Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Adam West, star of hit TV series 'Batman', dies at 88

Adam West, star of hit TV series 'Batman', dies at 88

In his post, Smith declared his love for West and said that his portrayal of Batman made the 46-year-old want to be "a good person when [he] was a boy". This Batman, he was like a best friend.

"In my eyes there was only one real Batman - and that is and always will be Adam West", Burt Ward, who played the hero's trusty sidekick, Robin, told The Hollywood Reporter.

He later struggled to find big acting roles, but won a new generation of fans in more recent times after joining the cast of Family Guy. But while that formula worked to critical and financial success for future Batman actors Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck, it was not what America needed in 1966. Hug your loved ones today'. West played a dapper millionaire, Bruce Wayne, who adopted his alter ego as Batman whenever crime threatened Gotham City.

He was offered to play superspy James Bond in 1970's "Diamonds are Forever", he wrote in his memoir, but turned it down.

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Yet over the years, Batman remained a part of his life. There are pieces now published across the Internet landscape with various takes on the lighter, brighter Batman that impacted pop culture so much it required folks like Dennis O'Neil, Neal Adams, Jules Schwartz, Frank Miller, and Tim Burton to try and expunge the character's camp factor. It also spawned a Batman feature film in 1966. "Bam! and Zonk!" in the 1960s TV series Batman.

The pilot told of the Battle of Issus, with Shatner as Alexander leading his Macedonian army, and West as Cleander, who was more interested in wine, women, and song.

Actress Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman alongside the late Adam West's Batman, paid tribute to her co-star Saturday, calling him "the finest Batman ever". It was a sobering episode which blurred the line between fiction and reality, but which also finally saw Trent gain the recognition and respect he deserved for playing such an iconic character. He returned to the role in an episode of the animated "The Simpsons". It was later released on DVD in 2006.

DC publishes a "Batman '66" comic book based on the TV show and bearing his likeness. Though West's Batman may be goofy and amusing, a lot of people won't forget the lasting influence he had on pop-culture. But he got warmth and recognition from the fans, and to him that meant just as much if not more.

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