RIP Adam West: The original caped crusader
American actor Adam West who portrayed Batman in the classic 1960s television series, died today after a short battle with leukemia, his family said in a statement to the media.
The beloved actor was 88 years old at the time of his death, and left behind a career that spanned 7 decades, his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He remained a working actor until his death, and in the Twilight of his career was best known for his voice work on shows like Family Guy, The Simpsons and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
West is however best known for his role of Batman in 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. The show ran for 3 seasons and was canceled in 1968.
He reprised the same role in the 1966 movie Batman: The Movie, which was first full-length theatrical adaptation of the character, but the actor failed to find constant and quality work in the later part of his career, due to typecasting.
West later on, also played himself in one episode of season 9 of The Big Bang Theory (“The Celebration Experimentation” episode), and also played himself on several other comedic TV shows (30 Rock, The King of Queens).
Many of his colleagues and admirers in Hollywood (Edgar Wright, Kumail Nanjiani among others) shared their tributes on the social media, a place where West was active himself till the day he died.
RIP Mr. West. You will be missed.
Sincerely, your fan.