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Batman star Adam West dies aged 88

Los Angeles: On Friday night, Adam West, a US actor best known for his role as Batman in 1960s television series Batman, died at the of 88 in Los Angeles, his family spokesperson said. Before his death, West “fought a short but brave battle with leukemia“, his family said via Facebook.

Actors Ben Affleck, Val Kilmer, and Mark Hamill, comic writer Frank Miller, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as well as author Neil Gaiman paid tribute to Adam West via Twitter. Affleck and Kilmer had portrayed the titular character in, the 2016 film Batman v Superman and the 1995 film Batman Forever respectively.

Burt Ward, who played the role of Batman’s sidekick Robin in the TV series with West, paid tribute via The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Julie Newmar, who played the role of Catwoman in the 1960s show, paid tribute as well via the BBC World Service radio program Newshour. DC Entertainment president and CEO Geoff Johns and publisher Jim Lee paid tribute via DC Comics‘ official blog.

Adam West, younger of the 2 brothers, was born on 19 September 1928 in Washington. His father was a wheat farmer and his mother was a pianist and an opera singer. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature from Whitman College and worked as a station master at Stanford while he was a graduate student.

West worked at McClatchy station in Sacramento, California before moving to Hawaii, where he hosted a weekday show in the late 1950s. He moved to Hollywood, California in 1959 and signed a contract with Warner Bros. He appeared in multiple series before portraying Detective Sergeant Steve Nelson in the 1959–62 television series, The Detectives, from 1961 to 1962. His film debut was the 1959 film The Young Philadelphians, starring Paul Newman. Before Batman, West appeared in many films throughout the 1960s.

Lyle Waggoner and Adam West auditioned for the role of Batman while Peter Deyell and Burt Ward auditioned for the role of Robin. The Batman TV series debuted on 12 January 1966 on the ABC network. Though the first season was a success, 2 subsequent seasons had a significant drop in the Nielsen ratings, and it was cancelled in March 1968.

Following Batman, West was given typecast roles throughout his career. He voiced Batman in animated shows like The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes, and Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show. He also voiced a role in an Academy Award-nominated 1997 short film Redux Riding Hood. Then he voiced the role of Mayor Adam West in Family Guy, which MacFarlane called an “alternative universe” version of West.

West married Marcelle in 1970; each had 2 children from their previous marriages. After the marriage, the couple had 2 children. West is survived by his wife Marcelle, 6 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

From Wikinews under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence

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