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Adam West, Star of IconicBatman TV Show, Dies at 88

After the series ended, West made a name for himself as a voice actor.

JUNE 10, 2017 11:37 AM

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 06: Actor Adam West attends the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Press Room at New York Comic-Con – Day 1 at Jacob Javits Center on October 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Adam West, the gray-stockinged star of the 1960s Batman TV show, has died at the age of 88.

“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,” his family said in a statement. West died peacefully in his home Friday night after a battle with leukemia, and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

West first caught the eye of the Batman show’s producer after he appeared as a different kind of caped crusader in a series of commercials for Nestle’s Quik.

“You can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed, he’s strange,” West later told theArchive of American Television. He and his co-star Burt Ward added a manic, hilarious energy to the Batman and Robin characters on Batman, which ran for three seasons from 1966 to 1968. The show championed such noble causes as drinking milk, eating your vegetables, and always wearing a seatbelt.

After Batman was cancelled, West struggled to find more onscreen work, making several guest appearances on television but never finding another role as high-profile as the one that had made him famous. Reportedly, he wasdisappointed when Tim Burton did not tap him to reprise the character in 1989’s Batman. He eventually settled comfortably into a second career as a voice actor after accepting a job to voice the mayer of Quahog on Family Guy—a character also named Adam West.

“The only thing I thought is that it would be the end of me, and it was for a bit,” he said during an appearance at Comic-Con in 2014, where he discussed the end ofBatman. “But then I realized that what we created in the show. . . we created this zany, lovable world.

“I look around and I see the adults—I see you grew up with me, and you believe in the adventure. I never believed this would happen, that I would be up here with illustrious people like yourselves. I’m so grateful! I’m the luckiest actor in the world, folks, to have you still hanging around.”


Adam West

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Adam West
Adam West by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg

West speaking at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon
Born William West Anderson
September 19, 1928
Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.
Died June 9, 2017 (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Leukemia
Alma mater Whitman College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1954–2017
Known for Batman, Mayor West, Catman
Television Batman, Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Fairly OddParents
  • Billie Lou Yeager (m. 1950;div. 1956)
  • Frisbie Dawson (m. 1957;div. 1962)
  • Marcelle Tagand Lear (m. 1970;d. 2017)
Children 6
Website adamwest.com

William West Anderson[1] (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017), commonly known as Adam West, was an American actor whose career spanned seven decades. He was best known for his portrayal of the title role in the 1960s ABCseries Batman and its theatrical feature film.

His acting career began in films in 1959. He played opposite Chuck Connors inGeronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). He also appeared in the science-fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), opposite Paul Mantee, and did voice work on The Fairly OddParents, The Simpsons and Family Guy (playing fictional versions of himself in all three) and also Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

Early life

West was born on September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington,[2] to Otto West Anderson (January 25, 1903 – October 9, 1984)[3][4] and Audrey V. Speer (1906–69).[5] He was of Swedish descent from his father, and English, with small amounts of Welsh, German, Irish, and remote Scottish from his mother.[6][7][8][9] His father was a farmer; his mother was an opera singer and concert pianist who was forced to abandon her own Hollywood dreams to care for her family.[10] Following her example, West stated to his father as a youth that he intended after school to go to Hollywood. He moved to Seattle when he was 15 with his mother following his parents’ divorce.[11]

West attended Walla Walla High School during his freshman and sophomore years, and later enrolled in Lakeside School in Seattle. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in literature and a minor in psychology from Whitman College[12] in Walla Walla, where he was a member of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He also participated on the speech and debate team. Drafted into the United States Army, he served as an announcer on American Forces Networktelevision. After his discharge, he worked as a milkman before moving to Hawaii to pursue television.[10]


Early roles

While in Hawaii, West was picked for a role as the sidekick on a children’s show called El Kini Popo Show, which featured a chimp. West later took over as star of the show.[citation needed] In 1959, West moved with his wife and two children to Hollywood,[10] where he took the stage name Adam West. In his autobiography Back to the Batcave, he explains he chose ‘Adam’ simply because he liked the way it looked and sounded with ‘West’, his middle name.

