Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88


Brian Lowry

@blowryontv


June 10, 2017 | 08:19AM PT Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock


Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died
Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.


“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 became known to a new generation of TV fans through his recurring voice role as Mayor Adam
West, the horribly corrupt, inept and vain leader of Quahog, Rhode Island, on Fox’s “Family Guy.” West
was a regular on the show from 2000 through its most recent season. West in recent years did a range
of voice-over work, on such shows as Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” and Disney Channel’s “Jake and the
Neverland Pirates.”





But it was his role as the Caped Crusader in the 1966-68 ABC series “Batman” that defined West’s career.


With its “Wham! Pow!” onscreen exclamations, flamboyant villains and cheeky tone, “Batman” became a
surprise hit with its premiere on ABC in 1966, a virtual symbol of ’60s kitsch. The half-hour action comedy
was such a hit that it aired twice a week on ABC at its peak. But within two seasons, the show’s popularity
slumped as quickly as it soared.


West’s portrayal of the superhero and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, ultimately made it hard for him to get other roles,
and while he continued to work throughout his career, options remained limited because of his association with the character.

West also chafed against the darker versions of Bob Kane’s hero that emerged in more recent years, beginning with the
Michael Keaton-starring, Tim Burton-directed adaptations that began in 1989, and followed by Christopher Nolan’s enormously
successful Dark Knight trilogy.


In February 2016, CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” which had hosted a number of geek favorites over the years, celebrated its
200th episode — and marked the 50th anniversary of “Batman” — with an appearance by West.



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