Olan Soule

Show Count: 66
Series Count: 8
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: February 28, 1909, La Harpe, Hancock County Illinois, USA
Died: February 1, 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA

Olan Soule (February 28, 1909 – February 1, 1994) was an American character actor with hundreds of credits in films, radio, commercials, television and animation, most notably as the primary television animation voice of Batman from 1968 to 1984.

Early life

Born in La Harpe in Hancock County in western Illinois to Elbert and Ann Williams Soule (descendants of three Mayflower passengers), Olan left Illinois at the age of seven and arrived in Des Moines, Iowa, where he lived until he was seventeen. He then launched his theatrical career by joining Jack Brooks' tent show in Sabula in Jackson County in eastern Iowa.



After leaving the tent show, Soule appeared on stage in Chicago for seven years before moving to radio in 1933, including a stint on Chandu the Magician (1935–36). On radio he performed for eleven years in the daytime soap opera Bachelor's Children. Beginning in 1943, he did lead male characters on radio's famed The First Nighter Program for nine years. Listeners of First Nighter who met Soule in person were often surprised, since his slight 135-pound frame did not seem to match the voices he gave to his characters. From 1941 on, Soule had the role of L. William Kelly, SS-11, the second in command of the Secret Squadron on the Captain Midnight radio adventure serial. When Captain Midnight became a television series in the 1950's, Soule was known as SQ-3, behind Captain Midnight himself and Ichabod Mudd "with two D's". He also has a regular part on Lee Hansen's 1970's and 1980s science fiction radio drama Alien Worlds.


Concluding his nine-year run on First Nighter, Soule moved to Hollywood, where he did films and television, building a reputation as a reliable character actor. He appeared on many television series: The Donald O'Connor Show (as a semi-regular), Captain Midnight (as scientist Aristotle "Tut" Jones), I Love Lucy, several appearances on The Andy Griffith Show, and a semi-regular role as real-life LAPD criminalist Ray Pinker on Dragnet (the character became "Ray Murray" in the 1967 revival). He also made six appearances on Perry Mason, mostly as a court clerk, but also as a bank employee and water company official.

Other guest-starring roles were endless: The Real McCoys, Mister Ed, City Detective, Behind Closed Doors, Dante, Harrigan and Son, Hennesey, State Trooper, One Step Beyond, The Restless Gun, The Rebel, Wanted: Dead Or Alive, The Twilight Zone, in the episode "The Man in the Bottle", Bewitched, Pete and Gladys, The Addams Family, The Munsters, Johnny Ringo, Gunsmoke,Happy, Bonanza, The Jean Arthur Show, Laramie, The Monkees, Mission: Impossible, The Six Million Dollar Man, Fantasy Island, Little House on the Prairie, Dallas and Simon & Simon. He was the only actor who performed on both the Captain Midnight radio and television shows.


Soule is remembered by many for providing the voice of Batman in several animated series. He first performed as the Caped Crusader on the 1968 Filmation-produced The Batman/Superman Hour. He reprised his role as Batman on The Adventures of Batman, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Sesame Street (1970), Super Friends (1973), The All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the SuperFriends, The World's Greatest Super Friends and Super Friends (1980). He appeared as a newscaster on the live-action Batman television series (in "The Pharaoh's in a Rut") with hisSuper Friends successor Adam West. Although Soule eventually gave the Batman mantle to the man who portrayed him in live-action, he continued to contribute in the Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show series, providing the voice of Professor Martin Stein, mentor and subconscious of fledgling hero Firestorm.


On February 1, 1994, Soule died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California. He was 84 years old. His interment was at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.