He appeared in the film The Young Philadelphians including Paul Newman, and guest-starred in a number of televisionWesterns. On three Warner Bros. Westerns aired on ABC, Sugarfoot, Colt .45, and Lawman, West played the role of Doc Holliday, the frontier dentist and gunfighter. He portrayed Wild Bill Hickok in the episode “Westbound Stage” of the 1960NBC Western series Overland Trail, with William Bendix and Doug McClure.

He guest-starred on Edmond O’Brien‘s syndicated crime drama Johnny Midnight, and soon snagged a supporting role as police sergeant Steve Nelson in the crime drama, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor. He made a few guest appearances on Perry Mason in the early 1960s and appeared once on Walter Brennan‘s sitcom, The Real McCoys.

On January 10, 1961, West appeared as a young, ambitious deputy who foolishly confronts a gunfighter named Clay Jackson, portrayed by Jock Mahoney, in the episode “The Man from Kansas” of the NBC Western seriesLaramie.[citation needed]

West made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1961 and 1962. His first role was as small-town journalist Dan Southern in “The Case of the Barefaced Witness”. His other role was as folk singer Pete Norland in “The Case of the Bogus Books”.

West starred in an episode of the ABC Outer Limits series titled “The Invisible Enemy“. He made a brief appearance in the film Soldier in the Rain starring Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen, and starred as Major Dan McCready, the ill-fated mission commander of ‘Mars Gravity Probe 1’ in the 1964 film Robinson Crusoe on Mars. In 1965, he was cast in the comedy Western The Outlaws Is Coming, the last feature film starring The Three Stooges. He played Christopher Rolf in the episode “Stopover”, of ABC’s The Rifleman, which aired on April 25, 1961.

West as Batman


Producer William Dozier cast West as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, in the television series Batman, in part after seeing West perform as the James Bond-like spy Captain Q in a Nestlé Quik commercial. He was in competition with Lyle Waggoner for the Batman role.[citation needed]

The popular campy show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968; a feature-length film version directed by Leslie H. Martinson was released in 1966.[13]

In his Batman character, West appeared in a public service announcement where he encouraged schoolchildren to heed then-President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s call for them to buy U.S. Savings stamps, a children’s version of U.S. Savings bonds, to support the Vietnam War.[14]

In 1970, West was offered the role of James Bond by Cubby Broccoli for the filmDiamonds Are Forever. West did not accept, later stating in his autobiography that he believed the role should always be played by a British actor.[citation needed]

Post-Batman career

After his high-profile role, West, along with Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig (who played crime-fighting sidekicks Robin andBatgirl), was severely typecast. West’s first post-Caped Crusader role was in the film The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969). His lead performance against type as cynical tough guy Johnny Cain did not erode his Batman image; the movie was a box office disappointment.

West in 1989 at the 41st Primetime Emmy Awards

For a time, West made a living doing personal appearances as Batman. In 1974, when Ward and Craig reprised their Batman roles for a TV public-service announcement about equal pay for women, West was absent. Instead, Dick Gautierfilled in as Batman.[15] One of his more memorable Batman appearances after the series was when he made an appearance in the Memphis, Tennessee-based United States Wrestling Association to engage in a war of words with Jerry “The King” Lawler while wearing the cowl and a track suit, and even name-dropping Spider-Man, though he is a Marvel Comics hero.[16]

West subsequently appeared in the theatrical films The Marriage of a Young Stockbrocker (1971), The Curse of the Moon Child (1972), The Specialist (1975),Hooper (as himself; 1978), The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) and One Dark Night (1983). West also appeared in such television films as The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972), Poor Devil (1973), Nevada Smith (1975), For the Love of It(1980) and I Take These Men (1983).

