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Overview (4)

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Escondido, California, USA  (complications from asthma)
Birth NameJames Neil Hamilton
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Neil Hamilton's show business career began when he secured a job as a shirt model in magazine ads. He became interested in acting and joined several stock companies. He got his first film role in 1918, but received his big break from D.W. Griffith in The White Rose (1923).

After performing in several more Griffith films, Hamilton was signed by Paramount in the late 1920s and soon became one of that studio's most popular leading men. His rugged good looks and sophisticated demeanor kept him steadily employed, and he worked for just about every studio in Hollywood, from glittering MGM to rock-bottom PRC. Hamilton worked steadily over the years, and grew gracefully into mature supporting parts. He is probably best known to modern-day audiences, however, as Police Commissioner Gordon in the TV series Batman (1966).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Family (1)

Spouse Elsa Cozetta Whitmer (27 November 1922 - 24 September 1984)  (his death)  (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Nervous, clipped manner of speaking

Trivia (15)

In Since You Went Away (1944) he appears only in a photograph. All of his scenes were edited out and left on the cutting room floor before final release.
Raised in a devoutly Roman Catholic household.
By the mid-1940s, his personal and professional life were at such a low point that he was seriously considering committing suicide. His plan was to jump from the mountains above Santa Monica, but on his walk he met a priest and told him the whole story. The priest encouraged him to make a novena, instead. At the end of the nine days of prayer, he was offered an acting job from Universal Studios and never looked back.
He was a distant cousin of Margaret Hamilton, with whom he appeared in By Your Leave (1934).
Is the only actor to play Commissioner Gordon from the "Batman" franchise who shared the character's first name, James. Like his live-action successor Martin Patterson Hingle [Pat Hingle], he goes by his middle name.
Appeared on the Thanksgiving Day cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1918, marching beside (and hungrily eyeing) a turkey.
He made 268 films, both sound and silent, and played opposite such stars as Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Constance Bennett, Ann Sothern and Jean Arthur.
He was the only member of the supporting cast of Batman (1966) to be in every single episode of the series.
Strikingly handsome in his youth, Hamilton--along with John Barrymore, Fredric March and Brian Donlevy--modeled as the Arrow (Shirt) Collar Man, and received more fan mail in the 1920s than box-office king Rudolph Valentino.
When he was six, Hamilton's right arm was badly shattered and there was little hope at the time that the wound would knit. His mother had been crippled years before in a streetcar accident and his eventual recovery was attributed to great religious faith by the family.
Prior to becoming a film star, he was used as the model for the Arrow Collar man by artists Joseph Leyendecker on the back page cover of the "Saturday Evening Post." He also modeled for such other noted illustrators as James Montgomery Flagg, Arthur William Brown, Norman Rockwell, Charles Dana Gibson, and more.
Was good friends with Adam West.
He graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse School for Performing Arts in Pasadena, California.
First actor to portray the character of Nick Carraway on-screen in The Great Gatsby (1926).
On Batman (1966-1968) Yvonne Craig played Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and Neil Hamilton played her father, Commissioner Gordon. But this was not the first time they acted together in a familial role. In the Perry Mason episode, The Case of the Lazy Lover (1958), Yvonne Craig played Patricia Faxon and Neil Hamilton played her step father Bertrand Allred.

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