Many actors have played Batman over the years, and we’re fairly certain that many more will do the same in the years to come. But one could argue that no actor is more synonymous with the character than Adam West, who we’ve just learned has passed away at the age of 88.
Adam West of course made the caped crusader a television icon in the original “Batman” TV series, starring alongside Burt Ward as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The series ran for 3 seasons between January 1966 and March 1968, turning West into a beloved icon whose status never waned over the years. West subsequently played the DC Comics character a handful of times throughout his career, most recently voicing Batman in the as-yet-unreleased animated film Batman vs. Two-Face.
West’s very first acting role in a feature film saw him playing an uncredited radio operator in the 1957 horror movie Voodoo Island, but he made only a few stops in the horror genre over the years. His genre roles include 1972’s Curse of the Moon Child, 1982’s One Dark Night, 1987’s Zombie Nightmare and 2004’s Monster Island. He also appeared in episodes of “The Outer Limits” and “Tales from the Crypt.”
The legendary actor was introduced to a whole new audience courtesy of “Family Guy,” wherein he humorously recurred as, well, Adam West, mayor of the fictional town of Quahog.
Adam West’s death comes after a short battle with leukemia.