When Liberace Battled Batman and Taught the Hulk How to Tickle the Ivories [Video]
We'll get to see Michael Douglas playing the piano as Liberace in HBO's May 26 movie "Behind the Candelabra" — and the Oscar winner does a fine, fine job of playing the over-the-top performer — but for those who may want to become a little more familiar with the handiwork of the real Liberace, here's a roundup of 10 choice videos of the superstar in action, acting, dancing, singing, and, of course, playing the piano.
Liberace Teaches Lou Ferrigno How to Play the Piano ... Sorta
Liberace met the Hulk — "The Incredible Hulk" star Lou Ferrigno — during a January 1980 episode of "The Mike Douglas Show" and gave the actor a brief lesson in piano playing ... and costuming for piano playing. Side note: Did they just slap green body makeup on Ferrigno for his TV series? Because he looks very Hulkian, even in his street clothes.
Liberace vs. Batman
In a pair of Season 2 episodes from the 1966-68 "Batman" TV series, Liberace guest-starred as a Gotham City villain — make that two villains. Not only was Liberace the flamboyant, piano-playing Chandell, but he also played Chandell's evil twin, the cigar-chomping Harry, in "The Devil's Fingers" and "The Dead Ringers." Harry was blackmailing his brother into some major bad-guy misdeeds, which they tried to carry out while Batman and Robin were on vacay. The episodes are really the height of guilty pleasure viewing, as the King of Camp was perfectly cast in the campy TV classic.