Sunday, November 17, 2013

Remember "The Puzzler" from the 1966 Batman Series? Quite a background!

Robin, Batman and the Puzzler
I (Rob) love the old 1966 Batman TV series and have all of them on DVD. Recently I watched the episode with the "Puzzler" who was a villain that I don't ever remember from the Batman comics (and I've been reading them since the early 1970s).  Regardless, I wondered about the actor who played Puzzler and looked him up. I learned he was born in 1901 in England and had a massive acting background.  It wasn't until I got to the end of the biography (he died in 1987) that I got a real surprise! Read on.
 
WHO IS THE PUZZLER? - The Puzzler was Batman's enemy (in the 1966 tv series). He was portrayed by Maurice Evans. Not much is known of the Puzzler's background, only that he has obviously had extensive education in Shakespeare, one that rivals or perhaps surpasses Batman's own. He is constantly quoting a line from plays, often from Macbeth, his personal favourite. He also has an interest in flying, as most of his crimes have an aviatic theme.  Like the Riddler, the Puzzler likes to keep the Dynamic Duo baffled by his puzzling clues.
(From the website: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Puzzler_%28Maurice_Evans%29)
   ABOUT MAURICE EVANS (from http://www.harpiesbizarre.com/beography-me.htm) - Maurice Herbert Evans was born on June 3rd, 1901 in Dorchester, Dorset, England. Unlike his character on Bewitched, his name was pronounced "Morris" not "More-eese" even though the spelling was the same. Evans was raised in London, where his father was a justice of the peace who dabbled as a playwright on the side. Some of Maurice's earliest amateur stage appearances were in his father's adaptations of Thomas Hardy novels, which fostered his love of acting at an early age. Maurice also sang with London's St. Andrew's choir as a boy tenor during his youth. He made his professional stage debut in London in 1926 in a repertory production of "Sweeney Todd," also called "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
LOTS OF ACTING -     In addition to his work on Bewitched, Evans also appeared in guest-starring roles on the popular television shows The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Batman (in which he played The Puzzler), The Big Valley, The Mod Squad, The Streets of San Francisco, The Six Million Dollar Man, Columbo, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat, among others. His film work during this period included roles in Roman Polanski's Rosemary’s Baby {1968}, and as Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). He also gave a highly amusing performance opposite Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in the hit motion picture The Jerk in 1979.
  Maurice Evans died in a nursing home in Rottingdean, East Sussex, England on March 12th, 1989 of heart failure brought on by a bronchial infection. He was 87 years old
  I DIDN'T KNOW THIS! -  . Like his Bewitched co-stars Paul Lynde and Dick Sargent, Mr. Evans preferred the company of gentlemen and he never married or had children.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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