He was Batman to an entire generation, now the legendary Adam West has passed away. The actor died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.
West was the star of ABC’s “Batman,” the live-action adaptation of the DC Comics which ran from 1966-1969 and defined an entire generation – symbolising that kitschy 1960s aesthetic with bright colors and pastels, flamboyant acting and tongue-in-cheek style.
While West worked throughout his career, he became so defined by that character that his options were limited. Initially trying to distance himself from it, he ultimately came back around to embracing it.
West was also not a fan of the darker interpretations of the character, though he did do a memorable voice turn as ‘The Grey Ghost’ in an acclaimed episode of the 1990s “Batman: The Animated Series”.
Other work West was involved in included a recurring role on “Family Guy,” and parts in “Meet the Robinsons,” “Black Scorpion,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “The Last Precinct” and “The New Age”.
West is survived by his wife, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.