Original Batman Actor Adam West Dies Aged 88; Remembering His Work

Original Batman Actor Adam West Dies Aged 88; Remembering His Work

Thank you for showing us all how it's done", he wrote, while Kilmer, who played Batman in 1995's Batman Forever, tweeted, "Ah dear Adam West. But he got warmth and recognition from the fans, and to him that meant just as much if not more. The thought of playing Batman was so intrinsic to West that he considered himself to be an automatic choice to reprise the role in Tim Burton's film version.

After the cancellation of the series, West found it hard to land other acting jobs, even though he was an established film and TV actor, because he had become so linked to the Batman role.

Actor Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman in the series, paid tribute to West on Saturday, saying he was was "bright, witty and fun to work with".

Like many, when word reached us that Adam West had died, we were instantly heartbroken.

West voiced the character of Mayor Adam West for 17 years on Fox's hit animated series "Family Guy". "They saw the craziness, the comedy".

It was a surreal experience to learn of Adam West's death while at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. "You know, just as he's about to put her in (jail), Batman says to Catwoman, 'You give me curious stirrings in my utility belt.' That's amusing stuff". That sea change feeds directly into Frank Miller's psychologically grimy execution seen in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One. In his post, Smith declared his love for West and said that his portrayal of Batman made the 46-year-old want to be "a good person when [he] was a boy".

After the TV series and a Batman movie in which he also starred, West struggled to find big acting roles. With varying degrees of success, film studios and TV production companies attempted to generate their own superhero fare, all chasing the kind of omnipresent zeitgeist that the ABC series generated. "He brought joy to legions of fans around the world and was the gateway for many of them to discover or in some cases rediscover their love of comic books".

The actor was born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, and went on to earn a degree in literature and psychology from Whitman College.

The actor passed away at the age of 88 after a short battle with leukemia and was surrounded by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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