We all remember our first Batman — and for many, that was Adam West, the original TV Batman and pop culture icon. Unfortunately, last night, at the age of 88, Adam West passed away. West’s family confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and BBC, writing, “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.”
West’s Batman was known for his crazy one-liners and tight costume, but it was West’s straight-faced portrayal that made the role truly legendary.
West played Batman in the 1966 series for three years — and reprised his role of Batman, or a parody of his role, on many series over the years. With his legendary status cemented, he even made guest appearances playing himself on shows like The Adventures of Pete and Pete, The Drew Carey Show, and The Big Bang Theory. He even voiced animated, comedic versions of himself in The Fairly OddParents and Family Guy.
West passed away last night on Friday, June 9th after a battle with leukemia — but he’s far from forgotten.
Celebrities, including West’s costars and other members of Batman franchises over the years, are already sharing their fond memories of him.
We’ll never forget Adam West or all of the amazing work he did.