shiny New Year Sir Ten-To-Three 1976 Animation
Legends of the Super-Heroes The Riddler 1977 - 1977
The Big Story 1994 Animation
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Hail Caesar 0000
Where the Boys Are 1960 Biography, 0
Bells Are Ringing 1960 Comedy, Musical, Romance
The Great Impostor 1961 Comedy, Drama
Mail Order Bride The #1 Doctor in Russia 1964
That Darn Cat 1965 Family, Comedy, Thriller
That Darn Cat! 1965 Family, Comedy, Thriller
Skidoo 1968 Comedy
Death Car on the Freeway 1979 Mystery, Thriller
Hot Resort Mr. Green 1985 Comedy
Uphill All the Way Pike 1986 Comedy
Hollywood Vice Squad Walsh 1986 0, 0
Midnight Ron Saphier 1989 Thriller
Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers Doc 1989 Comedy
Body Trouble Johnny Zero 1992 Comedy
Sweet Justice Billy Joe Rivas 1993 Action
The Meteor Man 1993 Fantasy, Sci Fi, Comedy
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs 1997 Biography, 0
Bloodmoon Chief William Hutchins 1997 Action, Thriller
Final Rinse Chief 1999 Comedy, Music
Game Day Sam Segal 1999 Comedy, Drama, Sport
Castle Rock Mack 2000 Action, Adventure, Family
Luck of the Draw Sterling Johnson 2001 Thriller, Crime, Drama
Manna from Heaven Ed 2002 Comedy
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt 2003 Action, Comedy
High Times Potluck The Slim Man 2003 Comedy, Crime
After the Game Benny Walsh 2004 Drama, Mystery
Angels with Angles George Burns / Shelleen 2005 Comedy
The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park Burdus 2006 Comedy, Horror, Mystery