He did guest shots on the television series Maverick; Diagnosis: Murder; Love, American Style; Bonanza; The Big Valley; Night Gallery; Alias Smith and Jones;Mannix; Emergency!; Alice; Police Woman; Operation Petticoat; The American Girls;Vega$; Big Shamus Little Shamus; Laverne & Shirley; Bewitched; Fantasy Island;The Love Boat; Hart to Hart; Zorro; The King of Queens; and George Lopez. West was also in an episode of Bonanza that supposedly never aired until reruns were shown and he made several guest appearances as himself on Family Feud. In 1986, he starred in the comedy police series titled The Last Precinct.

Return to Batman

West often reprised his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne, first in the short-lived animated series, The New Adventures of Batman, and in other shows such as The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, Tarzan and the Super 7, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (succeeding Olan Soule in the role). In 1979, West once again donned the Batsuit for the live-action TV special Legends of the Superheroes. In 1985, DC Comics named West as one of the honorees in the company’s 50th-anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great for his work on the Batman series.[17]

West was considered to play Thomas Wayne in Tim Burton‘s Batman. Originally, he wanted to play Batman.[18][19] To date, neither West nor Burt Ward (Robin, from the TV series) has appeared in any of the theatrically released Batman franchise motion pictures. West made an appearance in a 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series on Fox, but not as Batman (as the role of Batman was already being played by Kevin Conroy). Instead, he portrayed Simon Trent, a washed-up actor who used to play a superhero in a TV series called The Gray Ghost and who now has difficulty finding work. The producers nearly considered scrapping that episode, as they figured it mirrored Adam West too much; however, West gladly accepted voicing such a character. West later had a recurring role as the voice of Mayor Grange in the WB animated series The Batman.

The actor vocally reprised his role as Batman for the computer-generated imagery animated short film Batman: New Times. He co-starred with Mark Hamill, who vocally portrayed The Joker and had originally played the role on Batman: The Animated Series. West also voiced Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father, in an episode of the cartoon series Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In the same series, he played Batman’s prototype robot, aptly named “Protobot”, or “Proto” for short.


West at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con

During the 1990s, West’s status as a pop culture icon led to appearances as himself in the film Drop Dead Gorgeous and in several TV series, including NewsRadio,Murphy Brown, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, The Ben Stiller Show,[20] and The Drew Carey Show.[21] He notably appeared as “Dr. Wayne” in the 1990 Zorroepisode “The Wizard“, even being shown Zorro‘s “secret cave” headquarters. In 1991, he starred in the pilot episode of Lookwell, in which he portrayed a has-been TV action hero who falsely believes he can solve mysteries in real life. The pilot, written by Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel in their pre-Late Night period, aired onNBC that summer, but was not picked up as a series.[22] It was later broadcast on theTrio channel, under the “Brilliant But Cancelled” block.[23] In 1994, West played a non-comedic role as the father of Peter Weller’s character in the Michael Tolkin film,The New Age.

He played a washed-up superhero in the Goosebumps TV series episode “Attack of the Mutant“. The boy hero is a comic book geek whose favorite superhero, Galloping Gazelle (West’s character), is portrayed as fading and on the verge of retirement. Towards the end, the boy is shocked to learn that the Gazelle is real, though he (the boy) must save the day by himself.

In 1994, West, with Jeff Rovin, wrote his autobiography, Back to the Batcave published by Berkeley Books. He also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast in an episode titled “Batmantis”, where he displayed his book. That episode was essentially a parody to his Batman TV series, where Zorak dressed himself as “Batmantis”, a praying mantis version of Batman.

In 1996, Virgin Interactive released the gambling simulation game Golden Nugget on PlayStation. Adam West acted in the video cut scenes of the “Chaos Mystery” storyline subgame. In 2001, he played the super-villain Breathtaker on the short-lived TV series Black Scorpion.

