ABC told ‘Batman’ actor Burt Ward to take pills to shrink penis

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ABC told ‘Batman’ actor Burt Ward to take pills to shrink penis

By Nicki Gostin

This article is a repost which originally appeared on Page Six

Burt Ward revealed how he fit into that Robin costume.

For baby boomers and classic TV fans, the name Burt Ward is instantly recognizable as the loyal and extremely excitable Robin on the campy “Batman” series which ran on ABC from 1966-1968. Just this week he happily unveiled a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which he called an “amazing experience.”

The Caped Crusaders costumes were bright and tight-fitting to say the least, so snug that Ward incurred the wrath of the Catholic League of Decency.

“They thought that Robin had a very large bulge for television,” Ward told Page Six, although he promises that it was all him, unlike Adam West who played Batman.

“With Adam they put Turkish towels in his undershorts,” he explained.

The problem grew so tumescent that the studio had Ward see a doctor who prescribed medication “to shrink me up.”

Thankfully Ward quit taking the pills almost immediately.

“I took them for three days and then I decided that they can probably keep me from having children,” he said. “I stopped doing that and I just used my cape to cover it.”

Despite starring in the number one rated show at the tender age of 20, Ward swears he didn’t spend his evenings getting hit on by ardent admirers.

“You must understand I never smoked, drank or did drugs so I never went to a bar in my entire life,” the Dynamic Duo member explained. “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.

“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.”

Despite not receiving any money from the TV show in decades, Ward is not bitter explaining that he was never in it for the money. Instead, he and third wife Tracy devote themselves to charity.

“My wife and I run the largest giant dog rescue charity in the world,” Ward says proudly. “15,500 dogs would be dead if it weren’t for my wife Tracy and I. At all times we have a minimum of fifty dogs at our house with us.

“We make our dog food,” he continued. “We’ve discovered a way to double and triple the lifespan of dogs. Our food is in all the stores across America. It’s called Gentle Giants and we don’t take a penny from it.”

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