Will Burt's Appearance on Crisis on Infinite Earths Set a Record?

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Will Burt's Appearance on Crisis on Infinite Earths Set a Record?

Post by HoustonBatFan » Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:04 pm

Longest amount of time between a character's last appearance and most recent? Assuming he is playing Dick Grayson (and, come on, he's got to!), it would be 51 years since he last played the role in live action! Unless you count Legends of the Superheroes, which would make it 40 years. I think this is significant; right off the top I cannot think of any examples of this kind that were longer.

Some context:

Leonard Nimoy as Spock: 18 years between The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek 2009
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones: 19 years between The Last Crusade and KOTCS
Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa: 32 years between ROTJ and TFA
Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago: 33 years between Rocky IV and Creed II
Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian: 36 years between ROTJ and TROS

What do you think? Can Burt's stretch of time be topped? ;)

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Re: Will Burt's Appearance on Crisis on Infinite Earths Set a Record?

Post by tenderheart bear » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:36 pm

Kyle Richards played Lindsay Wallace in Halloween (1978) and will reprise the role next year in Halloween Kills so that's 42 years.

As Burt played Robin/Dick Grayson in Legend of the Superheroes (as you said) then that's 2 years less.

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Re: Will Burt's Appearance on Crisis on Infinite Earths Set a Record?

Post by HoustonBatFan » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:53 pm

Interesting. Good info. Dang, Burt, you had to go and do Legends! ;)

I suppose if we were to frame it differently - timespan from first appearance to most recent, the numbers would again skew in Burt's favor. 1966 - 2019 = 53 years. That one's pretty hard to top, though Nimoy would come close. If you count the start of production on The Cage in 1964, he played Spock over a span of 49 years, until Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Re: Will Burt's Appearance on Crisis on Infinite Earths Set a Record?

Post by chrisbcritter » Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:29 am

Longest I could think of (first to most recent) was Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow playing Beaver and Wally Cleaver on a MeTV promo that first appeared in 2017 - 60 years as those characters (exactly twice as long as Anthony Perkins first and last played Norman Bates!).

Next after Nimoy would probably be the six cast members of The Dick Van Dyke Show who reprised their roles in the 2004 TV-movie The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited - 43 years.

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Re: Will Burt's Appearance on Crisis on Infinite Earths Set a Record?

Post by floatinjoe » Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:40 am

Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow reprised their roles in the 1983 series "The New Leave It to Beaver". It ran for four seasons.

One of my favorites has always been Paul Newman in "The Hustler" (1961) and "The Color of Money (1986) at 25 years.

Tom Cruise will have a long stretch when Top Gun II is finally released too.

And in terms of a timespan of appearances... My favorite is Desmond Llewelyn as "Q" starting in 1963 in "From Russia with Love" and ending in 1999 with "The World is Not Enough". He played the part every few years without any major gaps.

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Re: Will Burt's Appearance on Crisis on Infinite Earths Set a Record?

Post by HoustonBatFan » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:12 am

Well, Burt's role played out exactly how I thought it would - a cameo with him shouting a "holy!" Nice to see him, but a missed opportunity. I understand they have to dedicate the majority of the show to the current characters, but I was hopeful he'd make it into at least 2 or 3 scenes, possibly as the chairman of the board of Wayne Enterprises. Would have been so cool to get a glimpse of the Batcave with the '66 costume & Batmobile on display. Not so. It's online for anyone who wants to see it.

I also found myself scratching my head over the appearance of Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox. He's reading a newspaper stating that Batman has captured the Joker. When did that happen? And wouldn't this be Earth-89 30 years later, with the Joker long dead? A rumor had suggested that the newspaper headline would be about Bruce & Selina getting married. That would have been more satisfying.

Oh well. Here's hoping Brandon Routh as Superman has something useful to do!

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