Dennis J. “Denny” O’Neil has died at age 81. As confirmed by his family, the legendary comic book writer died at home of natural causes on the night of June 11.
O’Neil was best known for his work on Batman, which included writing Batman, Detective Comics, and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, as well as editing DC’s Batman titles from 1986 to 2000. He, editor Julius Schwartz, and artist Neal Adams are credited for guiding the Dark Knight back to his darker roots after a period of campiness brought on by the success of the 1960s Batman TV series.
Lyle Talbot played the first live-action Commissioner Jim Gordon AND Lex Luthor. He always said he loved playing both of these characters. Talbot said that playing Lex allowed him to act really crazy and menacing.
He was a busy actor for about 60 years, on stage, screen, and television. In A-films, he often played villains or support to the male lead. In B-films, he often played the male lead.
His worry of having no income caused him to take just about any part, including two of Ed Wood‘s films. None of his lower-grade work ever seemed to affect his demand in A-listers though.
He was also quite proud of he and his family’s dedication to progressive politics and charity work.