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.

 

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