Adam West, TV's Batman, Dies at 88

Carla Harmon
June 19, 2017

In the statement released on Saturday, West's family said that the actor died Friday night after "a short but fearless battle with leukemia".

Following the news that West had passed on at age 88 after a brief battle with leukemia, reaction began to swell online with heartfelt tributes from fans, friends and anyone that's ever been snared in by the actor's unique charisma.

West played Batman in the 1966 series for three years - and reprised his role of Batman, or a parody of his role, on many series over the years.

The series epitomized the era's kitsch, with exclamations like "POW!" and "BAM!" written in pop-art script flashing across television screens nationwide.

But it was being cast in the 1960s Batman show (and its launch TV movie) that really put West on the map. "I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity".

"I will forever miss him", Ward told Variety. "He was and always will be our hero", his family said in a statement.

Burt Ward, who played Robin to West's caped crusader, also released a statement saying he was devastated by the loss of West, whom he considered a close friend.

Not everybody knows Adam West, but at the very least they'll know the catchy tune that made him famous: na na na na na na na na Batmannn! (He later recalled those lean years in the documentary Starring Adam West.) Ultimately, the greatest role West landed after hanging up his cape and cowl was as a variation of himself.

Younger fans got to know West for his voice work in several cartoons, particularly his recurring role as mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island, in Fox's irreverent series "Family Guy".

Born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928, in Seattle and raised on a wheat ranch in Walla Walla, Wash., West began his career as a disc jockey and television show host.

Adam West, whose real name was William West Anderson, was the actor who played the first #Batman.

His family included Marcelle, his third wife of 47 years, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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