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False Face
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General Information
Real name: Unidentified
Aliases: None Known
Portrayed by: Malachi Throne
Appearances: Batman (1960s series)


False Face was a villain and enemy of Batman in the Batman 1960s TV Series. He was portrayed by Malachi Throne.

HistoryEdit

No one knows False Face's true identity, for it was always covered behind an ugly plastic base mask. He was a cunning master of disguise who often baffled the police and the citizens of Gotham City. He first managed to steal the jeweled Mergenberg Crown and replace it with a fake one. False Face then planned to flood Gotham City with millions of dollars in counterfeit money so that no one could tell the difference between the real cash and the fake counterfeits.

Sometimes, False Face gave himself away with his disguises. One of these times was when he was disguised as Commissioner Gordon and held his handkerchief in his left hand while the real Commissioner always holds it in his right, a detail which Batman noticed.

He was eventually captured by the Dynamic Duo and was never seen on the show again.

Known AssociatesEdit

Just as Batman does not go at crime-fighting alone, False Face needed fellow partners in crime to assist him with his malicious schemes.

  • Blaze (portrayed by Myrna Fahey) - Trusted assistant in crime. Her disguises consisted of a wide variety of wig colors. She was apprehended by Batman and Robin when False Face was taken into custody. Thanks to the Bruce Wayne Rehabilitation Fund, Blaze was able to change her criminal ways and move to New Zealand, where she keeps the house of her brother.
  • Midget Henchman (portrayed by Billy Curtis) -
  • Fat Henchman (portrayed by Joe Brooks) -
  • Thin Henchman (portrayed by Chuck Fox) -

AppearancesEdit

Season 1


Trivia/NotesEdit

  • His first and only appearance in the Batman 1960s series was also based on his only appearance in a Batman comic book story in 1958.
  • Malachi Throne was offered considerably less than Myrna Fahey, who played Blaze, which led to him asking the producers to remove his name from the credits. Hence, instead of his name in the usual opening credits as "Special Guest Villain", a question mark appears in both the opening and closing titles of his first episode and the opening titles of his second. This led to much speculation as to who played False Face (including Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Peter Lawford). However, he is given a name check on the closing credits. Malachi said that the plastic mask was the reason that there were no more responses to this character.
  • False Face only appeared for one storyline. The character never returned as the False Face mask scared younger viewers.
  • False Face's appearances in Batman: The Brave and the Bold were based on this version of the character.
  • False Face has since made appearances in the DC Comics series Batman '66.

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