Adam West, star of the 1960’s hit TV series Batman, has passed away at the age of 88 after a battle with leukaemia, his family have confirmed in a statement.
The statement from his family reads;
“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,”
The comedic actor played many roles through his career, finding fame with 1966’s Batman television series. The success of that show helped to propel the actor into many future roles; with recent generations finding themselves endeared by his over the top performances. More recently, the star appeared in the 200th episode of Big Bang Theory and has been a regular on the popular FOX show Family Guy.
Speaking to Variety about the legacy of his run as the first live-action Batman, West said;
“Money. Some years ago I made an agreement with Batman. There was a time when Batman really kept me from getting some pretty good roles, and I was asked to do what I figured were important features. However, Batman was there, and very few people would take a chance on me walking on to the screen. And they’d be taking people away from the story. So I decided that since so many people love Batman, I might as well love it too. Why not? So I began to reengage myself with Batman. And I saw the comedy. I saw the love people had for it, and I just embraced it.”
West’s popularity and general likability ensures that he will be fondly remembered for many years to come. We’re hugely saddened to hear of his battle with leukaemia. His turn as Batman arguably set the character up as a mainstream attraction. While later incarnations of the character were more serious, there’s a fondness to the portrayal that remains to this day.