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5. Burt Gervis Ward as the Boy Wonder

Born Bert John Gervis, Jr., Burt Ward was actually an acting newcomer when — at the tender age of 19 — he auditioned for the role of Robin. He was propelled into the role by his boyhood love of comics. When he won the role, he elected to use the stage name of Ward (his mother’s maiden name), believing Gervis would be too difficult for people to pronounce.


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