What Happened To All The Actors Who've Played The Joker?

  • Published: 05 October 2019
  • Snagging a role like the Joker is something that can make or break your career. It's a daunting task and easy to mess up. But what happens after you wash all the green dye out of your hair? From Cesar Romero to Joaquin Phoenix, here's where all the actors who've played the Joker are today.

    Cesar Romero stepped foot in Hollywood In 1934. The self-proclaimed "Latin from Manhattan" was known as a professional dancer, and though he would've excelled as a leading man, most of his major roles were supporting parts. He was cast as the Joker in the cheesy 1966 Adam West Batman series, marking him as the first actor to ever put on the character's purple tuxedo.

    Romero refused to shave his famous mustache for the role, so the crew simply had to slather the lip hairs with white makeup, thereby creating the good ol' "can you spot the Joker's facial hair?" drinking game. Hey, he did have a great mustache.

    But don't confuse Romero's protectiveness of his facial hair with primadonna behavior. He loved camping it up as the Joker, and reportedly wasn't a fan of how later interpretations took the character in a darker direction.

    By all accounts, Romero lived a long, fulfilling life, passing away in 1994 at the age of 86.

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    Cesar Romero set the tone | 0:16
    Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier | 1:15
    The Force is strong with this one | 2:18
    The OnStar Joker | 3:20
    Two actors, one clown | 4:12
    Andrew Koenig's Joker | 5:10
    Kevin Michael Richardson's new take | 6:00
    Blast from the past | 7:09
    Heath Ledger made his mark | 7:58
    Bender tells jokes | 8:54
    A dark Joker for a Dark Knight | 9:48
    The proto-Joker and his twin | 10:44
    Troy Baker takes over | 11:40
    Leto Joker | 12:12
    LEGO Joker | 12:57
    Joaquin Phoenix rising | 13:51
    A jumble of Jokers | 14:49
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Comments • 1 615

  • Grunge
    Grunge   2 weeks back

    Which Joker is your favorite?

    • AJ!
      AJ!  3 hours back

      Definitely not Jared Leto

    • Everyone in the Comments
      Everyone in the Comments  6 hours back

      The only thing Leto's character had relatable to the Joker was his hair, and relationship to Harley. That portrayal was soo far off I can't even accept he was supposed to be that character. Seriously, how the hell can anyone say he was the best, much less even a decent portrayal? Granted, perhaps that was largly impacted by the script, but come on, there was NOTHING good about it. He just looked like a dime store drug lord with Septiceye hair. Ledger was the best, though Jack had the best face for the role, much like how Keaton's face fit the cowl. Haven't seen Phoenix's yet, but some of the compliments I hear about it are peaking my interest in that film. I won't discount his without a fair shake. Gotham's original character before the pitiful plot twist was pretty damn good, but I still preferred Ledger's. Man was a master of his craft, and portrayed the right amount of crazy and ferocity, while exhuding wit and cunning with his eyes, timing and confidence. Maybe not the 'most true' to comics and its softened tones, or the campy nature of the original series, but by far the most captivating hands down. Heath's was how the Joker should of been, had they the same liberties back then. That's the only reason the original series and comics versions seem any less dark. They weren't allowed to get dark enough back then. As to Leto... Hell, Harley was more of a Suicide Squad attraction than Leto's joke of a villian.. That speaks volumes imo. So to summarize, Heath #1... Absolute worst, Leto, thus far.

    • Kenneth Finch
      Kenneth Finch  10 hours back

      Heath Ledger

    • Droztube
      Droztube  11 hours back

      Mark Hamill is the best joker. Has a ton of different laughs based on what the joker is laughing about.

    • Hakai
      Hakai  13 hours back

      Mark Hamill

  • meme Zy
    meme Zy  2 hours back

    1:45 JOKER looks PENNYWISE HERE!!!

    • Spitfirethedragon
      Spitfirethedragon  2 hours back

      Nobody could never replace Romero as the Joker. He was the best at what he have been in.

