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Burt Ward Of TV's 'Batman' Said The Network Made Him Take Pills To Shrink His Bulge

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Robin may have been a member of the Dynamic Duo, but he did have something else dynamic going on in his trunks.

Actor Burt Ward, known for playing Robin in the 1960s Batman TV show, was back in the public eye after being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week.


And while the 74-year-old father of two called the ceremony an "amazing experience," he revealed an interesting anecdote about the studio's reaction to his noticeable endowment while donning the Boy Wonder costume.

His well-endowed manhood protruding from the skin tight costume prompted the Catholic League of Decency to cry "Holy genitals, Robin!"

So they filed a complaint against the studios.

Ward told Page Six:

"They thought that Robin had a very large bulge for television."


Their solution to correct Ward's endowment was to send him to a doctor who prescribed him pills to shrink his penis.

Fortunately, his pill-popping regimen did not last long after realizing the prescription could produce unwanted side effects.

"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."

Where was RuPaul when Ward needed him to teach him how to tuck?

Surely the studios could have provided this as an alternative.

This user asked if there was an option for the reverse effect.

The series ran for three seasons on ABC from 1966-1968.

Even though Ward was 19 when he first auditioned for the role, he was not your typical young Hollywood actor.

"You must understand I never smoked, drank or did drugs so I never went to a bar in my entire life."
"It's not to say I didn't go out and have a good time but I never went out and did what you think Hollywood (celebrities) do."

Check out this video clip of a younger Ward auditioning for the show in 1965.

Burt Ward auditioning for ROBIN 1965 youtu.be

If he did not book the role of the Boy Wonder, Ward's intellect could have led him down a much different career path.

"I was a straight-A student at UCLA. In fact, the Dean at UCLA was upset with me when I left in my third year to do Robin because she said I should have been a nuclear physicist."
"I was in the top 3% in the United States in science and math."

Ward will forever be linked to Adam West, who played the series' eponymous hero and whose bulge was not as troublesome as Ward's.

He said:

"With Adam they put Turkish towels in his undershorts."

This is not the first time Ward touted his family jewels.

In his 1995 autobiography, Boy Wonder: My Life In Tights, Ward discussed other methods in an attempt to obscure his appendage that included wearing dance belts, jockstraps, testicle supports and padded underwear.

Batman: the Complete Series is available here.