I have to tell you with great sadness that fan-favorite Batman star Adam West has passed away. He was 88 years old and he died after a short battle with leukemia. West is survived by his wife, Marcelle Tagand Lear, and his six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His family offered the following statement:
“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.”
A spokesperson for the actor added:
“A true American icon and beloved father and husband, he will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and millions of fans around the world.”
West’s career as an actor all began in the 1950s as a host of a children’s TV show in Hawaii. In the 60s he appeared in a few western TV shows that include Colt .45, Sugarfoot, Lawman. In 1959 he made his feature film debut in The Young Philadelphians as with Paul Newman. He also appeared in Geronimo, The Three Stooges, The Outlaws Is Coming and more.
It was in 1966 that he landed the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. He appeared in 120 episodes of the series and at that time there was one Batman feature film made.
West went on to reprise his role in various animated shows that include The New Adventures of Batman, The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, Tarzan and the Super 7, and others. My favorite voiceover work that he did, though, was when he voiced The Gray Ghost in Batman: The Animated Series. He also lent his signature voice to a couple other Batman series such as The Batman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Of course, we can’t forget the voice work he did for Family Guy!