Adam West, the actor who played the iconic Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman is dead. He was 88.
A family spokesperson said West died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia.
West died peacefully surrounded by his loving family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His family released a statement where they said: “Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and will always be our hero.”
The actor after the Batman TV series also had his share of career setbacks. He struggled for years without a steady job. Things turned around as he reached a new level of fame when he took on a different role – as the voice for the character of the mayor of Quahog coincidentally named Adam West on the long-running Fox animated hit, Family Guy.
West also starred on the big screen in such films as Paul Newman’s The Young Philadelphians (1959), Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) and contributed his voice anew to the animated movie Redux Riding Hood (1997), which received a nomination at the Oscars for best short film.
West was raised on a ranch outside Walla Walla, Washington and he first caught the attention of Batman producer William Dozier when he played Captain Quik, a James Bond type of character with a sailor’s cap in Nestle’s Quik commercials.
West also appeared in numerous Warner Bros. television series. He also did the voice for his iconic character in such cartoons as The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes, Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Simpsons, and to the 2014 Warner Bros’ DVD release of ABC’s Batman.