Adam West known for his superhero role in the 1960’s Batman television series, has recently passed away at age 88. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that West passed on Friday, June 9 in Los Angeles due to his battle with leukemia.
West gained most of his fame wearing his cape starring in the series from 1966 to 1968. As Batman, West was portrayed as a very optimistic and lighthearted superhero figure in the DC Comics world. West once describes his portrayal stating, “You can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed, he’s strange.” West not only starred in the TV Batman series but also made it to the big screens in films such as Paul Newman’s The Young Philadelphians in 1959 as well as Robinson Crusoe on Mars in 1964 and more. After playing so many different roles, West decided to focus his talents more on television and animated series’. His biggest break came in the animated comedy series, Family Guy voicing the role of the mayor.
West’s family describes their loved one as a hero and that West truly made a positive impact on his fan’s lives.