HOUSTON, Texas - It’s been a sad day for fans out there in the entertainment industry, mostly in the comic book world out there when waking up to hear the news that actor Adam West, who famously portrayed Batman in the hit 1960s series and voiced the mayoral version of himself in the Fox Animated Series, Family Guy, has passed away following his battle with leukemia. He was 88 years of age.
West, born William West Anderson, started his career as an actor around the late 1950s into early 1960s in roles just as “El Kini Popo Show”, a children’s show in Hawaii at the time, where he was a sidekick until taking over as the star of the show. Also appeared in other shows just as Colt .45, Overland Trail, and Outer Limits. Mostly in guest starring roles.
But it was the 1960s Batman live-action series that made him a well-known actor, portraying the caped crusader along with Burt Ward as Robin that ran from 1966 to 1968. Despite being short with only three seasons and a film at the time the show premiered on the air, it made the actor a well-known one. Despite the series being all punchlines than punches. It was well known to not just people who grew up in the 60s, but to people who were born and raised after the series was on the air. He was the original Batman. He was the Batman brought the character to life for generations to come since its comic book days. He, along with Ward, reprised their roles in the animated film of the classic series in 2016.
And even after the Batman series went off the air, West appeared in roles from there until his death from his guest starring roles in shows like The King of Queens, George Lopez, and most recently last year, The Big Bang Theory. Either as himself or in character roles. He even voiced in animated series as himself. In Johnny Bravo in the episode “Johnny Bravo Meets Adam West”. The Fairly OddParents in various episodes that he guests voiced as himself, that also including an alter-ego in the role of “Catman”. And most notably, voiced a mayoral version of himself in the Fox Animated Series, Family Guy. Despite that the series just lost another actor who lend their voice in the series, with the recent being Carrie Fisher back in December.
West survived with his wife and children at his side at the time of his passing. Fans and Celebrities alike who know Adam and who he is, whether as an actor or a pop icon, there’s no one who replace the actor that is Adam West. That’s what people on social media say when they heard the news. And I have to agree, there’s no one, and I mean no one, who can replace an actor that legendary that is TV’s Adam West.