Johnny Duncan (actor)

John Bowman Duncan (December 7, 1923 February 8, 2016) was an American actor. In addition to managing several business ventures, he made appearances at comic book conventions and collectors' shows worldwide.

Johnny Duncan
John Bowman Duncan

December 7, 1923
DiedFebruary 8, 2016 (aged 92)
Other namesJohnnie Duncan
Years active1939–1960



Johnny Duncan learned to dance Jitterbug as a teen and by the age of 19 had his first major appearance in a dance role in the "King of Swing" Benny Goodman camp classic musical The Gang's All Here. This kicked off Duncan's career as a movie swing dancer and actor and led to numerous appearances in other films, and a contract with 20th Century Fox, where he appeared in productions with Shirley Temple and Jane Withers. Notable roles include parts in The East Side Kids, The Bowery Boys, Mystery of the 13th Guest and the 1949 serial Batman and Robin as Dick Grayson / Robin, the Boy Wonder.[1] He was so young looking that he was twenty-six years old when he was hired to play the Boy Wonder.[2]

He later appeared in bit parts in a number of films including Plan 9 from Outer Space. He was a member of The Black Rebels Motorcycle Club in the classic Marlon Brando film The Wild One in 1952. His final film appearance was in the 1960 film Spartacus.[2]

Personal life

Duncan made occasional appearances at movie conventions, often signing photos from The East Side Kids and Batman and Robin until his death in February 2016 at the age of 92.[3]


  1. "Article on Johnny Duncan's dance partner Genevieve Grazis". Robert White. 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  2. "Batman Really Begins: 'I Went From A Kid On The Farm To Robin'".
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2016-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Preceded by
Douglas Croft
Actors to portray Robin
Succeeded by
Burt Ward

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