Original Batman Star Adam West Dies After Battling Leukemia
It is with a heavy heart to report that Adam West, a DC icon and TV’s first Batman, has passed away last Friday at the age of 88 after a short battle with leukemia. The veteran actor was surrounded by family at the time of his passing. The actor leaves behind a career spanning 60 years.
Adam West has appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows, including his well-known role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the popular 60s TV series Batman. He recently reprised his iconic role in the animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader and the upcoming sequel Batman vs. Two-Face. Relating to the Dark Knight, West has also voiced characters for Batman shows like The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Batman: The Animated Series.
The legendary actor has also done tons of voiceover work in different projects, including Family Guy, The Fairly Oddparents, Spongebob Squarepants, and The Simpsons. He even guest-starred on some episodes of The Big Bang Theory and made his final live-action appearance in the recently cancelled Powerless.
His family issued the following statement of his passing: “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.”
His former co-stars Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, who played Robin and Catwoman, also expressed their condolences to their dear friend.
“I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends,” Ward said in a statement. “Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night.”
“Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end,” Newmar said. “He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people. A friend said: ‘The father that we wanted.’ That is a great gift, no matter how you live it.”
West is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. We offer our deepest condolences to the West family at this tough time.
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