Adam West, the iconic actor best known for his 1960’s cult TV classic Batman, passed away Friday evening at his home in Los Angelas after a short battle with leukemia. He passed away at the age of 88 and was surrounded by his immediate family. He leaves behind a wife and six children.
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The West family recognized his death with a heartfelt farewell post on Facebook. “It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news…Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him,” they wrote in part.
Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, West began his acting career making appearances in numerous 1960’s shows including “Bonanza” and “Bewitched.” It wasn’t until he portrayed the playboy millionaire Bruce Wayne that his fame exploded overnight.
West had a memorable career as the caped crusader on television and was the first actor to bring the superhero to the big screen in “Batman: The Movie” in 1966.
Unfortunately, he seemed to be forever typecast as Batman once the show ended and found it almost impossible to find other roles on a regular basis. It wasn’t until he picked up a job voicing the mayor in Family Guy that he found the spotlight again.
Burt Ward, West’s co-star on the cult classic show who played Robin, made a statement upon hearing the news of his close friend’s death. “Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years,’ he said.
Even when he was out of the limelight, West was never forgotten by his fans as he regularly attended and was a part if panel discussions at Comic-Con. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2012 after years of being overlooked.
In an interview with Variety, West stated how heartwarming it was for his Batman to be remembered through five decades. He added that even though he never got another big role after Batman that he never regretted doing the ishow.
“I just think I’m the luckiest guy in the world, really. I am,” he told Variety. “I mean, how many people get a chance to create an iconic character and one that goes on?”
Fans everywhere will miss you, Batman.