The Riddler

Frank Gorshin as The Riddler

The Riddler AKA "Count Of Connumdrums" baffeled Batman & Robin with his Riddles. As Batman said in episode #11 "A Riddle A Day Keeps The Riddler Away" means that as soon as the Riddles have stopped coming his crime has finished. Maybe if he didn't leave clues for our heroes he may have got away with most of his crimes, but who knows! Above all else the best thing about crime is out-witting the dynamic duo.

Frank Gorshin

Date of Birth & Location : 5 April 1933 (USA).

Date of Death & Location : 17 May 2005 (USA).

"When I was first approached to play the Riddler, I thought it was a joke. Then, I discovered the show had a good script and agreed to do the role, but only on a show-to-show basis. Now I am in love with the character."

"I developed the Riddler's fiendish laugh at Hollywood parties. I listened to myself laugh and discovered that the funniest jokes brought out the high-pitched giggle I use on the show. With furthur study I came to realize that it wasn't so much how I laughed as what I laughed at that created a sense of menace."

Frank Gorshin as the  Riddler in 1966The Riddler

"While we were filming Batman I often got asked if I'd got it together with Catwoman. It was tough enough in my own tights, let alone hers! I had worked with Bill Gerringer on Naked City. He told me he had this project and asked me if I would consider the part. I absolutely loved the Batman comic books as a child - especially the Riddler. To suddenly be asked whether I wanted to bring him to life was just amazing. I didn't have to audition or anything. The key had to be the laugh. Life was so much fun for him and I tried out so many laughs. But it had to be an honest laugh. I was really anxious to do this part it was just bizarre; the outfits, the tights everything!

The first overnight ratings were phenomenal, and we knew then that this was going to be something special.... I certainly enjoyed the success and the exposure but it was been a cross to bear. I was nominated for an Emmy for playing the Riddler in that first episode, I did not win however, I was just so thrilled to be nominated. But people identified me as being the Riddler for a long time. I had a tough time trying to be considered again as a straight actor."


In order of appearance:

  1. Abandoned subway toolroom
  2. The Rat Cave
  3. Kandle Lite Factory
  4. Bankrupt film studio
  5. Little used Gymnasium

Molls, thugs and accomplices

In order of appearance:

Moth, Matches and Tallow pictured below with Riddler:

Riddler with accomplices


1. Frank Gorshin's Riddler did not appear at all in season two. This was because Frank Gorshin wanted higher wages for the second season as he felt he deserved so being the star of the first season (he was even nominated for a bafta award for comedy for the role as the Riddler). However, William Dozier denied his request for budget reasons and insisted that he liked Frank alot and wanted him to return as Riddler anyway. Throughout the second season the production team held off writing Riddler episodes in case Frank returned, even changing a storyline from the Riddler as villain to the Puzzler. But when it looked like Frank was not going to return, John Astin played as Riddler in the second season.

2. Click here for a list of Riddler's riddles used series.

3. Riddler had two costumes. One was the suit with bowler hat, the other pictured above.

Frank Gorshin on "The Dean Martin Show"

Riddler boxing

Top 10 Riddles

This is not my work, found this video on YouTube, enjoy.