Adam West, “Batman” Actor, Dies at 88

Adam West, the actor most famous for playing Batman in the 1960s show, has died at the age of 88. According to a representative, he died from leukemia.


He made his professional debut in Hollywood by appearing in 1959s “The Young Philadelphians,” which had starred Paul Newman. He played supporting roles in a variety of tv shows and movies including 1965s “The Outlaws is Coming,” the last movie to star the Three Stooges.


In 1966, he starred in “Batman,” which featured a campy and comic take on the character. The show was known for its outrageous villains and quickly became a hit. While West had enjoyed playing the character, he chafed against the affects playing Batman had on his later career. Since he had been pigeonholed as a goofy superhero, he had trouble getting other parts. He also disliked the increasingly dark take on the character that developed during the 70s and 80s.


West provided the voice for Batman in various cartoons like 1977s “The New Adventures of Batman” and “The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.” He later provided the voice for Mayor Grange in “The Batman” (2004-2008).


West had wanted to play Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie, but he was considered too old at 60 for the part. Burton had considered casting him as Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father instead.


In 1994, West wrote his autobiography, which was called “Back to the Batcave.” By now, West was considered a pop culture icon and appeared in several tv shows and movies. He played an aging action hero in some of these. In the 1990s show “Goosebumps,” he portrayed the Galloping Gazelle, a superhero on the brink of retirement.


West was married three times. His first two marriages soon ended in divorce, but his third marriage to Marcelle Lear lasted from 1970 to his death. He had two children by his second wife, two children by his third wife and two step-children by his third wife.

Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88



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