Burt Ward best known for his role as Dick Grayson/Robin on the 1966 Batman television show recently revealed that ABC had him take pills to reduce his… genitalia. Yes you read that right.
Fans of the 1960 campy television show Batman that ran for three seasons on ABC from 1966-1968 will instantly recognize Burt Ward as Robin who co-starred along side the late Adam West as Batman.
Burt Ward received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this past Thursday (January 9th 2020) and during his speech the actor revealed that ABC sent him to a doctor to make his genitalia (penis) look smaller while in his Robin costume.
The costume for Robin was bright and very snug and because of that Ward drew criticisms from the Catholic League of Decency. “They thought that Robin had a very large bulge for television. With Adam they put Turkish towels in his undershorts.” Ward said.
Ward would go on to explain that it became such an issue for ABC that the network sent him (Ward) to see a doctor who prescribed medication that Ward described as “to shrink me up.” The actor would then go on to explain that he stopped the medication after just a few days.
“I took them for three days and then I decided that they can probably keep me from having children. I stopped doing that and I just used my cape to cover it.”
Burt Ward made his debuted as Robin in January of 1966 and appeared in all 120 episodes over three seasons and the theatrically released feature film. Currently Ward and his wife run a dog rescue charity.
Both Burt Ward and Adam West in October of 2016 returned to the roles of Batman and Robin by lending their voices for the animated movie “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” celebrating the show’s 50th anniversary. “Batman vs. Two-Face” was released on October 10, 2017 as a sequel to “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders”. Adam West died before it was released; however, he did complete his voiceover work before passing away. Adam West died of leukemia on June 9, 2017.