WHO: Honoree: Burt Ward
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Rana Ghadban
Guest Speakers: TBA
WHAT: Dedication of the 2,683rd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
in the Category of Television
WHERE: 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Guinness World of Records Museum WHEN: Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. PDT
The event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Burt Ward, who played Robin on the Batman television series, will be honored with the 2,683rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, January 9, 2020. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Guinness World of Records Museum.
“Burt Ward and his character Robin have been cult heroes for many years, to fans of all ages. We are thrilled to honor Burt with his star and happy to have been able toplace Ward’s star next to the star of television’s Batman, Adam West and one the creators of the Batman character Bob Kane. We welcome him to our Walk of Fame family, and I cannot wait to say “Holy Walk of Fame star, Burt! when he arrives to dedicate his star that day,” added Martinez.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.
Burt Ward had all the makings of a true boy wonder: At the age of two, he was the youngest professional ice skater in the world and was featured in "Strange As It Seems," a predecessor to the Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" and to "The Guinness Book Of World Records.”With the help of his father, a prominent real estate broker in Beverly Hills, CA, Burt became one of the youngest real estate agents in California, and met producer, Saul David, who arranged for him to sign with a Hollywood agent. His first interview was set up at 20thCentury Fox Studios, and a few weeks later, Burt was called back for a screen test with Adam West.
It wasn’t until six weeks after the screen test that Burt learned that he had won the coveted role of Robin, the Boy Wonder in the new “Batman” TV series for ABC-TV. Executive Producer, William Dozier, told Burt that he was chosen out of more than 1,100 other young actors trying out for the role of Robin because the producers believed that "If there really was a real 'Robin, The Boy Wonder,' then Burt would be it," so they requested him to "just be himself and be enthusiastic." As a result, all of the mannerisms you see Robin doing like punching his fist into his palm, jumping over the door in and out of the Batmobile, and all the unique Robin traits of the character that were not scripted, were created by Burt himself as his contribution to the legendary role of the Robin character. He was everything they wanted. All he had to do was just be himself.
And Batman Was an Overnight Sensation! The Ratings soared and audiences fell in love the dynamic duo of West and Ward. In fact, Burt Ward and Adam West continued to do movies, TV shows and appearances, individually and together, until Adam's death, and had a lifetime of more than 50 years of friendship working together and have even been submitted to the Guinness Book of World records in 2017 as the only two actors who have worked together for more than 50 years. Burt has also been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records as the actor who has played "Robin, the Boy Wonder" most onscreen in all forms of media; including TV, Movies, Animated Features, TV Animated Series, Radio performances, and more. In 2016, Burt Ward's and Adam West's new animated feature film, "Batman: Return of The Caped Crusaders" was released in theaters as well as on Blu-Ray and DVD and was reviewed and acknowledged to be the best Animated Superhero Movie of the year for 2016.
Outside of his time as a “Caped Crusader”, Burt and his wife Tracy have made names for themselves as “Canine Crusaders” in founding Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions. Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Norco, CA, Gentle Giants is a non-profit charity created by Burt and Tracy. The charity has rescued and adopted more than 15,500 giant breed, medium breed, and small breed dogs, along with unique combinations, during their 25 years of operation. All of the dogs are socialized, behaviorally trained, and live communally together in their home. Gentle Giants is the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world and rescues and finds homes for 45 different dog breeds, ranging from 2 lbs. to 300 lbs.
Burt and Tracy have also created a special dog and puppy food and a Special Feeding and Care Program to help all dogs live the longest, healthiest, happiest lives possible. Dogs eating Gentle Giants Dog and Puppy Food and following Gentle Giants Special Feeding and Care Program are living as long as 27 healthy, active years with a wonderful quality of life. Burt and Tracy consider it their charity and their 'Life’s Cause', take no salary from the sales of their dog food, and have dedicated their lives to researching and formulating the best feeding, care and wellness programs to help all dogs and precious pets. Inventor's Digest Magazine's article; "Here's To Faithful Sidekicks - Longer, Quality Lives for Dogs is the Passion Behind Burt Ward's Gentle Giants" is about How "Burt Ward has gone to the dogs - but in a remarkably inspirational and unselfish way." You can learn more about how Burt and Tracy are saving lives and helping Canine Kids live long, healthy, active lives at their website - www.GentleGiantsDogFood.com.
In addition to Gentle Giants, Burt and Tracy also formed 'Burt Ward's and Tracy Ward's Superheroes to The Rescue, Inc.’ which encourages and empowers each and every one of us to use our own special abilities and 'Super Powers' to help each other, to help animals, and to help the world.
In the afternoon of Thursday, January 9, 2020, The First Annual Burt Ward Batman '66 Global Batusi For World Peace Day will take place in the afternoon of Thursday, January 9, 2019. Burt Ward, Robin, The Caped Crusader and The Canine Crusader is calling the whole world to unite and celebrate and dance the Batusi together in honor of and in tribute to all of the Heroes and Villains of Batman past and present and to help all our precious pets live the longest, healthiest, happiest lives possible as we celebrate the sanctity of life for all living beings. In a world gone crazy, lets leave everyday worries and stresses behind as we Dance together for Peace and say “Holy Wow” with Burt Ward Robin The Boy Wonder. The First Annual "Superheroes To The Rescue Awards' will be to awarded to real life Superheros at this event.
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