Joker, The

The green-haired criminal with the penchant for laughter who was the arch enemy of the caped crime fighter Batman (Adam West) on the fantasy adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68. Actor Cesar Romero portrayed the role of this chuckling crimester.


Note: Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, The Joker first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Originally called The Red Hood, The Joker was a former employee of the Monarch Playing Card Company.

Jack Nicholson portrayed the Joker in the blockbuster motion picture Batman (1989). In the film, the criminal responsible for the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents is dropped into a vat of acid by Batman, only to emerge disfigured in the guise of the Joker who then started a crime spree in Gotham City. He was ultimately defeated by Batman and fell to his death from a church tower.

Other actors to play The Joker (“The Clown Prince of Crime”) included Mark Hamill (provided the voice on the 1992’s BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, Roger Stoneburner on the 2002 TV series BIRDS OF PREY, Heath Ledger in the 2008 movie The Dark Knight, and Jared Leto in the 2016 movie Suicide Squad.


On the crime drama GOTHAM/FOX/2014+ Cameron Monaghan plays the role of The Joker, (a.ka. “Jerome Valeska”).



Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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