Adam West , the actor whose role in the 1960s “Batman” series — alongside Burt Ward’s Robin — turned into a lifetime of convention appearances and millions of fans, has died at the age of 88.
The Hollywood Reporter had the story:
West, who was at the pinnacle of pop culture after Batman debuted in January 1966, only to see his career fall victim to typecasting after the ABC show flamed out, died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said.
West died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In more recent years, after being typecast as “Batman” made finding other work in Hollywood difficult, West revealed that he had a change of heart about the role that really made him love his iconic character more.
He told Variety:
“Some years ago I made an agreement with Batman. There was a time when Batman really kept me from getting some pretty good roles, and I was asked to do what I figured were important features.
However, Batman was there, and very few people would take a chance on me walking on to the screen. And they’d be taking people away from the story.
So I decided that since so many people love Batman, I might as well love it too. Why not? So I began to reengage myself with Batman. And I saw the comedy. I saw the love people had for it, and I just embraced it.”
West’s family released a heartfelt 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.”