Adam West, who once put on the tights in Gotham as the kerpow and blam-o 1960s Batman, alongside his trusty sidekick Robin,. has passed away from leukemia.
West is survived by his wife Marcelle, his six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter , West’s family issued the following brief 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,”
West was born William West Anderson on September 19th, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington to parents Otto and Audrey. He graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor’s in Literature and a minor in psychology, but was drafted into the United States army. The army used West’s distinct voice as an announcer for the Armed Forces Network, from which the future actor got a taste of the television business. After his time in the army, he would pursue a career in acting.
Following small roles in films and shows like The Young Philadelphians, Perry Mason, Soldier in the Rain, and Outer Limits, West (now known as the stage name Adam West) received his big break as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the campy superhero series Batman. The show ran from 1966-1968, and a theatrical film was released in 1966. The show was an immense success, and West’s portrayal of the caped crusader is still well-regarded and considered highly influential to lighter-toned superhero fare.
My take: everyone has to die and he lived a long healthy and productive life. Leukemia is a hell of a thing, tough, to die from. I’ll miss his voice role on Family Guy, as well. Godpseed, good sir.