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Burt Ward

  1. Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate, 1967.     Holy conspiracy!  Robin, The Boy Wonder, for 50 hours of the 1965-1967 Batman TV series, said that his studio, Fox, refused to allow him to make the movie…  Hoffman kept refusing to test because he felt insulted - he was Jewish, not a WASP.  So was director Mike Nichols, who convinced him with his celebrated zinger. “Well, maybe Benjamin ls Jewish inside.”  Robert Redford insisted he wasn’t right and Nichols agreed. “The public would never believe Redford as a loser with girls.”   Idem for Warren Beatty, George Hamilton and Robert Wagner...  Next? Keir Dullea, Charles Grodin (called up for  Nichols in 1969’s Catch 22, 1969), Albert Finney, Harrison Ford, Steve McQueen (!),  David Lynch regular Jack Nance, Jack Nicholson, Anthony Perkins (better as Chaplain Tappman in Catch 22),  Burt Ward (Batman’s Robin but Fox TV wouldn’t let him go), Gene Wilder and the inevitable unknown, Lee Stanley, who went on to be a  docu director. Oh, and Hoffman’s room-mate, Robert Duvall. (Gene Hackman also shared their digs and he was fired from Mr Robinson!). Producer Lawrence Turman said they saw a million kids… Nichols used as many as he could. Mike Farrell (TV’s M*A*S*H) and Kevin Tighe won screen debuts. Richard Dreyfuss, for example, got an actual line - "Shall I get the cops? I'll get the cops” -   much better than walk-ons for  Brian Avery (in TV until 2018) and Donald F Glut (TV’s Frankenstein  monster in the 50s).  Hoffman got $17,000 and was then jobless and back on welfare for months. Until catching the Midnight Cowboy bus.   "That would have been one heck of a part to get,” zaid Burt. “But the TV show was so hot, they didn't want to detract from it."  Ever typecast, the boyish Ward later founded an educational programming company, acted in Z-movies (Virgin High, 1991) and ran Boy Wonder Visual Effects, Inc.

 





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