Actor Adam West dies at 88

Lawrence Kim
June 11, 2017

More recently, he did the voice of nutty Mayor Adam West on the long-running "Family Guy" series.

In a signature role, West played Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, the crime-fighting, costumed Batman, a popular comics character who came to life on the ABC-TV series.

While Batman remained his signature role, West also collected almost 50 movie credits including roles in Drop Dead Gorgeous, The New Age, An American Vampire Story and Robinson Crusoe On Mars.

Burt Ward, who acted alongside West as Batman's sidekick Robin, said in a statement to Variety that he was "devastated" by the loss.

Ben Affleck, who now portrays Batman in films, paid tribute to the man who first brought Bruce Wayne to the screen following Adam West's death at the age of 88.

West was born as William "Billy" Anderson in Washington state in 1928.

Comic actor Kumail Nanjiani called West "funny, badass & cool all at once".

Ward, who played Robin, was friends with West for more than 50 years. "There are no words to describe how much we'll miss him", it said. He often was hired to play a comically fictionalized version of himself in live-action and animated roles and became a successful voice actor.

"Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend", MacFarlane said in a statement. "I will forever miss him".

FILE - In this March 19, 2006 file photo, Burt Ward, left, and Adam West pose for photos while walking the red carpet prior to the TV Land Awards, in Santa Monica, Calif. "He knew comedy, and he knew humanity".

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr Mayor".

Five years ago, West was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

West attended an all-boys high school, then graduated with a major in English literature from Whitman College.

A string of other actors would go on to play the Batman character, including Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. He went to Hollywood and changed his name to Adam West, and began appearing on a number of television series, including "Bonanza", "Perry Mason" and "Bewitched". In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. Loved the show as a kid, still love the show now.

The iconic cartoon superhero of the 1960s series, Batman, which lasted for three season will be part of pop history forever.

West is survived by his third wife, Marcelle Tagand Lear, and their six children.

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