Remembering Adam West

On Friday Adam West, the US actor best known for the 1960s hit TV series Batman, died aged 88.

West died peacefully after a short but brave battle with leukaemia, a family spokesperson said.

His tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Batman and Bruce Wayne won a cult following and became an unexpected hit. The show run for three seasons and one movie.

Adam West and his co-star Burt Ward, who played Batman’s sidekick Robin, won widespread acclaim for their kitsch portrayal of the Dynamic Duo.

After the series ended, he did continue to appear in countless tv shows and films but found it hard to reach the success of Batman and was often type cast.

In 1990 he guest starred in an episode of The Flash (S1 E6) and five years later in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman (S2 E21).

He won a new generation of fans in 111 episodes of Seth MacFarlane’s animated show Family Guy. He voiced Quahog’s eccentric Mayor Adam West, a satirised version of himself.

Recently he appeared in The Big Bang Theory (S9 E17) and Powerless (S1 E1 & 11).

He also returned to the role of Batman in the straight to DVD animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and (soon to be released) Batman Vs Two-Face with old cast members and dear friends Burt Ward and Julie Newmar.

He was a regular guest at many sci-fi and comic book conventions over the world.

He is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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