Adam West, star of 1960's Batman, dies at 88

Marco Green
June 11, 2017

Adam West, the U.S. actor best known as the star of the 1960s hit TV series Batman, has died aged 88. "He was and always will be our hero", West's family said in a statement, according to Variety. We know you'll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years.

The West family posted the news this morning to the actor's social media accounts, stating "Our beloved AW passed away last night".

West was born in 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington state, and began his acting career in Hawaii in the 1950s. "He was and always will be our hero", they said in a statement.

"We had some very good writers for the original show", West said in a 2010 interview with the Slice of SciFi website.

West also won widespread acclaim as the voice of the nutty Mayor Adam West of Quahog in Fox's long-running animated series "Family Guy".

A few years ago, West was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He took on the role of Batman in 1966, after producer William Dozier saw him performing the James Bond-esque spy Captain Q in a Nestle Quik commercial.

West's television incarnation of "Batman" was a stark departure from the darker, brooding anti-hero depicted in DC Comics and subsequent movies. (It lost to The Dick Van Dyke Show.) The campy series was canceled in 1968 after three seasons. "I saw the love people had for it, and I just embraced it", he added.

West struggled to find work after Batman ended.

On his website, Adam West wrote: "Sometimes, when I think about my over the past 40 years, it is hard to remember all of it".

Pre-"Batman", he co-starred in the 1965 Three Stooges feature film "The Outlaws Is Coming" and the 1964 sci-fi film "Robinson Crusoe on Mars".

The actor was surrounded by family and is survived by six children, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his wife Marcelle.

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