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Saturday, June 10, 2017

RIP Adam West (1928-2017)

RIP William West Anderson (aka Adam West)
September 19, 1928 - June 9, 2017.

American Actor Adam West, best known for his iconic role as Batman, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday night after a brief fight with leukemia. He was 88 years old.   

Born William West Anderson, the actor began his career as the host of a children’s TV show in Hawaii in the 1950s. He went on to appear as a guest star in several ABC TV shows in the early ’60s, including Westerns like: Sugarfoot, Colt .45, and Lawman, as well as an episode of the ABC Outer Limits series titled "The Invisible Enemy". West also co-starred in films such as the science-fiction cult classic Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964) and Western comedy film, The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) the last feature film starring The Three Stooges

Mr. West is perhaps best known for his iconic leading role as the DC Comics superhero Batman in the 1966 TV Series Batman produced by the legendary William Dozier. West would appear as the Caped Crusader alongside his co-star, actor Burt Ward as Robin the Boy Wonder, as well as a number of guest villains for 120 episodes over a series run of three seasons, as well as a 1966 campy feature film based on the TV series.  

Adam West as Batman.

He would go on to reprise his role as the character in various animated TV shows, including: The New Adventures of Batman, The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, Tarzan and the Super 7, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. In addition, he would lend his voice in and episode of the popular 90s cartoon series Batman: The Animated Series called "Beware The Gray Ghost" portraying a childhood hero that inspired by the equally iconic fan-favorite Batman in the animated series voiced by Kevin Conroy. West’s signature voice would also appear in two other Batman series, The Batman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold where he would voice Batman's father Thomas Wayne.

Following his first turn as Batman, West would go on to appear in a number of other TV shows, including playing a version of himself as the mayor of the fictional town of Quahog in the animated series Family Guy.

West is survived by his wife, Marcelle Tagand Lear, and his six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Thank you for all the fond memories, Mr. West.
God Rest Your Soul.

 UPDATE!!! 06-15-2017

On June 15, 2017, Los Angeles projected the Bat-Signal
on City Hall before a large crowd as a tribute to Adam West.

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