In 2003, West and Burt Ward starred in the TV movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt, alongside Frank Gorshin, Julie Newmar, and Lee Meriwether. Jack Brewer portrayed West in flashbacks to the production ofBatman. In 2005, West appeared in the CBS show The King of Queens. In the episode, Spence first asks Lou Ferrigno to go to a sci-fi convention, but when Spence meets West (playing himself), he leaves Ferrigno and asks West to come with him. He appears prominently in the 2006 video for California band STEFY‘s song “Chelsea” as “Judge Adam West”, presiding over the courtroom scene.

In 2007, Adam West played an attorney for Benny on the show George Lopez, and starred as “The Boss” in the movie comedy Sexina: Popstar PI.[24] Following the release of a Batman game, a host of the show X-Play visited Adam West on the show. In 2009, West played himself in the episode “Apollo, Apollo” of 30 Rock.


West in 2014

In 2010, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[25] West received the 2,468th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 5, 2012.[26] His star is located at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Guinness Museum in Hollywood, California.

West has appeared in a number of videos for Funnyordie.com.[27]

He was interviewed in 2013 on the PBS series called Pioneers of Television in the season-three episode called “Superheroes”. Also in 2013, he was the subject of the documentary Starring Adam West.[28]

West is among the interview subjects in Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, a three-hour documentary narrated by Liev Schreiber that premiered on PBS in October 2013.[29] He has also done voice-over work for Futurama (10.9).

In November 2014, West voiced himself, and the 1960s version of Batman, in the video game Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

In October 2014, West was a guest star on the Huffpost Live show talking about his Batman role and the upcoming release of all 120 episodes of his Batman series.[30]

In February 2016, West guest-starred as himself on the 200th episode of The Big Bang Theory.[31]

Voice-over work and advertising

Having a distinctive voice, West built a career doing voice-over work on a number of animated series (often as himself), including appearances on The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats, The Critic, Histeria!, Kim Possible, Johnny Bravo, and even in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series called “Beware the Gray Ghost“, where he voiced the Gray Ghost.

He also appeared in many episodes of Nickelodeon’s cartoon, The Fairly OddParents, as a cat-obsessed version of himself, who is famous for playing a superhero called Catman, and who actually believes he is Catman. His later appearance in The Fairly OddParents world was a parody of himself, hired to play the role of the Crimson Chin in the movie of the same name. Yet another appearance on the show had him as himself in a fairy-sponsored video about how to cope with losing one’s fairy godparents. In later seasons, the role for this version of Adam West was recast to Jeff Bennett.

In 1997, West appeared in a national television advertising campaign for Ziebart.[32]

From 2000, West made regular appearances on the animated series Family Guy, on which he played Mayor Adam West, the lunatic mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island. His role gave him a new wave of popularity since Batman,[33] and lead writerSeth MacFarlane claims to have gone out of his way to avoid typecasting West by deliberately not making any references to Batman.[34]

Some of his latest voice-over performances were playing the role of Uncle Art in the Disney Animation film Meet the Robinsons, and voicing the young Mermaid Man (along with Burt Ward, who voiced the young Barnacle Boy) in the cartoon show SpongeBob SquarePants, in the episode “Back to the Past” of 2010. The Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy characters are hybrid parodies of both Batman and Robin and Aquaman and Aqualad, respectively (both heroes have a TV show), and Mermaid Man’s old age is a humorous reference to West’s age.

West also played the voice of General Carrington in the video game XIII, and has voiced other video games such as Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, Chicken Little: Ace in Action, Scooby Doo! Unmasked, and Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant. For the online game Champions Online, his voice is used in one of the website’s videos.

West also did voice-over work for superhero-themed commercials for the investment firm LendingTree and TV commercials for Hebrew National hot dogs.

Personal life and death

On June 9, 2017, West died in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.[35][36]





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Other sources

  • West, Adam (1994). Back to the Batcave. Berkeley. ISBN 978-0-425-14370-4.
  • Press kit notes for The Girl Who Knew Too Much

External links

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