Adam West passed away yesterday at the age of 88. West is probably best known for his role in the first live-action TV series based on DC Comics’ character Batman.
Adam West passed away surrounded by his friends and family in Los Angeles after a short battle with Leukaemia. He is survived by his wife Marcelle, his six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His family made a statement after West’s passing:
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.
Adam West started acting on TV back in the late 50’s, but became widely known for his title role of Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader in 1966’s TV series Batman. The series was different to the Batman we currently know, the show had a much lighter feel and was more colourful and bright than the comics and later adaptations, but was still hugely successful. However, the show’s success didn’t last and it was cancelled in 1968 after 3 seasons, 120 episodes and a made for TV movie.
He struggled to find steady work after Batman ended in 1968 and held mostly cameo roles in TV series and B-Movies. It wasn’t until the year 2000 and a role in Family Guy, in which he played a fictionalised version of himself, where he found new success and was introduced to a whole new generation of fans.
Adam West always had a love for Batman, over the years he attended conventions, voiced characters in Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In 2015, after some campaigning, he, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprised their roles in an animated film titled Batman: The Caped Crusader that was released for home media.
Adam West will always have a special place in our hearts for bringing Batman to life for the first time and we have never quite seen a portrayal like it since.
My sincerest sympathies goes out to his friends and family. May he Rest in Peace.