      • Verne Fits
        Verne Fits  3 hours back

        letto joker sucks

        • albertwesker1998
          albertwesker1998  4 hours back

          Thank you for saying Health’s overdose was accidental!!!! I can’t thank you enough. I’m tired of people painting him as a drug addict. Not all overdoses are from addictions or drugs like heroin. Hell, I almost died once from a dumb doctor putting me on prescriptions that contradicted with each other, it happens!

          • Llib Mukred
            Llib Mukred  6 hours back

            I think Jack Nicholson's Joker is the best.

            • Micheal Williams
              Micheal Williams  6 hours back

              Heath ledger by far had the best joker performance

              • Darkeklaw
                Darkeklaw  6 hours back

                Hamill couldn't do the visuals in Birds of Prey because people would have wondered why the Prankster From the Flash (Both versions) was dressing up like the Joker. :)

                • The Tabbies
                  The Tabbies  6 hours back

                  Mark’s joker was best.

                  • Sarreq Teryx
                    Sarreq Teryx  7 hours back

                    When "The Batman" started, I almost thought Kevin Michael Richard was Mark Hamill at first, doing a heavily tweaked version of his.

                    • Akili Preston
                      Akili Preston  9 hours back

                      This new joker is about to suck

                      • Akili Preston
                        Akili Preston  9 hours back

                        I fuck wit letos joker

                        • Akili Preston
                          Akili Preston  9 hours back

                          Omg I wanna cry ledger was the best ever hands down

                          • Akili Preston
                            Akili Preston  9 hours back

                            Romero's was the worst to me

                            • HiredGun 05
                              HiredGun 05  9 hours back

                              And you really, really, really need to include Dylan Hobbs, who played the Joker in the fan made film Joker Rising.
                              His performance is so good by the end of the movie it's very hard to tell that you're not looking at the Heath Ledger Joker.
                              In The Dark Knight the Joker gives three or four different versions on how he got his scars. Joker Rising gives a definite account of this, and I now consider this to be canon to the story continued in The Dark Knight, as this story leaves off in a place where the Dark Knight Joker can easily take up and keep right on moving.
                              Please check this out. I believe it is good enough to include in this list.

                              • Samantha Cipriani
                                Samantha Cipriani  10 hours back

                                what about the Jim Carry Joker ?

                                • Tyler Larkey
                                  Tyler Larkey  10 hours back

                                  Anyone know the song used in this video's intro?

                                  • *jęřømê* bųřïëļ
                                    *jęřømê* bųřïëļ  11 hours back

                                    Well they act like joker
                                    Its obvious.

                                    • Corsa15DT
                                      Corsa15DT  11 hours back

                                      Jared rules

                                      • Jacob Camacho
                                        Jacob Camacho  13 hours back

                                        Who tf is the joker in the thumbnail

                                        • Khristina Mantei
                                          Khristina Mantei  13 hours back

                                          R.I.P. to all the men that have died after Joker

                                          • Ron Devon
                                            Ron Devon  14 hours back

                                            I thought Joaquin's performance was absolutely brilliant, Oscar worthy, but for 95% of the film he was not the Joker. He was Arthur Fleck descending into madness. Heath Ledger was the Joker, start to finish. He will always be number one on my list.

                                            • Enite
                                              Enite  14 hours back

                                              NO PATIENT J JOKER???

                                              • Sean Dreibelbis
                                                Sean Dreibelbis  15 hours back

                                                Will always believe the perfect Joker would be the look of Romero, voice of Hamill and attitude of Ledger.

                                                • Sayan Dutta
                                                  Sayan Dutta  15 hours back

                                                  Of Course ⭐️ HEATH LEDGER is the one and only LEGEND( JOKER )⭐️R.I.P. 😭😭😩😩

                                                  • Just Jack
                                                    Just Jack  15 hours back

                                                    Robin Williams as the joker holy shit I would of loved to of seen that

                                                    • Micah Wooten
                                                      Micah Wooten  16 hours back

                                                      Lol Phoenix lost 15 pounds, not 52

                                                      • REGGAETONERO
                                                        REGGAETONERO  16 hours back

                                                        while others played joker
                                                        leto boi played a joke

                                                        • Creepy TeeBee
                                                          Creepy TeeBee  16 hours back

                                                          3:30 *BATMANS ASS*
                                                          3:32 *BATMANS CROTCH*

                                                          *Thank me later*

                                                          • TwEeK0
                                                            TwEeK0  16 hours back

                                                            Who played in dark night?

