Adam West, iconic star of TV's Batman, has died aged 88

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  1. Ome

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    Former Batman Adam West has sadly passed away aged 88.

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    The actor, who played the DC icon during the 1960s TV show, died on Friday (June 9) after a short battle with leukaemia, a rep said (via Variety).

    His family said in a statement: "Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero."

    After a series of small roles, the actor was cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the 1966 series Batman, which ran for two years.

    The show was notable for its rather flamboyant version of the hero, which contrasts to more recent darker incarnations as portrayed by the likes of Christian Bale and Ben Affleck.

    West was born William West Anderson in 1928, moving to Hawaii in the 1950s to star in a local children's TV programme and launch his career.

    Following his stint as the Caped Crusader, the star struggled to break out from his association with the role, though managed to find work over the years, including guest roles on series such as Maverick, Diagnosis: Murder, Emergency!, and Bewitched.

    West also often reprised his role as Batman over the years in animated series The New Adventures of Batman and live-action TV special Legends of the Superheroes in 1979.
     
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    He was a genuinely funny man. I remember listening to a radio interview with him while driving on the M4 in the mid-Nineties and crying with laughter. He was one of my dream dinner party guests.

    I love how much he gave to fans of the Batman series. He seemed to have accepted and almost embraced everything that comes with playing such an iconic part. It's good that he enjoyed a kind of cult status in later years and got some good work out of it.
     
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    He was in one of my favorite Season 4 episodes of BIG VALLEY, terrorizing Our Audra...



    Terrorizing Audra always worked better than terrorizing Krystle.
     
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    And he was in this final-season episode of Hart to Hart called "Love Game" (OAD Nov. 8, 1983 on ABC) as David Stockwood.

    Some screencaps from that episode (captured from Shout!'s final-season DVD of Hart to Hart):

    --First, Adam as David Stockwood (alongside Robert Wagner)
    --Second, closing credit from that episode showing his role of David Stockwood

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    adamwestharttohart2.jpg
     
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    That's so sad. Rest is peace!

    What will happen to Mayor Adam West on Family Guy?

     
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    Not entirely unexpected as he has been increasingly frail in his recent appearances but still very sad news.

    I'm just glad he was able to see not only the personal affection but also the resurgence of respect his version of the character had generated.
     
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    His stint on The Big Bang Theory was awesome. "What's an Affleck?" Too funny.
    Regards to his family and friends in their loss. Batman was a favourite in my household growing up. R.I.P.
     
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