Source: Wikipedia

Captain MidnightCaptain Midnight
Show Count: 117
Broadcast History: 17 October 1939 to 27 March 1940, 30 September 1940 to 3 July 1942, 28 September 1942 to 17 June 1949 and 20 September to 15 December 1949
Cast: Art Hern, Bill Bouchey, Ed Prentiss, Paul Barnes, Shirley Bell, Billy Rose, Jack Bivens, John Coons, Boris Aplon, Rene Rodier, Sharon Grainger, Olan Soule, Angeline Orr, Marilou Neumayer, Sherman Marks
Chandu The MagicianChandu The Magician
Show Count: 295
Broadcast History: 10th October 1932 to 6th September 1950
Cast: Tom Collins, Gayne Whitman, Margaret MacDonald, Bob Bixby, Betty Webb, Howard Hoffman, Cornelia Osgood, Olan Soule, Audrey McGrath, Irene Tedrow, Lee Millar, Joy Terry, Veola Vonn, Luis Van Rooten
Director: Cyril Armbrister
Chandu the Magician, one of the longest running radio adventure serials, was heard on several different networks and aired in two distinctly different series, one in the 1930s and a revival 12 years later in the 1940s and 1950s. The series was created by Harry A. Earnshaw (1878–1953) and Raymond R. Morgan.
Curtain TimeCurtain Time
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History: 22 July 1938 to 31 March 1939, 4 July 1945 to 27 June 1946, and 13 July 1946 to 29 March 1950
Sponsor: Kix Cereal
Cast: Olan Soule, Betty Lou Gerson, Louise Fitch, Harry Elders, Nannette Sargent, Betty Winkler, George Cisar, Beryl Vaughn, Sunda Love, Sidney Ellstrom, Maurice Copeland, Michael Romano
Director: Harry Holcomb, Blair Walliser
Host: Patrick Allen
Grand MarqueeGrand Marquee
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 9 July 1946 to 25 September 1947
Cast: Jim Ameche, Beryl Vaughn, Olan Soule
Director: Norman Felton
Producer: Norman Felton
Have Gun Will TravelHave Gun Will Travel
Show Count: 106
Broadcast History: 23 November 1958 to 27 November 1960
Cast: Ben Wright, John Dehner, Olan Soule, Jack Moyles, Virginia Gregg, Lynn Allen, Russell Arms
Director: Frank Paris
Producer: Frank Paris
Broadcast: January 13, 1953
Added: May 02 2014
Broadcast: 1st January 1939
Starring: Olan Soule
Added: Jun 07 2003
Broadcast: 4th March 1948
Added: Mar 17 2006
Broadcast: 30th October 1956
Added: Oct 30 2010
Broadcast: 6th December 1955
Added: Jan 29 2011
Broadcast: 29th March 1944
Added: May 13 2006
Broadcast: 5th February 1948
Added: Feb 05 2005
Broadcast: 1st May 1960
Added: Apr 03 2012
Broadcast: 14th May 1939
Starring: Olan Soule
Added: Jul 26 2003
Broadcast: May 24, 1953
Added: Nov 27 2021
Broadcast: September 27, 1954
Added: Nov 02 2010
Broadcast: 31st May 1944
Added: Oct 08 2010
Broadcast: 27th May 1948
Added: May 26 2009
Broadcast: 8th January 1948
Added: Jan 08 2005
Broadcast: 1st September 1953
Added: Sep 28 2007
Broadcast: 5th February 1939
Starring: Olan Soule
Added: Jul 12 2003
Broadcast: 8th January 1939
Starring: Olan Soule
Added: Jun 14 2003
Broadcast: 12th March 1939
Starring: Olan Soule
Added: Jul 19 2003
Broadcast: 12th February 1948
Starring: Olan Soule
Added: Feb 14 2002
Broadcast: 22nd January 1948
Added: Mar 03 2006
Broadcast: 10th March 1949
Starring: Olan Soule
Added: Dec 18 2011
Broadcast: 25th October 1947
Added: Oct 24 2006
Broadcast: 19th February 1948
Added: Mar 10 2006
Broadcast: 11th October 1944
Added: Oct 10 2006
Broadcast: 17th June 1948
Added: Mar 31 2006
Broadcast: 1st January 1948
Added: Jan 03 2005
Broadcast: 24th April 1960
Added: Apr 16 2012
Broadcast: 11th March 1948
Added: Mar 11 2005
Broadcast: 15th September 1951
Added: Jul 30 2007
Broadcast: 20th July 1952
Added: Aug 14 2011
Broadcast: May 24, 1944
Added: Apr 21 2022
Broadcast: 6th May 1948
Added: Mar 24 2006
Broadcast: 18th October 1947
Added: Oct 17 2006
Broadcast: 29th January 1948
Added: Jan 29 2005