Thursday, December 16, 2004

Actor remembers time spent as original Robin

The St. Joseph, Mo., News-Press profiles 80-year-old Johnny Duncan, who played the Boy Wonder in the 1949 Batman and Robin movie before moving on to bit parts in films such as The Caine Mutiny, Spartacus and Plan 9 from Outer Space:

"At 5-foot-4 and 120 pounds, Duncan is 15 pounds lighter than his crime-fighting Robin weight. The filtered Vantage cigarettes he chains smokes haven't yet slowed his quick, nimble pace. His mind is still detective sharp as he recalls a past Hollywood and comic-book story life.

"... 'When you wear tights and a mask for like three months at a time every morning till night, by God you begin to think you are Robin,' he said. 'You get off at night, take your mask off, you think you're in the Bat Cave when you come home.'"