Adam West, who played 1960s-era Batman, dies at 88

Carla Harmon
June 10, 2017

As successful as Batman was, West had a conflicted relationship with the character shortly after the series and film were over, as do many actors who come to be known for one iconic role.

West, born William West Anderson, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Los Angeles on Friday night (09Jun17) following a short battle with leukaemia, his representative confirmed.

West is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children and five grandchildren.

His family said in a statement: "Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero", it reads.

West's Batman had a cordial gentlemanliness, and forever played the straight man even when facing such weird villains as Ethel Merman's Lola Lasagne.

The West family on Saturday issued a statement on Twitter. He also continued to play Batman in various TV shows and movies throughout his career. We'll miss him like insane. He had a bit of a career resurgence when he voiced the mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island on Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy.

Both West and Lyle Waggoner were considered for the part of Batman before West was cast, playing alongside Burt Ward as his sidekick Robin.

West would return to the cape and cowl on numerous occasions, lending is voice to Batman in a host of animated shows, as well as donning the Batsuit once again in 1979 for the TV special Legends of the Superheroes. "You have no idea how much I appreciate this".

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