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Famous Fans Reflect on Adam West’s Death

Adam West died Friday night in Los Angeles at the age of 88. The actor, who famously played Batman in the 1960s series Batman, lost his brief battle with leukemia.

 

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fan’s lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family stated.

 

In recent years, West had become active in voice work. His dulcet tones graced Family Guy as the corrupt Major of Quahog since 2000. A man who was able to laugh at himself, he made guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory as well as The Simpsons. He returned to voicing the Caped Crusader in The New Adventures of Batman and Legends of the Superheroes.

 

The actor’s film appearances included 1959’s Young Philadelphians and 1964’s Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

 

When word of his death got out on Saturday, numerous stars, including Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Conan O’Brian, Seth McFarlane, Neil Gaiman, and Batman co-stars Burt Ward and Julie Newmar vocally celebrated West’s life.

 

Newmar referred to him as, “Exemplar… A knight to the end.”

 

Batman‘s Robin, Brian Ward expressed sorrow over losing his friend of over 50 years. “We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together,” he stated to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

In a tweet, McMarlane wrote: “Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend.”

 

And Affleck, the most recent thespian to helm the role of Batman, tweeted, “Adam West exemplified heroism… Thank you for showing us how it’s done.”

 

West, whose role as Batman limited his career in some ways, was clearly a hero to all who knew him. His legacy will continue on through the influence he had on others.

 

Celebrities: Remembering Adam West

Adam West, the tall, handsome actor who created a fan sensation during the 1960s when he portrayed Batman on television in a zany spoof series, passed away on June 9th after a brief battle with leukemia. The 88-year old star has continued working into his senior years.

 

Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam West graduated from Whitman College before carving out a career as a disc jockey, announcer and actor. His distinctive, deep voice and striking good looks helped bring him to the attention of advertising companies and casting agents. Soon he obtained roles in broadcast TV commercials. He also appeared in guest roles on several popular television shows, including a number of Westerns. His television performances eventually led to his selection to play the character of Batman in a humorous sitcom spoofing the exploits of the Caped Crusader. The role quickly propelled him into the national media spotlight.

 

Batman (1966-1968) developed a cult following during its brief prime time run, a phenomenon which continued during extensive re-runs. A number of stars appeared as memorable guest villains on the hit TV series, including popular comic Cesar Romero and actor Burgess Meredith. The popularity of the TV series may have contributed in some measure to the success of later Batman films.

 

The television parody generated a lot of media coverage in the United States; both Adam West and his co-star, Burt Ward, had to battle studio typecasting for years in the aftermath of the successful series. Adam West eventually appeared in several roles which paid homage to his early portrayal of Batman, even spoofing himself during guest voice roles on popular animated series. In addition to acting frequently in roles on a number of television programs and working as a narrator, the actor sometimes made celebrity appearances. When he finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April, 2012, he humorously alluded to the cult status of the original Batman television show by addressing the audience as “citizens of Gotham”.

 

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.

 

 

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