                                                            • sherolled 27
                                                              sherolled 27  17 hours back

                                                              The worst after effect of them all, Phoenix becomes a VEGAN!!!!!

                                                              • Car Fli
                                                                Car Fli  18 hours back

                                                                I saw the "Joker" movie yesterday and was a bit disappointed,
                                                                After all this hype I was expecting way more.
                                                                Yes Phoenix played him very well but didn't even come close to Heath Ledgers Joker.
                                                                The movie was boring at times.
                                                                Nothing much happened.

                                                                • Xd IAmAVictim
                                                                  Xd IAmAVictim  18 hours back

                                                                  Jokers: *falls on acid*

                                                                  Joker 2019: *falls on society*

                                                                  • AJ!
                                                                    AJ!  3 hours back

                                                                    Oh I haven't seen this comment for 204th times.

                                                                • Alan Przyczyna
                                                                  Alan Przyczyna  19 hours back

                                                                  Why does everyone forget that Mark Hamill also voiced Joker in Batman Arkham series...
                                                                  And he was amazing!

                                                                  • The TechieGames
                                                                    The TechieGames  19 hours back

                                                                    Phoenix clarified it, he lost 15LBS.

                                                                    • GodDoge MC
                                                                      GodDoge MC  19 hours back

                                                                      I had no idea cayden james from arrow was Joker and in jigsaw even i watched both

                                                                      • 321 Go!!!!
                                                                        321 Go!!!!  22 hours back

                                                                        Yeet a chicken

                                                                        • JoJoBean
                                                                          JoJoBean  22 hours back

                                                                          John Damgio plays Jake in Adventure Time, I can't believe you skipped over this. I mean the clip you used was from an Adventure Time conference.

                                                                          • CodenameSKYE
                                                                            CodenameSKYE  1 days back

                                                                            Commenting on the clip
                                                                            I watched Batman: Under the Red Hood yesterday
                                                                            And I recognized Joker's voice
                                                                            and now I know why!!

                                                                            • Asparoth
                                                                              Asparoth  1 days back

                                                                              Jared Leto was a more realistic joker than Heath Ledger. Heath wasn't the joker, and that batman trilogy wasn't representative of Batman
                                                                              The best Joker, however, is Gotham's joker. Cameron Monagham is the best joker, and it's the best origin story so far. It's a shame they don't go with him for the movies.

                                                                              • Emily O'Leary
                                                                                Emily O'Leary  1 days back

                                                                                Mark and Heath are definitely my favourites, but I loved Cameron's portrayals of the joker

                                                                                • BIGDAWG 91331
                                                                                  BIGDAWG 91331  1 days back

                                                                                  Leto was shit

                                                                                  • Tony Torres
                                                                                    Tony Torres  1 days back

                                                                                    Batman:Dead End wasn't silly and the decision of him fighting the predator and alien is based on a comic storyline.

                                                                                    • Wild Side
                                                                                      Wild Side  1 days back

                                                                                      Mark Hamill also played the trickster in both the Wesley Shipp Flash in the 90s and in the CW flash.

                                                                                      • Jul
                                                                                        Jul  1 days back

                                                                                        cameron and leto are trash

                                                                                        • Kian Agheli
                                                                                          Kian Agheli  1 days back

                                                                                          batman ninja joker?

                                                                                          • Pulsar Stargrave
                                                                                            Pulsar Stargrave  1 days back

                                                                                            Didja mention LENNIE WEINRIB from THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN in the Mid 70S? I thought his Joker had a cool voice! https://youtu.be/Cn22dYtQvbI

                                                                                            • Luis Pavon
                                                                                              Luis Pavon  1 days back

                                                                                              When I saw the title of the video the answer was obvious, they are all making fun of Jared Leto.

                                                                                              Joker laugh : HAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHA HAHAAAA HAA HA!!

                                                                                              • xunk16
                                                                                                xunk16  1 days back

                                                                                                That was a pretty good joke! XD