Eggs-actly! #socs

Anyone remember Vincent Price as Egghead on the Batman TV show?

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Vincent Price as Egghead (Source: Wikipedia)

A lot of people thought it was strange for so many high-quality actors to have been featured as villains on Batman. Price, Victor Buono, Rudy Vallee, Glynis Johns, Cesar Romero, Roddy McDowall, and others were all successful big-screen actors, and yet they allowed themselves to be dressed in weird costumes and fight Batman and Robin, who in real life were Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and Dick Grayson (Burt Ward), who lived at Stately Wayne Manor with their butler, Alfred (played by Alan Napier, himself a successful film actor) and Aunt Harriet Cooper (Madge Blake), who was added to the cast because the idea of two single men living in luxurious surroundings and attended to by a butler was just a little too weird for 1960’s sensibilities. The truth was, Batman was such a successful show, everyone wanted to be on it. Actors’ agents would call the producers and begged them to create a character for their clients. It was the Murder, She Wrote of the 1960’s.

I’m always impressed by how hard people would work to make a living in show business. Of course, there were the stars, but behind them the actors who didn’t get the big bucks and made their living by keeping moving. They were always working, whether they had a steady gig or not. They’d appear on game shows, do dinner theater, act in commercials, teach acting, be acting coaches for others, always be auditioning, some would even write scripts and do some directing. They were always doing something. They didn’t make a whole lot of money doing any one thing, but with all the jobs they had, they’d make a pretty good living, one that didn’t involve getting dirty. Maybe it was the reason they worked so hard as actors: it was better than selling perfume at Macy’s or changing oil at Jiffy Lube. No doubt there are many would-be actors doing just that.

Anyway, I was trying to get back to the theme of “eggs” again, but couldn’t find a video of Martin Mull singing “Eggs.” So I’ll stop there.


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13 thoughts on “Eggs-actly! #socs”

  1. I used to watch Batman back then, and it was good in a campy sort of way. Didn’t know about the many actors that wanted to be on the show. Thanks for the information! 🙂

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  2. Re: Vincent Price / Egghead: Once again, I learn something from your blog.

    I’ve been watching a lot of Miami Vice lately. Their guest list is insane. Not just actors, but people in other professions as well.

    Your comments on actors who aren’t stars reminded me of this speech by Dustin Hoffman:

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  3. I don’t remember Batman that well but I know what you mean about some actors popping up in all sorts of things. Here you also get them doing voice overs for ads on both TV and radio. It’s quite infuriating at times though trying to guess who the actor is just from their voice. Or maybe that I’m just getting older…..

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    1. Voiceovers are big business, not just for commmercials but for documentaries and cartoons. Mary’s good at picking up the voices, and drives me crazy making me guess who the voice belongs to. With documentaries, we usually end up waiting for the credits to find out who it is. Some voice actors have distinctive voices, many not very much, especially if they’re doing a cartoon and disguise their voice. I know a guy from high school who wanted to be an actor. He wasn’t a very good actor, but had a great voice, and has ended up doing very well doing cartoons.

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    1. It was a great show and a cultural phenomenon when it first aired. Now we look at it and laugh at how cheap and corny the effects were, but it was one of the most popular shows fifty years ago.

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    1. Well, ever since “Murder, She Wrote” and “Law & Order” went off the air, there isn’t a place for old actors to get work. I’m surprised Disney doesn’t hire them for some of their animated features.

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