The original 1960s #Batman TV series and 1966 movie have entertained generations of fans, from baby boomers who watched it as children to young people today who've discovered it on Netflix. Now those millions of viewers are mourning lead actor #AdamWest, who passed away Friday night in Los Angeles at age 88 from leukemia.
The West family released a statement on Facebook:
“It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news...Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him. 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. Hug your loved ones today.”
West's passing has stunned fans, as there weren't many reports that the legendary actor was battling the disease. Just a few months ago, West traveled to comic-cons to spread the upbeat joy associated with the beloved 1960s series.
'Batman' Co-Stars And Other Celebrities React
Fans expressed an outpouring of grief on social media, as did other actors who knew and worked with West. Here are their reactions:
Burt Ward (Robin):
“I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends. Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night.”
Julie Newmar (Catwoman):
“Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end. He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people. ... That is a great gift, no matter how you live it.”
“He was a true hero of mine — grew up watching him as Batman, and got the privilege of both working with and directing him. He’s generous and always classy. Very sad to think of the world without our beloved Mayor. How lucky we are he left so much behind.”
Looking Back At Adam West's Career
While West's incarnation of Batman is a far cry from later, darker interpretations of the character, he still has a special place in many fans' hearts. This version of Batman is extremely goofy and funny and never fails to form a smile on the viewer's face.
After the series ended, West played Batman in some animated appearances, but struggled to escape typecasting until he appeared regularly as himself (as the mayor of Quahog) on #FamilyGuy. West appeared until the most recent season and always had some of the goofiest and nonsensical lines out of the entire cast of characters.
Back in October 2016, West — along with Burt Ward — returned as Bruce Wayne one last time in the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated film. This movie was a complete blast to watch and certainly brought back some amazing memories of watching the original series. The film did outstandingly well with fans and critics alike.
Adam West had a witty, comical personality that only got better with age, and he lived life to the fullest. Fans all over the world will miss him, and we'll always remember his contributions to Hollywood and comic book history.
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